How to Get an A&P License

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How to Get an A&P License
Get an A&P; License

For many, the idea of a career in aviation seems unreachable. You may be unsure of the education needed and wonder how long it would take to get an Airframe & Powerplant license. You may be surprised to learn that in just under two years, you could be working on airplanes and jets for a prestigious airline. All it takes is dedication and a good knowledge of math and science. Read on to learn more.

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  1. 1

    Graduate high school. Before you try to enroll in a program to get your A&P license, you must first have a high school diploma. You need to be at least 18 years of age at the time of graduation in order to receive your certification from the FAA.

  2. 2

    Have the funds necessary to enroll in an airframe and power plant education program. The fees vary by state and program, but you can expect to spend a few thousand dollars to upwards of 20 thousand, depending on where you live.

  3. 3

    Have a basic set of mechanic's tools. To get your A&P license, you need to have your own set of mechanic's tools to practice on various aircraft throughout the program. Some schools may provide a small set of tools, while others require you to have your own.

  4. 4

    Complete the necessary coursework. You'll need to attend a certain number of classroom-type courses as well as hands-on programs to get your degree. There are a set number of training hours that you must undergo to get an A&P certification; the number is determined by the FAA.

  5. 5

    Pass your exams. Once you pass your courses, you need to pass the written and practical exams set up by a certified FAA testing site.

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