Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for a MICEP designation must meet the minimum eligibility requirements listed below. See also Examples of Qualifying Activities and Activity and Hour Requirements.

Note: Applicants may apply for multiple designations by submitting separate, stand-alone applications for each designation (e.g., MCFI and MGI). The Hours claimed, however, must be unique to the particular designation being sought (e.g., the Hours claimed for an MCFI designation become ineligible for use toward an MGI designation).

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All Applicants

  • Must have Internet and e-mail access
  • Must be able to provide all required documentation in common electronic formats such as .doc, .pdf, and .jpg
      • in some case, this may require scanning or taking digital photos of some required elements
  • Must subscribe to and abide by an aviation educator’s code of conduct, for example:
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must have demonstrated involvement and leadership in the aviation community
  • Must be able to read and understand English, and must be able to complete all application forms and provide supporting documentation for all Activities in English

Additionally, applicants must satisfy the following requirements for the specific designation being sought.

Master Aviation Educator (MAE)

  • For a minimum of 48 calendar months, must have held some form of teaching credential issued by a state agency, the federal government, the military, an industry company, or an aviation organization
  • During the previous 48 calendar months, must have accumulated teaching experience
  • Must satisfy the Category, Activity, and Hour requirements

Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI)

  • Must satisfy the Category, Activity, and Hour requirements
  • AND EITHER:
    • For a minimum of 48 calendar months, must have held a valid FAA/ICAO-issued Flight Instructor Certificate
  • OR:
    • For a minimum of 24 calendar months, must have a Gold Seal plus held a valid FAA-issued Flight Instructor Certificate

Master Certificated Flight Instructor-Aerobatic (MCFI-A)

  • Must satisfy the Category, Activity, and Hour requirements
  • Must have at least half of the minimum number of Hours required be related to spins, upset recoveries, and/or aerobatics
  • AND EITHER:
    • For a minimum of 48 calendar months, must have held a valid FAA/ICAO-issued Flight Instructor Certificate
  • OR:
    • For a minimum of 24 calendar months, must have a Gold Seal plus held a valid FAA-issued Flight Instructor Certificate

Master Certificated Flight Instructor-Helicopter (MCFI-H)

  • Must satisfy the Category, Activity, and Hour requirements
  • Must have at least half of the minimum number of Hours required be related to helicopters
  • AND EITHER:
    • For a minimum of 48 calendar months, must have held at least one of the following: a valid FAA/ICAO-issued Flight Instructor Certificate; CFI-rotorcraft helicopter, CFI-instrument helicopter, or CFI-rotorcraft gyroplane
  • OR:
    • For a minimum of 24 calendar months, must have held a Gold Seal plus at least one of the following: a valid FAA/ICAO-issued Flight Instructor Certificate; CFI-rotorcraft helicopter, CFI-instrument helicopter, or CFI-rotorcraft gyroplane

Master Ground Instructor (MGI)

Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE)

  • For a minimum of ten years and at least five designation cycles, must have held any combination of MICEP accreditations
  • Must be at least fifty-five years of age
  • Must be retiring from aviation education, or scaling back such that the level of activity would be insufficient for continued renewal of one of the other MICEP accreditations
  • Will be encouraged to continue to actively participate in MICEP in some capacity (e.g., as a mentor to other Masters, as a member of a MICEP committee or the Board of Review, etc.)
  • In the event of unusual circumstances and at its discretion, the Board of Review may grant Emeritus status to any Master Instructor

Note: From time to time and for good cause, the Board of Review may make rulings outside the above requirements.

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