Aviation Certificates and Commercial Pilot Career Path
- Aviation Certificate I – Private Pilot = 17–18 units
- Aviation Certificate II – Instrument Pilot = 24–26 units
- Aviation Certificate III – Commercial Pilot = 31–34 units
- Aviation Certificate IV – Advanced Pilot = 35 units
- Commercial Pilot – A. S. Degree = 60 units (Aviation Certificate IV + G.E. Requirements)
Related Career Paths:
- UAV/UAS Drone Certificates and A.S. Degree
- Aviation Management Certificate and A.S. Degree
To earn the certificates, complete the required courses as listed with a minimum grade of “C.” At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College. The certificates offer students a career ladder from which they may experience incremental success as they progress to an Associate in Science Degree – Commercial Pilot. To earn the Associate in Science Degree, complete the Advanced Pilot Certificate IV identified below and the General Education Graduation Requirements outlined in the Cypress College Catalog.
Aviation Certificate I – Private Pilot = 17–18 units
(Courses are 3 units except as noted. F=Fall S=Spring Su=Summer)
Core Course Requirements: (6 courses)
______ATC 102 Career Communication/Portfolio (F, S, Su)
______ATC 104 Air Transportation (not currently offered)
______ or ATC 270 Airline Operations (F, S)
______ATC 132 Private Pilot (F, S) 4-units
______ATC 140 Meteorology (F)
______ATC 144 Aircraft & Engines (F)
______ATC 196 Flight Simulator Private Pilot (F, S) 1-unit
______ or ATC 190 Flight Training-Private Pilot (FAA verification) 2-units
Aviation Certificate II – Instrument Pilot = 24–26 total units
Core Course Requirements: (Aviation Certificate I plus 3 courses)
______ATC 136 Air Navigation (S)
______ATC 197 Flight Simulator Instrument (F, S) 1-unit
______ or ATC 194 Flight Training–Instrument Rating (FAA verification) 2-units
______ATC 232 Instrument Rating (S)
Aviation Certificate III – Commercial Pilot = 31–34 units
Core Course Requirements: (Aviation Certificate II plus 3 courses)
______ATC 198 Flight Simulator Commercial (F, S) 1-unit
______ or ATC 195 Flight Training–Commercial Pilot (FAA verification) 2-units
______ATC 240 Commercial Pilot Seminar (S)
______ATC 256 Crew Resource Management (F)
Aviation Certificate IV – Advanced Pilot = 31-35 units
Elective Course Requirements: (Aviation Certificate III plus any 1-4 elective units from the list below for a total of 35 units)
______ATC 189 Flight Training Device – Intro (varies) 0.5
______ATC 190 Flight Training-Private Pilot (F, S) 2
______ATC 193 Flight Training Flight Instructor (F, S) 1 – 5
______ATC 194 Flight Training Instrument Rating (F, S) 2
______ATC 195 Flight Training Commercial Pilot (F, S) 2
______ATC 196 Flight Simulator Private Pilot (F, S) 1
______ATC 197 Flight Simulator Instrument (F, S) 1
______ATC 198 Flight Simulator Commercial (F, S) 1
______ATC 199 Flight Simulator Instructor* (F, S) 1
______ATC 212 Airline/Aviation Management (S) 3
______ATC 244 Aviation Instructor (varies) 3
______ATC 250 Turbine Simulator Observation (S) 0.5
______ATC 295 Aviation/Travel Internship (F, S) 3
______ATC 298 Aviation/Travel Seminar (not currently offered) 0.5 – 12
______ATC 299 Independent Study (F, S) 0.5 – 2
_______35 Total Units Required for Aviation Certificate IV
Associate in Science Degree: Commercial Pilot
Combine the above Advanced Pilot Certificate IV with the general education requirements outlined in the Cypress College Catalog.
Key Tips: You may opt to “dual major” by applying some of these courses to other ATC Degree/Certificate Programs. Remember to apply for certificates/degrees/graduation at the beginning of your last semester.
Effective: Fall 2017
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)
What is the job and salary outlook?
- CareerOneStop (US Dept. of Labor)
Where do students work?
At all major airlines, including Express Jet, Delta, Sunrise Aviation, Flight Safety, South Bay Aviation, United, Gulfstream and more!
Quick links to get you started:
- Apply to Cypress College
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Enroll: Start with basic certificate classes*
- International Students
- Student Services
- Work Study (jobs on campus)
* 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.