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Fire Instructor certification – can it be considered a teaching certification?

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I am currently employed as a State Fire Instructor who has completed a very similar FOI like course on how to be a teacher.  My question would be if the FAA would accept this as a waiver to skip the FOI written test?  Any idea whom I can ask at the FAA level to be sure I do not run into problems at the checkride?




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    Kris Kortokrax on Oct 17, 2012

    The acceptable substitutes are listed in 61.183 (e)

    Pass a knowledge test on the areas listed in ยง 61.185(a)(1) of this part, unless the applicant:

    (1) Holds a flight instructor certificate or ground instructor certificate issued under this part;

    (2) Holds a teacher’s certificate issued by a State, county, city, or municipality that authorizes the person to teach at an educational level of the 7th grade or higher; or

    (3) Is employed as a teacher at an accredited college or university.

    Your Fire Instructor course doesn’t appear to qualify.

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  2. Gary Moore on Oct 17, 2012

    and truthfully – the FOI exam isn’t that difficult…

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  3. Flyn4fun on Oct 18, 2012

    I just wish I can cover more than 2-3 pages of the AIH before I fall asleep! Thanks, I figured that was the answer but remained hopeful.

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