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Maintenance training

Providing Airbus’s expertise

As a leading aircraft manufacturer, Airbus works to ensure the highest level of expertise among personnel who maintain its market-leading jetliners. The company provides a range of training services that draw on its advanced know-how. 

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) expertise

Airbus’ knowledge modules, training concepts and technologies are adapted to new aircraft programmes, approved in line with regulatory requirements and regularly updated with fleet-wide in-service experience. 

Focus on the “need-to-know”

The company offers a broad range of certifying and specialised courses for all maintenance activities, covering the technical knowledge of aircraft systems, as well as specific operating tasks. The objective is to anticipate real operational issues and train for the core competencies needed to safely maintain and operate Airbus commercial jetliners. 

“Learning by doing” concept

Understanding the importance of an optimised mix of theoretical and practical training, Airbus promotes the application of virtual technology and scenario-based training systems with its latest development: Airbus competence training (ACT). In this operationally-oriented concept the trainee actively explores and interacts with aircraft systems throughout the learning process.

Airbus competence training

Airbus competence training (ACT) – an active learning concept – has been efficiently deployed by Airbus over the last ten years.


This concept is based on a “learning-by-doing” philosophy – combining theory and practice in a holistic approach to training. The trainee learns about the technical details and the procedures, while a virtual aircraft environment is introduced at an early stage of the training. With the ACT concept, real-time practice on aircraft is reduced by half, contributing to decreased downtime and associated costs.

A wide range of courses can be delivered with the ACT concept: type-rating, difference courses, recurrent training, specialised courses (e.g. troubleshooting) and practical training on virtual aircraft. 

The ACT concept is approved by the world’s major airworthiness authorities and has demonstrated its efficiency –qualifying thousands of maintenance and engineering personnel from all over the world.

Survey answered by 15 customers, representing 281 trainees having followed an ACT course with Airbus.

Available courses

Maintenance training offered by Airbus includes courses for type rating, building competences, as well as specialised instruction, CAT II and CAT III maintenance, instructor courses, and services.


Base maintenance certifying engineer

The base maintenance certifying engineer course provides a general overview of all airframe, powerplant and avionics systems. It includes special safety precautions, tooling and maintenance practices specific to the aircraft. 

Duration: four to five days

A380/A350 XWB new technologies

This course complements the technical knowledge of the trainee with a focus on new technologies fitted on A380 and A350 XWB. 

Duration: two days

Maintenance certifying technicians

  • Maintenance Certifying Technicians - Mechanical (T1/B1);
  • Maintenance Certifying Technicians - Avionics (T2/B2);
  • Maintenance Certifying Technicians - Mechanical + Avionics (T1+T2/B1/B2) 

Theoretical and practical training allows trainees to perform maintenance tasks relating to line and base maintenance and to safely ensure certification, inspections, routine work and other tasks as appropriate for the type of aircraft. This includes: troubleshooting, repairs, adjustments, replacements, operational and functional checks. 

All courses are fully orientated to human factors in maintenance operations. 

Airbus Type-Rating courses are approved by numerous national airworthiness authorities and can be adapted to support the specific requirements of your national authorities. These courses give all information to maintain and operate your aircraft. 

Duration: varies upon aircraft programme and course location

Cross Maintenance Qualifications 

Technicians already qualified on the source aircraft are able to transition from one Airbus fly-by-wire family type to another via “difference training” instead of full transition training. 

Maintenance Recurrent training 

A refresher of the aircraft systems, relevant technology, human factors, worldwide fleet in service issues and associated consequences is provided. There will be also a review of aircraft documentation used to perform maintenance and troubleshooting. 

Certifying staff need to refresh their competencies every two years, and this training is also highly recommended for non-certifying staff. 

Duration: Five days

Competences courses

General familiarisation executive

The general familiarisation executive course is an introduction to the layout of the aircraft’s major systems. The content covers theoretical knowledge training on avionics, airframe and powerplant systems. 

Duration: one day 

General familiarisation

An overview of all airframe, powerplant and avionics systems is provided, designed for technical or non-technical managers, as well as other support personnel. The course also covers special safety precautions, tooling and maintenance practices specific to the aircraft. 

Duration: four days

Training for non-certifying staff working at the ramps 

The cargo loading course contains safety precautions to use loading/unloading equipment for universal loading devices (ULD) – either manually or electrically. 

Duration: two days 

The ground handling course provides personnel a basic overview of controls, indicating, component location and the purpose of relevant commercial related systems, with a focus on aircraft safety and ground handling procedures. 

Duration: two days

The ramp and transit course provides a basic overview of controls, indicating, component location, purpose and servicing of relevant systems. It covers safety precautions to be observed when working on or near the aircraft and specific tasks on ramp and transit servicing. 


  • A350 XWB: 13 days
  • A380: 15 days

Cabin interior and emergency equipment 

Technical personnel associated with cabin maintenance are taught to install, test, operate and remove all items belonging to the cabin systems and the emergency equipment. 

Duration: five days

Management of aircraft system failure for an effective dispatch

Skills in the management of aircraft system failures are reinforced – with a review of current in-service experiences. The goal is to optimise aircraft dispatch reliability during line operations. 

Duration: three days

Specialised courses

Engine run-up

The engine run-up course allows trainees to safely start and operate the engines and related aircraft systems. It emphasises recognition of normal and abnormal engine and systems operation and provides skills for checking engine performance characteristics. 

Duration: four days


Airbus provides the skills to safely taxi the aircraft under all operational conditions encountered by maintenance personnel. 

Duration: one day

Electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS)

Trainees evaluate the electrical wiring installation and effectively use the applicable documentation. The course content and duration is variable, depending on the target groups. 

This course is available via e-learning. 

Fuel tank inerting system (FTIS) 

The Fuel Tank Inerting System course reinforces skills on the ATA 47 fuel tank inerting system and allows maintenance technicians to be familiar with the related components and maintenance procedures. 

Duration: one day; this course is available via e-learning

Optical fiber inter system

The Optical Fiber Inter System course covers optical fiber theory and repair using fusion splice tool kits. 

Duration: Two days 

Oxygen basic

The oxygen basic course trains staff involved in maintenance, installation, manufacturing and testing of oxygen systems and components. The course covers all aspects of oxygen such as aviation medicine basics, handling of oxygen and oxygen systems, safety instructions, along with regulations. 

Duration: two days

Hydraulic maintenances practices

The hydraulic maintenances practices course provides the proper maintenance techniques and practices for servicing, operation, installation, inspection, dispatch recommendation and on-wing repair. 

Duration: two days 

Aircraft rigging

Recommended rigging procedures on the aircraft systems using the appropriate Airbus operational documentation are performed by trainees during this course. 

Duration: four to five days

Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) maintenance

This course covers all technical requirements and procedures necessary for operating and dispatching an aircraft under ETOPS regulations. 

Duration: two days 

CAT II/ CAT III Maintenance

The CAT II/ CAT III Maintenance course focusses on the procedures required for maintaining CAT II/CAT III operations. 

Duration: one day


The troubleshooting course is comprised of detailed theoretical training for on-board maintenance systems, technical documentation and practical exercises. Upon completion of this course, the trainee will have the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and efficiency trouble shoot an A320 Family or A330/A340 Family aircraft. 

Duration: Two days

Services courses

Initial operating experience (IOE)

Initial operating experience (IOE) aims to support maintenance staff at the aircraft entry-into-service phase. With this on-site assistance programme, Airbus’ highly experienced instructors will support customers’ maintenance personnel during their daily work, in order to enhance their expertise and best practices in customers’ specific environment.


Mobile kit 

With the mobile kits, airline and maintenance, repair, overhaul personnel can be trained by Airbus directly at their location. Airbus’ mobile services include: electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) kit, hydraulic repairs kit, ultra-light instructor kit (ULIK), and obile Airbus competence training (ACT) classroom.

An on-site solution

The Airbus competence training (ACT) suite is long term on-site solution proposed to maintenance and engineering training organisations to address their internal training needs with Airbus’ training standard. 

This solution has been built around the Airbus competence training (ACT) philosophy – the Airbus active learning concept approved by the airworthiness authorities. The package can be customized to cover others services, such as: instructors sourcing and standardisation, support, and updating courseware and software, etc. 

With the ACT suite at their facility, customers will ensure a high-quality level of training, and at the same time, benefit from significant savings on the courses’ development, travel and living costs. 

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Did you know?

More than 300 courses are available in Airbus training catalogue, for all aircraft types and personnel profiles: pilots, cabin crew, flight operations and performance engineers, maintenance staff, structure and repair specialists

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