Organizing Your Application

Plan Ahead

To ensure a more efficient user experience, please take some time to think about how you will organize the information you will need before starting the MICEP application process. The following Tasks comprise the Application Stage and will appear on your MICEP application home page:

    1. Introduction
    2. Personal/Background Information
    3. Provide a Professional Reference
    4. Designation Info
    5. Portfolio of Professional Development
        • Activity Completion Forms (ACFs), which will appear below the Portfolio Task on your MICEP home page as you fill in the lines of the Portfolio form. You use the ACFs to substantiate the claims made on the Portfolio form.
          • Verifying Affidavits or Supporting Documentation, which are part of each ACF.
    6. Upload Copies of Certificates & Photo ID
    7. Upload Photo of Applicant
    8. Upload a Bulleted Resume
    9. Option to Renew Flight Instructor Certificate
    10. Agree to Terms and Conditions
    11. Affidavit
    12. Pay the Application Fee (online via PayPal or credit card)
    13. Submit Your Application

Further, the following hierarchy has been established for the above Tasks:

    • Task 1 – the Introduction task must be completed first in order to access other Tasks.
    • Tasks 2 through 10 – the order in which these Tasks are completed is up to you.
    • Task 11 – the Affidavit becomes available upon completion of Tasks 1–10.
    • Task 12 – Pay the Application Fee becomes available upon completion of Tasks 1–11.
    • Task 13 – the “Submit” button to Submit Your Application becomes active upon completion of all other Tasks.

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Setting up Folders and Files

A hypothetical applicant named John Q. Pilot might organize his MICEP information by creating a folder named “John Q Pilot MCFI Application Sep2013″ on his computer desktop:

Desktop Folder

Before working on Tasks in the application process, the applicant might place various files in this folder for ready access. For example, the folder might contain copies of the applicant’s certificates and photo ID scanned and saved as a PDF, a bulleted resume prepared and saved as a Word doc, and a photo cropped and saved as a JPEG. The applicant might also create a sub-folder to contain all of the supporting documents that will accompany his Activity Completion Forms:

Inside the folder

Generating Files that will be Uploaded

Several methods are available for the files that might be placed into your MICEP folder, including:

    • Creating documents using computer software (Word, Excel, etc.)
    •  Scanning and saving documents as PDFs
    • Using a smartphone or digital camera to take photos of material. If scanning documents is not convenient, consider taking digital photos of the material instead. Provided such images are legible, JPEGs can be used for supporting documentation. To reduce upload time and save space on the application server, please reduce these photo file sizes to the minimum necessary so that print is still legible.

The preferred formats for documents that will be uploaded include .pdf, .doc, .xls, and .jpg. Moreover, each upload Task must consist of a single file. For example, “Upload Certificates and Photo ID” must have copies of all of your certificates and your photo ID saved as one computer file.

An Activity Completion Form (ACF) can only have one file uploaded for that Activity’s  supporting documentation. If you have multiple files supporting a given Activity, they must be combined into a single file for that ACF. If you do not have the capability to combine files on your computer, consider using a free, online document combining service such as PDF Burger to combine multiple files into single PDF files.

The following Tasks require files to be uploaded:

    • Upload Copies of Certificates and Photo ID – one file
    • Upload Photo of Applicant – one file
    • Upload a Bulleted Resume – one file
    • Each ACF where you choose to provide supporting documentation – a single file per such Activity

A Word About File Size

To the extent you are able, please make every effort to minimize the size of files to be uploaded. Not only will this facilitate quicker uploads, but smaller files will also reduce the server space consumed by each application, which ultimately affects the  application fee we have to charge.

Supporting documentation should be as succinct as possible. Quality of information is definitely preferred over quantity, so please provide the minimum level of supporting documentation to substantiate Activities. Rather than uploading an entire logbook, for example, provide an accurate summary of the relevant logbook entries and flight times as a Word or Excel file instead.

Naming Your Files

To make your files easier for you and MICEP reviewers to locate, please give due consideration to your naming convention. For example, “Bulleted Resume – John Pilot.doc” is descriptive and easily identifiable.

For supporting documents for Activity Completion Forms, use the file naming convention “[Category] [ACF No.] – [Applicant Name].[file extension]” which would translate into file names such as Educator ACF 1 – John Pilot.docEducator ACF 2 – John Pilot.docMedia ACF 1 – John Pilot.docContEd ACF 1 – John Pilot.doc, and so on.

All Tasks that require you to upload files will have a reminder and an example of the above naming conventions for you to follow.

Portfolio of Professional Development

The Portfolio of Professional Development form provides for a total of six Activities in the Educator Category and four Activities in each of the other Categories. If necessary, the final Activity line in a given Category can be set up as a catch-all in order to satisfy requirements. In the Educator Category, for example, the sixth Activity line could be labeled either Miscellaneous Educator Activities or Additional Educator Activities that (along with proper supporting documentation) is a collection of disparate activities that have not already been claimed elsewhere, yet when combined, allows you to meet per-Category and/or Total Hour requirements.

Task Completion

Your application home page includes an overall progress bar for the entire application process, whereas each Task has a progress bar for that Task.

Upon completing a Task, you will be given an opportunity to download responses entered on forms associated with the Task. We recommend you download these files for your records and consider placing them in your MICEP folder. You can then return to your online application home page using either of the two buttons provided.

Task_Complete_Page

Future Submissions

Once you have submitted your first application and it has been approved, your submission is automatically locked (i.e., you cannot withdraw it at that point). It is automatically archived as well. The next submission you create will present you with the opportunity to pre-populate form fields with data from the previous submission. This handy feature should reduce the amount of data entry required on application forms the next time around.

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