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Admissions Prerequisites and Requirements for the Airline Career Pilot Program

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If you're a hard-working, ambitious, career-minded individual then ATP can put you on a path to a successful airline pilot career. Take the first step by calling 904-595-7950 to speak with a friendly ATP Admissions Advisor.

Choose Your Starting Point…

  • Pass the COMPASS Pilot Aptitude Test (ATP Admissions will provide you the link to the online test after you make a payment of $50), or ATP will grant a COMPASS Test exception if you have one of the following:
    • 4-year degree from an accredited not-for-profit university, or
    • A qualifying weighted High School GPA (recent High School Graduates only), or
    • A qualifying standardized test score (SAT or ACT), or
    • Two years of military service with an Honorable Discharge
  • Successfully complete an Admissions Flight at any ATP Training Center
  • Successfully complete a Pre-Enrollment Interview with an ATP Admissions Advisor
  • US Citizenship (or Permanent Resident)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • FAA First Class Medical Certificate with no limitations (except for corrective lenses)
  • Adherence to Height and Weight Limits — Students taller than 6'3" will be assessed during an Admissions Flight for comfort level inside the aircraft and the ability to fully manipulate the controls. Due to aircraft operational limitations, students weighing more than 250lbs may be denied training in ATP aircraft.
  • Private Pilot Certificate
    Note: Must hold temporary or permanent certificate prior to scheduling.
  • 78+ Hours Total Flight Time, including
    • 8 Hours Cross-Country PIC
  • Successfully complete an Admissions Flight at any ATP Training Center
  • Successfully complete a Pre-Enrollment Interview with an ATP Admissions Advisor
  • US Citizenship (or Permanent Resident)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • FAA First Class Medical Certificate with no limitations (except for corrective lenses)
  • Adherence to Height and Weight Limits — Students taller than 6'3" will be assessed during an Admissions Flight for comfort level inside the aircraft and the ability to fully manipulate the controls. Due to aircraft operational limitations, students weighing more than 250lbs may be denied training in ATP aircraft.
Have Your PPL But Are You Short of Total Flight Time?

Time Build

For $250 per hour, ATP will include the flight time required to reach 78 hours total time before proceeding in the Airline Career Pilot Program.

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Finish Earning Your Private Pilot Certificate

Private Pilot Finish-Up

Receive the training and customized time build you need to earn your Private Pilot Certificate with ATP's Private Pilot Finish-Up Program.

Note that admission to ATP is extremely competitive, and meeting the criteria above does not guarantee acceptance.

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Steps to Enrollment

Learn more about the admissions process and the steps to enrolling and becoming a commercial pilot in ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program.

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