The cost of obtain the FAA Airframe and Powerplant ratings may be going up as costs of doing business for the DME has gone up with the new FAA guidance for required tooling and equipment as of April 1, 2015.
Testing for the FAA Mechanic Certificate is broken into two portions or ratings:
1. Airframe Rating
2. Powerplant Rating
SAMPLE COSTS ONLY
The Certification written testing at an FAA written test center:
•Written knowledge tests General subject area: $150 per take per the CATS system.
General subject area: $150 per take
Airframe subject area: $150 per take
Powerplant subject area: $150 per take
Written tests: $450 Total *
(The General Written test is taken with the first rating sought)
* Written knowledge test prices are subject to change. Prices for knowledge tests are set by FAA Approved Testing Centers. Check the local testing center fee before testing.
The Certification Oral & Practical testing at a DME testing facility:
•Oral and practical tests (one “session” per rating)
Section I - General section – Oral and Practical: $200
Section II - Airframe Structures – O&P: $200
Section III - Airframe Systems – O&P: $200
Section IV - Powerplant Maintenance – O&P: $200
Section V - Powerplant Systems – O&P: $200
ALL Oral and Practical Tests: $1000 Total
(The General Section is taken with the first rating sought)
* The oral and skill knowledge test prices are set by the individual DME. Prices for oral and skill knowledge tests vary from DME to DME. The above is only a sample of what you may find.
•Payment for Services
The oral and practical examination is not part of the Aviation Maintenance Certification Program. Each applicant must coordinate with a DME and schedule an oral and practical examination separate from a Maintenance Certification Program in accordance with FAA regulations and orders.
Make sure you have a clear understanding from your DME what your fee’s for taking the oral and practical exam will be. In addition, there may be an extra charge for any re-tests that may be required, having a clear understanding of all fee’s up front will prevent issues that may arise after the tests are completed. It is a good business practice to get all fee’s in writing before taking any tests.
How an DME collects fees for services is different for each DME. Some DMEs will allow an applicant to pay the fee using a credit card, personnel check or cash. Do NOT expect each DME to collect fees the same way. Fee collection is by DME preference.
Applicants must be advised that the FAA authorization to test is only valid for testing by a Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) who exercises privileges within the geographic area served by the FSDO where the authorization is granted. Should the applicant wish to test with a DME in another district, additional FAA approval is required. The DME must gain permission from their FSDO/international field office. Part of the DME review will be to obtain the FAA approval to test an applicant out of district.
The new FAA Oral and Practical planning sheet are now in use for and is mandatory September 2015. What this means is the FAA will pick your oral questions and practical projects for your test the DME will give you. The oral test is basically the same, however the practical projects will only be 20 projects now and the 24-core items has gone away.
The FAA has published the NEW Practical Test Standards (PTS) that covers all subject areas. I would highly recommend you review the new PTS before you make an appointment with a DME to test.
If you have any question about the new FAA testing you can contact post a question on Ask Bob.