• 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?

    How do I apply?

    One application form should be completed for each welders group required and forwarded to Applications and Approvals (A&A) either by email or post.

    Where multiple groups are required, multiple forms can be submitted with one payment.

    What happens next?

    • A&A will process the fee and pass to Certification Projects for assessment
    • The Technical Assistant will assess the application and may contact the applicant to request further supporting information
    • Once the application has been assessed, if the certificate can be granted, a Welders Approval Certificate will be produced and sent to the applicant
    • All Approved Test Certificates will be returned