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Your Competitive-Advantage Diploma for the Airline Industry

Alberta College of Aeronautics is proud to present the two-year post-secondary full-time Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (iATPL) Diploma Program as part of our training offerings.

The aim of the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP(A)) integrated course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot on multi-crew, multi-engine aeroplanes in commercial air transportation and to obtain the Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane, the Multi-Engine Class Rating and the Group 1 Instrument Rating (CPL(A)/IR).

Through ACA’s 25+ years of experience in flight training and previous partnership with Solomon College in delivering post-secondary education, this program provides a unique competitive advantage for students looking to fast-track their way into the high-demand airline industry.

ACA iATPL Diploma Program Semester Overview

The Alberta College of Aeronautics Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (iATPL) Diploma Program
is a two-year program split into four semesters with two intakes per year, in September and January. Semesters run four months each and combine ground school and flight training together.

Semester 1

Semester 1 is a hybrid semester consisting of ground school and flight training to prepare students for the completion of the Private Pilot Licence. Students are expected to complete both the Transport Canada written exam and flight test during this semester and begin their training towards their Commercial Pilot Licence.

Semester 2

Semester 2 consists primarily of flight training. Students complete their Night Rating endorsement and spend the remainder of the semester building up solo flight experience in aircraft to meet Transport Canada’s Licensing requirement.

Semester 3

Semester 3 consists of Commercial and IFR Ground School with a focus on the completion of the written examinations for the Commercial Pilot Licence and IFR Rating. Students are introduced to Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Airline Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at this stage. Students receive hands-on practice with these procedures in a multi-crew simulator.

Semester 4

Semester 4 focuses on flight training once again, with students completing their transition into multi-engine aircraft for their Multi-Engine and IFR flight tests. This semester wraps up the remainder of the student’s requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence. The final weeks of the semester prepare students for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) written exams for Transport Canada.

Students who have completed all the licences and ratings along with the two ATPL written exams are eligible for graduation.

ACA iATPL Diploma Program Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Name
AVIT 100
PPL Flight Training
AVIT 111
Airlaw and Human Factors
AVIT 121
Meteorology and Navigation
AVIT 131
Aircraft Systems and Instrumentation
AVIT 141
Flight Theory and Operations
Math and Physics

Semester 2

Course Name
AVIT 151
Night Flying
AVIT 161
Cross Country Navigation 1
AVIT 162
Cross Country Navigation 2
AVIT 112
Advanced Pilot Decision Making

Semester 3

Course Name
AVIT 231
Multi Engine Systems and Instruments
AVIT 232
Multi Engine Operating and Instrument Simulator Training
AVIT 241
Two Crew Operations 1
AVIT 242
Two Crew Operations 2

Semester 4

Course Name
AVIT 200
Commercial Flight Training
AVIT 210
Multi Engine and Instrument Rating Flight Training
AVIT 241
Aircrew Survival
AVIT 251

ACA iATPL Diploma Program Admission Requirements

Basic entry requirements for admission to the Alberta College of Aeronautics Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (iATPL) Diploma Program:
  • 17 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Category 1 Aviation Medical (see list of approved medical examiners)
  • Canadian citizen* or permanent resident**

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalent will make your application more competitive:
-English 30-1
-Math 30-1
-Physics 30
*ACA is unable to approve international students at this time but plans to do so in future semesters.
**Students may be subject to an English exam prior to entrance into the program if their education background was not in English. ICAO Level 4 standard is required for entry into the program.

Student Admission Requirements

 The Alberta College of Aeronautics (ACA) require the following student admission requirements for the integrated Airline Transport Pilot (iATPL) Program:

In order to be accepted, students must provide:

  1. High school diploma or equivalency:
    1. Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent (high school diplomas from outside Canada will be verified by International Qualifications Assessment Service or World Education Services), OR
    2. successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) with a minimum score of 450
  2. Hold a Category 1 Aviation Medical as issued by a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME).

Canadian Students 18 years or older and have been out of formal education for more than two years may apply using ONE of the following criteria:

  1. Be 18 years or older
  2. Demonstration of academic achievement:
    1. Completion of Canadian Adult Achievement Test with a minimum score of 75%, (Level D equivalency), with a Grade 11 equivalency in Reading, Language and Math, OR
    2. Alberta high school transcript with a minimum of Grade 11, with a Grade 11 equivalency in Reading, Language and Math.
  3. Hold a Category 1 Aviation Medical as issued by a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME).

Regardless of admission pathway, all applicants will require the following items for admission:

All applicants must complete an interview to determine their suitability for the program regardless of admission path.

Students must meet the English language requirements through ONE of the following:

  1. Successful Completion of Grade 12 Alberta Education English Language Arts.
  2. Transcripts demonstrating the successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the primary language of instruction.
  3. Demonstrating a Canadian Language Benchmark of at least 7, through the following assessment:

    IELTS – minimum score of 6.0 (reading), 6.0 (listening), 6.0 (writing), 6.0 (speaking)
    CAEL – minimum score of 50 (reading), 50, (listening), 50 (writing), 50 (speaking)
    TOEFL iBT – minimum overall score of 64

Fulfillment of the above entrance requirements plus payment of the registration fee is required before a Letter of Acceptance will be issued.

Tuition Breakdown

Total tuition for the Alberta College of Aeronautics Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (iATPL) Diploma Program for both years is $89,500

Total budget includes flight budget of which includes:

  • 55 hours sim
  • 135.5 hours single-engine aircraft rental
    14.5 hours multi-engine aircraft rental
  • 205 hours flight instruction




Includes 205 hours of flight practice, as well as all aircraft rentals and flight instructor fees.



Includes academic courses, Transport Canada exams and licensing fees.



Textbooks covering topics in Aviation, Safety Management, Business, Math and Physics.



Includes all in-aircraft materials:
Electronic Flight Bag, Headset, Navigation Tools and Flight Calculator.
All materials are for students to keep.



Required to complete the registration package to reserve a place in the class.

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– Students will complete the Transport Canada Private Pilot (Integrated) skill requirements and obtain a Private Pilot’s license.

– Students will learn how to correctly search and interpret the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), and how it applies to flight operations.

– Students will understand how human factors affect flight safety and apply good pilot decision-making skills on the ground and in-flight.

– Students will understand the effects of weather and atmosphere on aircraft operations.

– Students should be able interpret NavCanada weather products and identify the hazards of operating in adverse weather conditions such as icing, turbulence and thunderstorms

– Students will understand the theory and methodology of VFR Flight Planning.

– Students will effectively utilize aeronautical maps and charts and apply their knowledge to plan their own VFR flight routes, navigation logs and ICAO flight plans

– Students will be able to explain aircraft components and systems, and how to prevent and compensate for in-flight failures and emergencies

– Students will understand the function and use of flight instruments, including Radio Navigation Aids, GPS and autopilot

– Students will understand the theory of flight exercises and how aerodynamics apply to aircraft performance

– Students will be able to explain and apply legal and practical requirements for flight, as well as understand the effects of various environmental conditions on flight performance.

– Students will understand and apply the mathematical skills and techniques for the safe operation of aircraft in all phases of flight

– Students will understand the properties of the physical forces that affect aircraft in all phases of flight.

– Students will complete the Transport Canada ground and flight requirements and obtain a Night Rating

– Students will learn about advanced illusions and Human Factors applicable to flights at night

– This course focuses on the navigational aspects of aircraft operations.

– Students will complete Transport Canada cross-country flight training requirements required to hold a Commercial Pilot’s license

– Students will learn the applicable Canadian Aviation Regulations which apply to Commercial Aviation Operations

– Students will complete Transport Canada cross-country flight training requirements required to hold an Instrument Rating

– Students will apply Radio Navigation and GNSS/GPS cross country flying techniques.

– Students will analyze past aviation incidents and accidents, determining the impact and underlying root causes of human and pilot decision making errors

– Students will evaluate various flight scenarios and identify risks and safety hazards that may affect safe operations using practical scenarios.

– Students will understand the principles of multi-engine aerodynamics, minimum controllable airspeed, and systems commonly found on multi-engine aircraft

– Students will learn the Transport Canada Regulations and Standards pertinent to flying multi engine aircraft in instrument conditions

– Students will learn aircraft systems for a specific advanced multi engine aircraft.

– Students will complete simulator training towards the completion of a multi-engine and instrument rating in accordance with Transport Canada requirements

– Students will learn standard operating procedures and cockpit callouts in a two-crew environment.

– Students will learn crew resource management techniques and safety management systems.

– Students will work together in pairs to successfully complete IFR flight training in a two-crew simulator.

– Students will apply crew resource management techniques and safety management systems.

– Students will complete the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot (Integrated) skill requirements and obtain a Commercial Pilot’s license

– Students will complete the Transport Canada Multi Engine (Integrated) skill requirements and obtain a Multi-Engine Rating

– Students will complete the Transport Canada Instrument Rating (Integrated) skill requirements and obtain an Instrument Rating.