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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

This page provides guidance to applicants for the issue of a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Welder approval.


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 do I apply?

Once all 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
West Sussex

What do I need to include with my application?

The following information needs to be provided with your 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 much does it cost?

The Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions) offers further details.

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 correctly 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?

British Civil Airworthiness Requirements, Section A8-10 offers further guidance on the procedures for the issue and control of welding approvals.

What happens next?

The following information advises on what will happen to your application 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.