How long does it take to become a pilot

Do you have intention of becoming a pilot and you have been asking questions like “HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A PILOT”?


Do you have someone who is nursing the ambition?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this article is for you.


An aircraft pilot or aviator is a person who controls the flight of an aircraft by operating its directional flight controls. Some other aircrew members, such as navigators or flight engineers, are also considered aviators, because they are involved in operating the aircraft’s navigation and engine systems. Full meaning of “PILOT” (Piloted Low-speed Test)

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The Pilot’s responsibilities include;

• Transporting passengers and cargo,
• Determining the safest routes,
• Analyzing flight plans and weather conditions,
• Calculating fuel, and
• Inspecting operation systems and navigation equipment


If you want to be train as an airline pilot the shortest possible time it takes to train is around 18 months, assuming the trainee has no previous flying experience and maintains a good record throughout his/her training.

When you enroll for an integrated flight training course, assuming you have not had any previous flying experiences you can enroll and from point zero you can get to a the status of a commercial passenger aircraft pilot in about 18 to 24 months. But first and foremost you must first be enrolled in an integrated flight training. I have used the word integrated training for a number of times if you’re wondering the meaning; an integrated flight training is a full time, intensive course, where you complete all the required training at one flight training organization, including all the theoretical studying and practical flight training.

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You will basically spend about 6-9 months dealing with only the theoretical aspect before moving onto the practical training on the aircraft and in the simulators.

After completing this training you will have obtained a license referred to as a ‘Frozen’ Air Transport Pilots License (ATPL). This is a prerequisite for going on to train on a specific commercial aircraft on which you are employed to fly with an airline.

If when you secure employment with an airline, you will then spend about another 2-3 months training specifically on the aircraft you will be flying for that airline. This is called the type rating and is the most intensive part of the flight training journey. It consists of both technical classroom and simulator training which must be completed before you start flying passengers. It is possible to complete this type rating training without having secured a job, but this isn’t something we would recommend due to the substantial cost (£20k+).

To complete the full flight training program, we estimate 13.5 months, although many have completed in as few as 7 months depending on where you’re doing your integrated aircraft training and your skill set.

Now below are different licenses and certificates you can attain and the time taken to do so.
• PPL – 3 months
• IR – 2 months
• CMEL – 2 months
• CSEL – 2 months
• CFI – 2 months
• CFII – 3 weeks
• CMEL Add On – 2 weeks
• CSEL Add On – 2 weeks
• MEI Add on – 3 weeks