The Commercial Pilot License is an official and internationally recognized license. The Commercial Pilot License is the next step for those wishing to fly for a career. After completion of your Commercial Pilot License, you will be able to fly all Canadian registered, single engine, land, non high performance aircraft for hire.

In order to begin the Commercial license you must have completed your Private Pilot license. The next step is enrolling in a commercial ground school course. We offer this course in the evenings twice per week and are currently working on an online option for those unable to attend in classroom courses.

The ground school is broken into the same 4 categories as the private;

  • Air Law
  • General Knowledge
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation

At the commercial level we will be going into more detail and have a lot more homework for self study as well as a group project.

We offer a variety of payment methods, such as a pay as you go style or you can pay a lump sum upfront and it will be deducted as you progress through your training.

While in your commercial ground school you will need to be increasing your flight hours by doing some time building and perhaps working to increase your skills by adding on additional ratings such as Night, Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings.


  • Private Pilot Licence
  • 18 Birthdays
  • Class 1 medical, obtained from an Aviation Medical Examiner
  • There are no special educational requirements other than a working knowledge of English or French


  • A minimum of 200 hours total flight time and 100 hours Pilot in Command time including 20 hours X-Country
  • All previous flight time counts toward the Commercial Pilot course
  • Time Building may be required to reach the required time: See the Time Building page

The Commercial course consists of 65 hours of flight training and 80 hours of ground school. The break-down includes a Night Endorsement and VFR-over-the-Top.

  • 35 hours of dual instruction
  • 10 hours of advanced dual instruction including at least 5 hours of X-Country
  • 20 hours of instrument time
  • 5 hours dual night
  • 30 hours of solo flight time
  • 25 hours of general practice, including air work, and radio communication
  • 5 hours solo night
  • Straight line cross country of at least 300 nautical miles with landings at 3 airports other than the departure airport
  • A minimum of 80 hours ground school. Including instruction on Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge
  • A Transport Canada Written and Flight test is required

Getting Started

  1. Sign up as a club member if you are not already an EFC member.
  2. Book an aviation medical exam, ensure you can obtain a Class 1 medical. You may have already completed this for your PPL.
  3. Enroll in Ground School and purchase your books & supplies.
  4. Once setup with a dedicated Flight Instructor, together you will set up a plan for a training schedule that meets your needs. Note that this may be primarily build up time or the start of a night rating.

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Commercial Pilot Licence

Total MINIMUM Cost
$ 19,380
  • Initial Cost: $750
  • Practicum: $17,950
2023 Prices

Commercial Pilot Licence

Club Membership: 100.00
Ground School (80 hours): 550.00
Books and Supplies: 100.00

Hours | Component | Rate | Cost
35 | Dual Flight | 280.00 | 9800.00
30 | Solo Flight | 205.00 | 6150.00
25 | Ground Brief | 80.00 | 2000.00

Transport Canada Written Fee: 150.00
Flight Test Fee: 450.00
Transport Canada Licensing Fee: 80.00

Total MINIMUM Cost: $19,380.00

In order to obtain the Commercial licence the applicant must have a minimum total time of 200 hours, of which 100 hours must be Pilot-in-Command time. The above cost does not take into account the build-up time of approximately 70 hours

Contact our CFI

If you are interested in attending Commercial Ground School please email our CFI.