Commercial Pilot License

Turn your love of flying into a career!

The Commercial Pilot License program includes advanced technical and hands-on training to prepare you for the next stage of your journey towards becoming an airline pilot.

License Overview

A Commercial Pilot License includes all the privileges of a PPL, and allows you to fly for hire as a pilot. 

Program Prerequisites
  • Applicants to the CPL program must be the holder of a valid Private Pilot license (PPL)
  • Applicants must be either:
    • 19 years of age before the start of their CPL training and/ or;
    • A graduate from a secondary institution or equivalent
  • Applicants must be the holder of a Class 1 Medical Certificate¬†

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Program Overview

The commercial pilot license is divided into a ground school and a flight component. The ground school consists of 80 hours of training and is designed to prepare you to write your written exam. To be licensed as a commercial pilot you will need a total of 200 hours of flight time.

License Requirements

In order to obtain your CPL, you’ll need:

200 hours of total flight time

  • Minimum 100 hours of flight time as pilot-in-command.
  • Minimum 20 hours cross-country
  • All flight hours accumulated previously will count towards the total 200 hours needed for your CPL. Some students may need to do time-building to reach the required number of hours.

65 hours of CPL flight instruction, broken down into:

  • Minimum of 35 hours of dual flight instruction, including:
    • 5 hours of cross-country flight
    • 20 hours of instrument time
    • 5 hours of dual night flight
  • Minimum of 30 hours of solo flight, including:
    • ¬†5 hours of solo night flight

80 hours of ground school

At the end of your training, you will be tested by Transport Canada on your knowledge through a written test, and your flying skill through a flight test.

Program Length

Our CPL program can be completed in approximately 4-8 months.


Topics that are covered in ground school include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meterology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Human Factors
  • Pilot Decision Making
  • Instrument Procedures
  • Night Flying
  • Mountain Flying
  • Advanced Operations
  • Advanced Instrument Flying

Program Costs

The estimated costs are calculated using the minimums provides by Transport Canada multiplied by our hourly rates for each service.

The estimated costs don’t include additional time-building hours students need to fly to meet the 200 total hours required for your CPL and the fuel surcharge.

Flight Training
35 Hours Dual Flight $9,275
30 Hours Solo Flight $5,550
10 Hours Ground Briefings $800
Ground School $300
Additional Fees
Transport Canada Exam Fees $400
Books & Supplies (Approximate cost) $300
Total Estimated Training Costs $16,575

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