About JAA Training Organisation

The JAA Training Organisation (JAA TO) is a Dutch non-profit organisation and an Associated Body of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). JAA TO has a history of 50 years training the aviation industry and national authorities on regulation in the air transport sector. JAA TO is the only Training Centre of Excellence - Platinum (TCE) in Europe recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and a leading member of the EASA Virtual Academy (EVA).

JAA TO schedules more than 300 training courses annually on topics such as safety, security, drones and management. Within the aviation community, JAA TO offers a platform to learn and exchange views on latest regulatory developments. In addition, JAA TO provides advisory services, knowledge solutions, training consultancy and assistance with capacity building for (aviation) training departments.

Aviation pioneer for more than 50 years
Travel the past for some historic JAA TO milestones.
1970s - European Aviation Authorities founded JAA
1991 - JAA based its headquarters in Hoofddorp
2002 - EASA was created bringing mandatory rules
2014 - JAA TO became 1st ICAO RTCE in Europe
2009 - JAA TO became Associated Body of ECAC
2009 - JAA rebranded to JAA Training Organisation
2015 - JAA TO became EASA Virtual Academy Member
2015 - EASA-approved Ramp Inspection Training Organisation
2018 - 1st AvSec training added to portfolio
2020 - UAS/Drone training recognition
2019 - Received 3rd ICAO Award
2019 - Moved to new JAA TO headquarters
2020 - JAA TO transformed to virtual classroom due to COVID-19
2021 - JAA TO elected as Chair of the ICAO TPSC
2022 - Recognition as Dutch National Security Training Center


History, Leadership & Excellence

A heritage of passion for aviation training.


The Beginning

In the 1970s, a few major European National Aviation Authorities started to join activities and founded the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), with the objective of a cooperative safety regulatory system to achieve uniform high standards of aviation safety. At the same time, the JAA would play a role as the European counterpart of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In the following years, both organisations worked closely together in harmonising rules and regulations where possible, while Bilateral Agreements were signed with other Aviation Authorities, like Transport Canada.

The First Courses

During the mid-1990’s, the JAA started the first training activities as workshops for Civil Aviation Authorities, to provide transparency and help with implementation of the Joint Aviation Requirements (JARs). Such activities soon became well-known and Aviation Industry Representatives requested participation in the workshops. These activities then transferred into a number of JAA Training Courses, starting with the Maintenance and Certification courses, later developing in other areas as well.

JAA Headquarters in Hoofddorp

In August 1991 JAA based their headquarters in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, and more and more European National Aviation Authorities (NAA) became a JAA Member State. However, the rules and regulations recommended for adoption by JAA were not mandatory and each JAA-NAA could still keep their national legislation when preferred.

Establishment of EASA and Transfer of Training Activities to JAA TO

A new framework for aviation safety in Europe, created by the adoption of EC Regulation 1592/2002 (Basic Regulation) of 15 July 2002 on common rules in the field of civil aviation, led to the establishment of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), whose adopted rules and regulations are mandatory for each Member State.

As a consequence, as of autumn 2003, JAA’s rulemaking activities were gradually transferred to EASA, while the upcoming close-down of the former JAA-system was processed by means of a transition phase. In August of 2005, the first FUJA (Future of JAA) Working Group was established. Their report was presented to the 44 European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Directors General (DGs). It was concluded from the report that, as of the 1st of January 2007, a new JAA-T (Transition) structure would be introduced with a separate JAA Liaison Office (LO), based at EASA’s premises in Cologne, Germany, and a JAA Training Office (TO), based in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. JAA-T remained a non-profit Dutch Foundation registered in the Netherlands.

In 2008, a second FUJA Report was written to further refine the end-date of the JAA Regulatory Responsibilities and to determine the future positioning of JAA TO (to be renamed JAA Training Organisation).

With the publication of the revised EC Regulation 1592/2002 on 19 of March 2008, EASA took over all regulatory responsibilities, which were previously in the hands of JAA. At the ECAC Directors General meeting of 19 March 2008, it was decided that the JAA Liaison Office in Cologne would be disbanded by 30 June 2009.

 JAA Training Organisation and ECAC

In 2009, the JAA Training Organisation continued its activities in the legal form of a Dutch Foundation. JAA TO got registered as a non-profit foundation, established under the laws of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On 20 January 2009, JAA TO also became an associated body of ECAC, with the "Arrangements between ECAC and JAA TO" signed by both parties in Paris.

Since JAA TO became an associated body of ECAC, it has been steadily growing and been awarded and recognised by the most important institutions and organisations in the aviation sector. It has developed strategic  relationships within the aviation industry globally as well as regional training centres.

Milestones of the JAA Training Organisation

  • In 2012, JAA TO became the first European full member of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Program (TPP), and a member of its Steering Committee since its inception.
  • In 2014, JAA TO became the first ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence (RTCE) in Europe after fulfilling a series of high-level criteria.
  • In 2015, JAA TO was awarded for training the highest number of course participants in an online ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Standardized Training Package (STP): the Instructional Competencies course, developed by JAA TO's Course Development Unit (CDU) in cooperation with ICAO.
  • Also in 2015, JAA TO became the leading member of the EASA Virtual Academy (EVA) and an EASA-approved Ramp Inspection Training Organisation (RITO) - for full practical and recurrent courses
  • In 2018, JAA TO started developing an AVSEC portfolio and delivered the first courses.
  • In December 2018, JAA TO received its second award by ICAO's Global Aviation Training (GAT), for the highest number of trained professionals in the ICAO Training Managers Course (TMC).
  • In 2019, JAA TO established its new state-of-the-art Training Centre.
  • In December 2019, JAA TO received its second consecutive ICAO GAT award for for the highest number of trained professionals in the ICAO Training Managers Course (TMC).
  • In 2020, JAA TO received the world's first recognition by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) for its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training courses that benchmark European harmonisation of UAS/Drones into the U-space.
  • In 2021, JAA TO Director was elected to chair the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Steering Committee (TPSC), the panel advocate for all TPP Members serving as ICAO GAT's most important advisory with reference to training facilitation and harmonisation



More about the organisation


The JAA Training Organisation (JAA TO) records over 50 years of aviation history which defines the unique understanding of heritage and professionalism that shapes the modern JAA TO of today. The manifestation of this identity finds expression in the international vision of our approach to aviation training as the organisation has been a transregional advocate for training harmonisation from its very beginning. We are the pioneer and not-for-profit aviation regulatory training centre of excellence, recognised by EASA and ICAO, and initiated by the Member countries of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). Learn more about us:

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