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ALC-496: Using the Airman Certification Standards (ACS)
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Aeronautical Proficiency Training, LLC
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Introduction to the ACS and Instructions for Credit

Years ago, the FAA developed the Practical Test Standards (PTS) to provide skill performance metrics for each Area of Operation and Task.

The PTS is still a sound approach. Over time, though, the PTS has acquired a number of “barnacles” – things like overlapping or redundant tasks, and a long list of undefined “special emphasis” items.

The ACS is basically a souped-up version of the PTS. It adds task-specific knowledge and risk management elements to each PTS Area of Operation and Task.

The result is a comprehensive presentation that integrates the standards for what an applicant needs to know, consider, and do in order to pass both the knowledge test and the practical test for a certificate or rating.

To receive credit for taking this course you must:

  • Have an account on
  • Be logged into that account
  • Be active in the WINGS Program
  • Be enrolled in the course

The course content will automatically advance or give you instructions about when you can advance to the next slide.

  • You must visit each slide of the course at least once.
  • You must read the Course Review material before you can take the exam.


NOTE: You will need to complete and pass the exam. This might be as simple as closing all the additional windows. However, you may find it necessary to return to, log in again, and then "continue" the course from the Course List. 

  • This name of this course is: Understanding Airman Certification Standards (ACS)