EASA Instrument rating examiner revalidation

Part 1178/2011 FCL does not prescribe flight training for instrument rating examiner - IRE(A) certificate revalidation. Part FCL, however, requires that a flight school - ATO provides a examiner refresh seminar, also called examiner standardization training.

Instrument rating examiner IRE(A) revalidation

To revalidate instrument rating examiner IRE(A) certificate, it is necessary to meet Part FCL, statute FCL.1025. Pursuant to FCL.1025(a), the standard length of instrument rating examiner IRE(A) certificate validity is 3 years.

Pursuant to FCL.1025(b), instrument rating examiner IRE(A) certificate validity will be revalidated for another 3 years if a instrument rating examiner:

  • administered at least 2 practical exams - license skill tests or license proficiency checks in every year of the instrument rating examiner IRE(A) certificate validity period.
  • undertook a standardization refresh course - examiner refresh seminar or instrument rating examiners IRE(A) seminar provided by within the approved flight training by the flight school or national aviation authoriy.

To revalidate the instrument rating examiner IRE(A) certificate, it is necessary that the flight examiner took flight examiner assessment of competence in the last year of the validity period.

This means that one exam, either a license skill test, license proficiency check, or an assessment of competence must be provided under the supervision of the inspector of national aviation authority or a senior examiner.

Examiner assessment of competence

If a pilot holds examiner certificate with multiple examiner roles, according to FCL.1025(b)(4), it is sufficient to undertake one examiner assessment of competence to have revalidated all flight examiner privileges.

An example would be multiple roles when an flight examiner holds the following examiner certificates:

  • Flight examiner FE(A) for LAPL(A), PPL(A), CPL(A)
  • Class rating examiner CRE(A) for SEP(land) and MEP(land)
  • Instrument rating examiner IRE(A)

In this case, if the flight examiner - FE(A) successfully passes the examiner assessment of competence under the senior examiner's supervision in the role of a class rating examiner CRE(A) providing a license proficiency check - LPC for single-engine piston aircraft - SEP(land) aircraft, the flight examiner will also have class rating examiner CRE(A) for MEP(land), instrument rating examiner IRE(A), and flight examiner FE(A) for light aircraft pilot license - LAPL(A), commercial pilot license - CPL(A), and private pilot license - PPL(A) examiner privileges revalidated.

ICAO English Exam can become a part of examiner assessment of competence. We offer this option with our partner company Aero Language.

The certificates issued by Aero Language are in accordance with both ICAO and EASA requirements. Most ICAO and EASA member states accept Aero Language's ICAO English certificates without restrictions.


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