In 1993 the Allan Johnson Silver and Gold medals for exam candidates were introduced and named in recognition of Allan’s many years of dedication to the development of the FAA Exam System. The Silver Medal was awarded for the Basic Certificate and Gold Medal for the Practitioner’s Certificate with the medals being presented to the student with the overall highest aggregate marks for the relevant examination each year.
2000 and onwards
In January 2000 the FAA Examiners Board, based on student feedback, their experience as Examiner’s plus input from many teachers presented to the FAA National Council a proposal to change the FAA Examination System. The concept was to create an exam system that was more flexible with the introduction of four exam modules, Calculation, Interpretation (together the equivalent of the Basic Certificate), Dynamics and Advanced Techniques (the equivalent of the Practitioner’s Certificate). This system would allow students to complete the examination modules in any order as they gained experience and knowledge. Once all four modules were successfully completed, the student would gain the FAA Practitioner’s Certificate.
This proposal, that coincided with the first Saturn return of the original FAA Exam System (the Exams began in 1971 with Saturn in Gemini), was accepted by the FAA National Council in January 2000. The implementation began with a ‘grandfather clause’ included for all those holding a FAA Basic Certificate allowing these members to only complete the Dynamics and Advanced Techniques modules by December 2003 to gain their FAA Practitioner’s Certificate (originally the ‘grandfather’ clause was until Dec 2002 but this was extended for 12 months).
At this point as there were now four examinations it was agreed that the following awards or Silver Medals, be presented for the highest aggregate mark in each examination (all modules are now officially called examinations).
The Allan Johnson Silver Medal to be awarded for the highest aggregate marks in the Calculation Examination and the Dynamic Examination.
The Doris Greaves Silver Medal to be awarded for the highest aggregate marks in the Interpretation and the Relationship and Specialist Techniques Examinations.
The Allan Johnson Gold Medal became the FAA Examination Board Gold Medal of Excellence to be awarded each year to an exam candidate who had gained their Practitioners Certificate during the past 12 months and achieved the highest aggregate marks for all four examinations (aggregate 80% or above). If no candidate achieves an aggregate mark of 80% or above for the four examinations then the Gold Medal is not awarded.