Airman's Proficiency Center
Airman’s Proficiency Center (APC) is a division of Hillsboro Aero Academy and has been accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) since 1993. Airman’s Proficiency Center is also approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate a pilot school under Part 141.
What is accreditation and why is it important?
The US Department of Education (DOE) recognizes ACCSC as a reputable accrediting body which is approved to grant accreditation to career schools and colleges. The DOE provides accrediting bodies such as ACCSC guidelines, resources and relevant data that are used when granting accreditation status to educational institutions.
Accreditation is a stringent process by which an approved third party evaluates a school’s facilities, faculty, course requirements and educational standards to provide the student with a legitimate education that will be beneficial to the students and potential future employers of graduates. It is a formal recognition, or guarantee, that an entire school or even just one of its programs meets certain standards and provides quality education. Schools who have been accredited can assure you that the quality of their programs are continuously being reviewed and improved, that the program meets nationally endorsed standards for the profession and that the school is accountable for achieving what it sets out to do.
ACCSC evaluates schools annually with a report submitted by the school which details the number of enrollees, percentage of graduates and percentage of graduates receiving employment in their trained field. Schools are also required to submit audited financial statements every year to show financial stability. In addition, ACCSC conducts an on-site visit every five years to determine whether or not the school is meeting the standards set out for us. This evaluation process looks at our facilities, equipment, management structure, instructors and other staff, training courses, recruitment and admissions practices, student progress and job placement as well as general school policies.
Schools that are accredited are held to a higher standard than non-accredited schools and are continuously being evaluated and inspected. For students planning to attend Airman’s Proficiency Center, our accreditation status means that you can feel confident that you are choosing a flight school that is invested in your success.
What is FAA Part 141 Flight Training?
When a flight school talks about being an FAA Part 141 approved school or training under FAA Part 61, it is talking about the federal regulations under which it has the authority to train pilots.
Part 141 regulations are related to the structure and approval of flight schools. Training under Part 141 regulations is permitted only by instructors associated with an FAA-approved flight school. In order to become approved, a flight school must meet certain requirements and submit each curriculum it wishes to have approved to the FAA for review. Part 141 approved schools are subject to regular surveillance audits by the FAA and must meet minimum pass rates on the practical exams to maintain their Part 141 approval status.
Both sets of regulations define minimum requirements for pilot training and certification. Both methods of flight training require the student to meet the same standard of performance in order to obtain a pilot certificate.
Where the methods differ is in rigidity and in some minimum requirements. Part 141 will usually offer lower minimum total flight hour experience for a particular course. Part 61 may offer advantages for students who start the courses with previous experience.
The determination of whether a student trains under Part 61 or Part 141 at APC is based upon the most advantageous path for meeting the student's flight training objective. The decision to conduct training under Part 61 regulations or Part 141 regulations should be evaluated for each certificate that a pilot receives training.
Any FAA-approved flight instructor, whether associated with a flight school or not, may train a student under Part 61 regulations. Flight schools and instructors are not required to seek approval from the FAA in order to train students under Part 61.