PERSONNEL LICENSING (PEL)
A Licensing office is an essential arm of a civil aviation regulatory body.
The Standards and Recommended Practices contained in ICAO Annex 1 on Personnel Licensing require certain identified categories of aviation personnel to hold a licence and appropriate competencies known as Ratings (in aviation terminology) plus a certificate of medical fitness to perform their respective job functions. In addition there are local requirements too, which have to be met. The Air Navigation Regulations and corresponding Implementation Procedures specify the legal and administrative provisions for all the licensing matters stated in the preceding paragraph. They also describe the steps to be followed by PEL staff when dealing with such matters.