Pilot Program Overview

Cypress College has been successfully training pilots since 1967.  We have paved the way in utilizing leading edge technology that enables you to practice with realistic simulations, reducing the costs associated with pilot training. Through the ground training and flight simulations, you can train to become a professional pilot or fly for fun This program is challenging yet rewarding; it will push you to be the best that you can be.  We provide you with experienced professionals who either currently work, or have worked extensively, in the industry with many of the leading airlines.

With the knowledge you acquire as you advance in our program, it is possible to get a job in the aviation industry as you progress into becoming a professional airline pilot. Four pilot certificates are offered: Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Advanced Pilot.

What are my options? How long will it take?
  • Aviation Certificate I – Private Pilot = 17 – 18 units (1-2 semesters)
  • Aviation Certificate II – Instrument Pilot = 24-26 units (2 semesters)
  • Aviation Certificate III – Commercial Pilot = 31-34 units (2-3 semesters)
  • Aviation Certificate IV – Advanced Pilot = 35 units (2-3 semesters)
  • Associate in Science Degree – Commercial Pilot = (2 years)
How much will it cost? How much financial aid can I get?

Cost of Attendance ($46 per unit for CA residents + books, fees)

Program Cost and Gainful Employment

What is the job and salary outlook?

Pilots/Co-pilot/Flight Engineer

Commercial Pilot

Where do students work?

At all major airlines, including Express Jet, Delta, Sunrise Aviation, Flight Safety, South Bay Aviation, United, Gulfstream and more!

Contact Information

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* If you will be taking general education classes toward a degree, you’ll want to take the placement tests, but these tests are not necessary to start this program.

Note: Students may receive course credit for FAA certifications or military experience toward their degree. Please see the Credit by Examination section of the Cypress College Catalog and meet with the Department Coordinator.