Therefore, the answer to your question is YES: for renewal of your SEP class rating in your UK PPL, it's just training as required with a suitably qualified instructor plus a SEP Proficiency Check with an examiner. Providing the class rating is in Section XII of your licence, the examiner can then sign your Certificate of Revalidation and complete the paperwork to send in to the CAA.
Balliol wrote:Yes I’ll happily test on that basis. Examiner does flight, signs rating, job done.
With apologies for the length of this post, I would appreciate suggestions - particularly from @Balliol and @Cookie or @Irv Lee - for next move in view of CAA reaction.
Based on Cookie's and Balliol's advice and studying the ANO I went ahead with refresher instruction and a prof check (both freelance). The Examiner completed the ratings validity page that comes with the licence
and gave me the Examiner's Report which seems to double as the certificate of revalidation (ANO P208 sec 3). He also gave me a proof of identity and an application for record of English language assessment and said email these to FCL, which I did (not the ratings page).
After 7 weeks with no response I phoned CAA to be told that I needed to submit SRG1119C and SRG1107 (and of course a fee) to apply for renewal. This takes us back to square one. The guy I was talking to was adamant that these are needed even for a renewal of SEP in a UK national PPL and said until I submit them, nothing will happen to the documents I've sent, they will lie dormant.
At the foot of the Examiner's Report it says it should be copied to the applicant's and examiner's competent authority. Well that's been done, if they choose to ignore it, it's up to them - but could it boomerang on me some time in the future? I don't see how as I have a copy and proof it was submitted - and I have the signed rating validity page. (I am currently flying on the basis that that is sufficient.)
However they are also sitting on the language proficiency because they are together, and I suppose I should sort that as my licence currently depends on the level 4 everyone was given in 2008 or thereabouts. (Does it actually matter for a UK licence?)
My thinking is that I could resubmit the language application and proof of identity without the prof check report to get it done. Anyone know if that incurs a fee please? (£22 I think.)
Separately I could resubmit the prof check report (if wise to do so) with a covering note saying "as required I am copying you the report for my rating renewal which has been signed off", not using any words that suggest it is an application for renewal, it is a record of what's been done.
It's a jungle isn't it!