Apply for the Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane CPL(A) - Modular Route

How to apply


The holder of a Part-FCL CPL(A) may exercise the privileges of the licence to fly EASA Aeroplanes registered in the EU and non-EASA Aeroplanes registered in the UK that come within the privileges of the licence and the valid ratings included in the licence.

Who can apply

You must be at least 18 years old, the holder of an ICAO compliant Private pilot’s licence aeroplane. In addition you are required to have completed an approved course of training at a Part ORA approved training organisation (ATO), and must have a valid pass in all the required theoretical knowledge examinations and flying training and testing and hour’s requirements as required for licence issue.

Please refer to CAP 804. Section 4 Part D subpart 1 and Part L appendix 1 point E CPL(A) modular course.



  • For Licence issue you must have completed at least 200 hours of flight time, including
    • a minimum of 100 hours Pilot in command time of which
      •  20 hours must be of cross country flights as Pilot in Command, which must include a cross country flight of at least 300NM in the course of which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure must be made.

 Please refer to CAP 804 for full flying requirements. (section 4 Part L Appendix 1 point E CPL (A)modular course).

Theoretical Knowledge Examination

  • Have current and valid passes in all of the required theoretical knowledge examinations, have completed the required course of training with an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and a CPL(A) skills test as detailed in CAP 804 (section 4 Part L Appendix 1 point E CPL(A) modular course).

Skills test

  • On completion of the flying training and relevant experience requirements you must take the CPL(A) skill test on either a single-engine or a multi-engine aeroplane.

Additional Requirements

  • Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a current and valid PART MED class 1 medical certificate.
  • A current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA



  • £240 for the issue of a Part FCL CPL (A) including 1 rating and an Instrument rating
  • An additional fee of £119 is payable if applying for an additional rating at this time.

Please refer to the Scheme of charge (Personnel Licensing).  

An additional fee will be payable if you would like your documents to be returned by secure courier.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

  • We endeavour to process licence applications within 10 working days. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.

Validity period

The CPL (A) has lifetime validity, however the privileges granted by a licence depend on having a valid medical certificate and ratings (if applicable).

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Fully completed Online Application.
  • Course completion certificate.
  • Evidence of Identity (Original passport or full European Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
  • Original skills test forms or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
  • Payment
  • If you are applying on the basis on a Third country ICAO licence conversion we will also require the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate. If your ICAO licence does not show the validity of dates of ratings, please submit certified copies of the relevant logbook pages that confirm the currency of the ratings. In addition we also require a letter of verification of the licence from the issuing NAA.
  • If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation we will in addition require a copy of the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate and simulator approval.
  • If you are applying on the basis of credits as a member UK Armed Forces please attach a copy of completed form SRG2133
  • Evidence of a valid language proficiency level, if not conducted as part of the Skills test. Please note we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed.

How to apply

  • Once all of the requirements above have been met, complete and submit the online application form
  • Supporting documents can be submitted online, or posted or delivered in person to the address below

What to expect

  • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.
  • Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.
  • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending while the additional requirements are met.
  • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements. This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South