AMFA is committed to providing our members and those interested in the craft a means to research and secure the necessary aircraft mechanic certificate ratings (also commonly referred to as licenses) to maintain aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires these licenses to perform maintenance on aircraft and they are essential to our craft. The main licenses are known as the Airframe and the Powerplant (also known as A&P). They are aptly regarded as “licenses to learn,” because in our craft there is much opportunity to continue learning when one begins utilizing their education and training in the field.
There are two pathways to earning an A&P: either through an FAA-certificated Part 147 school or through experience via on-the-job (OJT) training in both civilian and military aviation. Please visit the FAA "Become an Aviation Mechanic" webpage for more detailed information about becoming an aircraft mechanic, including federal requirements, training, testing, and career outlook.
Most of our members have already earned these licenses through training at a college, trade school, or while serving in the United States Military. There are several programs available in the United States and they range from a technical school that may take as little as 16 months, to Associates Degree programs, and there are even Bachelor’s Degree options available. To search for an educational program near you, please visit: http://av-info.faa.gov/MaintenanceSchool.asp
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