Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

What does the CPL license allow you to do…
To fly for “hire or reward” and work for a Commercial Air Service in Canada it is required that the pilot hold the Commercial Pilot License (CPL). This opens the door to your career as a commercial pilot as you work your way towards your career goals. Typical entry level positions for pilots with a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) are as follows:
  • VFR Charter Air Taxi
  • IFR Charter Air Taxi
  • Photo Survey Pilot
  • Forest Fire Detection
  • Medical Evacuation
  • Airborne Traffic Watch
  • Airborne Banner Towing
  • Parachute Dropping
  • Forest Fire Suppression
  • Flight Instructor (with valid Instructors Rating)

Commercial Pilot - Pacific Professional Flight Center | PPFC | PRO IFR

Once the Commercial Pilot License has been attained, most of our graduates also hold the Multi‐IFR Rating and are truly ready for the “first job”. We elaborate more on the Multi‐Engine Instrument Rating here click.

This Program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


CPL Prerequisites

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • There are no special educational requirements other than a working knowledge of English or French.


CPL Requirements

  • A minimum of 200 hours total flight time and 100 hours Pilot in Command time including 20 hours X-Country.
  • 18 Years of age.
  • Class 1 medical. Obtained from a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner.
  • All previous flight time counts toward the Commercial Pilot course.
  • Time Building may be required to reach the required time.

The Commercial course consists of 65 hours of flight training and 80 hours of ground school. The break-down includes a Night Endorsement and VFR-over-the-Top.

  • 35 hours of dual instruction:Commercial Pilot - Pacific Professional Flight Center | PPFC | PRO IFR
    • 5 hours of X-Country
    • 20 hours of instrument time.
    • 5 hours dual night
  • 30 hours of solo flight time
    • 25 hours of general practice, including airwork, and radio communication
    • 5 hours solo night
    • Straight line cross country of at least 300 nautical miles with landings at 3 airports other than the departure airport
  • A minimum of 80 hours ground school. Including instruction on Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge.
  • A Transport Canada Written and Flight test is required


How fast can I get it done?

Training is at the student’s pace and convenience. The course will take less than a year if full time, longer if part time.


Do I need to pay full program cost up front?

No, there is no need to prepay full program cost up front. Instead, you will pay as you go and be charged by “flight time”. This is the time from engine start to engine stop. The hobbs meter in the aircraft keeps track of this time in .1 hour intervals (6-minute intervals). This article explains why paying full program cost up front may not be a good idea.


Can International Students work in Canada after finishing CPL Training?

If you complete your CPL flight training with our school under a student visa/permit, you are eligible to apply for work permit and work in Canada. Because according to Government of Canada, to be eligible for a Post-graduation work permit (PGWP), you must meet one of these requirements:

  • You’ve completed a flight training course at a Canadian training centre and now have a Canadian commercial pilot’s license, or
  • You have or you are in the process of getting an instructor’s rating, and you have a job offer to work as a flight instructor at a flight training centre.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact us. More information can be obtained from Government of Canada website at here.


What is the Cost?

The table below is the minimum requirements and cost estimates for obtaining a Commercial Pilots License with Professional Flight Centre.

Transport Canada Required Minimums for Commercial Pilot License:

Estimated Costs

Cessna 152

Cessna 172

Dual Training – 35 hours ($239 per/hour for C152, $257 per/hour for C172) $8365.00 $8995.00
Solo Training – 30 hours ($166 per/hour for C152, $184 per/hour for C172) $4980.00 $5520.00
Ground Briefing – 15 hours @ $73.00 $1095.00 $1095.00
3 Day CPL Written Seminar $550.00 $550.00
Total Fees to Professional Flight Centre ($CAD): $14990.00 $16160.00

Additional Flight Time

Up to 70 Hours Solo (Time Building to Reach 200 Hours Total Time) $11620.00 $12880.00

Incidental Fees

VFR Course Manual $175.00 $175.00
Flight Test Examiner Fee $450.00 $450.00
License AP Fee $230.00 $230.00
Transport Canada CPL Written Exam Fee $105.00 $105.00
Transport Canada Licensing Fee $80.00 $80.00
Total Incidental Fees ($CAD): $1040.00 $1040.00

Total course estimate for the Commercial Pilot License ($CAD):



(Effective March 21st, 2022)


  • The above estimate is based on Transport Canada minimums, any additional training required to meet standards will be billed at the applicable rate.
  • These prices do not include applicable taxes & fuel surcharges. GST (5%) and PST(7%) taxes will be collected for Recreational Pilot Permit and Private Pilot License training. No taxes are collected for dual training on Commercial License, Instructor Rating and IFR rating. Fuel surcharges are an extra fee charged by fuel companies to cover the fluctuating cost of fuel. Please contact us for latest fuel surcharges.
  • All prices are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD). For conversion rates to your local currency click here.
  • Prices subject to change. Click here to learn about refund policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

As with length of time to complete the training, how much it will cost will vary student to student. How much commitment and aptitude and whether the student is full-time or part-time are factors that will affect the cost. The latest estimated cost of Flight Training at different stages of the Professional Pilot Program can be found at All prices are in Canadian Dollars.
Yes, we offer introductory flights on Cessna 152, Cessna 172 and Cirrus SR-20 aircraft; these flights give you an inexpensive opportunity to experience flying an airplane with a flight instructor. Please visit Introductory Flight page for detailed information.
Yes, we accept students from all over the world. Please visit International Student page for more information.
The process of getting an Student Visa is just 5 easy steps! Please visit “How to start at PRO?” section on International Student page.
No, perfect eyesight for pilots is not required; it is permissible to have your vision corrected using corrective lenses such as eyeglasses and Contact Lenses.
Yes! International Student can work up to 20 hours per week while studying full-time. Please visit Student Information page for details.
Yes! Professional Flight Centre provides Instructor and Dispatch positions to both domestic and International students. Please see Job Opportunity page for details.

The first thing you should do is to book a Familiarization Flight (Fam Flight) with us. A Fam Flight is essentially a regular flight lesson where you will be flying under the supervision of a Flight Instructor.

During the Fam Flight, you will be treated just like a regular student pilot. Familiarization Flight is also a good opportunity to chat with a real flight instructor and learn more about flying as a career.

Familiarization Flight can be booked online or by calling or writing to our dispatch team directly. They will help you to book an airplane and instructor.

Applying to Pacific Professional Flight Centre is an easy process. Simply submit the “Online Application Form” from Online Admission page and we will get back to you to guide you through the rest of admission process.
No, high school grads and colleges transcripts are not required for applying to Professional Flight Centre.
Yes, training programs such as Commercial Pilot Licence, Multi-Engine, Instrument Rating, and Flight Instructor Rating are considered vocational training and can be used as a tax deduction.
Sorry we do not provide financial aid.
No, there is no need to prepay full program cost up front. Instead, you will pay as you go and be charged by “flight time”. This is the time from engine start to engine stop. The hobbs meter in the aircraft keeps track of this time in .1 hour intervals (6-minute intervals). This article explains why paying full program cost up front may not be a good idea.
Please visit Student Accommodation page for detailed information on housing/accommodation.

Transport Canada has standard requirements for converting foreign CPL to Canadian CPL. Please see following page from Transport Canada for conversion requirements:

Here is a short summary of conversion process:

  1. Complete the medical examination.
  2. Proof that the experience requirement is met.
  3. Meet the knowledge requirements by successfully completing CPAER written examination.
  4. Meet the skill requirement by successfully completing a practical Flight Test.

International students who completes CPL or Instructor rating in Canada are eligible for Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP) upon program completion. The length of the permit would be the total length it took to finish CPL and Instructor Rating.

More information can be obtained from Government of Canada website at here.

Flight Training Videos

If a picture worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures! Professional Flight Centre is one of the very few flight schools that allow students to film during flight. Many of our students have recorded and shared flight training videos on social medias. These videos have helped many others to master and successfully complete their training. Here are a couple of YouTube videos from our students on what flight training at Professional Flight Centre will be like. For more videos, check out our media page.


More questions?

Please visit our FAQ section that addresses more frequently asked questions regarding CPL and Flight Training. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions.