Airline Pilot Program (Diploma)

If you are seeking a job as an airline pilot, Canadian Flight Centre is THE place to go. CFC offers a 3-year Airline Pilot Diploma program for students of all backgrounds. We guide you through everything you need to know as you start your airline career.

If you chose this elite path, you will still do the PPL, CPL and IFR ground school with other students. However, your flying is more intense and demanding. You are held to a higher standard through mentoring and periodic Performance Evaluations. You are expected to finish your licenses and ratings, including instructor rating, within a total of 15 months. After that, you will practice your instructor skills under the close supervision of your mentor/supervisor in different areas: Ground school, PPL instructor, CPL instructor, later IFR and multi-engine instructor. In parallel, you can select from your areas of interest, for example, receive training as a charter pilot, and work in charter and air taxi operations (both as single pilot as well as in two-crew environment). Approximately 30 months after starting your training, with about 1,000 hours, you will write the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) exams SARON and SAMRA, do your final flight test, and 36 months from now you can be ready to go for your airline job!


Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • PPL
  • Night Rating
  • Mountain Flying
  • CPL
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Multi-IFR Rating
  • Instructor Rating
  • Time building
  • Includes internship/work experience as a flight instructor. Bonus for top-performing students in the class: Multi-engine Pilot-in-Command (PIC) time!
  • ATPL exams preparation

But the ATPL is not all you obtain with this program! The list of mandatory training above earns you only 2600 out of the required 3000 credits for the Airline Pilot Diploma. The remaining credits are earned by choosing 4 out of almost 20 elective courses and options, examples of which include:

  • Tailwheel
  • Unusual Attitudes and Aerobatics
  • Long Cross-Country trips (min 5000nm total)
  • Tailwheel Instructor
  • Aerobatic Instructor Rating
  • Airshow Experience
  • Teaching of Ground School/Simulator
  • Single-Engine Charter Training
  • Multi-Engine Charter Training
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Introduction into Aircraft Maintenance
  • Ultimate Survival (High Altitude Indoctrination - in a hypobaric chamber, Underwater Egress Training, post-crash Summer and Winter Survival)
  • Air Traffic Control Introduction
  • Safety Management System
  • Introduction into Aviation Business Administration
  • Introduction to Aviation Business Management
  • Turbine and King Air Training 

Some conditions of the Program are:

  • Full-time training, 5-6 days/week
  • Subject to successful passing of Transport Canada examinations, CFC internal regular performance assessments and regular attendance

Program Tuition: 1st year 78,876 CAD (domestic), 83,763 CAD (international). 2nd year 24,255 CAD (domestic), 29,681 CAD (international), 3rd year 10,120 CAD (domestic), 11,132 CAD (international). Prices as of February 2020. Tuition does NOT include school supplies. Click here for our refund policy.


The requirements for Airline Program are the following:


PRE-REQUISITES:  minimum 17 years old, Cat 1 medical, English proficient

AGE: Applicant shall have reached his twenty-first birthday to apply for the license. Training and time building can be done prior. 

MEDICAL FITNESS: Be in possession of Category I medical

After PPL, CPL, Multi- and IFR Ratings, Instructor Rating and time building experience, the prerequisite for the completion of the ATPL is the following:


  • SAMRA written exam
  • SARON written exam
  • INRAT written exam
  • Multi-IFR flight test

Exams can be written once the candidate has 750h total time. 


  • 1500h total time
  • 100h PIC night
  • 250h PIC cross-country
  • 75h instruments


Note: This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. To learn more about PTIB and its regulations, click here.

Note: This program is also regulated by Transport Canada (TC), to learn more about Transport Canada, click here.