Apply for the Commercial Pilot Licence Helicopter CPL(H) - Modular Route

How to apply


The holder of a Part-FCL CPL(H) may exercise the privileges of the licence to fly EASA Helicopter registered in the EU.

The privileges of the holder of a CPL(H) are, within aeroplanes, to:

(1) exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL(H);
(2) act as PIC or co-pilot of any aeroplane engaged in operations other than commercial air transport;
(3) act as PIC in commercial air transport of any single-pilot aeroplane subject to the restrictions specified in FCL.060 and in this Subpart;
(4) act as co-pilot in commercial air transport subject to the restrictions specified in FCL.060.
(b) Conditions. An applicant for the issue of a CPL (H) shall have fulfilled the requirements for the type rating of the helicopter used in the skill test.

Who can apply

You must be at least 18 years old, the holder of an ICAO compliant Private pilot’s licence helicopter. 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 2 and Part L appendix 1 point K.


Theoretical Knowledge Examination

  • You must 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(H) skills test as detailed in CAP 804 (see section 4 Part L Appendix 3 point K).

Skills Test

  • On completion of the related flying training and relevant experience, you must take the CPL(H) skill test.

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

An additional fee applies if you would like your documents returned by secure courier.

See the Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing) for details.

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 (H) has lifetime validity, however the privileges granted by a licence shall be dependent upon the validity of the ratings contained therein, if applicable, and of the medical certificate.

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