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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 for organisations or individuals to apply for a Direct Course approval for a UK Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML).


Organisation or individuals may apply for a UK Direct Course Approval (DCA) as per UK 66.B.130. Anyone wishing to apply should do so by submitting application form SRG1013 and supporting documentation to the apply@caa.co.uk.

Any certificates issued from a UK Direct Course Approval, are only valid for UK Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders.

Direct Course Approval is not applicable to Part 147 Organisations as these organisations can simply add the required course to their existing scope by submitting an application. If you already hold a UK Part 147 approval, please submit a change to your existing approval.


There is a charge payable for a UK Part 66 DCA application. This depends on the extent of the DCA required.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Scheme of Charges Personnel Licensing offers further guidance.

In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges Personnel Licensing), the Scheme of Charges takes precedence.

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

If the application team receive your application and all elements are present and correct, a Surveyor will be allocated and timescales discussed at that point.

How long is it valid for?

Once granted, a Part 66 DCA is valid for a period of 12 months (one year) from date of approval.

If an organisation or individual requires a further DCA, a further application should be submitted.

This approval is raised by the Airworthiness team and will be subject to CAA oversight by an assigned surveyor.

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What to include with your application

  • A completed application form submitted by an Authorised Representative of the Company, for example, the Accountable Manager/Quality Manager or an Individual who is responsible for training. (Aircraft ratings should be listed as per UK Part 66 Type Rating List (SRG1782)).
    (At this time the Part 66 listing does not include Sailplanes, Powered Sailplanes or Balloons. In this case use the aircraft type designation specified on the Part 21 aircraft Type Certificate Data Sheet).
  • A copy of the proposed training material (course notes).
  • A copy of the proposed examination questions (to ensure compliance with Part 66).
  • Details of the approved Instructor (Copy of current UK Part 145 Authorisation and/or UK Part 66 Licence).
  • A copy of the proposed Training Needs Analysis (TNA).
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How do I apply?

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What happens next?

Once the application is received it will be reviewed by the apply team to ensure all the supporting documentation is present and then it will be assigned to an Airworthiness Surveyor for review.

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