The Professional Aviation
   Board Of Certification


PABC serves as a neutral broker among the industry, government and public stakeholders impacted by the quality, scope and effectiveness of preparatory training given to aspiring professional pilot candidates.

PABC performs three basic functions:
1.  Standard-setting – defining the pre-employment
standards for pilots’  knowledge, skill and competence training.

2.  Educating – (a) pilots who have been awarded  the GPPC through continuing professional education (CPE), and (b) instructors, evaluators, regulators and training program managers who conduct or oversee pilot training programs.

3.   Testing – conducting rigorous, independent assessment of candidate pilots to confirm whether or not they have the knowledge, skill and competence required by the standards.

Note: PABC does not conduct pre-employment training for professional pilots. 

PABC achieves its mission by:

  • Validating the Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL)      knowledge requirements and then using those criteria to create      a common training standard for ab initio, bridge and MPL programs.
  • Developing an examination scheme that can be used to      assess the preparedness of all candidate pilots, without regard for the      source of their training.
  • Qualifying for and maintaining ISO-accreditation as the      certifying body for professional airline and business pilots under ISO      Standards 17021 and 17024.
  • Making its knowledge testing service available to      support the pilot licensure activities of state regulatory      agencies.  
  • Drawing its launch funding from the full spectrum of      industry stakeholders.
  • Placing its intellectual property and funds in trust      with an oversight organization.

Note: PABC certification supports pilot licensure by state regulators; it does not replace it. It offers regulators an alternate means of proving that candidates have the pre-employment level of knowledge, skill and competence required of aspiring professional pilots.