CAA Exams

Austro Control Info & Bookings

Austro Control exams have been disrupted by COVID-19. 

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To keep candidates and staff safe, we require anyone sitting exams at BGS to follow our updated Terms and Conditions, as well as our social distancing measures. Please read them here.

Should I choose Austro Control exams?

Now that the UK has left EASA we are frequently being asked by students which exams they should sit.

The problems are caused by:

  • The EASA rule which says you must sit all your theory exams with the same Authority
  • The UK has now left EASA
  • The EASA statement that UK CAA exam passes will not be recognised meaning you will need to sit EASA exams if you are looking to achieve an EASA licence

Note, the UK CAA have said that they allow EASA licences to be converted to UK CAA licences for at least 2 years.

The UK CAA do not recognise EASA exams that are passed after 31st December 2020 for the issue of a UK licence. If you are aiming for a UK issued licence you will need to sit your exams with the UK CAA.

EASA have said they will not recognise UK CAA licences nor allow an easy conversion route, instead applying standard rules for converting ICAO licences.

Read more about Brexit-related exam decisions on this page of our website.

Qualified Military Pilots:

The CAA have said that if you are a qualified military pilot relying on exemptions, you will need to sit your examinations with the UK CAA, and you are also required to do your flight tests with an ATO that holds a UK CAA approval.

Austro Control exam dates

We are pleased to confirm the Austro Control EASA exam sitting dates at the BGS premises in Clevedon on the dates below.

To keep candidates and staff safe, we require anyone sitting exams at BGS to follow our updated Terms and Conditions, as well as our social distancing measures. Please read them here.

Please note – From 1 December 2020 students will no longer be allowed to use digital flight computers (e.g. ASA CX-3) for all ECQB-based exams


Candidates sitting exams are required to be symptom-free on arrival. Social distancing will be observed throughout following the procedures we have had in place for some time, details here 

Until further notice

Candidates sitting exams are required to show a negative PCR or lateral flow test in the previous 72 hours before arrival for their first exam or evidence of double vaccination. The test cannot be from a home testing kit because we need to see an official test result, it needs to be from an official lateral flow testing centre, further details here.

Accommodation is available, at least at the Bristol Airport Hilton and Warren Village, but quite possibly elsewhere as well.


Until further notice, Austro Control exams will opened to non-BGS students 6 weeks before the exams. 
December 13 – 16 inclusive (4 days) 



January 17 – 19 inclusive (3 days)

February 21 – 24 inclusive (4 days)

March 14 – 17 inclusive (4 days)

Austro Control exams have been disrupted by COVID-19. Please see this webpage for more details

To see availability for these dates, visit the booking page below. 


Book exams with Austro Control

  1. Download the relevant application:
    ATPL (A) Application
    ATPL (A) Conversion Application
    ATPL & CPL (H) Application
  2. a) ATPL A, ATPL & CPL H Application – Complete pages 1 and 2 of the form electronically (not by hand) and then electronically sign or print and sign Part 2. (Please note – if you have not studied with Bristol Groundschool, you will also need your ATO to complete and sign Part 3).

    b) ATPL A Conversion Application – Complete pages 1 and 2 of the form electronically (not by hand) and then e-mail directly to Austro Control with the last pages of your logbook –  Austro will then check that you meet the requirements and send you confirmation. 

  3. A completed form is required for each exam sitting, selecting the exams that you wish to sit.

      4. Please note -Incorrectly completed or late submission of forms will result in cancelled exams.

      5. Scan and email the completed form to

      6. Proceed to the booking page below.

Bristol Groundschool students are given priority when booking Austro Control exams, the system is released to non-BGS students for booking exams 6 weeks before the exam dates. For non BGS students who have already booked their exams with us, these bookings are confirmed.

Please note a new application is required for each exam sitting.  This does not apply to Conversion applications.

Booking Page

Once you’ve completed the form you can make a booking via this page:

Please do not make any bookings until you have sent us your form

How much do the exams cost?

Costs & Terms
The fees are £65 per exam. Bookings, changes & cancellations must be made 8 working days before the start of the exam week. That is the Wednesday a week and a half prior to the start of the exam week, not Thursday or Friday.

In summary:
Exams are taken on iPads provided at the exam centre with the results available immediately after the exam. They are also sent by email the following week to the candidate from Austro Control.

  • Questions are drawn from the whole of ECQB 8/ECQB 2021*, as appropriate
  • There are no ‘quadrant’ style questions
  • Annexes are viewable on-screen and printed if the question requires it
  • Results are available instantly
  • There is no charge for appeals
  • Retakes in the same sitting are not allowed

The Austro Control exams will be offered at BGS normally once a month. 

* ECQB 2021 is the current EASA question bank.

Frequently asked questions

UK Military Pilots
The CAA say any UK military pilots relying on exemptions need to do their ATPL exams with them and their flight tests etc at ATOs with UK CAA approvals

Can I swap if I’ve already started with UK CAA?
Yes, Austro may credit your UK CAA passes

What are the benefits of sitting my exams with Austro Control?
Aside from the obvious cost and convenience. The benefit is that you are keeping your options open to the possibility of gaining an EASA licence, should the UK become a non-EASA state and there being no process of recognition/conversion of UK licenses to EASA licenses.

Is the process the same for conversion students?
The conversion students can use the same application form without the need to fill in point 3 on the form.