Privileges of a Commercial Pilot Licence

The COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE (CPL) allows you to begin your career as a Professional Pilot, and allows you to fly aeroplanes for hire and reward.

Your CPL allows you to fly a Canadian Registered airplane, anywhere in the world!

There is no limit to the number of passengers (limited by aircraft seats, weight, etc.)

Your CPL includes the NIGHT and VFR Over-the-Top (OTT) Ratings.

You can add IFR, Multi-Engine and Advanced Ratings to your Commercial Pilot Licence, which will be basic requirements for applying to most career Pilot positions.

This is the SECOND STEP toward a Career in Aviation, and is a requirement to enroll in a the Instructor Pilot Training Program.

Prerequisites of a Commercial Pilot Licence

In order to enroll in a COMMERCIAL PILOT Training Program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

1. You must hold a PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE (PPL).

2. You must be at least 18 years of age.

3. You must have a Class 1 Aviation Medical certificate.

(Note: We can help you book your Aviation Medical Examination.)

4. You must meet the International Standards for fluency in English or in French.

Requirements of a Commercial Pilot Licence

In order to qualify for a COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE (CPL), you must achieve the following:

1. A minimum of 200 hours of Total Flight Time, including:

A minimum of 100 hours of Pilot-in-Command time, including:

A minimum of 20 hours of PIC Cross-Country time.

2. A minimum of 65 hours of Flight Training, including:

A minimum of 35 hours of Dual Instruction.

A minimum of 10 hours of Advanced Dual Instruction, including:

A minimum of 5 hours of Cross Country Dual Instruction.

A minimum of 20 hours of Instrument Time.

A minimum of 5 hours of Dual Night Instruction.

A minimum of 5 hours of Solo Night Flight.

A minimum of 30 hours of Solo Flight Time, including:

A minimum of 25 hours of general practice,

including air work and radio communication.

A straight line cross country flight of at least 300 nautical miles,

with landings at 3 airports other than the departure airport.

3. A minimum of 80 hours of Ground School, including instruction in:

Air Law,


Navigation, and

General Knowledge

4. You must pass the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot Written Examination.

5. You must be recommended by a Flying Instructor for a Flight Examination.

6. You must pass the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot Flight Examination.

(You will need to have a Student Pilot Flight Kit, which includes all of the training

resources and navigation / planning tools required to complete your Ground and Air training exercises.)

Commercial Pilot Program - Ground School

Ground School is where we learn the theory and information required to conduct safe and efficient flying as a Pilot, and to prepare you for your written examinations.

Ground School is conducted primarily ONLINE, with weekly live video training sessions provided by one of our certified Flying Instructors. You can choose to attend the video training sessions, or you may choose to complete your Ground School by yourself, in a self-paced home study format, or any mix of group sessions and self-study.

The topics that will be covered in Ground School are:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines & Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio & Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Licencing Requirements
  • Human Factors
  • Pilot Decision Making
  • Instrument Procedures
  • and More!

Commercial Pilot Program - Duration & Cost

Each Commercial Pilot Student is able to determine their own pace, so that your Pilot Training fits your schedule and your financial plan.

A Commercial Pilot Licence can be achieved in as little as 8 months, if you are able to engage in your training on a "full-time" basis, studying and flying 5 to 7 days per week.

If you choose to train on a "part-time" schedule, your Commercial Pilot Training Program may take two or more years to complete, depending on your flight experience, how much time you commit to your training and how frequently you fly.

The Total Cost of your Commercial Pilot Training Program will depend on how consistently you fly and study the training material. The longer the period between training sessions, the more "ground" you will have to catch up, in terms of relearning some of the information, and re-developing your skills. Piloting is a "perishable" skillset, and in order to get the best "bang for your buck", we recommend flying as often as you can each week. Having said that, we are able to accommodate whatever training rhythm you choose. This is YOUR experience, and we want you to ENJOY IT!

If you are able to acquire the skills and knowledge in the minimum required hours, you should anticipate a total cost in the area of $15,500 CAD. If you are closer to the national average, you should budget around $25,000 CAD.

We will do our best to advise & support you along the way, so that you can optimize your training experience.

Contact Information

Mail us at:

6200 Tronson Road

Vernon, BC, Canada, V1H 1N5

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Covid-19 Protocols

Please note that COVID-19 Protocols are in effect at all Aurora Aviation locations.

A self-declaration must be completed on arrival.

Masks must be worn at all times.

Visitors must sign in on arrival.

If you have any questions or concerns about our Covid-19 Protocol, please let us know.


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Aurora Aviation Academy Locations

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Edmonton, AB


30 27018 SH 633, AB T8T 0E3, Canada

Fort McMurray, AB


410 Snow Eagle Dr, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5B4, Canada

Peace River, AB


AB-744, Peace River, AB T0H, Canada

Oliver, BC


5875 Airport Street, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0, Canada

Vernon, BC


6200 Tronson Rd, Vernon, BC V1H 1N5, Canada

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