National Credential
Credential: Certified Aerospace Technician Core  GI Bill resource  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: SpaceTEC

SpaceTEC, Certified Aerospace Technician Core is an entry-level certification that covers general knowledge in the areas of introduction to aerospace, applied mechanics, basic electricity, test and measurements, materials and processes, and aerospace safety. To earn the Certified Aerospace Technician Core certification, applicants must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria and pass both a written exam and a practical exam. Applicants who do not receive a satisfactory score on the written exam will also be required to pass an oral exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Aerospace Technician Core

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15B Aircraft Powerplant Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15H Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15J OH-58D/Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15K Aircraft Components Repair Supervisor MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15P Aviation Operations Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Q Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15R AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15S OH-58D Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15T UH-60 Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15W Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Y AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Z Aviation Senior Sergeant MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted A9 CH-47F Helicopter/UH-60M Helicopter Qualification ASI some          
Enlisted U2 Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI some          
Enlisted U3 Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Aerospace Technician Core

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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Certified Aerospace Technician Core

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a two-year technical college program degree
  • Have or had a two-year technical military assignment
  • Hold the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe/Powerplant certificate
  • Have two or more years of on the job training and experience in the Aerospace industry

Certified Aerospace Technician Core

Applicants who score less than 70% in any of the written exam subject areas (maximum of two), will be required to pass an oral exam on the subject area(s) for which the applicant scored less than 70%.

  • Introduction to Aerospace
    • Regulations and Controls
    • Clean Room, Contamination and FOD
    • Ethics
    • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Aerospace Safety
    • Toxic and Hazardous Substances
    • Personal Protection Equipment
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention
    • Platforms
    • Occupational Health and Environment
    • Walking Surfaces
  • Applied Mechanics
    • Machine Shop Safety
    • Non-Cutting Hand Tools
    • Cutting Hand Tools
    • Drill Presses, Twist Drills, Drilling Speeds and Feeds, Drilling Holes
    • Basic Measurement
    • Basic Calculations (Metric to Standard, Ratios, Volume, Area, Dimensions)
    • Micrometers
    • Calipers
    • Hardware and Materials Identification
    • Blueprint Reading and Interpretation
    • Interpret Technical Drawings and Schematics
  • Basic Electricity
    • Electric Safety
    • Metric Notation
    • Atomic Structure
    • Resistors
    • Switches
    • Schematic Reading
    • AC/DC Circuits
    • Theory
    • Laws
  • Materials and Processes I and II
    • Metallurgy
    • Metallurgical Processes
    • Mechanical Behavior
    • Conventional Mechanical Testing
    • Corrosion
    • Corrosion Forms, Causes, Prevention
    • Corrosion Control
    • Non-Metallic Materials
    • Composite Materials
    • Structural Characteristics
    • Solid Core Structures, Molds, Moldless Wet Lay-up Techniques
    • Hollow Structures and Mold Making
    • Vacuum Bagging
  • Tests and Measurements
    • Inspection Requirements and Planning
    • Accuracy, Precision and Tolerances
    • Mechanical Measuring Inspection
    • Mechanical Surface Plate Inspection
    • Electrical /Electronic Measurements
    • Electrical Pressure/Flow/Temperature Measurement
    • Force/Strain/Torque/Vibration Measurement
    • Non-Destructive Examination
    • Surface Flaw Inspection
    • Electromagnetic Techniques
    • Radiographic Techniques
  • Applicants who score less than 70% in any of the written exam subject areas (maximum of two), will be required to pass an oral exam on the subject area(s) for which the applicant scored less than 70%. The written exam subject areas are the following:

    • Introduction to Aerospace
    • Aerospace Safety
    • Applied Mechanics
    • Basic Electricity
    • Materials and Processes I and II
    • Test & Measurements

A practical performance-based skills exam that consists of ten practical hands-on exercises is administered by a trained and certified SpaceTEC Examiner (STE). Practical testing is administered using common aerospace processes, tools, and materials in the following areas:

  • Introduction to Aerospace
  • Aerospace Safety
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Materials and Processes I and II
  • Basic Electricity
  • Tests and Measurements

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Aerospace Technician Core examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Aerospace Technician Core

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Aerospace Technician Core credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Aerospace Technician Core certification is valid for three years. To recertify, certification holders must document aerospace technical core employment in at least 12 of the prior 36 months on a Work Verification Form and pay a work verification fee or accumulate a minimum of 18 Alternate Recertification Credits (ARCs) and pay an alternate method fee or pass an equivalent knowledge exam and pay an exam fee.

    Additional information can be found on the SpaceTEC website.