Overseas Licence Conversion
Important Note: CASA has made changes to the theory exams for an Overseas Licence Conversion. Please read the following:
Information about conversion of overseas licences
The Australian Civil Aviation Regulations provide for the recognition of foreign flight crew licences as the basis for issue of an Australian flight crew licence.
Conversion Exams (Aeroplane & Helicopter)
A holder of a valid foreign PPL, CPL or ATPL licence may convert to an Australian PPL for the relevant category (e.g. aeroplane) as on their existing licence without passing a theory exam.
A holder of a valid foreign CPL licence that has been issued by an ICAO Contracting State, may convert this licence to an Australian CPL by passing a two-part exam (each to be attempted separately), namely:
Both subject-parts (CHUF and either COSA or COSH) must be passed within prescribed period of time, referred to as a ‘window’.
A holder of a valid foreign ATPL licence that has been issued by an ICAO Contracting State, may convert this licence to an Australian ATPL, by passing a two-part exam (each Part to be attempted separately) and passing the ATPL flight test.
The conversion exam requires passes in the ATPL Human Factors exam (AHUF) and the ATPL overseas conversion exam (either AOSA or AOSH).
The parts must be passed within a prescribed period of time, referred to as a ‘window’.
Note: A Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) course is a required pre-requisite to attempt the ATPL flight test. It is also a requirement to hold a multi engine command instrument rating for the issue of an Aeroplane ATPL. This requires a pass in the IREX exam and the instrument rating flight test.
The candidate shall contact CASA directly for assistance on the booking. The candidate may apply to CASA in writing by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by normal mail to the address below:
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
(Attn: Flight Crew Licensing – Special booking for Overseas Licence Conversion Exams)
PO Box 2005
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Important: Overseas candidates who plan to attempt the aeroplane overseas ATPL conversion exam must allow for the time involved in the correct sequencing of the air law part-exams and the possibility of failing one or more of the exams. CASA has mandatory re-training period which may prevent a candidate from booking an examination after having failed the same subject, three or more times.
The re-training period is a safety-related requirement therefore CASA will NOT reduce it on the basis of the overseas candidate having to leave Australia prior to the completion of the re-training period. If the candidate has an urgent requirement to leave Australia before passing the exams, then he/she should plan to re-sit the exam(s) on his/her return to Australia.
The candidate is personally responsible for taking these factors into account in the planning of his/her own availability for the exams.
Before you start any form of study or flight training program to convert an overseas pilot licence to an Australian pilot licence, it is essential you read the CASA Guide To Converting Foreign Licences for pilots with foreign licences who wish to fly in Australia. There is a lot of information on that page, so you must make sure you read all of the details very carefully.
If you hold a New Zealand licence there are different requirements. Please read on for information on using the TTMRA to convert a New Zealand Licence.
Advanced Flight Theory’s Overseas ATPL Aeroplane Distance Learning Conversion Course – AOSA
(You also require Overseas ATPL Aeroplane Map/Document Package)
Please Note: The price of our course includes postage to address’s within Australia. For postage to overseas countries we will provide a quote prior to dispatch.
A holder of a valid foreign ATPL licence that has been issued by an ICAO Contracting State, may convert this licence to an Australian ATPL, by passing a two-part exam (each Part to be attempted separately).
The conversion exam requires passes in the ATPL Human Factors exam (AHUF) and the ATPL overseas conversion exam (AOSA). The AOSA examination is a 3 hour exam requiring an 80% pass mark which covers the following unit codes for knowledge standards in Schedule 3 of the MOS – CLWA, AALW and AMET.
Note: It is also a requirement to hold a multi engine command instrument rating for the issue of an aeroplane ATPL. This requires a pass in the IREX exam and the instrument rating flight test.
This Study Package includes material to prepare you for the AOSA (CLWA, AALW, AMET) and AHUF theory examinations.
CASA examinations can only be conducted in Australia.
The Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA)
The Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act allows professional qualifications like flight crew licences to be used in both Australia and New Zealand with very little restriction.
New Zealand pilots who wish to study or train for flight crew licences in Australia and then obtain a CASA flight crew licence, should first read the CASA Guide To Applying For Australian Flight Crew Qualification based on recognition of New Zealand Flight Crew Qualifications under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act.
Once you have a CASA flight crew licence and you wish to take it back to New Zealand and have a NZ CAA licence issued, you should read For Australian Pilots – getting your licence recognised in New Zealand from the NZ CAA website.
If you are coming to Australia you must contact CASA Flight Crew Licensing directly for confirmation of the requirements. DO NOT plan your study and flight tests until you have first confirmed exactly what is expected of you by CASA, after they have considered your personal circumstances.
All of Advanced Flight Theory’s professional theory courses contain our Practice CyberExams for each subject, including a personalised username and password with four Marking Credits per subject.
While our Practice CyberExams do not contain actual CASA exam questions, they are designed to ensure you become familiar with the style and workload involved in the actual CASA PEXO Exams and help you become familiar with the layout and format of the exams. The sole purpose of our Practice CyberExam system is to help you determine if you are fully prepared to attempt the actual CASA PEXO Exams for each subject.
Our Practice CyberExams have proven to be very popular with our students. Since our system was first created, we have had over 5000 different Aeroplane and Helicopter pilots attempt our exams and approximately 20,000 Practice CyberExams are sat via our system every year.
While the CASA PEXO Exam system has been designed to be viewed using a Microsoft Windows operating system with Microsoft Internet Explorer, a version of our exams called “Simple Mode” has been created to work on all browsers/platforms/devices (including Apple computers and iPhone/iPad). Simple Mode uses no scripts, backgrounds or images to ensure compatibility with all systems. When generating your exam the system detects which browser you are using and displays in either “Full CASA Simulation” for Windows Internet Explorer or “Simple Mode” for other browsers and devices. The primary purpose of Advanced Flight Theory Practice CyberExams is to replicate the appearance of the CASA PEXO Exam System so students become totally familiar with the appearance and features of the CASA system, so where possible we recommend you use Microsoft Windows with Microsoft Internet Explorer to get the most realistic simulation of the CASA PEXO Exams. Other browsers simply can’t display the pages or run the scripts in the same manner as the actual CASA PEXO Exams, however our “Simple Mode” version has all features other than the appearance of the CASA PEXO Exam System.
Please click here for a demonstration of our system.
Airservices Supply Shop
You can obtain the maps and documents you require to complete this course by purchasing our Overseas ATPL Aeroplane Map/Document Package.
Advanced Flight Theory operates an Airservices Supply Shop and can provide the complete range of CASA documents, maps and charts. Flight computers, protractors, WAC rulers and a full range of basic stationery items are also available. Supplies can be purchased on arrival, or by phone or internet order and dispatched to you at any time.
Contact Brett Adamson for further details or to place an order.
When and How to Apply for a CASA PEXO Exam
Important Note: CASA and ASL PEXO Exam fees are NOT included in our course fees for Overseas Conversion Distance Learning Courses.
You must book your own CASA PEXO Exams for AOSA and AHUF.
All CASA Flight Crew Examinations are booked through Assessment Services Ltd (ASL).
CASA PEXO Exams used as credits towards CASA flight crew licences can only be sat in Australia.
Before booking any CASA PEXO Exams candidates need to be sure of their eligibility and timing before making a booking.
In particular, overseas students should note that they must hold a CASA CPL(A) or have a pass in all seven parts of the CASA CPL(A) theory exam to meet pre requisite qualifications for sitting CASA ATPL(A) PEXO Exams.
ASL have a strict policy on refunds and transfers to other sitting dates.
When booking exams candidates should be aware of the retraining periods required after exam failures and make allowances for this. ASL recommend that you do not book for more than three exams at a time to ensure there are no transfer fees or that exam fees are not forfeited.