International Students

International Students

Welcoming students from all across the world.

Flight Training in Canada

We have welcomed students from all over the world to train at our facility. Students have traveled from such places as Europe, India, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan, China, Brazil, and Dubai to name a few. Training in Canada offers many great opportunities; here is a list of some advantages:

  • The Canadian License is one of the world’s most widely recognized
  • Canadian flight training standards among the highest worldwide
  • Experienced flight instructors with solid aviation background
  • High demand for various helicopter pilot positions throughout the country
  • Entry level flying positions
  • Competitive all inclusive flight training rates
  • Challenging weather, fall and winter operations prepare students for all different work environments

Please see below or visit the Commercial Licensing page for more details on how to become a helicopter pilot to work in Canada. For Private Licence inquiries, please visit the Private Licensing page for more details.

Admittance Requirements

Applicant must be lawfully admitted to Canada for flight training – Visit the Immigration Canada website at for more information on how to apply for a Student Visa. Then proceed with the application to the closest Canadian Embassy representing your native country found at We will produce a letter of acceptance that you must provide to Immigration Canada. In order to expedite this document, kindly provide copies of the following:

  • Completed application form – request this from the Student Coordinator
  • $500.00 application fee – $100.00 is due prior to issue of letter of acceptance for Embassy. The remaining $400.00 and a copy of your student visa are due upon acceptance from Immigration Canada
  • A valid passport
  • Proof of eligibility for student visa (see above)
  • Health Insurance for the duration of your studies – please visit or
  • Proof of proficiency of the English language:
    • TOEFL (Educational Testing Service Canada) minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based, with no test below 20) Educational Testing Service Canada: TOEFL code 9212, or visit
    • IELTS minimum score of 6.0 (with no single test score below 5.5) or visit
    • CAEL overall band score of 50 or visit

Licensing Eligibility

After being accepted into the program following the Admittance Requirements above, the student must meet the following requirements to be eligible for Commercial Licensing:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Category One Aviation Medical completed by a Certified Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner Approximate 2-month wait time to receive the certificate Talk to your Student Coordinator for more information on how to book your appointment 2 months in advance before submitting your application
  • ALPT (Aviation Language Proficiency Test) score of “operational” or higher Completed by a certified examiner in Canada – contact your Student Coordinator to book the phone appointment

Program Requirements

After meeting the Licensing Eligibility above, the student must achieve the following requirements to successfully obtain their Commercial Helicopter Licence:

  • Pass the PSTAR exam to hold a Student Pilot Permit – allows an unlicensed student to fly solo under training supervision
  • Pass the Radio Licence verbal and written exams
  • Pass the Transport Canada final written exam – CPHEL
  • Pass the Transport Canada flight test – completed with a certified flight test examiner
  • Meet the minimum 80 hours of ground school and 100 hours of flight training

*Please Note: If you wish to obtain a commercial licence valid in a country other than Canada, you must meet the ICAO licensing requirements which may result in additional training.


North Bay offers a variety of affordable, safe and conveniently located housing opportunities for international students. Canadore College Residence is accessible all year round, find more information at Alternatively, there are many options through Kijiji at and Off Campus Living at Your Student Coordinator is happy to help arrange accommodations before your arrival, and are welcome to utilize the services of the North Bay and District Multicultural Centre at Upon your arrival, arrangements will be made for a representative to meet you and bring you to your place of residence.

Academic Supports

Helicopters Canada works closely with you and as a team to ensure you meet all performance criteria of flight training, ground school and operational courses as required. It is our personal and professional goal as flight instructors, ground instructors, line pilots and maintenance personnel to support our students through the process of their training, helping them achieve their first job in the industry and follow them through their career as a Commercial Helicopter Pilot.

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