Theoretical examination

This page contains practical information concerning PPL and ATPL theoretical examination

Next scheduled examination sittings

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

  • 18 and 23 June

Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

  • 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 June

Please note that the 25 - 29 May examination sitting has been cancelled due to effects stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic:

Students that are running out of time due to the maximum of 18 month time allowed for theoretical knowledge exams, and will be expiring on the allowed time during the period 01 April until 30 November 2020, have been given a temporary exemption from this requirement (FCL.025(b)(2)) to be able to pass all the required examination papers.

For the students concerned, the time allowed for theoretical knowledge examinations is extended until 30 November 2020.


Students should be informed of upcoming changes to the ATPL syllabus for theoretical training and examination at ICETRA, which can be found here.

Registration and Payment

 Registration and payment is made through an electronic booking and payment module.

Price for each exam: PPL 3.840 ISK / ATPL 5.430 ISK

Please note that all applications received after the registration closes will be declined. Further information on examination schedule, registration dates and registration deadline can be found under Examination schedule.

Applicants must have passed school exams to a satisfactory degree (75%) before applying for examination at ICETRA.


Exams are held at ICETRA, Armuli 2, 108 Reykjavik.

 Information on requirements and regulations regarding training and exams can be found in regulation no. 180/2004.

Examination schedule for 2020

This is a schedule subjected to any changes. All changes will be advertised on our website with sufficient notice. 

PPL exams at ICETRA - schedule 2020

  • 14 and 16 January
  • 18 and 23 June
  • 11 and 13 August
  • 6 and 08 October
  • 1 and 3 December

ATPL exams at ICETRA - schedule 2020

  • 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16 January
  • 17, 18, 19 and 20 February
  • 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 June 
  • 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 August 
  • 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 October 
  • 30 November, 1, 2 and 3 December


Instructions for theoretical exams

 Instructions for electronic registration and payment system can be found here.

Instructions for theoretical examinations can be found here

Instructions for use of annex-booklets during ATPL-exams can be found here

Examinees will need to familiarize themselves with and abide the examination rules. They can be found here

In case of illness

Examinee that cannot take exams because of illnesses, may notify ICETRA by e-mail:

Handing in a doctor´s note is not a requirement.

Payment of examination fees is non-refundable after final registration date.


Allowed examination aids

Students are allowed to bring the following to examination:


  • Writing utensils
  • Non-programmable calculator
  • Mechanical navigation slide-rule (DR calculator)
  • Protractor (plotter)
  • Compass and divider
  • Ruler


  • VFR chart of Iceland for Navigation and Flight Performance and Planning


  • Mass and Balance: CAP 696
  • Performance: CAP 698
  • Flight Planning & Monitoring: Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual (GSPRM 2017) and CAP 697
  • General Navigation: Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual (GSPRM 2017)

Other items or documents are prohibited.

Candidates found to be cheating will have all their exams at ICETRA invalidated and banned from any further examinations within all EASA member states for 12 months.

Examination aids shall not have answers to graphs, highlights/underlines or include glossaries of any kind. Periodic checks will be performed by invigilators and items confescated if proved to be in violation of these rules.


PPL exams are available in Icelandic and English. The examinee selects preferred language before the exam starts.

ATPL exams are only available in English.



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