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Commercial Pilot Licence

In addition to the privileges held with a Private Pilot Licence the Commercial Licence will allow you to gain employment in the aviation industry and fly airplanes for hire and reward. 

  • Fly any Canadian Registered airplane anywhere in the world.
  • No limit to the number of passengers.
  • Includes night rating.
  • Have the option to add the following ratings:
    • Instrument 
    • Multi-Engine
    • Advanced Aircraft
    • VFR Over the top
    • Instructor
    • Float

Note: To improve your employability and open up more opportunities you will want to have all or most of the above-mentioned ratings.


  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Age at time of licencing: 18 years old. Just like with the private licence you may start your training prior to your 18th birthday but you will need to be 18 years old to obtain the commercial licence.
  • Category 1 medical.
  • English Language Proficiency.


Total Flight Time
A minimum of 200 hours total flight time of which includes:

  • 100 hours Pilot in Command time
    •  Including 20 hours X-Country.

Flight Training
65 hours of flight training including:

  • 35 hours of dual instruction
    • 5 hours Night, which includes 2 hours cross country time
    • 5 hours cross country training, can include the 2 hour night requirement.
    • 20 hours instrument flight time
      • 10 hours may be conducted in an approved simulator
  • 30 hours of solo flight time
    • 25 hours dedicated to general flying skills.
    • 5 hours at night, which includes 10 takeoffs and landings

Ground School
A minimum of 80 hours of ground school which includes instruction in the topics of:

  • Air Law
  • Meteorology 
  • Navigation 
  • General Knowledge.


  • Transport Canada Written Exam (CPAER)
  • Flight Test

Course Length

Like the Private Pilot Licence, this is a self-paced program. If you take an online ground school it will also be self-paced. If you take an in-class ground school the schedule will be at the discretion of the training facility.

Because of the nature of the commercial licence the times will vary greatly. If you already meet the minimum total flight time requirements then you just need to complete the required flight training. 

If you do not meet the minimum hours of total time you will need to complete the required flight training and obtain the 200 hours of total flight time. Typically students will fall into this category and will have to find ways to get their 200 hours. This can be the most fun you’ll have flying because it essentially means you can earn your hours in whichever way you would like. Many people will plan a few long cross-country flights to fun or scenic places. Others will add other ratings such as a float rating or Multi-Engine Instrument rating. 

The same rule applies here as it did with the private licence. The more consistent and dedicated you are with your training the quicker it will go and the less it will cost. 


For the same reasons the course time may vary, so will the cost. You can make calculations based on the price of flight time at your local school using the Transport Canada minimum hours to get a rough estimate. The typical range for this licence will be $16,000 to $25,000.

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