Commercial Pilot Licence

Take to the skies with Insignia College’s Commercial Pilot Program. Airlines are facing a global shortage of Pilots. The growing aviation industry means qualified pilots are in demand. There’s never been a better opportunity to build your career as a commercial pilot.

Our Commercial Pilot Program is one of the most innovative, highly-respected programs in Canada. The Commercial Pilot Program provides a strong foundation in the basic principles of aviation. You will attend ground school training sessions and flight training missions at our Delta campus at Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB). When you graduate, you’ll have your Commercial Pilot Licence with a single-engine instrument rating.

Training Overview

Commercial Pilot Licence program is divided into Ground school and Flight Training. Ground school will furnish you with the required background knowledge and understandings to successfully challenge the Transport Canada written examination, while the air instruction and solo practice will provide you with the skills required to succeed at the flight test.

Insignia College Admission Requirements


The candidate must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence.

Ground School

Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight

In a classroom environment, students will become familiar with the parts of an airplane, load factors, utility categories, maneuvering speed and gust loads, logbooks and inspections, airworthiness, service bulletins, pilot operating handbooks, maintenance release, elementary work and servicing on private and commercial aircraft.

Airframes, Aircraft Engines and Systems

In a classroom environment, students will become familiar with the parts of an airplane, load factors, utility categories, maneuvering speed and gust loads, logbooks and inspections, airworthiness, service bulletins, pilot operating handbooks, maintenance release, elementary work and servicing on private and commercial aircraft.

Air Regulations and Licensing

Canadian Aviation Regulations Organization, CARs, airports, control zones, clearances, airspace classification, VFR, transponders, on-board requirements, equipment requirements, rules of the air. For licensing students will cover various ratings, various licenses, logs, recency requirements, and medical certificates.

Pilot Decision Making (PDM) and Human Factors

This subject focuses on the physiology and psychology of human factors with respect to a career in aviation. Using case studies and instructor experiences, students will learn about situational awareness, pilot error, crew resource management, hypoxia, myopia, and disorientation.

Aviation Meteorology

In the first part of this module, students will study the troposphere, air masses, fronts, jet streams, clouds, pressure, humidity, heating, and cooling. In the second parts of this module, students will cover fog, thunderstorms, precipitation, icing, weather reports, upper winds, weather charts, forecasts, and visibility.

Aviation Navigation

Students will study VFR charts, IFR charts, course correction methods, navigation procedures and formula, bearings, and homing/ tracking.

Radio Navigation, Electronic Theory and Trip Planning

Radio concepts and terms such as VOR, ADF, ILS, DME will be covered as well as navigation systems, radar and equipment interference.

Flight Instruments and Operations

In a classroom environment, students will learn about pressure and density altitude, weight and balance, landing considerations, wake turbulence, hydroplaning, collisions and emergencies, seasonal flying, geographical flying, fuel, and medical factors.

Aviation Professionalism and Employability

Much of the learning in aviation focuses on individual skills and knowledge for pilots. This course focuses on how pilot’s skills and knowledge are applied in professional aviation environments. Topics such as airmanship, error management, resource management, and team perspective will be discussed. It is essential that pilots understand and apply the concepts of Leadership, Safety Management, Error Management, Pilot Training and Crew Scheduling.

Final Review and Career Search

Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
Airframes, Aircraft Engines and Systems
Air Regulations and Licensing
Pilot Decision Making (PDM) and Human Factors
Aviation Meteorology
Aviation Navigation
Radio Navigation, Electronic Theory and Trip Planning
Flight Instruments and Operations
Aviation Professionalism and Employability

Flight Training

Flight training is separated into dual instruction and solo practice. A minimum of 200 hours of flight time required, of which a minimum of 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command time with 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command time.

Flight Training – Dual

Flight with a flight instructor. During dual flight student will be introduced to new exercises and practice previous exercises. Once a level of skill and competence has been reached students will fly solo in the aircraft to practice the air exercises.

Student must complete a minimum of 35 hours of dual flight instruction, of which 5 hours night flying, including a minimum of 2 hours of cross-country flight time, 20 hours of instrument flight time, 10 hours of advanced dual instruction including at least 5 hours of X-Country.

Flight Training – Solo

Your first solo flight is something that you will remember forever! The first time you fly without an instructor on board the aircraft.

To qualify for a Commercial Pilot license, students must complete a minimum 30 hours of solo flight time including 25 hours solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of general flying skills of the student which shall include a cross-country flight to a point of a minimum of 300 nautical mile, 5 hours solo night flight time during which a minimum of 10 takeoffs circuits and landings were completed.

The remainder of the time requirements will be made of dual and solo training and practice.

Tuition fee

Application Fee
Tuition Fee- Ground school
Flight Training
Application Fee  $250
Ground School $599
Pilot Kit $199

Flight Training cost based on Transport Canada Minimum on the Cessna 172 Skyhawk Plane:

  Hours Rate Cost
Dual Flights 35 Hours $220/hr $7,700
Solo Flights 30 Hours $165/hr $4,950
Ground Briefing 25Hours $55/hr $1,375

Additional Flight Time (90 Hours Solo): Time Building to reach 200 hours total time

Solo Flights 90 Hours $165/hr  $14,850

Note: All rates are the same for domestic and international students.

If any student exceeds these requirements due to their performance, the student will pay extra for any additional training. Any additional training will be charged at the same hourly rates as mentioned above. Pricing is subject to change.

Fuel surcharges will apply on top of these hourly rates. Taxes are applied where applicable.

(Effective July 15, 2020)



Commercial students take an average 24 months of flight training to finish the Transport Canada requirements which include the time required to obtain a Private Pilot Licence as well. 



An applicant shall be a minimum of eighteen years of age.

Medical Fitness

An applicant shall hold a Category 1 Medical Certificate valid for a Commercial Pilot Licence.

Transport Canada Written Exam

A minimum of 60% in each of four areas mentioned Below,
Air Law60%
General knowledge60%

Transport Canada Flight Exam

Successfully complete a flight test.

The flight test is conducted by a flight test examiner in an aircraft. During the flight test you will be tested on your understanding of aircraft performance, aircraft systems, emergency procedures and navigational skills. Additionally your performance of the required air exercises will be tested to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Guide Recreational Pilot Permit Aeroplane.


Disclaimer: Commercial Pilot Licence was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.