Commercial Pilot Diploma

Take to the skies with Insignia College’s Commercial Pilot program. Airlines are facing global shortage for 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. When you graduate, you’ll have your Commercial Pilot License with single-engine instrument rating.

The Commercial Pilot diploma program provides a strong foundation in the basic principles of aviation. You will attend ground school training sessions and flight training at our flight campus.

Commercial students on average takes up to 24 months of Flight Training to finish the requirements which includes time required to obtain Private Pilot License as well. Before qualifying for Commercial Pilot diploma, students must complete Private Pilot License and Commercial Pilot License.

Transport Canada Minimum Requirements for CPL License

Commercial Pilot Licence



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

Medical Fitness

  • (a) An applicant shall hold a Category 1 Medical Certificate valid for a Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane.
  • (b) The licence holder may exercise Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane privileges until the end of the medical period specified for the Private Pilot Licence.
  • (c) The licence is maintained by a valid Category 1 Medical Certificate.


Ground School Instruction
  • An applicant shall have completed a minimum of 80 hours commercial pilot aeroplane ground school instruction including at least the following subjects:
    • (i) Canadian Aviation Regulations,
    • (ii) aerodynamics and theory of flight,
    • (iii) meteorology,
    • (iv) airframes, engines and systems,
    • (v) flight instruments,
    • (vi) radio and electronic theory,
    • (vii) navigation,
    • (viii) flight operations,
    • (ix) licensing requirements, and
    • (x) human factors including pilot decision-making.
  • (b) An applicant who is a graduate from an approved integrated course shall have completed the applicable course requirements in section 426.75 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
Written Examination
  • All applicants shall have obtained a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subjects areas as well as in the overall written examination Commercial Pilot Licence — Aeroplane (CPAER):
    • (i) Air Law – regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the licence,
    • (ii) Navigation – navigation, radio aids and electronic theory,
    • (iii) Meteorology, and
    • (iv) Aeronautics – General Knowledge – airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments and flight operations.


  • An applicant for a commercial pilot licence — aeroplane shall
    • (i) have completed a minimum of 200 hours flight time in aeroplanes, of which a minimum of 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command time including 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command flight time, and
    • (ii) following the issuance of a private pilot licence — aeroplane by Canada or another contracting state, have completed 65 hours of commercial pilot flight training in aeroplanes consisting of a minimum of:
      • (A) 35 hours dual instruction flight time, under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating — Aeroplane, including:
        • (I) 5 hours night, including a minimum of 2 hours of cross-country flight time;
        • (II) 5 hours cross-country, which may include the cross-country experience stated in subclause (I); and
        • (III) 20 hours of instrument flight time in addition to the experience stated in subclauses (I) and (II). A maximum 10 hours of the 20 hours may be conducted on an approved aeroplane simulator or synthetic flight training device.
      • (B) 30 hours solo flight time including:
        • (I) 25 hours solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of general flying skills of the applicant which shall include a cross-country flight to a point of a minimum of 300 nautical mile radius from the point of departure and shall include a minimum of 3 landings at points other than that of departure; and
        • (II) 5 hours solo flight time by night during which a minimum of 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings were completed.

Flight Test

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the licence, an applicant for a commercial pilot licence — aeroplane shall successfully complete a flight test as pilot-in-command of an aeroplane.

Restricted Licence - Daylight Flying

  • (a) If an applicant has not completed the night flight time requirements, the licence shall be restricted to daylight flying, however the total dual instruction flight time and solo flight time requirements for the issuance of the licence shall be met.
  • (b) If an applicant completes the night flight time requirements, the restriction shall be removed.
  • (c) If an applicant holds a pilot licence – helicopter valid for night flying, the night flight time experience may be reduced to 5 hours pilot flight time which shall include:
    • (i) 2 hours dual instruction night flight time,
    • (ii) 1 hour solo night flight time, and
    • (iii) 1 hour dual instruction instrument flight time.

VFR Over the Top

A VFR Over The Top (VFR OTT) Rating allows you to fly VFR above a layer of cloud

The beauty of soaring above the clouds is surreal to experience, yet this rating has real practical benefits too. By allowing you to fly over bad weather – rather than through it.

Transport Canada Minimum Requirements

  1. 15 hours instrument time, of which 5 hours may be instrument ground time
  2. Reach the level of knowledge and skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide – VFR Over The Top

Night Rating

A Night Rating allows you to fly and carry passengers at night

Some of the most enjoyable and relaxing flyings happen after the sun goes down. There is nothing like watching the sunset and the ground light-up from above. A night rating is a great extension to the skills learned in obtaining a Private License and opens up a new set of possibilities.

  • 20 hours flight time including:
  • 10 hours night flight time including:
  • 5 hours dual flight time including 2 hours of cross-country flight time
  • 5 hours solo flight time including 10 take-offs, circuits and landings
  • 10 hours dual instrument time, a maximum of five of which may be instrument ground time @ (5 hours training already received during PPL training)
  • Complete a qualifying flight by demonstrating the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide

Tuition Fee:


Program: Commercial Pilot Diploma;

Credential: Diploma

Application Fee:  $250  
Textbooks: $200  
Other Material: $300  

Flight Training cost based on Transport Canada Minimum:

  Hours Rate Total
Dual Flights:  35 Hours $202/hr $7,070
Solo Flights: 30 Hours $152/hr $4,560
Ground Briefing 10 Hours $50/hr $500

Ground School:

Total: $599

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

  Rate Total
Solo Flights: 90 Hours  $152/hr $13,680

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

The cost is based on Cessna 172.

Buildup time required is dependent on hours currently accumulated. This cost includes average briefings from Instructor, Minimum Flight Training as per Program and hour building up-to 200 hours of Flight Time. 

Total Cost for Commercial Pilot Diploma is estimated at $40,000 for Domestic and International Students. The estimated is based on the average student completing Commercial pilot and private pilot licence.

Fuel surcharges will apply on top of these hourly rates. Prices subject to change and tax is applied where applicable.

(Effective September 1, 2019)