Personnel Training and Licensing Panel


Following proposals for amendments (PfAs) proposed by the Competency-Based Training and Assessment Task Force (CBTA-TF), comments from States and international organisations raised additional CBTA and non-CBTA training and licensing matters of concern to States across technical disciplines. To address those matters, ICAO convened a Personnel Training and Licensing Exploratory Meeting (PTL-EM) in 2019. The PTL-EM raised a number of recommendations and considered they would be most effectively progressed in a holistic manner. Furthermore, several papers presented at the 40th Session of the Assembly requested ICAO to address similar issues. The Personnel Training and Licensing Panel (PTLP) has been established to enable the coordinated review and development of personnel training and licensing requirements within and across technical disciplines.


The PTLP will undertake specific studies and develop ICAO provisions related to aviation personnel training and licensing, including studies to ensure that proposed amendments to the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) reflect current and emerging requirements, improvements in training tools and technologies, new training methodologies while reviewing automation dependency and possible mitigations.

Required expertise

The PTLP is composed of experts familiar with the provisions of ICAO Annex 1, PANS-Training (Doc 9868), and associated guidance material with experience in any of the following: - Licensing of aviation personnel (e.g., pilot, remote pilot, flight navigator, flight engineer, aircraft maintenance personnel, air traffic controller, flight operations officer, aeronautical station operator); - The application of CBTA and/or EBT; - Personnel training and approved training organizations; - Automation dependency; - The qualification of flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), and simulation training devices (STDs) for air traffic controller training; - Regulatory oversight of licensing; - Human factors.

About the Panel...


Develop, maintain, and address the evolving needs of SARPs and guidance material for: - Personnel licensing; - Personnel training including CBTA; - Approved training organizations; - Simulation training devices. - Emerging issues.

Working arrangements

As defined in Section of ICAO Doc 7984, Directives for Panels of the Air Navigation Commission, the panel chairperson may establish additional working groups as necessary. The PTLP should coordinate its work with the various groups of experts responsible for other Annexes and disciplines, as appropriate.

Our representative

Mr. Lepage was appointed Liaison Officer to the ICAO Air Navigation Commission in 2015. He also represented IFATCA on the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Working Group and the Competency-Based Training and Assessment Task Force (CBTA-TF). Following a career as commercial pilot in Canada, Mr. Lepage obtained his ATC licence at the Montréal Area Control Center (Nav Canada) in 2006. He has been involved in technology and automation implementation, training, quality assurance and proficiency. In 2013, he became a team supervisor and was in charge of the oversight of proficiency and refresher training. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently completing a MSc. in International Development Studies at Université Laval. Mr. Lepage can be reached at [email protected].

(Source: ICAO. (2020). PTLP - Terms of Reference.)