Pilot Certificate Requirements


Any person who wishes to become a pilot needs certain basic and educational requirements and qualifications. One needs to be qualified for the job of a pilot. Having a certificate that certified one to be a trained pilot is a necessity for anyone wishing to fly a registered aircraft. Once a person has a certificate; no one can deny him to become a professional pilot. Certification is a privileged document which only a few can get by hardwork and fulfilling a number of requirements. Each nation or state has its own norms of pilot certification but the basic criteria remains almost the same everywhere.

The following are the educational and training requirements for a person to get a pilot certificate:

  • A person must be able to speak, read and write English.
  • He/she must have a flying experience of 30-40 hours (minimum).
  • One must undertake a flying training course from a recognised flying college or institute and must have passed a written test with a passing score atleast.
  • The person must also have full knowledge of the ground training provided by the institute during the training program.
  • The test at the flight training institute may also include a computer test which is an important aspect to successfully qualify.

Other requirements to get a pilot certificate:

  • The person must be 18 years or above (the age can vary from country to country. For example, in the US, the minimum age required is 17 years).
  • The person must hold atleast a third class medical certificate.


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