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The Inspection Authorization Courses

The Inspection Authorization Course


F.A.A. Eligibility Requirement

To be eligible for an Inspection Authorization rating, the F.A.A. requires the applicant to: 


  • Have held their A&P rating for a three year period before applying for testing, and have been actively engaged in aircraft maintenance the 2 year period prior to applying for testing.

  • Have a fixed base of operations.

  • Have available to them, the equipment, facilities and inspection data necessary to properly inspect airframes, powerplants, propellers, or any other related part or appliances.


Our 5 day IA course will not only allow you to leave our school with a high passing score on the FAA exam, but in-depth knowledge of FAA publications and complete confidence with your new IA responsibilities. BAKER'S SCHOOL Inspection Authorization course begins each Monday of every week, except those weeks containing school holidays. It is a four day course, concluding on Thursday afternoon with testing scheduled Friday morning. 

Therefore, if you are making flight travel plans, insure your flight out of Nashville does not leave until late Friday afternoon.

The Inspection Authorization Renewal Course


Presently, Baker's School of Aeronautics offers two 8 hour courses that are approved by the FAA for IA renewal. 


Course one is offered every Monday and covers Title 14 of the CFRs (FARs). 


Course two is offered every Tuesday and covers TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA SHEETS and AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES. 


Seating is limited, therefore pre-registration is required. Please call in advance to schedule your specific course. 


IA renewal tuition - $200.00


It is not necessary to bring any materials with you. We provide each attendee all required course materials.


We are an authorized FAA testing center and IA

testing will be available to each of our IA students

on Friday morning at no additional charge, as

long as they have successfully completed

our course.


As of August 1, 1996 the IA exam is being administered via computer. We are an authorized testing center and can administer the IA exam after the completion of the IA course. IA testing will be available on Friday morning after the completion of the course.   There is no additional charge for the IA exam after successful completion of our course. 

In order to take the IA exam, you must have an original signed 8610-1 form (application for Inspection Authorization and one valid forms of identification). Foreign students must have a passport and a second form of valid identification. You will need to contact your local FSDO to obtain the 8610 form. 


IA Tuition $995.00 complete


(Prices effective as of January 1, 2023 and includes all FAA testing fees.)

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 from any individual or company. 


What to Bring 

The only items needed to attend our IA course (besides the original, signed and endorsed 8610-I form for FAA testing) is a small hand calculator, proof of residential address, and a picture I.D. Non - U.S. residents must possess a valid passport for identification. 


I.A. Course Guarantee 

BAKER'S SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS guarantees that if you fail the I.A. written tests, after completing our course, you may return to our school, up to two years, during I.A. classes for additional training until you receive your I.A. rating.

We would like to thank Joshua Jones with Bird Craft Technology for his unsolicited review of our IA course. Please check it out. 

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