Eligibility requirements: General.

  • To be eligible for a parachute rigger certificate, a person must -Be at least 18 years of age;
    Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
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An applicant for a Master Parachute Rigger Certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • Present evidence satisfactory to the Administrator that he/she has had at least 3 years of experience as a parachute rigger and has satisfactorily packed at least 100 parachutes of each of two types in common use, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions while under the supervision of a certificated and appropriately rated parachute rigger or a person holding appropriate military ratings.
  • If the applicant is not the holder of a Senior Parachute Rigger Certificate, pass a written test, with respect to parachutes in common use.
  • Pass an oral and practical test showing his/her ability to pack and maintain two types of parachutes in common use, appropriate to the type ratings he/she seeks.