CARs Canadian Aircraft Engineer Licensing Glossary

The following information outlines the basic requirements that an applicant must fulfil in order to obtain a Canadian AME Licence, in accordance with CAR 403 and Standard 566, Division I (Aug/99).


This information cannot be considered all-inclusive - for exact details of the requirements pertaining to Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licensing refer to STD 566, Division I.

AME Licence Ratings

The scope of maintenance release privileges as they pertain to the rating designators entered on the licence, are as follows:

  1. M1: Non-turbojet aircraft built to CAR 522, 523, 523-VLA, 527, 549 and equivalent standards (Includes all airframe, engines, propellers, components, structures, and systems of those aircraft).
  2. M2: All aircraft not included in M1 (excluding balloons) (includes all airframes, engines, propellers, components, structures, and systems of those aircraft), and the aircraft listed in paragraph 566.03(8)(b).
  3. E: Aircraft electronic systems. (Includes communication, pulse, navigation, auto flight, flight path computation, instruments and the electrical elements of other aircraft systems, and any structural work directly associated with the maintenance of those systems).
  4. S: Aircraft structures. (Includes all airframe structures).
  5. Balloons
Rating  Age  Minimum Basic Training Experience Skill Exams
M1 21 1000 hours Aircraft Maintenance theory 48 months Record of Maintenance tasks required
  • Airframe
  • Powerplant
  • Standard Practices
  • Regulations
M2 21 1000 hours Aircraft Maintenance theory 48 months Record of Maintenance tasks required
  • Airframe
  • Powerplant
  • Standard Practices
  • Regulations
E 21 1000 hours Electronics theory 48 months Record of Maintenance tasks required
  • Avionics
  • Standard Practices
  • Regulations
S 21 550 hours Aircraft Structures theory 36 months Record of Maintenance tasks required
  • Structures
  • Standard Practices
  • Regulations

1. AME Licence Application Supplement form (26-0638)

  • Used to obtain approval to attempt the technical examinations; requires acceptable proof of age and basic training

AME Licence Application form (24-0083)

  • 2. Used to obtain approval to attempt the Regulatory Requirements (Air Regulations) exam; in order to obtain approval to attempt this exam acceptable proof of: age; training; experience; and successful completion of applicable technical exams is required.
Documents submitted to Transport Canada

All documents must be submitted in either English or French; and be originals or certified true copies of the originals. The following individuals may certify copies:

  • A notary public or commission for oaths;
  • A TC Civil Aviation Safety Inspector/Officer or Administrative (Operational) Support personnel; or
  • The holder of a valid Canadian AME Licence


  • Canadian citizenship certificates
  • Birth or baptismal certificates
  • Passport
  • Any (Canadian) Federal or Provincial document showing the applicant's birth date

Basic Training:

The applicant must have completed an approved or acceptable basic training course in aircraft maintenance, avionics or structural repair (as applicable). As proof of training, the applicant must submit:

  1. A graduation certificate from a Transport Canada approved basic training program; or
  2. A graduation certificate, transcript of marks and course curriculum from the training facility

Foreign Licenses:

Applicants who held valid licences for the following are exempt from the basic training requirement:

Aircraft Maintenance: (issued prior to January 01, 1990)

  • United States - FAA A&P licence with an Inspection Authorization rating;
  • ICAO (type II), rated for airframe & engines

Avionics Maintenance: (issued prior to September 01, 1985)

  • ICAO (type II), that included avionics privileges

In order to be eligible for these exemptions applicants must provide proof of holding the licence in question.

Any and all other such AME licenses are not eligible for exemption. Such licence holders/applicants are required to provide proof of basic training in accordance with STD 556.04.


As proof of experience, the applicants shall submit a personal logbook or equivalent document signed by the persons responsible for the maintenance release of the work items recorded (identifying exact dates, types of work performed and types of aircraft worked on).

At the time of #24-0083 application, all but six months of the required total experience must have been obtained.

Experience is deemed to be a maximum of 1800 hours per year (at 150 hours per month).

Ultra-light, advanced ultra-light, amateur built, or owner maintained aircraft experience is not acceptable for AME licensing purposes.

Skill (Maintenance Tasks):

Documented proof of completing a representative selection of eligible maintenance tasks, over the full range of applicable systems and structures. Each task claimed shall have been subject to a maintenance release. This may be accomplished by:

  1. Submission of an appropriately completed personal logbook; or
  2. Submission of an appropriately completed List of maintenance tasks per STD 566, Appendix B

A minimum of 70% of the items listed in each ATA chapter, as applicable to the aircraft systems and structures experience was obtained on, is required. Each task shall have a statement of certification by the AME, or equivalent person who supervised the work, to include the date, aircraft type, registration mark, or component serial number as applicable, and confirmation that the applicant is able to:

  1. Identify the applicable standard for the task;
  2. select the proper tools;
  3. perform the work correctly without supervision; and
  4. complete the necessary documentation.

Persons who sign for completion of maintenance tasks shall be responsible for the accuracy of statements made.


Examinations must be successfully completed within 12 months after the date on which TC approved the application. The passing grade for each examination is 70%.

For further information see: CARs official requirement