Cognexity Assessments offer a Four Element Framework to provide a comprehensive occupational cognitive capacity profile for:
- Screen and diagnose mental health / cognitive issues
- Examine substance use behaviour and influencing health issues
- Exposure and document sleep and health risk factors
- Assessment of cognitive function specific to employment positions
Piloting a plane is a complex task involving perception, appropriate judgement, adequate response time and appropriate physical capability. A range of medical conditions, disabilities and treatments may influence these driving prerequisites. Such impairment may adversely affect driving ability, possibly resulting in a crash causing death or injury. A cognitive capacity assessment are completed to ensure Pilots continue to be cognitively competent when conducting particular kinds of operations. Learn about the rules for proficiency checks in effect since 1 September 2014. The full rules are contained in Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
Who do the new rules for proficiency checks apply to?
- Flight examiners
What is a proficiency check and why do I need to have one?
A proficiency check is an assessment of your skills and knowledge in a particular operational area. Pilots are required to undertake proficiency checks to ensure they continue to be competent conducting particular kinds of operations.
After gaining a qualification, it is normal for some skills to deteriorate over time. A proficiency check ensures your piloting skills continue to meet the standards described in the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS) and (where applicable) those of your operator.
The following proficiency checks are prescribed under Part 61:
- instrument rating proficiency check
- instructor rating proficiency check
- examiner rating proficiency check
- aerial application rating proficiency check
- night vision imaging system proficiency check.
Part 61 refers to operator proficiency checks which are prescribed in the regulations that cover flight operations.
The primary purpose of this assessment is to increase air safety in Australia by assisting health professionals to:
• assess the fitness or pilots in a consistent and appropriate manner based on current medical evidence
• promote the responsible behaviour of their pilots, having regard to their medical fitness
• conduct psychological / medical examinations for the licensing of pilots and performance of drivers under WHS as required by state and territory licensing authorities
• provide information to inform decisions on conditional licences, and
• recognise the extent and limits of their professional and legal obligations with respect to reporting fitness to drive.
Assessments include validated assessment tools benchmarked against relevant populations. Individual results are also interpreted in the context of the individual’s current work and personal circumstances in a confidential setting to ensure that interventions are tailored appropriately.
Assessment time is approximately 3 hours, of which most of this is completed online. Once these have been completed, the manager will meet with one of our experienced psychologists to complete some supervised assessments and discuss the results. Ongoing coaching sessions are also available should the manager wish to continue discussing their development and wellbeing journey. Re-assessment of cognitive performance is also recommended in 12-18 months’ time to track individual changes in cognitive capacity typically experienced as we age.
This assessment is designed support assessments made by health professionals regarding fitness to drive for work and licensing purposes. It should be used when:
• Treating any patient who holds a driver licence whose condition may impact on their ability to drive safely. The majority of adults drive, thus a health professional should routinely consider the impact of a patient’s condition on their ability to drive safely. Awareness of a patient’s occupation or other driving requirements is also helpful.
• Undertaking an examination at the request of a driver licensing authority or industry accreditation body.
This must be carried out by a Psychologist / Health professional where a person undertakes an examination for :
– for initial licensing of some vehicle classes (e.g. multiple combination heavy vehicles)
– as a requirement for a conditional licence
– for assessing a person whose driving the driver licensing authority believes may be unsafe (i.e. for cause examinations)
– for licence renewal of an older driver (in certain states and territories)
– for licensing or accreditation of certain commercial vehicle drivers (e.g. public passenger vehicle drivers)
– as a requirement for Basic or Advanced Fatigue Management under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (refer to ).
Please Note: Travel, Accommodation and Transfer Costs outside of Sydney are on charged as required for Assessment Delivery.