The minimum age for a Commercial Pilot License is eighteen years of age. Before commencing training in the Commercial Pilot Program, a student requires a valid Private Pilot Licence—Aeroplane Category, and a valid Category 1 Medical Certificate. In accordance with the requirements established by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency, entrance into this program requires the completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) or candidates must qualify as a mature student (age 19 and not having attended school full-time for 52 weeks).
This Groundschool course 20 establishes the first step taken for many in establishing themselves in careers as professional pilots. The Commercial Pilot exercises far-reaching privileges and is at the very centre of a very large and complex infrastructure designed to organise and make safe the daily movement of aircraft around the globe; with this great privilege, however, comes great responsibilities—every decision and every action made by the pilot entails the ultimate trust of life and security from paying passengers. This course seeks to prepare its students to successfully write the Transport Canada written examination for the Commercial Pilot License.
At the outset of training, students are introduced to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  SOPs are cockpit co-ordination procedures required by Canadian Aviation Regulations in multi-crew commercial flight operations, whether they be Air Taxi, Commuter, or Airline.  SOPs consist primarily of memorized pilot procedures and verbal calls that are used repetitively at various phases of flight, and serve to maximize pilot awareness in the cockpit.  The SOPs applied in this Program are published in Canadian Aviation College’s Pilot Student Handbook; they are based on single-pilot commercial operations and closely correspond to the standards currently applied in commercial aviation.  SOPs are applied during all training flights.