Apply for the Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane (CPL(A)) - ATP integrated route including IR

How to apply


You must be at least 18 years old, have completed an approved course of training at an EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO). 

Additionally, you must have a valid pass in all the required theoretical knowledge examinations and flying training and testing and hour requirements as required for licence issue.



The Air Transport Pilot (ATP) Aeroplanes (A) integrated course trains pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot on multi-pilot multi-engine aeroplanes in commercial air transport and to obtain the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Aeroplanes (A) with instrument rating (IR).  This training occurs before meeting the experience requirements for the issue of an ATPL(A).

If you wish to undertake an ATP (A) integrated course you must complete all the instructional stages in one continuous course of training as arranged by an ATO.

You can be admitted to training either as an ab-initio entrant, or as a holder of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) (A) or PPL Helicopters (H) issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention.

If you hold a PPL (A) or PPL (H) 50% of your the hours flown prior to the course shall be credited, up to a maximum of 40 hours flying experience, or 45 hours if an aeroplane night rating has been obtained. Up to 20 of these hours can count towards the requirement for dual instruction flight time.

The course includes:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction to the ATPL (A) knowledge level 
  • Visual and instrument flying training and training in Multi Crew Co-operation course (MCC) for the operation of multi-pilot aeroplanes

If you fail or are unable to complete the entire ATP (A) integrated course you may apply for the theoretical knowledge examination and skill test for a licence with lower privileges and an IR if the applicable requirements have been met.

Theoretical knowledge

An EASA ATP (A) theoretical knowledge course must include at least 750 hours of instruction.

The MCC course must include at least 25 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction and exercises.

Theoretical knowledge exam

To apply for your EASA ATPL (A) you must complete and pass the following subjects:

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge – Airframe/Systems/Power plant
  • Aircraft General Knowledge – Instrumentation
  • Mass and Balance
  • Performance
  • Flight Planning and Monitoring
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • VFR Communications
  • IFR Communications

Flying training

The flying training, not including type rating training, will be at least 195 hours. This will include all progress tests, of which up to 55 hours for the entire course may be instrument ground time. Within the total of 195 hours, you must complete at least:

  1. 95 hours of dual instruction, of which up to 55 hours may be instrument ground time;
  2. 70 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC) including Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight and instrument flight time as student pilot in-command (SPIC). The instrument flight time as SPIC shall only be counted as PIC flight time up to a maximum of 20 hours;
  3. 50 hours of cross-country flight as PIC, including a VFR cross-country flight of at least 540 km (300 NM), in the course of which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made;
  4. 5 hours flight time shall be completed at night, comprising 3 hours of dual instruction, which will include at least 1 hour of cross-country navigation and 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full stop landings; and
  5. 115 hours of instrument time comprising, at least:
    • 20 hours as SPIC;
    • 15 hours MCC, for which an Full Flight Simulator (FFS) or Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT) II may be used;
    • 50 hours of instrument flight instruction, of which up to:
      • 25 hours may be instrument ground time in a FNPT I, or
      • 40 hours may be instrument ground time in a FNPT II, FTD 2 or FFS, of which up to 10 hours may be conducted in an FNPT I
    • If you already hold a course completion certificate for the Basic Instrument Flight Module (BIFM) you will be credited with up to 10 hours towards the required instrument instruction time. Any hours done in a Basic Instrument Training Device (BITD) cannot be credited.
  6. 5 hours to be carried out in an aeroplane certificated for the carriage of at least 4 persons that has a variable pitch propeller and retractable landing gear.

Skill test

When you have completed the flying training, you will take the CPL (A) skill test on either a single-engine or a multi-engine aeroplane and the IR skill test on a multi-engine aeroplane.

If you are intending to have a test conducted by a non-UK EASA approved examiner, Please refer to information Notices IN-2014/114 and IN-2014/110.

Additional Requirements

  • Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a current and valid UK issued EASA Class 1 Medical certificate
  • You must hold a current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA



  • £240 for the issue of a Part FCL CPL (A) including one class rating and an instrument rating

There is an additional fee of £119 if you are if applying for an additional class rating for which you must complete a Class Rating Course Completion Certificate below and attach it with your online application. 

You need to pay a charge if you want to have your documents 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

  • Complete Online Application form 
  • Course completion certificate (includes IR if completed at the same ATO)
  • A Instrument Rating course completion certificate (Required if not completed at the same ATO)
  • A Type/class Rating course Completion Certificate (If requiring an additional rating)
  • Evidence of your passport or full European Driving licence, which must be a copy and certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
  • Copies of CPL & IR Examiner report forms
  • Copy of Certificate of Revalidation page showing your current ratings, which must be certified by the Head of Training or UK Examiner (If applicable)
  • Evidence of a valid Language Proficiency (LP) issued by an UK authorised examiner or UK CAA approved assessment centre (see Standards Document 31). Not applicable if LP 6 is held on a UK issued licence
  • Copy of your current UK issued Class 1 medical certificate, which must be showing as current on our UK CAA systems.

If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK (EASA Approved) Approved Training Organisation, we will also require the following:

  • A copy of the EASA Approved Training Organisations approval certificate
  • A copy of the EASA Examiners licence and examiner authorisation certificate
  • A copy of email showing Test Notification has been authorised by the UK CAA
  • EASA Simulator Approval Certificate

Please note that we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed.

How to apply

  • Complete the online application form (includes conversion section, if you are required to convert to an EASA licence)
  • You will need to submite all the documentation listed under You will need to provide before your application can be processed

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 by telephone or email, 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 to cancel your application.

If you have questions about course requirements

Please contact an EASA approved training organisation (ATO) listed in Standards Document No 31.

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South