English Language Proficiency

Applications for a:

  • Private Pilot Licence;
  • Commercial Pilot Licence; or an
  • Airline Transport Pilot Licence

are required to include evidence that the applicant has demonstrated English Language Proficiency (ELP) to at least the Level 4 standard prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Applicants who hold an overseas licence issued by an ICAO member state with ELP endorsed to at least the ICAO Level 4 standard on that document, will not need to complete a New Zealand ELP demonstration.

New Zealand pilots who intend travelling overseas to fly will most likely be required by the applicable overseas state to have ELP endorsed on their New Zealand pilot licence. In order to achieve this, persons will be required to complete an ELP demonstration to at least Level 4 standard, then apply to the CAA to have their licence appropriately endorsed.

In addition, applicants for a higher aeroplane or helicopter pilot licence (for example, a Private Pilot Licence holder applying for a Commercial Pilot Licence) whose language proficiency has not been assessed, will be required to complete the ELP requirement.

Further details relating to the ELP proficiency demonstration and formal language evaluation process are on the Aviation Services Ltd (ASL) web site.

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