Commercial Pilot Certificate

The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows the holder to fly for hire in a variety of pilot positions. Content of the course includes advanced aircraft performance maneuvers and cross-country flight. Students receive advanced training in aircraft systems, meteorology, and aircraft performance.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that enhance personal development and provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built.

*Professional Pilot Aircraft Rental Rates


Plane Rate Fuel Cost Per Gallon Fuel Consumption Rate Hourly Rate with Fuel
Non-Complex Aircraft $83.39 $4.29 9 GPH $122.00
Complex Aircraft $129.44 $4.29 14 GPH $189.50

*Aircraft costs vary with the current fuel market price.

Professional Pilot Flight Fees

*Commercial Pilot Certificate

Flight Hours Hourly Rate with Fuel Total
Aircraft Rental
102 minimum flight hours $122.00 $12,444.00
18 minimum flight hours $189.50 $3,411.00
Pre and Post Briefings 120 hours $12.00 $1,440.00
Dual Instruction 55 hours $50.00 $2,750.00
Total Flight Fee Costs $20,045.00

*Aircraft costs vary with the current fuel market price.

Other Exams

FAA Knowledge Test – 1 @ $150.00 each
   Check for current cost with instructor.
FAA Medical Exam
   Check with FAA examiner for current cost.
   FAA medical and examiner fee paid to provider.
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Examiner Fee
(Approximately $500.00 each)
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Aircraft Rental Fee
(Approximately $200.00 each)

Employability Requirements

To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and flight test and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Program Length

This certificate program is approximately four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Completion Requirements


  • • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must obtain a second-class FAA medical examination and comply with FAA licensing standards.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. 
  • FAA minimum flight and ground hours required for certification.
  • Prerequisite is a Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. Minimum course requirements consist of an additional 120 hours of flight time consisting of 65 hours solo time and 55 hours of dual instruction. Required ground training is 60 hours and pre- and post-flight briefings—120 hours.
  • Please note that many students need additional training hours to master the required competencies.

Program Course List

AVP 175Commercial Pilot I


AVP 180Commercial Pilot II


AVP 185Commercial Pilot III


AVP 210Commercial Pilot IV


AVP 215Commercial Pilot V


AVP 220Commercial Pilot VI


AVP 230Commercial Pilot VII


AVP 235Commercial Pilot VIII


AVP 240Commercial Pilot IX


AVP 245Commercial Pilot X


AVP 250Commercial Pilot XI


AVP 255CAPCommercial Pilot XII



English Composition



Public Speaking



Any 100-Level Math Class


General Psychology


COLL 102College Success for All


Total Credit Hours:66


English Composition or higher

General Psychology or other social science or humanities class

Optional Elective Courses

AVP 223Commercial Pilot Practical Standards V


AVP 257Commercial Pilot Practical Standards VI


Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.