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The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) program expands on the knowledge learned in the Private Pilot Licence and gives the candidate the ability to start a career in aviation. The CPL is required to work as a pilot for a flight school, float operator, or a charter operation. It is also a required step along the path to obtaining the Airline Transport Pilot Licence.


Title:   Commercial Pilot Licence
Prerequisites:   Private Pilot Licence
Schedule:   Part-Time or Full-Time
Intake:   Continuous
Duration:   Approximately 1 Year (Full-Time)
Cost:   Approximately $14,500


To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

  • Hold a Canadian secondary school diploma or equivalent
  • Hold a Private Pilot Licence - Aeroplane
  • Hold a current, valid Category 1 Canadian Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Be 18 years of age or older

International Students

Applicants who are not of Canadian citizenship, a permanent resident of Canada or a dependent of a diplomat accredited to Canada must get a student authorization. Contact your nearest Canadian embassy for details. As part of the student authorization process, a Letter of Acceptance from Discovery Aviation Academy will be required. This letter will be issued once we have received verification of eligibility and an administrative deposit.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have partially completed training toward a Commercial Pilot Licence at another flight school may be credited advanced standing in accordance with Transport Canada regulations and at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor.

Program of Study

The Commercial Pilot Licence program focuses on in-depth ground and flight instruction.

Ground School consists of 80 hours of in-class or online training to prepare the student for the Transport Canada written examination. Subjects to be covered include:

  • Air Law and Procedures
  • Navigation and Radio Aids
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Theory of Flight
  • Flight Instruments
  • Flight Operations
  • Human Factors

Flight Training
consists of a minimum of 65 hours of commercial flight instruction preparing the student for the Transport Canada flight test. The 65 hours must include the following minimum hour requirements:

  • 35 Hours of Dual Instruction
    • 5 Hours Night (Including 2 Hours Cross-Country)
    • 5 Hours Cross-Country
    • 20 Hours Instrument Flight Time (Max 10 in Simulator)
  • 30 Hours of Solo Flight Time
    • 5 Hours Night (Including 10 Takeoffs, Circuits, and Landings)
    • 300 nm Cross-Country


To be eligible for the Commercial Pilot Licence a student must have at least 200 hours total time of which not less than 100 hours must be pilot-in-command time including 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command time.

The times listed above are Transport Canada minimum times required for completing the course. Completion time is based on student skill, therefore prices may increase throughout the duration of the course.

Payment Schedule

Due to the large costs associated with flight training, Discovery Aviation Academy does not expect students to pay tuition fees upfront or in large installments. Discovery Aviation Academy utilizes the "Pay-Per-Lesson" method, where the student settles their invoice after each lesson. Please contact DAA for the full breakdown of the cost of the Commercial Pilot Licence program.

International Student Fees

Please contact DAA for more information on international student fees.


Students graduate the program when they have received letters of recommendation for both the Transport Canada written examination and flight test. Graduates are issued a certificate upon completion of the Commercial Pilot Licence program.


Enrollment for this program is continuous, meaning students can start flight training toward the Commercial Pilot Licence at any time. However, ground school classes start on specific dates. Contact DAA to find out more information about the next Commercial Pilot Licence ground school.

Apply to train with DAA

If you are interested in learning more about DAA or would like to start your training with us please contact us using one of the methods listed below:

Phone: (705) 693-3346
E-mail: Contact Us
Address: 8555 Aviation Road, Garson, Ontario P3L1V4