Accreditation is important when taking helicopter pilot courses since being a pilot is subject to federal regulation. This can give students, the public, and the aviation industry reassurance that the education is of quality; that it is sound, reliable, and safe. In addition, accreditation guarantees that the education and helicopter pilot's license obtained will be of value aviation industry.
Students should also make sure that the program is “part 141” approved. This means that the program was reviewed and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In addition to making sure that the program meets all federal standards, many student loan programs and can only be accepted at FAA approved schools.
In addition, regional agencies have the authority to accredit helicopter pilot education in the United States including:
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Other resources related to helicopter pilot training accreditation are:
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
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