Instructor Pilot Program – IPP

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  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate & Flight Instructor Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate


In this Certificate Program, a student with a Private Pilot Certificate (with Instrument Rating) will prepare to take their Commercial Pilot Certificate FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and practical exam. Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student proceeds to the Commercial Pilot Additional Class to prepare for single engine or multi engine, whichever was not taken for the Commercial Pilot Certificate.


On completion of the Commercial Pilot Certificate and Commercial Pilot Additional Class, a student must select one of three Elective courses to add to their instructor certificate. They are: (1) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (2) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII] or (3) Certificated Multi-Engine Instructor [MEI]. The student is responsible for any additional costs associated with electives options.

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation or hire in a single/multi engine airplane in visual or instrument flight
  • Conduct ground instruction in a classroom environment or a one-on-one basis
  • Conduct flight instruction in a single engine or multi engine airplane (depending on Elective option selected)
  • Conduct flight instrument instruction (depending on Elective options selected)
  • Conduct training flights, determine student proficiency, and report on student progress
  • Motivate students to complete their certificates and ratings
  • Further their aviation career by accumulating flight hours


Act as a Certificated Flight Instructor instructing ground and flight lessons to students who would like to obtain a Private Certificate (single engine and/or multi engine class), Commercial Certificate (single engine and/or multi engine class), or Instrument Rating

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.


The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 months. The enrollment agreement lists the students’ start date. (quarter system beginning on 1st of the month and ending on the last day of the quarter (ex: 04/01/2018 to 06/30/2018).


The FAA sets the enrollment requirements, skills required and graduation standards for pilot certificates and ratings. They are published in the FAR/AIM and Airman Certification Standards (ACS) book(s). The ACS has additional references. In addition, the FAA sets the standards for the medical certificates. The FAA holds the right to refuse anyone a pilot certificate(s)/rating(s) and/or medical certificate. Occupational opportunities may be reduced for a criminal record, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.


The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical flight exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 63.5 (2) 61.0 (3) 61.0.


  • Graduation Certificate: Instructor Pilot Program
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (SEL & MEL with Instrument Rating)
  • FAA Flight Instructor Certificate: (depending on elective)
    • Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI)
    • Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII)
    • Certificated Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)


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