CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence)

The Commercial Pilot’s Licence is a professional qualification, which enables you to be employed as a Pilot and fly for hire and reward. Some people, however, obtain a Commercial Licence simply for the satisfaction of the achievement and to improve their flying skills.

Prior to the commencement of your commercial training you should normally hold a valid Private Pilot’s Licence (this is not essential if you undertake an integrated course).

Before you commence a course of training for the Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL), you should undertake the required commercial standard medical. Your flying school will have a list of the approved Doctors.

The following theory must be studied and is examinable by a series of individual papers. The exams are set and conducted by CASA. Exams are available on demand at approved examination centres.

Examinable theory subjects that are covered:

  • Aerodynamics;
  • Operations, performance and flight planning;
  • Aircraft General Knowledge;
  • Navigation;
  • Meteorology;
  • Flight rules and Air Law; and
  • Human Factors

As with the Private Licence, the theory side of the training may be studied at home, at your own pace, or with a theory instructor. There are full-time theory courses available, which run for approximately ten weeks and cover all necessary subjects. Alternatively, combination of home study and short sessions with a theory instructor may be a viable option. If you choose the integrated course option the theory will be combined with your flight training.