• 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.


    You must:

    • Have a current and valid helicopter licence,
    • An expired helicopter type rating applicable to the type being renewed,
    • You must take refresher training at an ATO (approved under Part-ORA) when necessary to reach the level of proficiency necessary to safely operate the relevant type of helicopter,
    • Pass a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL.

    Please ensure that your examiner has met the designation of examiner for skills test for initial issue of Licences, ratings and certificates and Briefing of Non UK examiners requirements, as detailed in information notice IN 2016/003 and IN 2016/004, if applicable.

    • Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must 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.


    See our licence fees and costs section.

    Please note additional fees will apply if your licence needs to be converted as part of this application. The conversion process will also require ratings on a PART FCL licence to be checked for validity.

    An additional fee applies if you want your documents to be returned by secure courier. More information about our secure courier service.

    Validity period

    The rating is valid for 1 year from the date when you pass 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 conducted by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation you must send copies of the following:

    • the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate,
    • the examiners licence and examiner authorisation certificate,
    • the current and valid examiner briefing certificate, issued by the UK CAA.

    If you are applying on the basis of a Third country ICAO licence conversion you will need to send us:

    • the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate; or
    • a copy certified by the 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;
    • a Course Completion Certificate.

    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 whilst the additional requirements are met.

    Contact us

    Email: fclweb@caa.co.uk

    Shared Service Centre
    Civil Aviation Authority
    Aviation House
    Beehive Ring Road
    West Sussex
    RH6 0YR