Apply for the initial issue of a Multi Pilot Helicopter Type Rating

How to apply


Holding a type rating allows you to act as pilot on the type of helicopter specified in the rating.

Please note - If you are the holder of an existing UK issued JAR Flight Crew licence or UK PPL(H), CPL(H) or ATPL(HG) which has not already been converted to a Part-FCL licence, then this licensing action will result in the compulsory conversion of your existing licence to a Part-FCL licence.

This will require an additional application form/information will have to be submitted, and additional requirements may have to be met. As such, please refer to the conversion information available on our website in addition to the information on this page.


  • Have a current and valid licence.
  • You must complete a training course at an ATO, approved under Part-ORA
  • You must:
    • have at least 70 hours as PIC on helicopters;  except when the type rating course is combined with an MCC course:
    • hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of an MCC course in helicopters;
    • have at least 500 hours as a pilot on multi-pilot aeroplanes;
    • have at least 500 hours as a pilot in multi-pilot operations on multiengine helicopters;
  • Have passed the ATPL(H) theoretical knowledge examinations.
  • If you are applying for the first type rating course for a multi-pilot helicopter type as a graduate from an ATP(H)/IR, ATP(H), CPL(H)/IR or CPL(H) integrated course and do not meet the requirement of at least 70 hours as PIC on helicopters the type rating will be issued with the privileges limited to exercising functions as co-pilot only. The limitation shall be removed once you have:
    • completed 70 hours as PIC or pilot-in-command under supervision of helicopters;
    • Passed the multi-pilot skill test on the applicable helicopter type as PIC.

Theoretical Knowledge examinations

  • These shall be written and comprise at least 100 multiple-choice questions distributed appropriately across the main subjects of the syllabus.

Skills test

  • You must pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL to demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable type of helicopter.

Additional Requirements

  • Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and hold a current and valid PART MED medical certificate appropriate to the level of licence held.
  • A current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA.

Please refer to CAP 804 section 4, Part H, subpart 2


  • £121.00 for the issue a Multi Pilot Helicopter Type rating onto a licence if holder of a CPL(H) or ATPL(H).
  • £89.00 for the issue of a Multi Pilot Helicopter Type rating onto a licence if holder of a PPL(H) being processed by the UK CAA.

Please note that additional fees may apply if this licensing action results in the conversion of your licence and to check the validity of ratings on a PART FCL licence.

Please refer to the Scheme of charges table 5 page 6 and 7.

An additional fee will also 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 applications in 10 working days from receipt of a fully completed application.

Validity period

1 year from the date of passing the skills test.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Online Application
  • Course Completion Certificate.
  • Payment

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 in addition require a copy of the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate and a copy of the examiners licence and examiner authorisation certificate and a copy of the current and valid examiner briefing certificate, issued by the UK CAA.

If you are applying on the basis on a Third country ICAO licence conversion we will also require the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate or a copy certified by Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO); or the holder of a registration for a Registered Training Facility (RTF); or  an examiner authorised by the CAA

How to apply

Once all of the requirements above have been met, please complete and submit the online application form.

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 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