Commercial LicenseFull Time

Admission Requirements

Completed Application Form
Submitted to Helicopters Canada Student Coordinator

$500.00 Application Fee
Made payable to Helicopters Canada

In addition to the official admission requirements above, we highly recommend students seriously considering applying to the program to complete the following in advance:

Tour of The Aviation Campus
While you are here for your Campus Tour, we highly recommend booking a Discovery Flight with a flight instructor to try flying a helicopter for yourself!

Visit our Discovery Flight Information Page to book yours today!

Category One Aviation Medical
Completed by a Certified CAME (Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner)

Take a look at the Transport Canada website for the requirements to pass your exam HERE

Find a CAME near you to book your exam HERE

International Students

In addition to the admission requirements above, international students must also meet the following requirements.

  • Proficient in the English language, both written and oral*
    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
  • ALPT (Aviation Language Proficiency Test) score of “operational” or higher
    Completed by a certified examiner – contact your student coordinator to book
  • Copy of passport, high school credential or equivalency
  • Approved Student Visa
    We will produce a letter of acceptance that you must provide to Immigration Canada
    Apply through Immigration Canada website at
    Then proceed with applying to the closest Canadian Embassy representing your native country found at
  • Health Insurance for the duration of your studies – please visit or

*English as a Second Language Courses are available through Canadore College to those that are not successful in meeting the requirements of the English Testing.
Please contact Canadore College International Department for assistance.

Licence Requirements

The Canadian Commercial Helicopter Licence course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career as a professional helicopter pilot

The following are the Transport Canada requirements to obtain your Commercial Licence:

  • 18 years of age upon course completion
  • Category 1 Aviation Medical – completed by a Certified Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner
  • Knowledge – minimum of 80 hours ground school with instruction on the following subjects:

Canadian Aviation Regulations
Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
Airframes, Engines and Systems
Flight Instruments

Flight Operations
Licensing requirements
Human Factors
Radio and Electronic Theory

  • Pass a 100 question multiple choice exam obtaining at least 60% in each of 4 subject areas as well as 60% in the overall exam (CPHEL)
  • Minimum of 100 hours total helicopter time – minimum of 55 hours dual flight time including 10 hours (5 hours may be simulator) of instrument time and 5 hours of cross country flight time
  • Minimum of 35 hours of solo flight time – 10 hours of cross country flight time with 1 long cross country flight of not less than 2 hours from the point of departure with 3 full stop landings at points other than the point of departure
  • Pass a flight test of approximately 1.5 hours. The Transport Canada flight test includes testing of knowledge on the ground as well as the flight portion and is not part of the 100 hour program

Please Note: If an International Student wishes to obtain a Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s Licence valid for their native country, they must meet the licencing requirements specific to that country’s training regulations. This could vary from the Canadian requirements listed above. For more information, please contact our Student Coordinator.