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Part 21 Design Technician (Certificate, L7, 10 ECTS)

  • Status: Register Your Interest

  • Campus: Shannon

  • weeks: 10

  • Fees: €1,500** See FEES section below for Skillnet funding

Course Overview

On successful completion of this course, participants will have a fundamental knowledge of Initial Airworthiness legislation and how it impacts aircraft design and design changes. It will introduce the learner to the theory and practice of Initial Airworthiness and provide them with an opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the development process for major and minor aircraft modification and repairs.

Contact Details

General Queries

Flexible Learning Office


Telephone: (061) 293802

Academic Queries

Jane Magill


What are the entry requirements?

An aircraft maintenance qualification, aviation qualification at Level 6 or above or extensive experience in the aircraft maintenance industry.


Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) – Assessment
Please review the academic entry requirements for this programme.
If you do not hold these qualifications but would like your application to be assessed under RPL please select YES on the online application form.
Once you have submitted your online application you will then receive an email acknowledgement with further instructions on RPL.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a score of 5.5 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a score of 6.0 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Couse Content

  • Topics that you will study on this programme include:

    • Legislation of Part 21 Design
    • TCDS Type Certificate Data Sheet
    • Certification Specifications/Airworthiness codes
    • Design Organization and Means of Compliance
    • Instructions for Continued Airworthiness
    • Supplemental Type Certificates and Modifications
    • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part  1
    • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part 2
    • Painting, Weight and Balance
    • Flight Control Balance
    • Development of a minor modification/repair and presentation of the package to an authority for approval

More Information

  • The proposed delivery schedule is subject to change.

    Commencing Thursday 4th April 2024

    10 Weeks / Online / Thursdays / 6-9pm



  • Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college.  The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

  • Continuous assessment (100% online). No end of semester exams.

  • Certificate in Part 21 Design Technician  (Special Purpose Award, Level 7, 10 ECTS)

  • €1,500**

    This programme has secured funding under the Aviation Skillnet. Eligible companies and individuals can secure a contribution of 25% towards course fees.  You or your employer should contact Maeve O Neill, at 061 423 622 or to confirm that you are eligible for support. Subject to terms and conditions.

    Aviation Skillnet

  • Friday 22nd March 2024

  • Mick Malone, Head of Airworthiness at Part 21 Design Shannon said … ‘’We are delighted to be working with TUS and AAV Training on this exciting new Part 21 Design Technician Level 7 Special Purpose Award course.  We believe it will bring a good understanding of initial airworthiness and introduce students to the very interesting world of aircraft design and initial airworthiness. ‘’

    Mick explains why he has developed this course … ‘’It’s a great option for those who want to develop their careers as design engineers, I wish this course was available when I was starting off as a design engineer, we are also aware that currently there is a skills shortage of engineers and technicians to work in EASA approved design and production organizations’  from design engineer to  more senior positions.

    We are actively addressing this shortage by designing a course which will give our students the opportunity to develop the required knowledge and skills to confidently take up these positions.  It also offers more experienced personnel a deeper insight into Initial Airworthiness, in particular, the classification and approval of modifications and repairs”