The MICEP Designations

[MICEP] has been the catalyst to increase my contributions to general aviation. – A Ruscitti, First-time MCFI

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).

Eligibility Requirements – How the Process Works (w/ Activity & Hour requirements) – Examples of Qualifying Activities

Master Aviation Educator

Master Aviation Educator (MAE): This accreditation recognizes individuals who work as aviation educators in academia, industry, government, and the private sector. It is not necessary to hold or be working under FAA instructor certifications to qualify for the MAE designation. Our program recognizes that many aviation educators hold teaching credentials issued by government agencies, the military, and industry, and that many of these teachers provide aviation-related education to students in high school, technical school, and college, as well as to CAP cadets, simulator clients, mechanics, IAs, avionics technicians, and others. The MAE designation is ideally suited to these dedicated educators.

Master CFI

Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI): This accreditation is for individuals who primarily provide flight and ground instruction under FAA Certificated Flight Instructor certifications. This includes CFIs, CFIIs, and DPEs, as well as glider, helicopter, and aerobatic instructors. However, we offer two specialized accreditations for individuals who are able to document enough aerobatic or helicopter activity to qualify: Master Certificated Flight Instructor-Aerobatic and Master Certificated Flight Instructor-Helicopter.

Master CFI-Aerobatic

Master Certificated Flight Instructor-Aerobatic (MCFI-A): This accreditation is for individuals who provide flight and ground instruction under an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor certification. To earn this specialized accreditation, however, at least half of the minimum Hours required must be related to spin, emergency maneuver, upset prevention & recovery, and/or aerobatic education. Unlike other instructor certifications, FAA regulations currently do not provide for the certification of aerobatic instructors per se; thus we offer this particular accreditation in part to foster increased trust by consumers of aerobatic-related training services and of the important role of aerobatic-related training activities.

Master CFI-Helicopter

Master Certificated Flight Instructor-Helicopter (MCFI-H): This accreditation is for individuals who provide flight and ground instruction under an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor certification. To earn this specialized accreditation, however, at least half of the minimum Hours required must be related to helicopter education. Improved safety during rotary wing training and EMS operations is a special emphasis area; consequently, we sought and received input from the FAA, the International Helicopter Safety Team, and the Helicopter Association International during the development of this accreditation.

Master Ground Instructor

Master Ground Instructor (MGI): This accreditation is for individuals who primarily provide ground instruction under FAA Ground Instructor certifications. This includes Basic, Advanced, and Instrument Ground Instructors.

Master Instructor Emeritus

Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE): This is an honorary accreditation for individuals whose dedication and commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education has been demonstrated by long-term participation as a Master Instructor Continuing Education Program™ designee. Provided the minimum requirements are met, this one-time accreditation is offered without expiration to those who are retiring from aviation education, or who are scaling back such that they may no longer be able to renew a previous accreditation.

Eligibility Requirements – How the Process Works – Examples of Qualifying Activities