Flight Instructor Certificate

The flight instructor certificate allows a commercial and instrument- rated pilot to train flight students in acquiring their private and commercial pilot certificates. The instrument flight instructor rating allows the holder to train students working toward their instrument rating. Flight instructors can also teach aviation ground schools.

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 one quarter 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 18 years of age.
  • Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA Commercial certificate with Instrument Rating. Second-class FAA medical certificate required prior to first day of class. 
  • 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.

Program Course List

AVP 260Certified Flight Instructor I


AVP 265Certified Flight Instructor II


AVP 268Certified Instrument Flight Instructor


Total Credit Hours:12

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.