ICAO and EASA validity period

So, how is it?

In case of exams pursuant to the ICAO rules, it doesn't matter what language you took the exam in - whether it's Slovak, English, or Russian. ICAO language proficiency validity can be limited depending on language proficiency of applicants. In case an applicant has proficiency of a native speaker, the validity of their language qualification is unlimited.

The validity period also depends on the country requiring the exam (whether it is EASA region or just ICAO). It also depends on the type of profession (whether it is an exam for pilots, ATCs, or cabin crew).

If you are a holder of a license issued in accordance with EASA requirements, your language proficiency is valid in accordance with the EASA requlations.

Pilots – validity period in accordance with ICAO requirements

  • Level 1 – 3 – not for operational use
  • LEVEL 4 - 3 years
  • LEVEL 5 - 5 years
  • LEVEL 6 - unlimited

Pilots – validity period in accordance with EASA requirements

  • Level 1 – 3 – not for operational use
  • LEVEL 4 - 4 years
  • LEVEL 5 - 6 years
  • LEVEL 6 - unlimited

Air traffic controllers (ATCs)

  • Level 1 – 3 – not for operational use
  • LEVEL 4 - 3 years
  • LEVEL 5 - 6 years
  • LEVEL 6 – 9 years

Binding date of the validity expiration is the date endorsed in your license. Generally speaking, it is end of month in which you took the exam plus the number of years depending on your profession.

For example:

A pilot took an exam

  • pursuant to ICAO regulations
  • the pilot received LEVEL 5
  • the exam took place on 15 January 2017

The expiration date is on 30 January 2022.