CRI – Class Rating Instructor

This course enables a PPL holder with more than 300 hours to do type conversions, check outs, and refresher training including the one hour dual training flight for the SEP rating.

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CRI Class Rating Instructor (PA28) fee Please call for quote
Fee does not include test and hire of aircraft for test


Pilots wishing to give instruction for issue / renewal / revalidation of a SE Class or Type rating to licence holders only (no ab-initio students) on single pilot SE aeroplanes shall complete the CRI SE course. In addition, the CRI SE can conduct differences training and the ‘dual flight with an instructor’ as required by the SEP (land) class rating revalidation requirements


Pre-Course Entry Requirements

Pilots wishing to give instruction in single-engine (SE) aeroplanes will be required to have:
(a) a current aircraft rating to act as PIC of the aeroplane on which instruction is to be undertaken
(b) flown at least 300 hours flight time as pilot of aeroplanes
(c) flown at least 30 hours of flight time on the applicable type or class of aeroplane prior to commencing the course
(d) completed an approved course of training and pass an Assessment of Competence

Whilst these requirements are to be met prior to the application for a CRI SE rating it is assumed that the candidate will possess the requirements of (a) to (c) inclusive before commencing the course.


Ground Training

The mandatory training for the CRI SE rating requires a total of 30 hours of ground instruction including Teaching and Learning and Training Administration and subjects associated with the operation of single-engine propeller aircraft. It includes elements which are related to the type of aeroplane to be used on the course
During the course the student instructor will practice giving ground lectures covering the above subjects to the FIC instructor giving the course

The training shall be integrated with the flight training so that the maximum benefit is gained from time spent in the air.


Flight Training

At least 3 hours flight instruction in an aeroplane


Instructor Skill Test

On satisfactory completion of the flight and ground training the candidate must pass an Instructor Assessment of Competence with an FIE. The contents include:
(a) Theoretical Knowledge Oral including a 45 minute lecture (Subjects chosen from the SE class rating syllabus)
(b) Pre-Flight Briefing (Exercise from SE class rating syllabus)
(c) The Flight (To include pre-briefed exercise from SE class rating syllabus plus other exercises or parts thereof)
(d) Post Flight De-briefing (Students performance)
(e) Result and candidate de-brief



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Flying Training Instructor Manual by R D Campbell

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AP3456 Royal Air Force Manual Flying (volume 1 only – Principles of Flight)



To instruct licence holders (see note 1) for the issue / renewal / re-validation of a Class or Type rating and to conduct differences training
The CRI SE may carry out and sign logbooks for the ‘dual flight with an instructor’ requirement for re-validation of the SEP (Land) class rating (see note 2)

1. A CRI cannot instruct ab-initio students only those who already hold a licence
2. A CRI SE who holds both landplane and seaplane privileges may carry out and sign logbooks for the ‘dual flight with an instructor’ requirement for re-validation of the SEP (Sea and Land) class rating



Valid for 3 years


Revalidation/Renewal Requirements

(a) For re-validation of a CRI certificate the applicant shall, within the 12 months
preceding the expiry date of the CRI certificate:
(1) conduct at least 10 hours of flight instruction in the role of a CRI. If the
applicant has CRI privileges on both single-engine and multi-engine
aeroplanes, the 10 hours of light instruction shall be equally divided between
single-engine and multi-engine aeroplanes; or
(2) receive refresher training as a CRI at an ATO; or
(3) pass the assessment of competence in accordance with FCL.935 for multi-
engine or single-engine aeroplanes, as relevant.
(b) For at least each alternate revalidation of a CRI certificate, the holder shall have to
comply with the requirement of (a)(3).
(c) Renewal. If the CRI certificate has lapsed, the applicant shall, within a period of
12 months before renewal:
(1) receive refresher training as a CRI at an ATO;
(2) pass the assessment of competence established in FCL.935.