Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

Once you obtain your Private Pilot Licence, you can learn the skills and knowledge required to obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) – and help you take another step towards a lucrative career in commercial flying.

The theoretical training for the CPL covers many of the same subject areas as the PPL but in greater depth. This is to provide the student with ‘situational awareness’ that enables them to anticipate problems and know how best to handle any scenario in flight.

Learning to fly, at a professional level, requires careful planning and coordination. The emphasis today is very much on seamless training. In other words, airlines want prospective employees to have been through a training programme that shows continuity and a depth and breadth of experience that is required for an airline position.

The hours requirement for a CPL is a minimum 200 hours. This normally means 100 hours of solo flying and 100 hours under dual instruction. This 200 hour minimum requirement INCLUDES the hours gained as part of the PPL.




Location & start dates
Ardmore Flying School 26 October 2015
12 Weeks Fulltime (CPL Theory Only)
Total Credits
Study options
Full Time or Part Time (Self Fund only)
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.


  • 18 years or older
  • Class 1 medical
  • NCEA Level 2 or has 3 years of work experience or has a minimum score of 6 IELTS or equivalent (if you want to enrol on the NZDipAv programme)

Course Content

Requirements for a Commercial Pilots License include

  • Theory
  • Ground work (planning etc)
  • Practical

For more detail, click on the sections below

Flight Time Requirements

For Fixed Wing

200 hours minimum - including

  • 100 hours PiC
  • 100 hours Dual Instruction
  • 30 hours Cross Country Navigation
  • 10 hours Mountain Flying

For Rotary Wing

150 hours minimum - including

  • 50 hours PiC
  • 100 hours Dual Instruction
  • 30 hours Cross Country Navigation

Rotary Wing (this includes flying time built during PPL level)


  • Starting and run up procedures
  • Taxiing
  • Straight and level flight
  • Take-off, circuit and landing
  • Aircraft manoeuvres
  • Advanced Cross-Country flying
  • Emergency procedures


You must pass all exams to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence.

  • Air Law
  • Navigation
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of Flights