Night Rating Program

Successful completion of the Night Rating Program leads to eligibility for Night Rating issued by Transport Canada, and the issuance of a Certificate of Qualification—Night Rating by Acadia College.  The holder of a pilot licence endorsed with a Night Rating may exercise the privileges of the licence in Night VFR conditions.  Credit for the Night Rating may be transferred to Commercial Pilot Program.


The minimum age for a Night Rating is seventeen years of age.  Before commencing training in the Night Rating Program, a student requires a valid Private Pilot Licence-Aeroplane Category, and a valid Category 1 or Category 3 Medical Certificate.

Transport Canada’s Minimum Requirements for Completion

Experience Requirements

An applicant for a night rating shall have acquired in aeroplanes a minimum of 20 hours of pilot flight time which shall include a minimum of:

  1. 10 hours of night flight time including a minimum of:
    • 5 hours dual flight time, including 2 hours of cross-country flight time,
    • 5 hours solo flight time, including 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings, and
  2. 10 hours dual instrument time.

Skill Requirement

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for a night rating, an applicant shall have successfully completed a qualifying flight by demonstrating the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide-Aeroplane:

    • Pre-flight Inspection
    • Engine Start and Run-up
    • Taxiing
    • Take-off
    • Circuit
    • Approach and Landing
    • Pilot Navigation
    • Instrument Flying
    • Emergency Procedures

Flight Safety Rules and Procedures

All Acadia College flight training operations are conducted in accordance with the Flight Safety Rules and Procedures.