Note: This program is currently suspended for one year. The next intake will be January 2018.
Take to the skies with Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s award-winning* Commercial Pilot program, offered in partnership with the Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC). The growing aviation industry means qualified pilots are in demand—there’s never been a better opportunity to build your career as a commercial pilot.
The Saskatchewan Polytechnic/SAC Commercial Pilot program is one of the most innovative, highly-respected programs in Canada. When you graduate, you’ll have your Commercial Pilot Licence with multi-engine instrument rating or single-engine instrument rating.
*2001 Air Transport Association of Canada Innovation Award
The Commercial Pilot diploma program provides a strong foundation in the basic principles of aviation. You’ll alternate two ground school training sessions at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Koyl Ave. with actual flying experience at your home flying school.
You’ll learn about:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's new Alsim flight simulator puts you in the pilot’s seat for take-off and landing at any airport in North America. Programmable real-life scenarios give you risk-free experience flying in all kinds of weather and dealing with emergencies and standard operating procedures. The simulator has 19 possible configurations including single engine, multi-engine, piston engine, turbine engine and jet aircraft.
Experience and Mentorship
Ground school classes are led by experienced instructors who know the aviation business. Your classes offer a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with experienced pilots and other aviation professionals, getting an inside view on finding a job, building your career and developing your skills.
Commercial aviation is expanding. There are job opportunities for qualified commercial pilots with charter and scheduled airlines, large corporations, courier companies, commuter airlines, flight schools, crop sprayers, aerial photography and survey companies, airline and airport administration and more. Your first job will probably be in a ground position with a smaller operator, where you’ll be expected to demonstrate commitment and professionalism as you work your way into flying positions.
For more information about a career as a professional pilot, visit the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) or Saskatchewan Aviation Council websites, or contact the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Aviation program head at 306-933-7290.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Airline Pilot||Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)||$34,100 - $102,000|
|Charter Pilot||Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)||$34,100 - $102,000|
|Flight Instructor||Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)||$34,100 - $102,000|
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $3,300
Year 2 - $2,500
Approximate Session Dates:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.