Assessment of competence - EASA examiner

The process of examiner assessment of competence is described in Regulation No 1178/2011, Part FCL, FCL.1020 - Examiner assessment of competence.

Applicant for the examiner assessment of competence must prove their skills, proficiency, attitude and competence to an inspector of national aviation authority or a senior examiner authorized to perform the examiner assessment of competence of examiner candidate. Examiner candidates shall prove their skills and competences during the examiner assessment of competence, where they are observed performing license skill test, license proficiency check, or an assessments of competence.

Examiner assessment of competence

A national aviation authority inspector or a senior examiner  observes all license applicants in real time during their practical exams of license skill test, license proficiency check, or an assessments of competence. The senior examinerpays attention to examiner candidate while performing the practical exam. The examiner candidate will demonstrate ability to conduct practical exam - license skill test, license proficiency check, or an assessments of competence with license applicants from instructions, flight - exam itself, exam evaluation and exam debriefing.


Inspector - the inspector of the competent authority conducting the examiner competence assessment;

Examiner applicant - the person seeking certification as an examiner;

Candidate - the person being tested or checked by the examiner applicant. This person may be a pilot for whom the test or check would be required, or the inspector of the competent authority who is conducting the examiner certification acceptance test.

Assessment of competence content

An inspector of the competent authority or a senior examiner  will observe all examiner applicants conducting a test on a ‘candidate’ in an aircraft for which examiner certificate is sought. Items from the related training course and test or check schedule will be selected by the inspector for examination of the ‘candidate’ by the examiner applicant. Having agreed with the inspector the content of the test, the examiner applicant will be expected to manage the entire test. This will include briefing, the conduct of the flight, assessment and debriefing of the ‘candidate’. The inspector will discuss the assessment with the examiner applicant before the ‘candidate’ is debriefed and informed of the result.

Briefing of the Candidate

The ‘candidate’ should be given time and facilities to prepare for the test flight. The briefing should cover the following:

  • the objective of the flight;
  • licensing checks, as necessary;
  • freedom for the ‘candidate’ to ask questions;
  • operating procedures to be followed (for example operators manual);
  • weather assessment;
  • operating capacity of ‘candidate’ and examiner;
  • aims to be identified by ‘candidate’;
  • simulated weather assumptions (for example icing and cloud base);
  • use of screens (if applicable);
  • contents of exercise to be performed;
  • agreed speed and handling parameters (for example V-speeds, bank angle, approach minima);
  • use of R/T;
  • respective roles of ‘candidate’ and examiner (for example during emergency);
  • administrative procedures (for example submission of flight plan).

The examiner applicant should maintain the necessary level of communication with the ‘candidate’. The following check details should be followed by the examiner applicant:

  • involvement of examiner in a MP operating environment;
  • the need to give the ‘candidate’ precise instructions;
  • responsibility for safe conduct of the flight;
  • intervention by examiner, when necessary;
  • use of screens;
  • liaison with ATC and the need for concise, easily understood intentions;
  • prompting the ‘candidate’ about required sequence of events (for example following a go-around);
  • keeping brief, factual and unobtrusive notes.

Assessment of competence itself

The examiner applicant should refer to the flight test tolerances given in the relevant skill test.

Attention should be paid to the following points:

  • questions from the ‘candidate’;
  • give results of the test and any sections failed;
  • give reasons for failure.

Assessment of competence debriefing

The examiner applicant should demonstrate to the inspector the ability to conduct a fair, unbiased debriefing of the ‘candidate’ based on identifiable factual items. A balance between friendliness and firmness should be evident. The following points should be discussed with the ‘candidate’, at the applicant’s discretion:

  • advise the candidate on how to avoid or correct mistakes;
  • mention any other points of criticism noted;
  • give any advice considered helpful.

Paperwork and administration

The examiner applicant should demonstrate to the inspector the ability to complete the relevant records correctly. These records may be:

  • the relevant test or check form;
  • licence entry;
  • notification of failure form;
  • relevant company forms where the examiner has privileges of conducting operator proficiency checks.

Demonstration of theoretical knowledge

The examiner applicant should demonstrate to the inspector a satisfactory knowledge of the regulatory requirements associated with the function of an examiner.

ICAO English Exam

ICAO English Exam can be provided along with the examiner assessment of competence.

Real-time rating during the English exam session is possible. In other cases, especially if the aviation English exam is taken distance mode, rating can take up to several hours - days at the most. We strive to rate your aviation English language proficiency exam as quickly as we can.

Each attribute is rated by an examiner on a ICAO language proficiency rating scale from ICAO language Level 1 to ICAO language Level 6. This values are so-called "ICAO language LEVEL". The lowest ICAO language Level gained within the respective sections is the final LEVEL of your ICAO language proficiency exam.

Examiner focuses mainly on Exam candidate's:

  • pronunciation
  • grammatical and sentence structures
  • vocabulary
  • spoken fluency
  • comprehension
  • interaction


OUR TIP: ICAO English Exam can be a part of practical flight exam or a part of examiner assessment of competence with senior examiner .