THE GROUND INSTRUCTOR COURSE & CERTIFICATE
This is a career oriented course primarily designed for suitably qualified
pilots (& others) who wish to pass on their experience and understanding
concerning 'the theory of flight' and aviation in general, or to become Ground Examiner (GE) at a DTO. For example,
the course can make an excellent first step in gaining Employment
in the aviation industry, or even setting up your own business - as many
of our ex students and graduates have done. The Ground Instructor Course may also be
the first step to becoming a Class Rating Instructor (CRI) or Flight
Instructor (FI). In some cases funding may also be available - try 'Go
Wales' or Careers
Advice in England. For suitably qualified candidates,
accreditation towards 'Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector"
is also available. These teaching qualifications are based upon the Quality
and Credit Framework (QCF) model, and obtained either through our associated
Awarding Organisation (AO) or Higher Education Institute (HEI). Professional
recognition and ongoing support is available via membership of the Institute
What can I do with the certificate?
The qualification is aimed primarily at the individual who undertakes
to teach the theory ('ground based') subjects associated with the UK/EASA
PPL, the UK NPPL or IR(R) licences, and largely follows the guidance set out by the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association).
The purpose is to improve the status and quality of instruction in the
technical subjects associated with pilot training. The UK CAA may also
accept the AOPA certificate (where awarded) as credit towards the ground examiner acreditation.
What will I achieve?
At the completion of the course you will be able to confidently
undertake a teaching or instructing role in the following areas:
(a) understand adults needs, behavioural attitudes and be able
to assess their individual levels of education
(b) describe the principles of basic instruction, and be able to apply
them at EASA PPL level
(c) explain the technical subjects as they relate to the EASA PPL syllabus
(d) discuss flight safety as it is related to the ground instructor's
(e) explain the importance of human factors in the application
of theoretical knowledge to flying.
How will I be assessed?
For satisfactory completion with us, you must compile a professional development
(PD) training portfolio, and pass a practical ground instructor presentation
with one of our senior examiners. The contents
of the presentation will include:
(a) A Theoretical Knowledge lesson, not exceeding 45 mins given to the
examiner or to other students one of whom will be the examiner (The subject
to be chosen from the EASA PPL flight training syllabus)
(b) An Oral examination covering Teaching and Learning and subjects from
the EASA PPL syllabus.
(c) The overal result and an applicant de-brief will follow.
(d) There are also a number of professional development (PD) assignments
which must be completed to the satisfaction of the flying school.
Where does this take place?
At our specialist aviation assessment and Training
centre near Cardiff in South Wales
How much time will I need?
There is no minimum period of study required, but expect the course to be completed in about 50 hours. Popular and flexible
formats are available, including a part-time distance learning programme,
enabling the course to be completed enjoyably, and at your own pace.
The Institute for Learning
The UK Institute for Learning (IfL
- www.ifl.ac.uk) is the professional body for teachers,
trainers, tutors and trainee teachers in the Learning and Skills Sector.
How much does it cost?
Please contact us for Full
Details , but a lot less than you might
All the books and pilot equipment are available
from our Pilot
shop at well below RRP. Also,
you can order yourself direct from Pooleys
or AFE, and get an immediate 5% discount
simply by quoting CAMBRIANAERO
on their order form!!
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