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Coronavirus - Theoretical Knowledge Examination Completion Period

The CAA have published ORS4 1353 which details the exemption for the Theoretical Examination completion period.

ORS4 1353 exempts all candidates currently undertaking theoretical knowledge examinations with the CAA as the Examination Body for the issue of a UK CAA issued Part-FCL licence,from the requirement to complete the examinations within18 months as required by Commission Regulation(EU) 1178/2011 as amended, Annex I, FCL.025(b)(2)and extends the period to 24 months, subject to the conditions stated below.

This general exemption is for candidates within UK-based Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and Declared Training Organisations (DTOs) for whom the UK CAA is the Competent Authority, to provide a means of ensuring the health and safety of candidates, instructors and invigilation staff conducting the examinations,during the pandemic phase of COVID-19. The exemption will be in accordance with the following conditions:

a) Candidates must already have commenced the examination process, having completed at least one examination sitting on the date of implementation of this exemption;

b) Candidates should request an extension from the CAA Examination Team via email ( if they:

i) have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by medical practitioner or NHS staff, or

ii) have not been able to attend examinations due to nationally invoked quarantine requirements;or

iii) have not been able to attend examinations due to examination sittings being suspended by the CAA, or

iv) are subject to any other State travel restrictions.

c) Whilst there will be a permitted extension to the 18-month time allotted for completing the entire series of theoretical knowledge examinations, the scope of the exemption will not include any changes to the required pass mark, the maximum number of attempts per paper, nor the maximum number of sittings as required by FCL.025(b).

This exemption has effect until 18 September 2020 unless previously revoked.

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