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FAA Regulations pertinent to parachute riggers FAA CFR 65.113(a)
  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Language requirement:
    • Candidates must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language

FAA Written Exam

(Senior & Master Rigger Certificates)
  • To qualify for the FAA Rigger Certificate, candidates are required to pass a 50 multiple-choice written test, except Military Riggers for a senior certificate must pass a 25 multiple-choice written test.

FAA Oral & Practical Exam

(Senior & Master Rigger Certificates)
  • After successfully completing the FAA written test, all candidates are required to complete an Oral and Practical test on the type rating(s) by an FAA Designated Parachute Rigger/Examiner (DPRE).
  • Military riggers for the FAA Senior Rigger certificate do not require an oral and practical test.

FAA Type Ratings

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Seat
  • Lap – not available at USAPR


  • Candidates receive two types of Rigger certificates: a temporary rigger certificate issued by the DPRE is valid for 120 days. The FAA issues a permanent certificate that is mailed to the candidate within 90 days.
  • Additional ratings: Riggers may add to their ratings by packing 20 parachutes of the type for the rating sought and complete a practical exam.
  • Graduate Senior and Master riggers
    • If your PERMANENT CERTIFICATE is not received from the FAA two weeks before the expiration of your temporary certificate, contact USAPR Administrator by calling 520.466.2655 or send an email request.


  • Log books must be completed in accordance with 14 CFR 65.131 – records. An appropriately rated certificated FAA rigger must sign the logbook.


The rigger must show that they have
  1. Performed duties under his/her certificate for at least 90 days within the preceding 12 months; or
  2. Shown the Administrator that he/she is able to perform those duties. 14 CFR 65.129

Riggers may not exercise their privileges with an EXPIRED Temporary Airman Certificate.


  • The FAA requires notification of address changes within 30 days.
  • By Mail:
    FAA, Airmen Certificate Branch AFS 760
    P O Box 250082
    Oklahoma City OK 73125
  • Include full name, date of birth (DOB) certificate number and seal symbol