Have you ever thought about becoming an aviation maintenance technician? Are you good with your hands, and seeking a career rather than just a job? If so, you might want to consider a career as an A&P (or airframe and powerplant) mechanic! The need for these technicians is in high demand and continues to grow. According to Boeing’s 2019 Pilot & Technician Outlook, 769,000 new maintenance technicians will be required to maintain and repair the world’s fleet over the next twenty years. [1] Another perk: working on airplanes. Name something cooler! We’ll wait.
Your A&P license will never expire, and is required to work on, maintain, and repair aircraft!


First Steps

The aviation maintenance industry is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA has set forth strict requirements to become an aircraft mechanic, including that the individual:

    • be at least 18 years of age
    • be able to read, write, and understand English
    • possess a high school diploma or GED

Learn by Doing

The FAA also requires A&Ps-to-be to gain hands-on experience and pass examinations. To do this, you can attend an FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school. Earning your A&P license at National Aviation Academy is faster than gaining experience through on-the-job training. It also helps you better prepare exams and connects you directly to hiring companies once you graduate!

NAA’s-accredited A&P programs can be completed in as little as 14 months! During these few months, you’ll meet the training requirements set forth by the FAA. A specified number of training hours are required by the FAA to become an A&P. NAA’s programs are an accelerated path to complete these hours!

During the short 14-month course, you can take the necessary tests to prove competency to the FAA. An added benefit is that you can test as you complete each subject, so the information will be fresh in your mind!

A&P certification exams are completed once you have successfully completed the required curriculum for that certification and satisfied the hour requirement. 

Fastest Way to Get an A&P License

The journey towards a fulfilling career takes time and effort but can be accomplished. Since the Federal Aviation Administration has set requirements, each individual must satisfy the requirements before becoming a licensed A&P. Education is the most important aspect of earning certifications and preparing for the aviation maintenance workforce.

Luckily, we’re here to help. In our 14-month Airframe and Powerplant course, you’ll approach the curriculum three ways: 

  • classroom instruction accompanied by text and workbook review 
  • team-oriented projects in a laboratory setting which simulate on-the-job scenarios
  • real-world experience working on aircraft at our hangar

For more information on our fast yet thorough path to your A&P career, fill out the form below!


[1] Forecast Methodology: New personnel demand is calculated based on a 20-year fleet forecast for commercial aviation aircraft with more than thirty seats, business jets, and civil helicopters. Boeing continues to track the market for indications of regulatory movement and will update our forecast accordingly. https://www.boeing.com/commercial/market/pilot-technician-outlook/