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English language proficiency testing and flight crew licensing

Assessing English Language Proficiency (ELP) to meet the requirements for flight crew licensing requires an assessment test which can be carried out in two ways:

1. Through CAA-approved ELP testing organisations which assess language proficiency by means of a formal assessment test.

2. Informal assessment by a flight or radio telephony examiner who has been assessed as Level 6 and completed language assessment-rater training:

  • During existing checking or training activities, including: rating issue or revalidation, line training, operator line checks or proficiency checks, or through the use of the radio-telephony test.
  • Other informal assessment such as an interview or oral interaction with a flight or radio-telephony examiner.

An ELP endorsement at Level 6 has no periodic re-evaluation requirement. At Level 5 (Extended Level) a re-evaluation is required every six years and at Level 4 (Operational Level) every four years.

The CAA have published guidance on assessing English Language Proficiency here.

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