What are validity periods of exams?

The validity period of language proficiency exam depends on the type of exam and the region for which the exam is taken. 

Aero Language issues a supplement to certificate of language proficiency specifying the validity periods for the individual professions.

Generally speaking, the radio-phraseology exams:

  • VFR radio-phraseology exam
  • IFR radio-phraseology exam (IFR English! pursuant to FCL.055(d)

are valid for life. The qualifications are valid as long as is your pilot license. You don't have to revalidate, nor renew it.

Regarding ICAO exam, it doesn't matter what language you take the exam in. The validity period depends on your profession and Level attained. It also depends on country requiring the qualification - whether it is EASA region or just ICAO).

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.