• 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; and (except when the type rating course is combined with an MCC course)
      • hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of an MCC course in helicopters; or
      • have at least 500 hours as a pilot on multi-pilot aeroplanes; or
      • 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.

    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 2015/050 and IN 2014/110 if applicable

    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 see to CAP 804 section 4, Part H, subpart 1 for more information.


    See our licence fees and costssection.

    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

  • Related Information

    All relevant European regulations such as Part- ARO, ORO, CAT, SPA, NCC, NCO, MED are available on the link shown below.

    For Flight Crew Regulations please refer to the consolidated version Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011.

    For other regulations such as Part-ORO, Part-ORA, please check the Air Operations regulations.