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Practical Hands On Training

A & P Course

F.A.A. Eligibility Requirements 


The A&P mechanics course is for applicants who meet FAR 65.71-65.77 only.  Under these regulations, you must have a certain type of mechanical experience before the F.A.A. will allow you to take the F.A.A. written exams.  The required experience for the powerplant mechanic rating is a minimum of 18 months working with tools on any type of aircraft engine.  The required experience for the airframe mechanic rating is a minimum of 18 months working with tools on any type of airframe.  If you want both ratings, and your experience was a combination of airframe and powerplant, then you need a total of 30 months experience (not 36). 

If you are in doubt about your experience, it is best to discuss it with your F.A.A. maintenance inspector nearest you.  There are four requirements to obtain a mechanic's license: 


  • Experience

  • Written exams

  • Oral test

  • Practical test


Obtaining Your Authorization Slips

To be enrolled in BAKER'S SCHOOL as a mechanic student, you must first meet the F.A.A. experience requirements.  The purpose of this is to be sure the F.A.A. will permit you to take the written exam after you finish the course.  There are four (4) ways of proving your experience to the F.A.A. Any of these four ways will be considered as proof: 


  1. Have the F.A.A. written exam grade slip which shows you met the requirements in the past.

  2. Have a completion certificate from a civilian F.A.A. approved mechanic school.  To obtain this type of completion certificate, you must have attended a mechanic school full time for 2 to 3 years.

  3. Have a military discharge records showing that you have worked on aircraft as a mechanic for the required number of months. (DD-214)

  4. Have a "mechanic's experience letter" signed by your shop superintendent, maintenance officer or licensed mechanic under whom you have worked.

  5. Having complied with (2) or (3) or (4) above, you now should go to your F.A.A. office and comply with no. (5).

  6.  Ensure both 8610-2 Forms have original signatures of the FAA Inspector and yours. 


A&P Enrollment

Please enroll at least four to six weeks prior to your desired start date, you may have to stay longer, depending on DME availability.  $100 deposit is required to secure your class, with balance due the morning you start. 


A&P Tuition $2200.00* Complete 

(Prices effective as of July 15, 2024 and includes all FAA written testing fees.)

Contact school for individual course tuition.

Tuition may be paid by money order, cashier's check, travelers check's, cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED by any individual or company. 

*Plus Applicable Oral and Practical Exams Fees. 


Oral and Practical Examinations 

The F.A.A. requires the written test results to be in the student's hands before an Oral and Practical examination may be given.  Therefore, in order to take an Oral and Practical examination with one of our examiners, you must bring your written score reports and your airmen certificate and/or rating application 8610-2. Your F.A.A. inspector should give you two copies of the 8610-2 form, both bearing original signatures.  Photo copied signatures are not accepted. 

For our students' convenience, we have scheduled local F.A.A. designated mechanic examiners for morning, afternoon and weekend testing. Call the school for their current exam fees.


A&P Guarantee 


guarantees that if you fail the written,

oral, or practical after completing the

guaranteed course, BAKER'S will give you

additional instruction, at no extra cost, up

to two years, until you pass the test*.

*$175.00 on additional retest.


Classroom Time 

The average time to obtain the A&P rating

is from 11 - 13 days. Our instructors work

closely with each student, progressing him/her based on their own capabilities.  Since we GUARANTEE THE COURSE, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE TIME. 


What to Bring 

The only items necessary for enrollment for the Guaranteed A&P courses, as mentioned before, are the two 8610-2 forms from the F.A.A., valid identification of a driver's license (non - U.S. students must also bring valid passport) and full tuition.  The student does not buy any books for the course.  All materials and tools are furnished by the school. Electronic calculators are used in the classroom in some parts of the course.  If a student has their own, they may wish to bring it with them.  The school offers an in-house aviation store that carries inexpensive calculators available for purchase.  These calculators may be used in the testing room when taking the F.A.A. examination.  Students need to have a notebook for their own use.


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