Before I get into the subject of getting college credits for mechanics who earned their A&P certificate before August 1, 1989, I must address a couple of major changes that have occurred since my last article "Credit Due" was printed (AMT May/June 2001). These changes affect the college credits for mechanics that were issued their A&P after August 1, 1989.
The first change is to correct a mistake that I made writing the article. Instead of saying that the American Council on Education (ACE) will honor mechanic certificates issued after August 1, 1989, I said, August 1, 1988. The mistake is mine alone and I offer my sincerest apology for the error.
The second change also refers to the same article. I wrote that ACE would be sending out postcards to all eligible mechanics in the September/October time frame. This is not true anymore. ACE changed their mind on the procedures on how to apply for a transcript when they learned from FAA Airman Registry that there were over 172,000 names on the FAA mechanic database. So the sheer numbers of eligible mechanics killed the postcard idea.
Making it happen
With this new procedure change, if you are a mechanic that has been issued an A&P after August 1, 1989, and your current address is in the FAA database, you can petition ACE for a transcript and recommendation for 67 undergraduate credit right now. To make this new change in procedures happen, you need to do the following:
Prepare a letter asking ACE for a transcript that recommends 67 college credits in recognition of your mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings. The letter must include the statement that the A&P was issued after August 1, 1989 and:
1. Your first, middle and last name
2. Date of birth
3. Social Security number
4. Current address and telephone number
5. Notarized or certified true copy of your A&P certificate
6. A $30.00 check made out to ACE
Identify the address were you want the ACE transcript sent — either to your home or to a college. (Additional transcripts for other colleges are $5.00 each).
After ACE reviews your documentation and confirms your name, certificate number and address with the FAA supplied database, they will prepare a confirmation letter stating your eligibility status and a transcript listing 67 ACE recommended credits. They will send the transcript to you or to the college of your choice.
Send the letter and the documentation to:
ACE A&P Credit
American Council on Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20036-1193
College credits for pre-August 1989 mechanics
As stated in my last article, ACE will grandfather recommended credit for the FAA A&P exams up to a maximum of a 10 years (August 1989). This left a large number of us older mechanics out in the cold. So, I started calling colleges and universities that I thought might be interested in getting more students. While many schools were familiar with ACE, almost none of the admissions directors ever heard of an A&P mechanic even though they offered aviation courses. One individual thought the A&P had something to do with a supermarket chain. Another problem that I ran into is some colleges used semester hours and others use credit hours, which adds to the confusion of figuring out the total cost of this adventure.
Anyway, enough complaining, after many phone calls, I only came up with two colleges that answered my request for information in writing in time for this article’s deadline and allowed college credits for the A&P rating, and use distant learning for students.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Thomas Edison State College
101 West State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
E mail at email@example.com
Please understand that I cannot recommend either Embry-Riddle University or Thomas Edison State College as "the" college to get a degree. As an FAA employee, I cannot endorse any college or university.
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