The Inspection Authorization (IA) program is a four-day course that prepares qualified candidates to obtain an inspection authorization certificate from the FAA. 
Classes begin on Monday, finish on Thursday and conclude with testing on Friday. The content of the course places a heavy emphasis on Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), airworthiness directives and research techniques for acquiring necessary data in the performance of the position as an authorized inspector.


  • Hold an Airframe and Powerplant rating for three years, during which time the applicant has been actively engaged in aircraft maintenance for the past two years.
  • Have a fixed base of operations
  • Must have the following available for use: facilities, equipment and resource library access necessary to properly perform an inspection after a major repair, alteration, or annual is accomplished on an aircraft.
  • Complete IA Form 8610-1, obtained from your local FSDO.