Commercial Pilot


Program Overview

Note: The January 2021 intake of this program has been deferred to September 2021.

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)$23,100 - $86,600
Charter PilotAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$23,100 - $86,600
Flight InstructorAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$23,100 - $86,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): January

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Length: Semester 1 (January to April) - 16 weeks; Semester 2 (September to December) - 16 weeks


  • Saskatoon


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


  • 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.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 247 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $3,480
Year 2 - $2,885

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

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. 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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