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Seneca College, renowned for its full-time Aviation and Flight Technology Programs, offers a part-time aviation certificate. All classroom instruction is conducted by Seneca College and flight training is arranged by the student at a training provider registered as a Private Career College with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Commercial aviation in Canada is expanding and industry experts expect a growing need for professional pilots over the next several years. Graduates of this program will gain the tools needed to succeed in the many faceted and competitive aviation industry. Graduates of this program can expect to find employment with a small aviation centre as a flight instructor, charter pilot or in related positions.

Students who are interested in Private Pilot Flight Training only will also benefit by taking some or all of the courses offered such as Aeronautics, Meteorology, Pilot Navigation, Basic Aircraft Systems and Human Factors.

All indications are that the pilot shortage we are experiencing will continue through this decade. The flight training industry needs to produce many qualified graduates to help meet this worldwide need. At the same time, airlines are more and more requiring post-secondary education along with the basic flying qualifications. Employers are also looking for special skill training to be included in the professional pilot curriculum.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Seneca College has trained many pilots for the aviation industry in Canada. All forecasts indicate a significant increase in the demand for commercial pilots with post-secondary education. Most graduates will initially find employment as flight instructors and then proceed to light charter operations after using this apprenticeship period to hone their basic skills. Other opportunities for seasoned professionals include positions with regional and major air carriers, government service, and flight training administration.

Entry Requirements

This intensive program requires significant commitment to a career in commercial aviation. The basic prerequisites for admission are:

  • Mature student OR OSSD
  • Proof of a Transport Canada Category I Medical Certificate. (Required prior to flight training)
  • A basic understanding of computer technology.


It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.

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Commercial Pilot Training (10 courses + 200 Hours Flight Training)

Core Courses


This course covers the theory of flight, aircraft engines, airframes and propellers, aircraft instruments, aircraft performance, aeronautical facilities, the Canadian airspace structure, aeronautical radio communications, personnel and aircraft licensing, air traffic rules and procedures and an introduction to medical facts for pilots and flight safety. These topics prepare students for Transport Canada Exams.

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This course provides a detailed study of the theory of aviation meteorology as well as Environment Canada and Nav Canada weather services provided to aircrews for flight planning in commercial flight operations. Topics covered in weather theory include the properties of the atmosphere, humidity, clouds, atmospheric heating, cooling and stability, pressure, altimeter errors, air circulation below and above the boundary layer, jet streams, air masses, frontal structure and associated weather, visibility and transitions, thunderstorms, icing, turbulence and low level wind shear. Topics covered in weather services include area, aerodrome and upper wind forecasts, weather reports, signets, radar reports and weather charts. Topics covered in flight planning include the analysis and application of meteorological data in daily flight operations. A passing grade must be obtained in this course in order to be recommended to attempt the Transport Canada written Private and Commercial examinations.

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Pilot Navigation



This course prepares the student for basic VFR navigation, including flight planning and en-route procedures as well as the understanding of charts and flight publications. Use of radio aids to navigation is also covered. Topics are: the earth, position, direction, distance, speed, bearings, the magnetic compass, triangle of velocities, E6-B flight computer, the effect of wind on the position of an aircraft in flight, the understanding and use of aeronautical charts and maps, the Canada flight supplement, aeronautical information publication and the Canadian airspace structure. The practical application of the theories of aircraft pilotage include: flight planning and preparation for cross country flight, route selection, checkpoints, safety altitudes, flight plans, weather requirements, set heading, en route, destination, diversion and lost procedures, as well as the use of short range radio navigation aids. A passing grade of a minimum of 60% must be obtained in this course in order to be recommended to write the Transport Canada Private and Commercial Examinations.

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Instrument Procedures I


AVI110, AVI120

A study of the Canadian airspace structure, instrument flying rules, regulations and procedures. Topics include IFR publications, interpretation of aircraft flight and navigational instruments and procedures as well as the use of radar in the IFR environment.

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Instruments and Avionics I


AVI120 (can be taken concurrently)

This course covers basic aircraft communications and aircraft instruments. Air to ground VHF and HF communications, aircraft audio integration systems, pitot-static systems, flight pressure instruments, synchro systems, gyro instruments, compass systems and engine instruments are studied. Navigation systems covered include ADF, VOR, ILS and DME as well as ATC transponders. Systems are studied at the block level diagram and their specifications, methods of operation, and errors are studied.

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Basic Aircraft Systems



Topics include operation of both single and multi-engine aircraft, piston engines, propellers, undercarriage, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, anti and de-ice systems, aircraft structures and construction, as well as basic troubleshooting procedures. A passing grade must be obtained in this course to be recommended to write the Transport Canada Private and Commercial Examinations.

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Human Factors I

This course focuses on the physiology and psychology of human factors with respect to a career in aviation. Topics include noise and vibration, hypoxia and hyperventilation, oxygen equipment, effects of pressure changes, balance information, motion sickness, mental and physical health, human factors engineering, jet lag, survival, and human factors in aircraft accidents. Particular attention will be given to CRM (Crew Resource Management), error management, judgement and decision making. A passing grade must be obtained in this course in order to be recommended to write the Transport Canada Commercial Examination.

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Economics - Aviation

This course introduces the basic principles of economics including current and emerging social and economic problems and their application to the aviation industry.

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Airline Operations


AVI100 and AVI110

This course focuses on section 705 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) - airline operations. This course covers the regulatory portion of airlines, but also day-to-day airline operations.

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Personnel Management - Aviation

Much of the learning in aviation focuses on individual skills and knowledge for pilots. This course focuses on how pilot's skills and knowledge are applied in professional aviation environments.

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Plus 200 hours flight training

Students must complete their 200 hours flight training from a Seneca approved flight training provider.

On completion of this segment, the candidate will have acquired sufficient flight hours for a Transport Canada Commercial Pilot License as well as significant background in the technology and business of the aviation industry. This is the basic qualification required to complete for positions as a commercial pilot.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the theory of flight and Canadian controls related to licensing and air traffic
  2. Interpret and use Environment Canada and Nav Canada weather services for flight planning
  3. Apply theories of aircraft pilotage and navigation
  4. Apply knowledge of Canadian instrument flying rules, regulations and procedures
  5. Use basic aircraft communication systems and instruments
  6. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the operation of single and multi engine aircraft, their structures and systems
  7. Analyze the human factors which impact on operation of an aircraft
  8. Apply troubleshooting procedures to systems, instruments and human factors
  9. Explore economic and social factors affecting the aviation industry
  10. Discuss the operation of airlines and the relevant Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs)
  11. Explore the application of a pilot's skills and knowledge in a professional aviation environment


Program Cost

Students should budget approximately $35,000 plus applicable taxes for aircraft flight training and about $5,000 for Seneca College academic courses.

Payment Schedule

Flight training payments will be made on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Seneca College academic courses are paid for at the time of enrolment in the course at approximately $450 per course.

Students may take up to 4 courses each semester.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.


When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Residency Requirements

A Faculty of Seneca College may recommended a student for a certificate, diploma or degree only after the student has earned a minimum of twenty-five percent of the credit for that program at Seneca.

Proof of Flight Training

Students must present their Log Books showing a minimum of 200 hours of Flight Training and a copy of the flight log will be retained by Seneca College, prior to graduation...

Flight Training

Students are responsible for arranging their own flight training, and they must enrol both with their flight training provider and with Seneca College. Potential students should be aware that a security/police check will be required to work in the aviation industry. Some sectors will also perform regular screening for drug and alcohol use.

Students must complete their flight training with a Seneca approved flight training provider.

Instrumentation Rating Certificate

Advanced Training in "Instrument Rating" may be made available if there is sufficient demand.

Program Contacts

Cherry Langlois
Program Assistant
416-491-5050 ext.22523

Sharon Estok
Academic Program Manager
416-491-5050 ext.22515

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.