Airline Transport Pilot License Conversion

Blog Airline Transport Pilot License Conversion


To obtain a Canadian (ATPL-A), the following requirements must be met:

  1. Complete the medical examination requirements in accordance with the Medical Standards for Civil Aviation Personnel Licensing and be in possession of a Category 1 Medical Certificate. Cost is about $250-350; for a listing of doctors go to: Transport Canada approved doctors
  2. Proof that the experience requirement is met; go to Canadian Aviation Regulations requirements. An applicant should be able to provide Transport Canada with a log book of their flight experience for review.
  3. Meet the knowledge requirements by successfully completing the following written examinations: SAMRA, SARON and INRAT. Exam cost $105 to write (total of $315).
  4. Meet the skill requirement by successfully completing a Flight Test. An applicant for an ATPL-A shall successfully complete a flight test in a multi-engine aeroplane (excluding centre-line thrust) which is suitably equipped for IFR flight in controlled airspace. Flight test cost $350-400 + the airplane rental. The amount of training or practice prior to the flight test depends on the pilot's currency and ability.
  5. Complete the standard administrative requirements such as submitting proof of foreign citizenship and age, provide the foreign licence and log book for evaluation, submit a licence application form and pay the appropriate fee. Licencing fee is $105.


Also fill out Aviation Document Booklet application and bring in a passport picture (original) for the Aviation Document Booklet.

With a pilot who is current and proficient the above will take 1 week.

For people wishing to immigrate or work in Canada, contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada.