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Certificate in Part 21 Design Technician Level 7, 10 ECTS

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  • Date: 4 Apr - 27 Jun 2024
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Certificate in Part 21 Design Technician Level 7

Dates : 4th April 2024

Funded Cost:  €1,125


On successful completion of this course, participants will have a fundamental knowledge of Initial Airworthiness legislation and how it impacts aircraft design and design changes. It will introduce the learner to the theory and practice of Initial Airworthiness and provide them with an opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the development process for major and minor aircraft modification and repairs.


What are the entry requirements?

An aircraft maintenance qualification, aviation qualification at Level 6 or above or extensive experience in the aircraft maintenance industry

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

What modules will I study?

Subjects that you will study on this programme include:

  • Legislation of Part 21 Design,
  • TCDS Type Certificate Data Sheet
  • Certification Specifications/Airworthiness codes
  • Design Organisation and Means of Compliance
  • Instructions for Continued Airworthiness
  • Supplemental Type Certificates and Modifications
  • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part 1
  • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part 2,
  • Painting, Weight and Balance
  • Flight Control Balance
  • Development of a minor modification/repair and presentation of the package to an authority for approval.

Industry Led Training

Mick Malone, Head of Airworthiness at Part 21 Design Shannon said … ‘’We are delighted to be working with TUS and AAV Training on this exciting new Part 21 Design Technician Level 7 Special Purpose Award course.  We believe it will bring a good understanding of initial airworthiness and introduce students to the very interesting world of aircraft design and initial airworthiness. ‘’

Mick explains why he has developed this course … ‘’It’s a great option for those who want to develop their careers as design engineers, I wish this course was available when I was starting off as a design engineer, we are also aware that currently there is a skills shortage of engineers and technicians to work in EASA approved design and production organizations’  from design engineer to  more senior positions.

We are actively addressing this shortage by designing a course which will give our students the opportunity to develop the required knowledge and skills to confidently take up these positions.  It also offers more experienced personnel a deeper insight into Initial Airworthiness, in particular, the classification and approval of modifications and repairs”


What are the career prospects?

Part 21 Design Technician is a  Level 7 Special Purpose Award programme aimed at Aircraft Maintenance personnel or those with a background in Aeronautical Engineering and offers them a career path into the area of Initial Airworthiness as an Aircraft Design Engineer.  It also offers more experienced personnel a deeper insight into Initial Airworthiness, in particular, the classification and approval of modifications and repairs.



10 weeks on-line, 3 hours per week.

Thursdays from 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Commencing :  4th April 2024, 10 weeks

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college.  The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study.

You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


100% Continuous Assessment


Certificate in Part 21 Design Technician  (Special Purpose Award, Level 7, 10 Credits)


For queries relating to the course content

Contact: Jane Magill, Atlantic Air Adventure Park Co Ltd
Tel: 061 363687 / 087 2037487

Register your interest at the Flexible Learning Website:


This programme has secured funding under the Aviation Skillnet. Eligible companies and individuals can secure contribution of 25% towards course fees.  You or your employer should contact Maeve O Neill, at maeve@icbe.ie to confirm that you are eligible for support. Subject to terms and conditions.