Information For Prospective Students


Flight Training

Flight training can be fun and rewarding. Pro has helped thousands of men and women just like you become pilots. Whether you want to fly for fun or fly for career as a commercial pilot, below are the necessary licenses and ratings.

Flight Training Information for Prospective Student

Private Pilot License

If you are interested in learning to fly as a hobby, obtaining your PPL (Private Pilot License) can be done in as little as 4 months. This is assuming you are training full-time, booking flight 5 to 6 days per week. The PPL entails a minimum of 40 hours ground school and a minimum of 45 flight hours. Students usually finish the PPL course around 60-70 flight hours at the Boundary Bay airport because of our busy airport and airspace.

Commercial Pilot License

If a career as a pilot is what you are after then you need a CPL (Commercial Pilot License). The CPL program entails a minimum of 80 hours ground school and 200 flight hours. One of the biggest achievements in the CPL course is to obtain the 200 flight hours. This is the main time consuming element. Booking flights every day, a full-time student can finish the course in less than a year. When flying part time, the program can take 18 to 24 months.

Multi-Engine Rating

A Multi Engine Rating is a pilot rating that qualifies you to fly any aircraft with more than one engine. It is a necessary pilot certification add-on for any aspiring pilot to advance to the airlines, or to increase their overall marketability in the aviation workforce. Multi-Engine training is at the student’s pace and convenience. The course can be completed in 4 to 7 days if full time.

Instrument Rating

An Instrument Rating (IR) allows a pilot to fly solely by reference to instruments. It is arguably one of the most valuable ratings you can add to your pilot certificate and is a fun and challenging discipline of flight training. Professional Flight Centre was originally under the name of Professional IFR, where we commenced business as a Multi-IFR school only in 1986 and have completed well over 6000 Instrument Ratings since our inception! Below is a list of available Instrument Ratings.

Types of Instrument Ratings

  • Group 1 – This type of instrument rating is given when the flight test was completed in a multi-engine plane (Multi-IFR Rating).
  • Group 2 — This rating is given when the flight test was completed in a multi-engine centre line thrust airplane (Multi-Engine Rating).
  • Group 3 — This rating is given when the flight test was completed in a single-engine plane (Singe-Engine IFR).

Prerequisites for License and Ratings

Here are the list of prerequisites for various Licenses and ratings:

Student Pilot Permit
  • Be at least 14 years of age
  • Hold a category I, III, or IV medical certificate or assessment letter.
Private Pilot license
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a category I or III, medical certificate
Commercial Pilot license
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a category I medical certificate
Instructor Rating
Multi-Engine Rating
Multi-IFR Rating

Professional Commercial Pilot Program

Professional Commercial Pilot Program (also known as Professional Pilot Program) includes PPL (Private Pilot License), CPL (Commercial Pilot License) and Multi-IFR Rating (Group 1 Instrument). Multi-IFR contains Multi-Engine Rating already. Both Night Rating and VFR-Over-The-Top (OTT) are included in CPL. The benefit of Professional Pilot Program is that the hours from Multi-IFR Rating count towards CPL’s 200 hours requirements. This way, students save both time and money by not having to fly extra hours for Multi-IFR Rating after completing CPL.

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. To see what flight training at Professional Flight Centre will be like, visit our media page.

Ground School

Our Professional Pilot Ground School runs on weekdays and weekends regardless the number of students. This course covers topics from both PPL and CPL ground school. It includes both In-Person and Online options at no extra costs. The program runs in a cycle and takes approximately 3-4 months to complete the whole course. New students are welcome to join in at any time. The ground school prepares you to achieve a solid passing mark on the Transport Canada Written Exams. For ground school schedules, please visit Ground School Program page.

Students registered for ground school will have access to following studying materials:

  • Daily Live Class Sessions
  • Ground School Course Slides
  • Ground School Quizzes
  • Written Exam Preparations
  • Recorded Ground School Training Videos
  • Training videos such as proper airplane tie-down and de-icing.
  • Ability to interact with other students and instructors online through messages and discussion forums.
  • Periodic Tower Tour at Boundary Bay Airport

To learn more about online ground school, please visit its program page.

Training Cost

It costs $18,412 CAD to become a private pilot (based on 65 flight hours) when starting with no previous experience, and $24,870 CAD to finish Commercial Pilot License, where both Night Rating and VFR-over-the-Top are included. Multi-IFR rating costs $17,020 CAD. Our latest hourly rate and estimated cost of all Flight Training program can be found on Tuition and Rates page. Note that there is no need to pay full amount fee in advance. Instead, one will be charged by “flight time” following each training session. This is the time from engine start to engine stop.

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.

Flight Training Cost and Duration

Job Opportunities for Students

We offer job opportunities to students on campus. Please visits Job Opportunities page for more information.

Student Accommodation

We try out best to help student locate comfortable accommodation that best meets their needs. Boundary Bay Airport is well service by public transit. We are pleased to provide some suggestions to a host of accommodations available to students in areas around the school, ranging in style, comfort, and price. Please visit Student Housing page for detailed accommodation information near school.

Canadian Permanent Resident Status

Over the years, many of our Instructors Rating students have successfully obtained Canadian Permanent Residence Status through Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). We suggest interested students to contact Canadian government or an immigration expert for detailed information on CRS.

Additional Information

Here are some more links to help you get more information on programs that we offer:

School Facebook Page:

School Instagram Page:

School Media Page including Virtual Reality Tour and Flight Training videos:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Our Accreditations:

Private Pilot Licence:

Commercial Pilot Licence:

Professional Pilot Ground School:

Applying to Pacific Professional Flight Centre

Applying to Pacific Professional Flight Centre is an easy process. We look forward to helping you reach your career goals. Here are ways to apply to Professional Flight Centre:

Online: Simply fill out the online application form at Online Admission page.

By Telephone: Call us at 604-952-4635. Alternatively click here to request a callback. Our admissions team is here to help and advise you on the best way to begin your career.

By Email: Email our admission team at with your intended program and start date and we will guide you through the rest of the application process.

In person: You are welcomed to visit us at Boundary Bay Airport any time to have a chat with our instructors and fill out the application form


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

Cessna 152 Aircraft Parked on Ramp at Boundary Bay Airport