Monday, March 25, 2013

Become a professional pilot with Douglas College

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Want to fly the friendly skies - in the cockpit?

If you have a passion for aviation and want to fly for a commercial airline, Douglas College's new Associate of Arts Degree for Future Professional Pilots is for you. A partnership between Douglas and Professional Flight Centre, in Delta, this degree will give you the academic background and flying and ground instruction you need to enter a career in aviation.

You'll earn 60 credits of university transferable courses relevant to the aviation industry in subjects such as weather and climate, and business. You'll get enough flight experience to obtain your Commercial Pilot License and Multi-engine Instrument Rating in two years.

You’ll spend the first part of the program taking academics at Douglas before receiving your flight training from Professional Flight Centre, which usually takes place in the summers and on weekends.

Program details 

  • Study full-time or part-time 
  • Complete the program in as little as two years 
  • Earn 60 university transferable credits


  • Commercial airlines have a policy of hiring pilots with degrees. With this Associate of Arts Degree you can get a job with an airline and have the option of finishing a bachelor of arts degree while you are working. All courses are transferable to programs at UBC, SFU and other B.C. and Canadian universities. 
  • With the sharp rise in commercial air travel and with many older pilots retiring, there is a strong demand for both professional pilots and other air and ground crew. 
  • You’ll increase your employability and learn transferable skills such as critical thinking and communications.
You'll study at our New West Campus and can start in January, May or September. For more info see our website or email Heather Tobe, Program Coordinator.