The Professional Aviation
   Board Of Certification

Welcome to the PABC website

the birthplace of the 3PK

Professional Pilot Preparedness Knowledge Training Criteria & Certification Testing

PABC is an independent, international non-profit organization that enhances aviation safety by testing the pre-employment knowledge of licensed pilots seeking to enter this profession. 

Aviation insurers encourage the air transport industry to use PABC's 3PK Professional Pilot Preparedness Knowledge Test as a way to identify any gaps in a pilot's knowledge that will degrade his/her performance during Initial New Hire (INH) and type-rating training and possibly beyond.

The 3PK criteria are designed to serve the industry best practice for the pre-employment (ab initio) knowledge training provided for aspiring professional pilot cadets. It will collaboratively developed by PABC and the 7 Stakeholders shown below, and PABC’s 3PK testing of pilot knowledge and competence will be based on those criteria. Note: PABC neither develops nor conducts ab initio training courses, but PABC’s knowledge criteria will be made available for use by designers, instructors, regulators and pilots.


Click on any of the following terms to see how each of our 7 Stakeholder communities is served by PABC’s efforts:   Educators   Employers   Insurers   Manufacturers   Pilots   Public  Regulators

Or, if you prefer, you are welcome to explore the entire site. To aid in that that, we offer the Site Map and Search features.


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Be sure to check-out HOT NEWS– in the upper left corner of this Home Page
Here you’ll find links to the latest articles, presentations and data on PABC’s latest activities, plans and positions on various topics related to ab initio training and testing of aspiring professional pilots.