English Language Proficiency (ELP)
All pilots operating on international routes and all air traffic controllers who communicate with foreign pilots, will need to have their English language proficiency formally assessed.
What is the English Language Proficiency Test?
The international language of aviation, is English. Therefore, this test is designed in order to determine if you can communicate safely in English. The ICAO language proficiency requirement, requires that pilots and air traffic controllers are able to communicate proficiently using both ICAO phraseology and plain English.
For how long is the ICAO ELP valid?
The minimum successful language level for licensing purposes is ICAO Level 4 and the maximum is Level 6. The test though can award the candidate from level 1. If you don’t manage to achieve level 4, then you will have to retake the test. If you achieve Level 4, then the ELP certificate will be valid for 4 years from the date of the test, if you get Level 5 the certification will be valid for 6 years and if you manage to achieve Level 6, then the certificate will be valid for life.
To be assessed at ICAO Level 4 or above, a pilot must achieve Level 4 in all six of the ICAO skill areas: