Converting
Foreign PILOT Licence
to Canadian Commercial Pilot Licence

Ref. Transport Canada Website

To obtain a Canadian Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane category (CPL-A), foreign pilots must meet all requirements set out in the CARs Standard 421, section 421.30. The following information is a summary of the requirements only.


To successfully earn a Canadian CPL-Aeroplane, you must:

  1. Complete medical examination requirements and hold a Category 1 medical certificate.

    Aviation medical examiners designated by contracting states of the ICAO may do your medical exam. Transport Canada will supply you with the correct medical form upon request.

  2. Provide proof that you meet the experience requirement. Be prepared to show your log book of your flight experience for our review.

    Read CARs Standard 421, section 421.30, para. (4) to learn more.

  3. To meet the knowledge requirement, successfully complete the Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane (CPAER) examination.

    Read CARs Standard 421, section 421.30, para. (3) to learn more.

  4. Meet the skill requirement by successfully completing a practical flight test.

    Read CARs Standard 421, section 421.30, para. (5) to learn more.

  5. Complete your licence application.