Professional Pilot: Commercial Pilot Certificate

The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows the holder to fly for hire in a variety of pilot positions. Content of the course includes advanced aircraft performance maneuvers and cross-country flight. Students receive advanced training in aircraft systems, meteorology, and aircraft performance.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Estimated Cost: $5,765.56

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Prerequisites: Must be at least 17 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA private pilot certificate and FAA instrument rating. Second class FAA medical certificate required prior to the first day of class. Please contact Instructor for details.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that enhance personal development and provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built.

Employability Requirement: To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and a flight test, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Program Length: This certificate program is approximately four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 17 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA private pilot certificate and FAA instrument rating. Second class FAA medical certificate required prior to the first day of class. Please contact instructor for details.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. Contact instructor for details.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
AVP 175 Commercial Pilot I 4
AVP 180 Commercial Pilot II 4
AVP 185 Commercial Pilot III 4
AVP 210 Commercial Pilot IV 4
AVP 215 Commercial Pilot V 4
AVP 220 Commercial Pilot VI 4
AVP 230 Commercial Pilot VII 4
AVP 235 Commercial Pilot VIII 4
AVP 240 Commercial Pilot IX 4
AVP 245 Commercial Pilot X 4
AVP 250 Commercial Pilot XI 4
AVP 255CAP Commercial Pilot XII 4
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV

General Psychology (or other social science or humanities course)

5
  Total Credits for Completion 63

Optional Elective Courses

Catalog # Course Name Credits
AVP 223 Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards V 4
AVP 257 Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards VI 4

Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.