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Pre-requisite Qualification for PIRC

As the PIRC is an examination leading towards the award of a Flight Instructor Rating, the candidate is required to hold a PPL or higher grade of licence before he/she may be permitted to undertake the examination.


The syllabus for the PIRC is published in CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards – Schedule 3, Section 2.4.

The examination

The PIRC is a two-hour examination, consisting generally of 50 multi-choice questions. To qualify for the award of a Pass in the PIRC the candidate must achieve at least 75% in the examination. The PIRC exam has been amended to reflect the newer version of the FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook (FAA-H-8083-9A) and CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards, Schedule 3.

CASA reserves the right to reduce the number of questions without prior notice, but when doing so, will not reduce the 2 hours permitted time for the examination.

Suggested study material

The following references are useful study material for the PIRC.

  • Aviation Instructor's Handbook (FAA-H-8083-9A)
    This is the principal reference text
  • A suitable management book on 'motivation'
    A candidate is expected to have basic understanding of the theories of motivation proposed by:

    • Abraham Maslow's 'Hierarchy of Needs'
    • Douglas McGregor 'X & Y' Theory
    • Frederick Herzberg '2-Factor' Theory.

While FAA-H-8083-9A provides some short paragraphs on the first two (but mainly on Maslow), most management books provide satisfactory information on the 3 theories.

  • Human Factors in Flight by Frank Hawkins or any human factors book on 'memory', 'motivation', 'stress', etc
    Optional - to supplement information in the above
  • Preparing Instructional Objectives by Robert F Mager
    Optional - a useful text on 'behavioural objectives' to compliment FAA-H-8083-9A
  • Measuring Instructional Results by Robert F Mager
    Optional - additional useful text on 'behavioural objectives'

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