Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Inspection Authorization (IA)


Credential: Inspection Authorization (IA)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Inspection Authorization (IA) permits airframe and powerplant mechanics to perform greater variety of maintenance functions and alterations than any other single entity. The FAA initiated the issuance of the IA more than 40 years and since have allowed qualified mechanics the privilege of performing certain inspections that have served well in the maintenance of the U.S. Civil Fleet. Candidates must meet prerequisite and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Inspection Authorization (IA)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Hold a currently effective mechanic certificate with both an airframe rating and a powerplant rating
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC  20591

Phone: (866) 835-5322

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Candidate must hold a currently effective mechanic certificate with both an airframe rating and a powerplant rating, each of which is currently effective and has been in effect for a total of at least three years.

Candidate must have been actively engaged, for at least the two-year period before the date of application, in maintaining aircraft certificated and maintained in accordance to 14 CFR 65.

The Inspection Authorization (IA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must have a fixed base of operations at which the candidate may be located in person or by telephone during a normal working week but it need not be the place where the candidate will exercise inspection authority.
  • Candidate must have the equipment, facilities, and inspection data necessary to properly inspect airframes, powerplants, propellers, or any related part or appliance.
  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Candidate must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

Written Exam

  • Major alterations
    • Airframe major alterations
    • Powerplant major alterations
    • Propeller major alterations
    • Appliance major alterations
  • Major repairs
    • Airframe major repairs
    • Powerplant major repairs
    • Propeller major repairs
  • Preventive maintenance

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Inspection Authorization (IA) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Inspection Authorization (IA) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Inspection Authorization (IA)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Inspection Authorization (IA) credential has the following recertification information:

The renewal of an inspection authorization occurs every two years. To be eligible for renewal, inspection authorization holders must present evidence during the month of March of each odd-numbered year, at the responsible Flight Standards Office, that he/she still meets the requirements of 14 CFR 65.91(c)(1) through (4). In addition, inspection authorization holders must show completion of one of the activities in 14 CFR 65.93(a)(1) through (5) by March 31st of the first year of the two-year inspection authorization period, and completion of one of the five activities during the second year of the two-year period:
  • Performed at least one annual inspection for each 90 days the authority was held;
  • Performed at least two major repairs or major alterations for each 90 days the authority was held;
  • Performed or supervised and approved at least one progressive inspection;
  • Attended and successfully completed a refresher course; or
  • Passed an oral test by an FAA inspector to determine current knowledge of applicable regulations and standards.
Additional information can be found in 14 CFR 65.93 - Inspection Authorization: Renewal.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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