Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

An Airline Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL) is the highest license you can obtain. You will require this license to be the Captain of any aircraft operating in the air transport environment.

Because of the high experience requirement (1500 hours) graduates usually gain the additional hours for this license as part of their normal duties as a First Officer or co-pilot for an airline. In the meantime students are awarded a "frozen" ATPL by completing the seven ATPL subjects until they meet the hours requirements to sit their ATPL flight test. Most employers now look more favourably at pilot candidates who have their ATPL subjects completed.

The theory component can be completed at anytime, however the exam credits will expire after 10 years if the practical flight test has not been completed. Talk to Ardmore Flying School about the best timing for sitting these exams.




Location & start dates
Ardmore Flying School Currently running. Contact Enrolments for individual course dates
Minimum 14 weeks - 2 weeks per subject including exams – 7 subjects in total
Total Credits
Study options
Fulltime or Self Study
Fees - Domestic*
Additional course costs

* Fees listed are the total programme of study, are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include an international fee, medical and travel insurance cover. Please email for further information.


  • Class 1 medical
  • NCEA Level 2 or has 3 years work experience or has a minimum score of 6 IELTS or equivalent
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Multi-engine Instrument Rating

Flight time

No flight requirement in this course.

1500 Total Time to sit ATPL Flight Test


  • Aircraft Law
  • Flight Navigation
  • General Flight Planning
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics and Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Instruments and Navigational Aids

Upcoming Course Dates

Our courses use a successful combination of online content with in-class teaching to cater everyone’s needs. Running over 2 weeks per course, each subject rotates throughout the year to allow you to fit them in around your work or training or choose to do them all together in one block. Our ATPL course programme is demand driven, so please call 0800 Ardmore to speak to our Enrolments team to discuss your ATPL options.

Subjects are as follows;

  • Navigational Aids & Instruments:
  • LAW:
  • Meteorology:
  • Navigation:
  • Flight Planning:
  • Performance & Systems:
  • Human Factors: