Becoming a Pilot Through ATP Flight School

How Long Does it Take to Become a Pilot?

It takes 3 months to become a pilot and earn your Private Pilot Certificate. Gain the training and experience necessary to become a professional pilot through ATP's accelerated Airline Career Pilot Program.

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  1. Flight Training

    In ATP's fast track, Airline Career Pilot Program, gain the flight training you need for your Private Pilot Certificate and become a pilot in as little as 3 months. In the next 4 months, you will train to earn your Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Certificate. Now you are eligible to be paid to fly! The final two months of flight training, focus on honing your skills to effectively teach other students how to fly, earning the Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. All total, within 9 months of beginning training with ATP, you will have earned all the certificates you need to be successful in pursing a career flying as a commercial pilot.

    Starting from Zero Time Starting with Credit for Private
    Private Pilot 3 Months
    Commercial Pilot & Instrument Rating 4 Months 4 Months
    Certified Flight Instructor 2 Months 2 Months
    Total Duration 9 Months 6 Months

    View additional information on ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program training timeline »

  2. Pilot Flight Time Requirements

    The FAA requires 1500 hours to fly as a commercial airline pilot, which can be earned in about two years. Enjoy the security of ATP's guaranteed certified flight instructor job placement while you hone your skills, build flight hours and get paid to fly.

    Total Time
    Private Pilot Certificate 40 Hours
    Commercial Pilot Certificate 250 Hours
    Airline Transport Pilot Certificate 1,500 Hours
    (How do I get 1500 hours of flight time?)

    Learn how long it takes to become a commercial airline pilot »

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