• UK CAA Examinations update – 9 March 2021

    Resuming theoretical examinations - rules and policies

    The CAA has restarted examinations at Aviation House Gatwick and at a number of UK and international venues. To ensure compliance with government mandated social distancing requirements and other health and safety measures, we have had to reduce capacity and amend the schedule at our venues. We are dealing with exam sessions in date order, please be aware that your exam session time and date is subject to change. The CAA is working hard to minimise the impact of any changes and where possible these changes are being made in consultation with Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) but ultimately amendments will be at sole discretion of the CAA. Any travel and related expenses incurred by the candidate to attend any CAA examination will not be refundable by the CAA if the CAA amends an examination due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    When attending your examinations, you must adhere to all CAA policies in addition to any specific policy of the organisation in which the venue is hosted. Please ensure that you pay close attention to the required and permitted items for your examination as stated on your confirmation. Please note that a face covering must be worn at all venues and throughout your examination.

    Some venues require proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours before you sit your exams. If you do not provide this, you will not be able to sit your exams.

    Please see the current policies of different ATOs below:

    • Bristol Ground School – All candidates attending Bristol Ground School (BGS) must adhere to their policies before arriving for exams, including receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. Please contact BGS directly for any COVID-19 concerns.
    • Skyborne, Gloucester – All candidate attending Skyborne Aviation Academy must adhere to their policies before arriving for exams and have completed a negative COVID-19 test result. Please contact Skyborne directly for any COVID-19 concerns.
    • CATS, Luton – All candidates attending CATS, Luton must adhere to their policies before arriving for exams.
    • L3 Harris, Crawley – Please contact L3 Harris directly for any COVID-19 concerns.
    • Ayrshire College, Ayrshire – COVID-19 policy and risk assessment to be confirmed.
    • CAE Oxford, Oxford – Please contact CAE directly for any COVID-19 concerns.
    • Rosyth Business Centre, Pathway Pilot Training – All candidates attending Rosyth Business Centre for examinations must adhere to the COVID-19 policy and risk assessment.

    Attending theoretical knowledge examinations at Aviation House, Gatwick

    You may have attended examinations at Aviation House in the past and have familiarity with the building layout and exam procedures. However, because of Covid-19 we have made significant changes to ensure the safety of candidates and our staff.

    Access to Aviation House is currently strictly controlled. Capacity limitations are in place for both CAA staff and visitors. Unauthorised access is not permitted.

    Visitors to Aviation House are asked to install the NHS Covid-19 App. Please see the NHS website for further information. You will be asked to use the in-app feature to check in to Aviation House using the QR code displayed at the entrance to the building.  You then switch your mobile phone off and store it as instructed by the invigilator.

    Access to the Building:

    • You cannot enter the building before 8.40am; if you are sitting a 9.00am exam, please stay in your vehicle until 8.35am, then make your way to the front door where the invigilator will meet you and call you into the building at 8.40am, check your ID and permitted items. Please pay close attention to the required and permitted items detailed on your exam confirmation.
    • For sessions later in the day, please wait at the front door 30 minutes before the scheduled exam start time.
    • You must leave the building immediately after you have completed your exam, you cannot stay in the building between exams. The waiting area is only to be used for a short period before each exam, there is no study/ waiting area or access to wi-fi.
    • There are no refreshments available on site except water.

    Declaration Form:

    • You must complete the Covid-19 declaration form for each day that you attend examinations. Forms will be available from the invigilator upon arrival. 

    Please do not attend your examinations if you do not meet the requirements.

    Exam requirements (as listed on your exam confirmation):

    • Only bring essential and permitted items into the building, leave coats, bags, study notes, PC's etc in your car. Lockers are not in use.
    • You must wear a plain unmarked face covering / mask for the entire time whilst in the building and throughout your exam, we recommend that this is a plain unmarked FFP2 face mask. You will be refused entry if you do not wear a face covering.
    • Candidates must provide their own writing equipment - clear plastic pen (bic biro type) and eraser tipped pencil.

    Exam procedures:

    • There will be some changes to the normal exam procedures, your invigilator will guide you through them via the briefing. Please listen carefully, even if you have sat exams with us before.

    UK CAA Examinations update – 5 March 2021

    We will be opening the schedules from April onwards to book examinations from 6 March.

    Due to the ongoing Covid -19 Pandemic the National Lockdown, UK CAA Senior Management have concluded that we must cancel or reschedule all exams due to be sat in the first 2 weeks of March (1-14) in all UK locations; this applies to both open and ATO dedicated venues and for both Flight Crew and Engineering Exams.
    We are planning to reopen exams during the week beginning 15 March with additional measures to reduce risk; communications regarding additional measures will be confirmed in due course.

    Rather than cancelling all exams, we are adding additional sessions after 15 March where possible and transferring bookings.

    Details are below: 

    • Gatwick Venue – Bookings will be transferred from 1 – 5 March to 22 – 26 March
    • Luton Venue – Bookings will be transferred from 1 – 5 March to 15 – 19 March
    • Bristol Ground School Venue – Bookings for 1 – 4 March will be cancelled (venue not available in March)
    • CAE Oxford –Bookings for 17 – 19 March will be cancelled (venue not available in March)
    • Ayrshire College – Bookings for 19 March will be cancelled (venue not available in March)

    For cancelled bookings, candidates and Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) will receive a system generated cancellation notice and exam fees will be refunded to the order owner for future bookings.

    For transferred bookings, candidates and ATOs will receive revised booking confirmations. If new dates are not convenient, exams can be cancelled via their portal.

    Please note that exam dates and existing bookings from 15 March onwards (with the exception of CAE Oxford) remain in place.

  • The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) conducts electronic examinations (e-Exams) for (Part-66) professional Aircraft Maintenance Licences.

    E-exams: register and book an exam

    Read our guidance on how to register for e-exams

    Already registered?

    Before sitting any Licensing examination, candidates are required to read all of the documents contained in the 'Candidate Examination Guidance' section on this page.

    Candidate examination guidance

    If you have any queries relating to examinations, please email aml-eexams@caa.co.uk.

    Please see below to view details of the exam format.

  • Supplied, approved and prohibited items

    Please refer to your examination confirmation e-mail for specific items for each examination.

    Supplied items

    • Rough working paper
    • Essay exam answer paper (Essay Modules only)

    Prohibited items

    • Pencil case (please note you will have to bring your own writing equipment as per booking confirmation)
    • Mobile phone
    • Watch
    • Recording or communication equipment/devices

    Limitations, conversions and BCAR section L exams

  • The e-Exam system has a number of part module exams available for candidates to sit, see Products.

    These cover the most common limitation removal scenarios:

    • limitation 1 and 9,
    • limitation 6
      and
    • limitation 10 and 11.

    We are able to provide limitation removal exams for all limitations not listed above on a case by case basis.

    They are available as 'on request' e-Exams; when you are registered for an e-Exams service please contact
    AML-eExams@caa.co.uk if you have a specific examination requirement not listed in the available exams (Products).

    The CAA maintains the capability to deliver BCAR section L written examinations for BCAR Section L Licence holders.

    These examinations are delivered on a case by case basis as paper based examinations.

    They are available on request; when you are registered for an e-Exams service please contact
    AML-eExams@caa.co.uk

     

  • Technical review requests

    Candidates and Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) may raise concerns or challenge the accuracy and effectiveness of an examination question, paper, or supporting materials. The CAA thoroughly reviews all such instances via the following two protocols and results may be amended where genuine issues are identified.

  • To maintain the integrity and effectiveness of the examination content. 

    This includes:

    • routine review of all presented questions,
    • statistical analysis,
    • trend monitoring of question results,
    • a review of all candidate comments. 

    Candidates are able to make comments during an examination.

    Entering a comment during the examination does not constitute a Full Review but every comment is reviewed by the CAA.

    A candidate can request a Full Review which is a comprehensive investigation into the accuracy and integrity of examination content and materials delivered to the candidate during a specific test.

    • The Full Review must be formally instructed by the candidate by requesting a "Review" in their results portal page. 
    • It must be requested within 14 calendar days of the examination in question. 

    The full examination review fee should be paid by the candidate at the time of request , which is fully refundable if an error is found and the candidate marks are adjusted accordingly.

    The CAA endeavours to complete this service within 10 working days of receipt of the request.  A message notification, explaining the findings and closing actions will be added to the 'User Messages' area in the candidate e-Exam portal.