• We are the ONLY testing service that comes to you. We provide on-site testing at Parafield, Moorabbin, Bankstown and Archerfield and many regional centres on a regular basis.
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  • We provide the most cost-effective solution to your testing needs – Full CASA approved, ICAO compliant AELP Level 4-5-6 test for just $200.

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules for English assessments changed in October 2015. Find out here the best way to get an Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) assessment, conducted by a CASA authorised 61.270 Aviation English Assessor.

You will need an English assessment for CASA pilot licences, drone pilot licences or aviation radio operator licences. If you are a recent arrival to Australia or not a ‘native’ English speaker you must have the Level 4-5-6 English assessment by an aviation English specialist.

Talk to us now about your assessment to avoid delays in your training progress.

Flight schools can arrange for block bookings for all students in a course, conducted at your location or in some circumstances, remotely via Zoom.

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Who needs a CASA Aviation English Assessment?


CASA has adopted the English proficiency standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation for PPL, CPL and ATPL licences.

Student pilots must pass a General English Language Proficiency (GELP) test to begin training, but to sit for PPL or above licence you must pass an Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) test.

If you are a ‘native’ English speaker with ICAO Level 6 English proficiency, your Flight Examiner may be authorised to give you a Level 6 assessment. If you are not a native English speaker you may need to undertake an approved AELP test.

This test can now be done face-to-face at your local flight school by a CASA Authorised 61.270 Aviation English Assessor.

  • lower cost than all other ELP Specialist Centres.
  • a face-to-face assessment by a pilot and aviation English specialist, undertaken at your flight school.
  • the tests are tailored to the experience level of the candidate: ab initio pilots learning in Class D and Class G airpace, experienced overseas pilots converting their licences, drone pilots or airfield managers, as applicable.
  • discounted re-sit fee if you fail first time.

Find out more about the Aviation English Language Proficiency assessment regulations from the CASA website.

ICAO Rating Scale

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has an English language proficiency rating scale ranging from 1 to 6. This is used in Australia by CASA as the standard for PPL, CPL and ATPL Licences.

Level 1 – Pre-Elementary

Level 2 – Elementary

Level 3 – Pre-Operational

Level 4 – Operational  (minimum for PPL, CPL or ATPL – retest in 3 years)

Level 5 – Extended   (retest in 6 years)

Level 6 – Expert   (no further retest required)

Level 4 is the minimum for a licence holder. You must be re-assessed in three years time if you have Level 4 or six years time if you have Level 5.

If you are assessed at Level 6 you do not need to be reassessed in the future.

If you are an expert English speaker and considered to be at Level 6 then your Flight Examiner might be authorised to assess you and confirm this with CASA. However, if you are not a native English speaker you will be required to undertake an Aviation English Language Proficiency Assessment before doing your licence test. Flight Examiners are not authorised to assess at levels below Level 6 as this requires a specialist assessor.

What does the test involve?

Your test will be conducted at your local flight school with an Assessor who is an experienced pilot and Aviation English specialist. It will begin with a general conversation about your flying and then involve a variety of audio recordings, images and stimulus questions to put you at ease and give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your English proficiency.

The test will be tailored to suit the flying environment you are most familiar with, Class G or Class D. The test takes around 25 minutes.

Two assessors will then review the interview recording and make an independent assessment of your proficiency against the six ICAO criteria:

  • pronunciation
  • grammatical structures and sentence patterns
  • vocabulary
  • fluency
  • comprehension
  • interactions while communicating.

The test has been specifically developed by the Aviation English Assessment Association for overseas students in Australian flight schools at the pre-licence stage of their training.

Contact Us

For further information call Stuart Trist

Mobile: 0410 561 371



Remedial Programs

Remedial programs are available to assist students whose English is below the required level.

  • individual
  • small group
  • telephone practice sessions

Contact us for further information.