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A Commercial Pilot's Licence represents the level of piloting expertise for a pilot who intends to "fly for hire." The expectations for knowledge and skill include a Commercial Pilot level of knowledge, advanced maneuvers with an emphasis on coordination and precision, and the skills to operate a complex airplane.

A Pilot who intends to fly professionally will seek the CPL as a requirement to practice the profession. A business or recreational flyer will seek the CPL for a higher level of safety and proficiency as well as lower insurance rates, especially in complex airplanes.

Prerequisite: Private Pilot Licence
  • Minimum age of 18
  • A minimum of 200 hours total flight time, 100 hours PIC time, 20 hours of cross country PIC time
  • Following the issuance of a private pilot licence, a minimum of 35 hours dual flight time including 20 hours of instrument time and 5 hours cross-country and 5 hours night, a minimum of 30 hours solo flight time including 300NM cross country and 5 hours night.
  • 80 hours Ground school
  • Transport Canada Written and Flight Test
  • Category 1 Medical Certificate
  • Note: Prices are based on Transport Canada minimum requirements and also based on that a student has completed 45 hours total flight time to obtain PPL. In the case of including hours from Multi Rating and Instrument Rating towards CPL total flight time required (200hours) the total estimate cost will be reduced. All prices are in CAD and are subject to change without prior notice. Fuel surcharge may apply.

    Download CPL Written Test Guide here
    Download CPL Flight Test Guide

    This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Eduction, Skills & Training.
  Training Costs
$155/hr solo
$222/hr dual
$180/hr solo
$247/hr dual
CPL Admission fee $100.00 $100.00
35 hours Dual Flight Training $7,770.00 $8,645.00
120 hours Solo Flight Time
$18,600.00 $21,600.00
5 hours of Ground Briefings ($67/hour) $335.00 $335.00
Commercial Ground School Course $350.00 $350.00
Flight Test (1.7hr Aircraft rental + Flight test fee $400*) $663.50 $706.00
Licensing fee $200.00 $200.00
Total Estimated Cost $28,018.50 $31,936.00

* Flight test fee is subject to examiner