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Interagency Aviation Instructor Requirements

OBJECTIVE

This appendix identifies minimum aviation management training qualifications for instructors of modules within the Interagency Aviation Training Program. Because of the complexity and/or technicality of aviation skills needed to perform aviation missions, instructors need to possess certain skill levels to ensure information is being presented as effective as possible.

Three levels of instruction have been established to ensure that national interagency standards are met. This is based on the Interagency Aviation Training Competency Evaluation Standards, October 2000, for each level of instructor. Individuals who meet these standards will be approved as an IAT instructor and given instructor access on the Interagency Aviation Training website.

It is recognized that the instruction of skill courses under the auspices of the NWCG do not fall under this certification process. Individuals instructing NWCG aviation skills courses are required to meet instructor qualifications as outlined in the NWCG Course Coordinators Guide or individual course instructor guides.


CERTIFICATION

Interagency Aviation Training Administrators for the Agencies

These administrators have the responsibility for certification of aviation trainers and should maintain a list of certified instructors as appropriate. Interagency Aviation Training Administrators include the DOI National Aviation Manager and regional aviation training specialists and the U.S. Forest Service Safety and Training Manager, and their designees. See below for certification requirements for each level of instructor.


Basic Level Instructor (A-100/A-200 Series IAT Modules)
This level is for basic aviation skills training. Instructors at this level will be certified to instruct A-100 to A-200 level courses in the IAT curriculum. They will be certified and reviewed at the national level. Interagency aviation trainers must complete the course A-220: Train-The-Trainer (or M-410 Facilitative Instructor), and/or successfully instruct under the supervision of an Interagency Aviation Training Administrator (or designee) for initial certification. Interagency aviation trainers must attend the A-222: Interagency Aviation Trainer Currency or instruct under the supervision of a Forest Service/NBC-AMD Aviation Training Specialist every 3 years to maintain their certification. Instructors whose qualifications have expired must either attend A-222 or instruct under the supervision of an Interagency Aviation Training Administrator (or designee). Note: Either A-220 or A-221 is required for the basic level.

Intermediate Level Instructor (A-300 Series IAT Modules)

The intermediate level requires a higher level of instructor expertise and includes all the A-300 level IAT modules. National level aviation training specialists will be responsible for certification to instruct at this level. Individuals must be qualified at the “Basic” instructional level. Additionally, DOI employees must complete the course Train-The-Trainer for Supervisor Training (M5A) and/or successfully instruct under the supervision of the Interagency Aviation Training Administrator or designee for initial certification at the intermediate instructional level.


Advanced Instructor (A-400 Series IAT Modules)

This level of instruction requires the highest level of expertise and includes all the A-400 level modules. National level aviation training specialists will be responsible for certification to instruct at this level. To be approved, an individual must be certified as an IAT instructor. The following are additional requirements:

  1. Be an expert in the module (field) that he or she is instructing.
  2. Be approved by national level aviation training specialists, or designee, for each module that he or she is instructing.
  3. Be a certified (current) instructor.

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