⚠️ What is CRI renewal ✈️
CRI or CRI assessment of competence is the checkride - with an Flight Instructor Examiner - FIE for purpose of re-gain of expired CRI certificate. The aim of the checkride is to assess the competence of the CRI holder to provide the flight training within his CRI privileges. Renewal of the class rating instructor CRI is being done once the CRI certificate is expired. This means expired for even only one 1 day. It is also important to note, there is no initial, revalidation or renewal assessment of competence. The scope of assessment of competence is allways the same. Only the procedure preceding the assessment of competence is different.
In accordance with GM1 FCL.905.FI(h)/2) the FSTDs should not be used to pass an assessment of competence on the class or type of aircraft. So the CRI AoC can only be done in aeroplane representing the respective class rating.
It is also important to mention that the CRI revalidation is applicable only for a license holders with endorsed CRI certificate. For holders of Flight Instructor - FI(A) certificate with multi-engine privileges it is necessary to follow the FI(A) revalidation procedure.
Renewal of the CRI ✅ Class Rating instructor in general
Renewal of the Class Rating Instructor - CRI is subject to FCL.940.CRI. That means once CRI certificate has expired, it shall be renewed if the applicants in the period of 12 months before the application for the renewal:
- have completed a refresher training as a CRI at an ATO or at a competent authority;
- have completed the assessment of competence as required by point FCL.935.
CRI Refresher training ✅
The refresher training required for purpose of CRI renewal and CRI revalidation is described in AMC1 FCL.940.CRI.
FCL.940.CRI(a)(2) requires that an applicant for revalidation of the CRI certificate that has not completed a minimum amount of instruction hours (established in FCL.940.CRI(a)(1)) during the validity period of the CRI certificate shall undertake refresher CRI training at an ATO or competent authority for the revalidation of the certificate. The amount of CRI refresher training needed should be determined on a case by case basis by the flight school - ATO or competent authority, taking into account the following factors:
- the experience of the CRI holder;
- whether the training is for revalidation or renewal;
- the amount of time elapsed since the last time the applicant has conducted training, in the case of revalidation, or since the certificate has lapsed, in the case of renewal. The amount of training needed to reach the desired level of competence should increase with the time elapsed.
Once the flight school - ATO or competent authority has determined the needs of the applicant, it should develop an individual training programme that should be based on the CRI training course and focus on the aspects where the applicant has shown the greatest needs.
After successful completion of the CRI refresher training, as applicable, the ATO or competent authority, should, in accordance with point AMC1 FCL.940.CRI(b), issue the applicant with a training completion certificate or another document specified by the competent authority, which describes the evaluation of the factors listed in point AMC1 FCL.940.CRI(a)(1) (the experience of the applicant) and the training received, as well as a statement that the training was successfully completed. The training completion certificate should be presented to the Flight Instructor Examiner prior to the CRI assessment of competence. Upon successful completion of the refresher training, as applicable, the ATO should submit the training completion certificate, or the other document specified by the competent authority, to the competent authority.
Validity of Class Rating Instructor certificate ✅
Each instructor certificate issued in accordance with Part-FCL is valid for 36 months (three years). Revalidation of the Class Rating Instructor - CRI certificate regardless of the revalidation method extends the validity period for next 36 months (3 years). There is no need to wait for 3 months (90 days) period immediately preceeding the expiry date of cetificate. Unlike the class ratings or type ratings, all instructor certificates can be revalidated within 12 months preceeding their validity.