• EU exit

    Please note that, in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a negotiated agreement, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term.  These will be updated in due course following the UK’s departure from the EU.  In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid.



  • Pre-requisites

    Welders shall prepare and weld appropriate test sample(s) in accordance with BCAR A8-10.

    The test sample(s) shall be submitted to a UKAS Accredited Test House for examination together with full particulars of the welder concerned, materials used, details of any post-welding treatment and identification marks on the test sample(s).

    Upon receiving from the Test House an Approved Test Certificate indicating successful test results on the sample(s) the welder shall forward the original copy of the Approved Test Certificate to the CAA.

    How much does it cost?

    Please refer to the Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions).

    How long will it take for my application to be processed?

    The service standard for the issue of a Welders Approval Certificate is ten working days from receipt of a completed application and appropriate fee.

    How long is it valid for?

    Approvals are valid for one calendar year from the issue date on the test certificate as issued by the UKAS Accredited Test House. The date of issue on the approval certificate is not indicative of the validity of the certificate.

    What else do I need to know?

    What do I need to include with my application?

    • A completed application Form SRG 1742 and the appropriate fee. A single application form can be used to apply for multiple groups
    • The original Approved Test Certificate(s), or a true copy certified by your quality manager
    • For initial approvals - a true copy of valid photographic ID that has been certified by your quality manager

    How do I apply?

    Once all of the requirements have been met,  your application can be forwarded to the CAA either via email to ELDWEB@caa.co.uk, or by post to:

    Engineer Licensing – SSC
    Aviation House
    Beehive Ring Road
    Crawley
    West Sussex
    RH6 0YR

    What happens next?

    • The assessment of your application is completed by a Licensing Officer
    • Following an acceptable assessment, the Approval is then processed, signed and dispatched to the individual
    • In some cases, the certificates may be referred to our Airworthiness department for review
    • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending for 30 working days awaiting any additional documentation to be submitted
    • All original Approved Test Certificates will be returned with the approval