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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

We are seeking to expand our relationship with other schools; for opportunities please contact the National Secretary/Treasurer at jay.johnson@amfanatl.org

April 20, 2021 -- As you begin the FY 2022 appropriations process, the 42 undersigned organizations, representing aviation maintainers, commercial operators, general and business aviation, manufacturers, labor organizations, educators, airports, and state and local government officials urge you to once again fully fund the aviation workforce development grant programs created by Sec. 625 of the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) law.
April 20, 2021 -- The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) is happy to announce a new and unique aviation program designed to train transitioning military members and active-duty spouses in the important and valued craft of aircraft maintenance. The program is being conducted by VIPER Transitions, an organization dedicated to ending veteran suicide through counseling, comradery, and skilled training towards a rewarding career. AMFA is also excited to announce a $10,000 donation to VIPER Transitions towards the purchase of program tooling—an important and necessary component of our craft.
March 22, 2021 -- Junior Achievement is pleased to express its intent to collaborate with AMPLiFI Project team (Aviation Maintenance technician PipeLine Focused Initiative) in their proposed effort to create general aviation maintenance pipeline to support aviation workforce development. The program is a workforce development initiative that supports primary school outreach, secondary school education and military personnel A and P certification.

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