Career Pilot program


From Ab Initio training to PPL, CPL, ME, IR and Instructor Rating, students graduate ready to work as professional flight instructors.

Applications for the CPP Program are openning for September 2020 intake.

About the Career Pilot Program Diploma

This program takes you from being an Ab Initio (brand new) pilot all the way through your Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Multi-engine rating, Instrument rating and finally your flight Instructor (Class 4) rating.


Start your training at Canadian Aviation College, located at the Pitt Meadows Airport in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia in Canada.


Graduating students will have acquired all the necessary licenses and additional education in aviation Human Factors to become a professional pilot.


The academic portion includes an expanded look into the details of Aviation Human Factors which will be useful in developing the students’ essential background knowledge for a career in aviation. 



  • High School graduate, or equivalent

  • Able to obtain ICAO Level 4

  • Category 1 Medical

  • 18 years old (by the time the student has completed the required Flight hours and is applying for a CPL)

  • Successfully Pass a Company Interview

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have demonstrated: 

  • The ability to safely and effectively plan and execute Day, or Night, VFR or IFR , Multi-engine flights.

  • The knowledge and ability to pass company and Transport Canada written exams and Flight tests.

  • The knowledge and ability using good judgment and decision making.

  • Flight Time and management skills building up as a flight instructor

  • The effective understanding of Aviation Human Factors as it pertains to this program.

  • ATPL exams preparation, and should pass the ATPL exams.

Employment / Career

Graduates will have all the licenses and ratings required to begin a career as a professional pilot in many commercial operations, including airlines.

Course Duration

The flying hours required to complete the Career Pilot Program at Canadian Aviation College is 235, spanning a period of 60 weeks.

Delivery Method

Classroom, computer-based, ground and flight instruction.

Method of Evaluation


Flight tests in conjunction with In-house and Transport Canada written exams. Students are graded on a 4 pt grading scale for all flights and a minimum of 70% grade is expected for all quizzes and tests.


Course Breakdown

01 Ab Initio

Initial training done in an approved Flight Training Device (FTD) or simulator. The 10 Lesson Plans in the sim will prepare the student to fly the first 18 exercises in the Flight Training Manual before they ever touch an aircraft. Hours: 10 Simulator 10 PGI

02 PPL

Flight training in a single-engine aircraft that takes the skills learned in the simulator in course 1 and applies them all to the aircraft. Students fly dual with an instructor, and solo while being supervised by an instructor. Each flight has a pre-flight briefing, and many have Preparatory Ground Instruction. The 40 lesson plans include 3 hours of simulator-based instrument training.
Ground school (84 hrs) includes the Transport Canada minimum of 40 hrs, written exam preparation of 20 hours and 4 hrs of Flight Test Preparation.
This course results in the student passing the TC PPL written exam and PPL Flight Test, as well, the company Ground School exam and Pre-flight test.

65 Flight Time C172 (40 Dual/25 Solo)
3 FTD Instrument
20 Additional FTD
8 Pre/Post-flight Brief
16 PGI
84 Ground School

03 CPL and PIC Time building

This course results in the issuance of a Commercial Pilot License after the student has successfully passed the internal, and Transport Canada, CPL Flight Tests and Written Exams.
In this course Students will expand their flying skills and adhere to higher standards of performance, and further expand on their knowledge of aviation that was covered in the PPL course.
Students will also complete their Pilot-In-Command Cross-Country Time Building in a single-engine aircraft up to a DUAL LIMIT of 50 hrs PIC X/C and 200 hours Total Flight Time.
* The multi-engine and IFR flying time are part of this course and are not additional flight hours above 200 hours

125 Flight Time
9.2 Simulator Instrument time
13.5 Simulator Pre-flight
15.4 Pre/post flight Brief
12.3 PGI
168 Ground School

04 Multi-Engine Rating

This course teaches students how to safely and effectively fly aircraft with more than 1 engine (2). Concepts such as Vmc, Vyse and single engine operation and handling are the focus of the flying portion.
The multi-engine rating is achieved through ground school, flight and simulator training, as well, related Pre/and post flight briefings.
This course results in the issuance of the Multi Rating after successful completion of the internal, and Transport Canada, Multi-Engine Flight Test and Written Exam

(9.5 Flight included in CPL)
15 Simulator
1.4 Pre/post flight Brief
5.1 PGI
24 Ground School

05 IFR Rating

This course focuses on teaching / instructing the student on the topic of Instrument Flight Rules. Students will learn how to fly depending solely on their instruments by training in the simulator and the aircraft. They will also attend IFR Ground school and complete an online Computer Based Training program.
This course will result in the issuance of an IFR Rating by Transport Canada once the student has passed both the internal, and Transport Canada, IFR Flight Test and Written Exam.

16.5 DUAL Flight
20 Simulator
2.6 Pre/post flight Brief
5.4 PGI
66 Ground School
60 Computer-based training

06 Instructor Rating

Completion of this course results in the student being issued a Class IV Instructor rating by Transport Canada once they have passed both the internal and Transport Canada Flight Tests and Written Exams.
The instructor rating training course focusses on providing the student with additional knowledge around theory, as well, knowledge and skills on how to teach using instructional techniques.

30 Flight
4.2 Pre/post flight Brief
8.4 PGI
66 Ground School

07 Aviation Human Factors

This course is designed to expand on the sparsely covered topic of aviation Human Factors, a Transport Canada required topic. It addresses topics such as Pilot Decision Making and Accident Analysis in depth. Hours 230 Ground School

Fees & Expenses

application Fee

Domestic Student - CAD updating

International Student- CAD updating

Tuition Fee

Domestic Students- CAD updating

International Students - CAD updating




Disclaimer: This Program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. 


72 - 18300 Ford Road,

Pitt Meadows - BC

V3Y 0C6


Administrative Hours:

Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Operation Hours:

Mon - Sun 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Main Administrative Phone (Monday - Friday):

+1 604.299.7777