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Airline Transport Pilot Licence

This program will prepare students without previous flight experience for an airline career in an exciting and accelerated format. The program includes distinct ground and flight training objectives organized to present material in a logical sequence and to maximize the effective use of time.

What is an ATPL?

An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the highest level of aircraft pilot’s licence a pilot can hold. Almost all of the world’s commercial airlines have aircraft that must be flown by a crew of two or more pilots, and they must be commanded by a pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (i.e. the captain in an airline cockpit must have an ATPL). This licence is the end goal for practically all working pilots.

Who is this for?

  • Graduates from any college or university program

  • Individuals seeking a new career

  • International students

This program is highly structured and designed to provide students with the qualifications for direct entry to airlines in aircraft requiring a type rating. Graduates will have completed a Commercial Pilot Licence with Multi IFR (Group 1) and ATPL written exams. The program also includes a robust Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) component, which is solid preparation for airline type rating training.

The full-time program includes:

  • 750 classroom ground school hours

  • 205 flight & simulator training hours

  • Professional flight instruction

Students will complete the multi-crew cooperation module, which includes the following skills:

  • Flight deck communication and teamwork

  • Monitoring and cross-checking

  • Threat and error management

  • Flight Management Systems (FMS)

  • Use of checklists, SOPs

  • Workload management


The cost of the program is approximately $90,000-100,000 including tax. This covers tuition, compulsory fees and third party fees, such as aviation tests and exams. 

Program is approved by Transport Canada and approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.


Would-be ATPL holders must write and pass two Transport Canada written exams (70% minimum to pass). The SAMRA exam includes meteorology, radio navigation and flight planning, while the SARON exam includes law, flight operations and general navigation topics. Typically, pilots must have at least 750 hours to attempt these exams. In the Integrated ATP program, these exams are written prior to graduation.


Pilots must obtain the following experience, assuming they only fly fixed-wing:

  • 1500 hours total flight time (≤1295 hours after graduation)

  • 250 hours pilot-in-command flight time (≤150 PIC hours after graduation)

  • 100 hours pilot-in-command cross-country flight time (≤25 PIC cross-country hours after graduation)

  • 100 hours night flight time as pilot-in-command or as co-pilot (≤95 night PIC hours after graduation. Students have the option of doing more)

  • 75 hours instrument flight time of which a maximum of 25 hours may be in flight simulators (≤20 instrument flight hours after graduation)

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