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Commercial Pilot

Diploma

Program Overview

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:

  • advanced aircraft systems and flight operations
  • aircraft engines, instruments and pilot electronics
  • aviation business, crew resource management and cultural awareness
  • Canadian aviation regulations
  • meteorology
  • instrument flying
  • navigation
  • theory of flight

 

State-of-the-Art Flight Simulator

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.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Airline PilotAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$34,100 - $102,000
Charter PilotAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$34,100 - $102,000
Flight InstructorAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$34,100 - $102,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): January (Session 1); September (Session 2)

Length: Year 1 - 16 weeks; Year 2 - 14 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Private Pilot's License
  • Category 1 Medical Certificate from a Transport Canada approved medical examiner; (it can take up to two months to complete this certificate; you may wish to plan your application to the program accordingly)
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Physics 30, Pre-Calculus 20 and Foundations of Mathematics 30 are recommended

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Arithmetic
  • 60 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

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.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $3,300
Year 2 - $2,500

International Students

Saskatoon

Year 1 (30 weeks) - $12,000 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Session 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AVIA 181
Navigation
3
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You will study Visual Flight Rules (VFR) navigation including flight planning procedures for all phases of flight. You will prepare a weight and balance, navigation log and flight plan. Your studies will include radio aids to navigation to the commercial pilot level.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 182
Meteorology 1
3
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You will study properties of the atmosphere and the conditions that produce and modify weather. Through practical exercises, you will interpret forecast weather conditions and its effects on the pilot and the aircraft.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 46.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 183
Flight Operations 1
3
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You will study aircraft performance and operational procedures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 184
Canadian Aviation Regulations 1
1
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You will study the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) with emphasis on Visual Flight Rules (VFR) procedures and requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 191
Cultural Awareness
2
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You will examine Canadian society from a sociological perspective. The elements of culture and differences between cultures will be discussed. Social stratification in Canadian culture and how the stratification impacts various cultural groups will also be examined. Other topics include race, ethnicity and prejudice. Barriers to intercultural communication will also be included.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): AVIA 189
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 393
Communications 1
3
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You will develop the oral and written skills needed to communicate effectively in a variety of situations. You will also demonstrate appropriate customer service skills and use job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
ENGN 180
Aircraft Engines
3
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You will study various types of aircraft engines, including piston and turbine. You will examine maintenance and troubleshooting procedures. You will also record entries into an aircraft journey logbook and organize maintenance records.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
HUMR 187
Human Factors and Crew Resource Management
4
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You will relate aviation physiology, psychology, medical and interpersonal issues to survival skills and your ability to function as a flight crew member. You will practice your skills by preparing a survival plan.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 67.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
INST 185
Aircraft Instruments
1
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You will study the principles of instrument function and limitations. You will practice interpreting instrument readings.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MATH 389
Mathematics
3
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You will study the mathematics, algebra and geometry needed to solve various aviation related mathematical and physics problems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
PHYS 185
Physics
3
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You will study the principles of basic physics with emphasis on various aviation topics including motion and energy.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Session 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AVIA 180
Theory of Flight
3
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You will study a variety of topics relevant to flight theory and aircraft design including flight control systems, stability, air flow characteristics and forces acting on an aircraft.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 186
Meteorology 2
3
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You will study weather issues related to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flying. Through practical exercises, you will interpret forecast weather conditions and its effects on the pilot and the aircraft.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 192
Complex Aircraft Types
5
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You will study electrical, fuel, pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical systems as they relate to aircraft. The course includes type-specific ground schools on twin-engine piston and turbine aircraft.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 82.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 193
Flight Operations 2
3
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You will study operational flying procedures using a variety of aircraft in numerous operational scenarios. You will examine regulations pertaining to the air transport of dangerous goods. The knowledge learned will help prepare you for the Transport Canada (TC) individual Aircraft Type Rating (IATRA) examination.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
AVIA 280
Canadian Aviation Regulations 2
1
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You will learn how to apply for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and examine company operations manuals and specifications. This course includes CARs sections applicable to 702, 703, 704 and 705 operations. Commercial air carrier operations and CARs requirements for flight safety will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 22.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
BUS 183
Aviation Business
2
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You will acquire essential business knowledge that will contribute to the success of the flight operation that employs you. The course content includes commercial aviation in the business world, business plans and marketing.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 183
Aircraft Electronics and Avionics
3
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You will apply electrical theory to the generation and distribution of electricity to aircraft systems. You will also examine various avionics and electrical systems including EFIS. Troubleshooting electrical problems and appropriate emergency procedures will also be discussed.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
INST 186
Instrument Flying
5
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You will study the regulations, theory and practical applications of instrument flying. Your studies will emphasize the use of the Canada Air Pilot Manual.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 82.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Approximate Session Dates:

  • Session 1 - January to April
  • Session 2 - September to December

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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.


Transfer Credit

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.

 

Student Awards

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.

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