Apply for the ATPL(A) Licence

How to apply for the ATPL(A) licence


If you are intending to convert an ICAO ATPL licence to an EASA ATPL please refer to CAP 804, part I, section 4, part Q, article 8 and annexe III, for flying and theory requirements including credits.

For gaining credits based on UK military service please refer to CAP 804, section 4, part O.

All of the documentation listed under You will need to provide must be submitted with the application form(s) before your application can be processed

The requirements set out below must be met before an ATPL (A) licence can be issued.


Theoretical knowledge course and exams


You must have completed an integrated training course or a modular course training course at an EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) before you can apply for an EASA ATPL (A).


You will be required to pass the following EASA ATPL exams:

  1. Air Law
  2. Aircraft General Knowledge: Airframe/Systems/Power plant
  3. Aircraft General Knowledge: Instrumentation
  4. Mass and Balance
  5. Performance
  6. Flight Planning and Monitoring
  7. Human Performance
  8. Meteorology
  9. General Navigation
  10. Radio Navigation
  11. Operational Procedures
  12. Principles of Flight
  13. VFR Communications
  14. IFR Communications.

Exam credits

If you already hold an EASA ATPL in another category of aircraft you will receive theoretical knowledge bridge instruction at an EASA ATO to cover the differences identified between the ATPL syllabi for different aircraft categories.

You will need to pass theoretical knowledge exams in the following subjects in the appropriate aircraft category:

  • Aircraft General Knowledge: Airframe/Systems/Electrics/Powerplant/Emergency equipment
  • Aircraft General Knowledge: Instrumentation
  • Performance Aeroplanes
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight

If you have already passed the relevant theoretical exam for an EASA CPL (A) you will be credited towards your EASA ATPL (A) exam requirements in subject VFR Communications.

If you have already passed the relevant theory exam for an EASA IR (A) you will be credited towards your EASA ATPL (A) exam requirements in the subject IFR Communications.

Flying Experience

You must have completed a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time in aeroplanes, including at least:

  1. 500 hours in multi-pilot operations on aeroplanes 
    • 500 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC) under supervision; or
    • 250 hours as PIC; or
    • 250 hours, including at least 70 hours as PIC, and the remaining as PIC under supervision
  2. 200 hours of cross-country flight time of which at least 100 hours shall be as PIC or as PIC under supervision;
  3. 75 hours of instrument time of which not more than 30 hours may be instrument ground time; and
  4. 100 hours of night flight as PIC or co-pilot.

Of the 1,500 hours of flight time, up to 100 hours of flight time may have been completed in a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) and Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT). Of these 100 hours, only a maximum of 25 hours may be completed in an FNPT.

You must have completed this flying experience before you can take the skills test for yor ATPL (A).

Flight time credits

If you already hold a pilot licence for another category of aircraft you will be credited with flight time up to a maximum of:

  • 30 hours, if flown as PIC for Touring Motor Glider or sailplanes
  • 50% of all the flight time requirements set out above under Flying Experience for helicopter licence holders

ATPL Skills Test Requirement

You will need to pass a skills test to demonstrate your ability to perform the relevant procedures and manoeuvres with the competency appropriate to the privileges granted as PIC of a multi-pilot aeroplane under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

The skill test shall be taken in the aeroplane or an adequately qualified FFS representing the same type.

If the ATPL skills test is to be completed with a Non-UK Part-FCL examiner then the examiner must follow the requirement as detailed in Information notice IN 2014/110 and IN 2014/114. Please ensure these requirements have been met before completing the skills test.

Additional requirements

Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a current and valid UK issued EASA class 1 medical certificate.

A current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA


The cost for the issue of a Part FCL ATPL (A) licence is £240. This includes the initial type/class rating and an instrument rating.

An additional fee will be payable if you would like your documents to be returned by secure courier.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

  • We endeavour to process licence applications within 10 working days. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.

Validity period

The ATPL (A) has lifetime validity but the privileges granted by the licence are dependent on the validity of any applicable ratings it contains and of the medical certificate.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Completed Online Application form (includes conversion section, if you are required to convert to an EASA licence)
  • Completed flying hours confirmation form
  • Complete Type/class Rating course Completion Certificate (If applicable)
  • Evidence of your passport or full European Driving licence, which must be a copy and certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner
  • Copies of Examiner report forms
  • Copy of Certificate of Revalidation page showing your current ratings, which must be certified by the Head of Training or UK examiner
  • Evidence of a valid Language Proficiency issued by an UK authorised person/organisation (only applicable if you have not converted to an UK Issued EASA licence) or a completed Application for Record of English Language Assessment form (SRG1199)

If you are applying on the basis of credits as a member UK Armed Forces please also provide:

  • Completed Confirmation of Military Experience for Military Accreditation Scheme (MAS) form (SRG2133)
  • Copies of logbook pages which are stamped and certified by the commanding officer. The pages we require are Special Qualifications page, Instrument rating page and the last few pages of your military flying.

If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation, we will also require the following:

  • A copy of the Approved Training Organisations approval certificate
  • A copy of the examiners licence and examiner authorisation certificate
  • A copy of email showing Test Notification has been authorised by the UK CAA
  • Simulator Approval Certificate

 Please note that we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed.

Additional Documentation Required For Third Country Conversion

If you are applying on the basis on a Third country (Non EASA State) ICAO licence conversion, we will also require a copy of the Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate, which must be certified by the examiner who conducted your ATPL skills test. If your ICAO licence does not show the validity of dates of ratings, please submit certified copies of the relevant logbook pages that confirm the currency of the ratings. In addition we also require a letter of verification of the licence from the issuing National aviation authority.


How to apply

  • Complete the online application form (includes conversion section, if you are required to convert to an EASA licence)
  • All of the above documentation must be submitted with the application form(s) as stated under You will need to provide before the application can be processed

What to expect

  • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant
  • Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched
  • We will contact you by telephone or email, if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending while the additional requirements are met
  • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements. This will also be applied if you choose to cancel your application

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South