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ATPL theory 2nd series

Old 22nd Aug 2019, 11:24
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Question ATPL theory 2nd series

Hi all,

So I wonder if any of you could advise me about how serious it would be in terms of airline jobs to have second series passes on ATPL theory? Long story short I started the CAA ATPL theory way back in 2012 on the old paper exams. I took a few exams but never finished my course and left due to distractions in my personal life. After working various jobs and doing other things I am now back perusing the airline pilot dream. I have signed up to a full time ground school with FTA, but have just had the terrifying realisation that because I technically started my exams all those years ago no matter how well I do now this will count as second series passes?!

Do you think this will be the case, and if so how serious is this? How bad does it look to have 2nd series passes on your atpl theory for the airlines? I’m assuming they can tell somehow does it show on your certification?

so yes just having a mild panic now this has dawned on me!

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Old 22nd Aug 2019, 12:28
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It shouldn't matter too much, will it be a factor? Most likely, but if you have a reasonable explanation I don't think it will make much of a difference in the end.

Then again I'm not an airline recruiter, but I know of people who have had second series ATPL and got jobs anyway
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Old 22nd Aug 2019, 12:57
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No big deal
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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 20:36
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Hi people,

Thanks for alleviating some of my worry! it is so disheartening to think that after all these years finally getting back into chasing the dream that I might be at a disadvantage. If there is anyone on here that works in airline recruitment or has any knowledge about it I would love to hear if having a second series ATPL theory would be a serious set back.

From looking at adverts for airline jobs I can see that some ask for percentage passes i.e. an average of 85% or no more than 3 retakes etc. but none of them mention if that should be the first series attempt.
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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 21:19
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This entirely depends on the airline. Some airlines want the full ATPL report with number of attempts listed and some are happy with the license alone and won't ask much beyond just a few queries about how you found the ATPL itself, as was the case with me. In fact come to think of it i could have had a 2nd or 3rd series set of ATPL results and it would have made no difference at all, they would never have found out because they never asked about that specifically or requested certs for it.
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