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Eligibility requirements for aircraft mechanic license

FAA FAR 65.71
65.71 Eligibility requirements: General.

(a) To be eligible for a mechanic certificate and associated ratings, a person must -

(1) Be at least 18 years of age;

(2) Be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language, or in the case of an applicant who does not meet this requirement and who is employed outside of the United States by a U.S. air carrier, have his certificate endorsed "Valid only outside the United States";

(3) Have passed all of the prescribed tests within a period of 24 months; and

(4) Comply with the sections of this subpart that apply to the rating he seeks.

(b) A certificated mechanic who applies for an additional rating must meet the requirements of Section 65.77 and, within a period of 24 months, pass the tests prescribed by Sections 65.75 and 65.79 for the additional rating sought.

FAA Far 65.77
65.77 Experience requirements.

Each applicant for a mechanic certificate or rating must present either an appropriate graduation certificate or certificate of completion from a certificated aviation maintenance technician school or documentary evidence, satisfactory to the Administrator, of -

(a) At least 18 months of practical experience with the procedures, practices, materials, tools, machine tools, and equipment generally used in constructing, maintaining, or altering airframes, or powerplants appropriate to the rating sought; or

(b) At least 30 months or practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both the airframe and powerplant ratings.

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