Commercial Pilot License

Commercial Pilot Licence

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The Purpose of Commercial Pilot Program is to produce graduates who are capable of performing duties of Commercial Air-Pilots as regulation by Transport Canada.

Requirements For Admission

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Requirements For License

Age: An applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age
Medical Fitness: The licence is maintained by a valid Category 1 Medical

  • An applicant shall have completed a minimum of 80 hours commercial pilot aeroplane ground school instruction including at least the following subjects:
    • Canadian Aviation Regulations,
    • Aerodynamics and theory of flight,
    • Meteorology,
    • Airframes, engines and systems,
    • Flight instruments,
    • Radio and electronic theory,
    • Navigation,
    • Flight operations,
    • Licensing requirements, and
    • Human factors including pilot decision-making.
  • Obtained a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subject areas as well as in the overall written examination Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane ( PPAER ):
    • Air Law – regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the licence,
    • Navigation – navigation, radio aids and electronic theory,
    • Meteorology, and
    • Aeronautics – General Knowledge – airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments and flight operations.


  • Have completed a minimum of 200 hours flight time in airplanes, of which a minimum of 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command time
  • Following the issuance of a private pilot license — airplane by Canada or another contracting state, have completed 65 hours of commercial pilot flight training in airplanes consisting of a minimum of:
    • 35 hours dual instruction flight time, under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating — Aeroplane, including:
      • 5 hours night flying, including a minimum of 2 hours of cross-country flight time;
      • 5 hours cross-country, which may include the cross-country experience
      • 20 hours of instrument flight time 
    • 30 hours solo flight time including:
      • 25 hours solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of general flying skills of the applicant which shall include a cross-country flight to a point of a minimum of 300 nautical mile radius from the point of departure and shall include a minimum of 3 landings at points other than that of departure; and
      • 5 hours solo flight time by night during which a minimum of 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings were completed.


Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall successfully complete a flight test in accordance with:

      • Schedule 4 “Flight Test for the Issuance of a Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane” of Standard 428 — Conduct of Flight Tests.

Commercial Pilots Licence Estimated Cost

Estimated Course Fee Structure
Tuition for Air and Ground Instruction

Instructor Fee Air Instruction:  $2459 (35 hours @ $70 per hour)

Instructor Fee Pre-flight Briefings: $1050 (15 hours @70 per hour)

In-class Groundschool: $481

Other Fee

$24725.00* *Aircraft/Simulator Rental    

Course Material


*Aircraft/Simulator Rental Fee

Cessna 172           $220/hr Cessna 152           $175/hr Simulator              $60/HR

Other Fees

Domestic Student:
Application Fees:$150.00
International Students:
Application Fees:$350.00
Administration Fees:$500.00

TOTAL for CPL $ 30185.00

The estimated total above is based on Cessna 152 not including the application and administration fees. All prices listed are before tax.

CESSNA 172 PRICE: $220/HR 


The estimated total above is based on Transport Canada minimum requirements. The length of training depends on a number of factors and costs will vary accordingly. Any additional training will be charged at the same hourly rates listed above. Aircraft costs may change based on fuel prices.

The estimated total above does not include any external cost that the student maybe required to pay outside of Acadia College such as the medical exam, written exam, and flight test.

All Prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

If you have previous flight experience, then these records should be traceable and acceptable to Transport Canada and will be credited subject to Transport Canada rules and regulations.

For Medical:

For Licence requirements:

Commercial Pilot Licence  was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. 

*There will be 3% surcharge on credit card payments.