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Transferable skills, credit for certifications and 3 paths to A&P certification

Apr. 8, 2013 - 08:42AM   |  
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If you want to set yourself up for a civilian IT or cyber job, these are the Air Force Specialty Codes that will allow you to work toward the education and certification requirements you will need:

1B4X1 Cyberspace Defense Operations•

3D0X1 Knowledge Operations Management

3D0X2 Cyber Systems Operations•

3D0X3 Cyber Surety•

3D0X4 Computer Systems Programming•

3D1X1 Client Systems

3D1X2 Cyber Transport Systems

3D1X3 RF Transmission Systems

3D1X4 Spectrum Operations•

If you want to set yourself up for a civilian aviation/aerospace-related job, you can work on the education and certification requirements you will need while in these AFSCs:

2A0X1 Avionics Test Station

2A2X1 Special Operations Forces

Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR)

Integrated Communication/

Navigation/Mission Systems

2A2X2 Special Operations Forces Personnel

Recovery (SOF/PR) Aircraft Integrated

Instrument and Flight Control Systems

2A2X3 Special Operations Forces Personnel

Recovery (SOF/PR) Integrated

Electronic Warfare Systems

2A3X3 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance

2A3X4 Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics

2A3X5 Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated


2A3X7 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance

(5th Generation)

2A3X8 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance

2A5X1 Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft


2A5X2 Helicopter/Tiltrotor Aircraft


2A5X3 Mobility Air Forces Electronic

Warfare Systems

2A5X4 Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance

2A6X1 Aerospace Propulsion

2A6X2 Aerospace Ground Equipment

2A6X3 Aircrew Egress Systems

2A6X4 Aircraft Fuel Systems•

2A6X5 Aircraft Hydraulic Systems•

2A6X6 Aircraft Electrical & Environmental


2A7X1 Aircraft Metals Technology•

2A7X2 Nondestructive Inspection

2A7X3 Aircraft Structural Maintenance•

2A7X5 Low Observable Aircraft Structural


2A8X1 Mobility Air Forces Integrated

Communication, Navigation and

Mission Systems

2A8X2 Mobility Air Forces Integrated

Instrument & Flight Control Systems

2A9X1 Bomber/Special Aircraft Integrated

Communication, Navigation and

Mission Systems

2A9X2 Bomber/Special Aircraft Integrated

Instrument and Flight Control Systems

2A9X3 Bomber/Special Aircraft Electronic

Warfare & Radar Surveillance

Integrated Avionics

•AFSCs are undermanned career fields, which improves cross-training opportunities.


The Community College of the Air Force awards technical credit for the following certifications:

Cyberspace degree program:

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ =

4 semester hours

CompTIA Network+ = 3 semester hours

CompTIA Security+ = 3 semester hours

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Security Essentials

Certification (GSEC) = 6 semester hours

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium

Inc. (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

= 4 semester hours

(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner = 4 semester hours

Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Solutions Expert = 5 semester hours

International Council of E-Commerce Consultants Certified Ethical

Hacker = 3 semester hours

Aviation Maintenance Technology degree:

FAA Aviation Mechanic — Airframe & Powerplant = 30 semester hours

FAA Aviation Mechanic — Airframe = 18 semester hours

FAA Aviation Mechanic — Powerplant = 18 semester hours

National Aerospace Technical Education Center SpaceTEC Certified

Aerospace Technician = 25 semester hours


There are three pathways for airmen to pursue the highly valued FAA Airframe & Powerplant certification:

• Documented experience. Aircraft maintenance technicians may be eligible to pursue FAA A&P certification based on documented evidence of 30 months practical aircraft maintenance experience in airframe and powerplant systems. For the rules, see Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 65, Certification: Airmen Other Than Flight Crew Members; Subpart D-Mechanics.

• Technician school. Airmen who cannot meet FAA eligibility requirements based on documented experience can attend an FAA-approved Part 147 Aircraft Maintenance Technician school.

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