Inspection Authorization Renewal Course
Price: $49.95





The Gleim Inspection Authorization Renewal Course (IARC) is designed with the dual purpose of increasing your knowledge in all facets of the inspection process and renewing your IA certificate.

Your IA expires annually on March 31. You can complete this course at your own pace anytime during the 12-month period preceding your renewal application (from April 1 to March 31).

This course does not just fill the renewal time requirement without regard to content. Rather, it makes individuals analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to help them become more informed inspectors and mechanics.

  • Do everything conveniently from the comfort of your own home - no additional travel expenses
  • Takes about eight (8) hours to complete
  • Choose from 30 interesting study units
  • Inexpensive and user friendly

FAA Approval Letter

Gleim is the first-ever online IARC authorized by the FAA to issue certificates of training upon completion of our program, which can be used for IA renewal. Please see our FAA Letter of Approval for details.

8 more study units added as of November 7, 2014!

  • Study Unit 23: The ROTAX 912 Powerplant
  • Study Unit 24: Advanced Composites
  • Study Unit 25: Principles of Gyroscopic Instruments
  • Study Unit 26: Aircraft Tires and Tubes
  • Study Unit 27: Vapor Cycle Air Conditioning
  • Study Unit 28: Aircraft Rigging
  • Study Unit 29: Spark Plug Inspection and Maintenance
  • Study Unit 30: Supercharged Induction Systems
December, 2014
This is great training. My work schedule makes attending seminars all but impossible. I am active in aviation maintenance, but I do not maintain the activity required for renewal without training. The Gleim renewal course allows me to maintain proficiency without scrambling my entire work schedule to attend a one day only renewal course. The Gleim course imparts more knowledge to the IA, and this is key I think, because the IA's are the 'go to guys' for mechanics to get advice and guidance.
- Dennis Tanker


March, 2014
This is an great way to renew the IA Certificate. I now work with larger aircraft but the course contains information provided that applies to all aircraft types from GA to heavier commercial aircraft. I would have no problem in recommending this course to any IA as a means to meet the renewal requirements.
- Anonymous


December, 2013
Course layout made for superb review and learning environment. Plus the convenience of completing the course on my own time in the comfort of home was outstanding. Will definitely use Gleim again!
- Anonymous


March, 2013
Material is well-written, comprehensive and concise. Website format is intuitive and logically organized. The sign-up process is fast and easy. I will do this again next year and recommend it to others.
- Anonymous


September, 2012
My FSDO... recommended that I take an online renewal course and recommended yours. Having taken your course for 2 years now, I have found it very informative and with a format that is very easy to use. Thank you Gleim!
- Mark Klossner


September, 2012
I have had an inspection authorization for 15 years and renewed it with Gleim 3 times. The staff is well informed and very helpful. The course is very informative and directed to the IA. I would recommend this renewal course to any IA. These people are great to work with.
- Fred Kramer


March, 2012
I was able to complete this course on my iPhone in the South American jungle without coming off assignment to complete it by the deadline. It was convenient and easy thank you.
- David Knott


March, 2012
Good review and explanations make this a useful learning experience.
- Leland Calhoun


March, 2012
Thank you indeed for providing this excellent course to meet the annual requirements for IA renewal.
- Carmel Xuereb


March, 2012
Sure beats watching 8 hrs of video. I'll be back. Thanks.
- Douglas Evenson


March, 2012
Excellent course, learned a lot of things I had forgotten or didn't know. Will definitely take next year's course even if I do enough maintenance for the feds. Thanks for all the help.
- Art Lawshe


March, 2012
This was an excellent course, very informative and useful.
- Kenneth Flegal


February, 2012
I will certainly use your online course in the future and recommend it to others.
- Daniel Myers


Getting started with the Gleim Inspection Authorization Renewal Course

Make sure that your computer meets our minimum system requirements, then click the "Create Account" button below to get started with the IA Renewal Course by trying Study Unit One free.



Open Letter from R. Kurt Barnhardt, Ph.D., Initial Co-author of IARC

Greetings from a fellow IA,

As a co-author of this course I would like to personally welcome you to the Gleim IARC, an exciting and revolutionary new method of IA renewal. This renewal option has enjoyed FAA support at the highest levels in Washington D.C. from the beginning and is the first of its kind to be approved by the FAA.

This option was born after having to travel 8 hours last year to get to and from an IA renewal seminar. Based on renewal seminars I've attended in the past, I believe this option provides greater learning potential due to its question and answer structure, along with intuitive answer explanations and knowledge transfer outlines. This is not an attempt to replicate regular renewal seminars in an online environment; rather it is an opportunity for you to maximize your learning on the selected subject areas.

As you proceed through the course, feel free to print the knowledge transfer outlines and use them as necessary for your own reference. All questions from the course are taken directly from the knowledge transfer outlines.

We have made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and user-friendliness of our IARC, and pursuant to that goal, please submit feedback as you take the course so that we can make the course better through continual improvement. Your suggestions and comments will serve as the basis for further course development and any needed corrections to existing material will be gladly made.

Thank you, and happy renewal!

R. Kurt Barnhart, Ph.D.
Director of Aviation
Kansas State University


Gleim Inspection Authorization Renewal Course Study Units

  1. Aircraft Wood Structure Inspection
  2. 14 CFR Part 91 Subpart E - Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, and Alterations
  3. FAR 43 Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration
  4. Aircraft Landing Gear Inspection
  5. Aircraft Weight and Balance
  6. Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance
  7. Propeller Inspection
  8. Internet Resources for the IA
  9. Security and Safety in the Workplace
  10. Part 43 Advisory Circulars and the Aviation Maintenance Alerts System
  11. Aircraft Fabric Inspection
  12. Corrosion Control for Aircraft
  13. Visual Inspection of Aircraft
  14. Aircraft Composites and Plastics Inspection
  15. Non-Destructive Aircraft Inspection
  16. Airworthiness Directives
  17. Recruiting, Supervising, and Mentoring Aviation Maintenance Technicians
  18. Aviation Maintenance Alerts
  19. Fabrication and Replacement of Parts by Maintenance Personnel
  20. Hardware and Control Cables Inspection
  21. Structures: General Practices
  22. Repairs to Aluminum Structures and Selective Plating Processes
  23. The ROTAX 912 Powerplant
  24. Advanced Composites
  25. Principles of Gyroscopic Instruments
  26. Aircraft Tires and Tubes
  27. Vapor Cycle Air Conditioning
  28. Aircraft Rigging
  29. Spark Plug Inspection and Maintenance
  30. Supercharged Induction Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I take the study units in any order?
    Yes, but once you start a study unit, you have to complete that study unit before continuing.
  • Can I skip the true/false part since its score doesn't count?
    No. IARC is set up so that you have to take the true/false questions. The true/false questions are there to help you pass by focusing on areas you need to improve.
  • What happens if I fail a final quiz?
    Failing a final quiz twice in a row causes you to be locked out. You must then contact Gleim for further directions.
  • Do I have to be an IA holder to take this course?
    No, you can take it for your own learning and development.
  • What requirements do I need to satisfy in order to pass the course?
    Each of 8 study units ends with a 10-question multiple choice quiz. You must pass each of these quizzes with a score of 70% or better. Once you complete any 8 study units, print your certificate, and you're done with the course.
  • What if I have a question or need to speak to someone?
    We're available at support@gleim.com or (800) 874-5346. You can give us feedback about your experience with the course or ask questions. We want you to enjoy the course and be completely confident when it comes to radio communication.

Duration

You must complete the IARC prior to March 31st on any given year to maintain your IA certification. Access to your course will expire on April 1st, regardless of when you have purchased the course. (If you purchase the course on October 1st, your course will expire on April 1st the following year. Similarly, if you purchase the course on March 30th, your course will still expire on April 1st, 2 days later.)

Refund

A full refund is available if you have accessed no more than two study units within 30 days of purchase.

How to Get Wings Credit for This Course

Gleim uploads Wings course completion credit every week for current course users. If you have completed this course but have not received Wings credit, follow the instructions below to ensure you are credited for your work.
  1. Go to http://www.faasafety.gov.
  2. Log in with your FAASafety email address and password.
    • If you have not created an account with FAASafety, you will need to do that first.
  3. Under the "Activities, Courses, & Seminars" tab at the top of the page, click "Activities."
  4. Type "Gleim" into the "Keywords" box and click "Search."
  5. Find the appropriate course title in the resulting list and click on the title of that course.
  6. Click the "Request Credit" button.
  7. Enter the date on your completion/graduation certificate into the "Date Completed" box.
  8. In the "Select Validator" section, click the "Email" tab.
  9. Type "wings@gleim.com" into the field and click the "Select" button.
  10. Click "Submit for Validation."
An email notification will be sent to Gleim. We will review your course records and either validate your credit or reply explaining why we are unable to do so (for example, the course completion date is incorrect). Either way, you will receive an email reply from FAASafety once our action has been submitted. If you have any questions or difficulties with this process, please email wings@gleim.com.


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FAA Approval Letter

Gleim is the first-ever online IARC authorized by the FAA to issue certificates of training upon completion of our program, which can be used for IA renewal. Please see our FAA Letter of Approval for details.

8 more study units added as of November 7, 2014!

  • Study Unit 23: The ROTAX 912 Powerplant
  • Study Unit 24: Advanced Composites
  • Study Unit 25: Principles of Gyroscopic Instruments
  • Study Unit 26: Aircraft Tires and Tubes
  • Study Unit 27: Vapor Cycle Air Conditioning
  • Study Unit 28: Aircraft Rigging
  • Study Unit 29: Spark Plug Inspection and Maintenance
  • Study Unit 30: Supercharged Induction Systems

Renewal Requirements

Sec. 65.93 states that:

The renewal period for an inspection authorization is every two years, from April 1 of each odd-numbered year to March 31 of the next odd-numbered year.

IA privileges are exercised across two, one year periods. Each period has an activity (work performed, training, or oral examination) requirement.

During March of every odd-numbered year, an applicant for renewal must present evidence to the FAA of meeting the inspection authorization renewal requirements of 14 CFR 65.93(a).

To maintain currency and ensure a consistent level of safety, IA holders must fulfill one of the activities of 14 CFR 65.93(a)(1) through (5) during the first year of the 2-year IA period.

If an IA holder does not complete the activity requirement by March 31 of the first year of the 2-year IA period, the IA holder may not exercise the privileges of the authorization after that date. The IA holder may resume exercising inspection authorization privileges during the second year of the 2-year IA period after the IA holder passes an oral test. That test is administered by an FAA inspector to determine that the IA holder's knowledge of applicable regulations and standards is current. Upon passing the oral test, the IA holder will be deemed in compliance with the first year activity (work performed, training, or oral examination) requirement. Alternatively, the IA holder may surrender the inspection authorization and retake the IA examination without a waiting period before re-examination.

Gleim Recap for IAs:
  1. You MUST complete an 8-hour course or meet other requirements before March 31 of EACH AND EVERY YEAR.
  2. You renew with the FAA in odd numbered years only.
  3. Call 800-874-5346 ext. 471 with any questions.


How to renew your IA

If you are required to renew this year, please follow the steps below.
NOTE: You will be sending graduation certificates and filling out the 8610-1 form for BOTH years.

Renewal usually can be done conveniently at home by following these steps:
  • Print and completely fill out FAA Form 8610-1, called "MECHANIC'S APPLICATION FOR INSPECTION AUTHORIZATION".
  • Print your Gleim IARC Graduation Certificate.
  • Mail the completed Form 8610-1, your Graduation Certificate, and your IA card (FAA Form 8310-5) to your local FSDO. (We recommend that you send it as certified mail and KEEP A COPY for your protection, to provide an extra layer of security.)
  • Some FSDOs and/or some inspectors may require you to appear in person at your FSDO. This will probably be true if you are NOT known at your FSDO.


FAA Approval Letter

Gleim is the first-ever online IARC authorized by the FAA to issue certificates of training upon completion of our program, which can be used for IA renewal. Please see our FAA Letter of Approval for details.

8 more study units added as of November 7, 2014!

  • Study Unit 23: The ROTAX 912 Powerplant
  • Study Unit 24: Advanced Composites
  • Study Unit 25: Principles of Gyroscopic Instruments
  • Study Unit 26: Aircraft Tires and Tubes
  • Study Unit 27: Vapor Cycle Air Conditioning
  • Study Unit 28: Aircraft Rigging
  • Study Unit 29: Spark Plug Inspection and Maintenance
  • Study Unit 30: Supercharged Induction Systems

September, 2012
My FSDO... recommended that I take an online renewal course and recommended...
- Mark Klossner
March, 2012
Thank you indeed for providing this excellent course to meet the annual requirements...
- Carmel Xuereb
March, 2013
Material is well-written, comprehensive and concise. Website format is intuitive...
- Anonymous
September, 2012
I have had an inspection authorization for 15 years and renewed it with Gleim...
- Fred Kramer
March, 2012
Excellent course, learned a lot of things I had forgotten or didn't know....
- Art Lawshe
February, 2012
I will certainly use your online course in the future and recommend it to...
- Daniel Myers
March, 2012
Sure beats watching 8 hrs of video. I'll be back. Thanks.
- Douglas Evenson
March, 2014
This is an great way to renew the IA Certificate. I now work with larger...
- Anonymous
March, 2012
I was able to complete this course on my iPhone in the South American jungle...
- David Knott
December, 2014
This is great training. My work schedule makes attending seminars all but...
- Dennis Tanker
December, 2013
Course layout made for superb review and learning environment. Plus the...
- Anonymous
March, 2012
Good review and explanations make this a useful learning experience.
- Leland Calhoun
March, 2012
This was an excellent course, very informative and useful.
- Kenneth Flegal
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