Persons wishing to obtain a pilot licence or instrument rating are required to pass an official theory examination. The subjects concerned are specified in the applicable legislation. Candidates have to pass the theory examination before they can take the practical test.
Theory training for commercial and airline pilots and for obtaining an instrument rating must be completed at a certified flight training organisation.
Registration for the theory examination must always be made by a certified flight school, which first has to verify whether the candidate is ready to take the exam - for example in the form of an internal test.
Theoretical training for private, glider and balloon pilots according to EASA must take place in a course within an approved flight school; pure self-study is not allowed. Instruction in accordance with EASA must be conducted in an approved flight school (ATO).
Some parts of the examination may be identical, depending on the certificate or licence category, and these do not necessarily have to be repeated in order to obtain a licence in a different category. Candidates should contact the FOCA to ask about the specific subjects that do not have to be repeated in such cases.
Theorieprüfungen PPL, Segelflug und Ballon (PDF, 289 kB, 04.04.2016)318.11.000.20 D / O-018 D