ELPAC Accreditation Course [ELPAC-ACR]

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ICAO and the European Commission have implemented English language requirements for air traffic controllers and pilot licence holders. EUROCONTROL has designed an English language proficiency test (ELPAC – English Language Proficiency for Aeronautical Communication) to assess the English language proficiency of air traffic controllers and pilots in accordance with the ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements.

EUROCONTROL provides a training and accreditation course for ELPAC test administrators, paper 1 markers and paper 2 examiners. The course takes 4 days. Courses are held regularly throughout the year. Only participants from organisations that signed an ELPAC licence agreement with EUROCONTROL will be admitted to the courses. After successful completion of the course, EUROCONTROL will recommend the participant to be accredited in their respective role(s).

The ELPAC ACR course trains assessors to assess up to ICAO level 5. There is a separate course for participants who want to become ICAO level 6 assessors.

ELPAC test administrator:

  • Background as operational expert (air traffic controller or pilot) or as an English language expert (ELE) is an advantage;
  • English language ability should be a minimum IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent;
  • Computer literacy (internet, MS Office).

ELPAC paper 1 marker:

  • Background as an operational expert (air traffic controller or pilot) required.

ELPAC paper 2 examiners:

For the role of the operational expert (OPE)

  • Operational air traffic controller or pilot with a current or expired licence;
  • English language should be minimum IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent (for reference, no need for IELTS certificate).

For the role of the English language expert (ELE)

  • Educational background in English language teaching or language testing or applied linguistics;
  • English language shall be minimum IELTS level 7.0 or equivalent (for reference, no need for IELTS certificate) or native speakers of English.
Because of the high stakes nature of the language proficiency test, it is very important to maintain standards of marking and examining. At the end of the course the participants will have to demonstrate good knowledge of the ELPAC rating scale, good interlocutor and assessor skills and the ability to assess test takers against the ICAO Language Proficiency rating scale in the oral performance interview in paper 2 of the ELPAC test. Also, participants must be able to deliver a reliable, standardised and fair test in accordance with the ELPAC assessment guidelines. Participants will have to demonstrate that they are able to mark paper 1 tests following the guidelines and framework given by EUROCONTROL. The future administrators will have to demonstrate a structured approach to setting up tests and maintaining the test database.
Persons nominated by their organisations (ANSP, CAA, Air Operators, training organisations) to become ELPAC examiners, markers and/or administrators.
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