Commercial Pilot Licence

If you want to become a professional pilot, the next step after completing your private pilot licences is a commercial pilot licence (CPL). You can work towards a CPL at Vital at your own pace with one of our qualified instructors. A CPL allows you to:

  • operate single pilot, non-high-performance aeroplanes under Visual Flight Rules for hire or reward while employed by the holder of an Air Operator Certificate
  • Exercise the privileges of a PPL, night rating and VFR OTT rating


  • Minimum 18 years of age upon completion
  • Valid Private Pilots Licence – Aeroplane
  • Valid Category 1 Medical Certificate

Training Requirements

  • completed a minimum of 200 hours total flight time in aeroplances, including a minimum of 100 hours pilot-in-command time, with 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command time, and 35 hours post-PPL dual time and 30 hours post-PPL solo flight time
  • successfully completed a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Standard – Commercial Licence – Aeroplane
  • obtained a minimum of 60% on the written examination for Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane (CPAER)


CPL Training Cost (Min.)Cost
Ground schoolGround school training is done through Check site for cost details.$300 (confirm on website)
Dual Flight Training
35 @ $280/hr (includes instructor @$70/hr)
Solo Flight Training30 hours @ 220/hr$6,300
Dual Ground BriefingEstimated 5 hours @70/hr$350
TotalTotal minimum training costs$16,750