ATP Program Overview

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre’s (WWFC) 18-month Integrated ATP program starts April 2023. Applications for the 2022 program are closed.

This program will prepare students without previous flight experience for an airline career in an exciting and accelerated format. The program includes distinct ground and flight training objectives organized to present material in a logical sequence and to maximize the effective use of time.

What is an ATPL?

An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the highest level of aircraft pilot’s licence a pilot can hold. Almost all of the world’s commercial airlines have aircraft that must be flown by a crew of two or more pilots, and they must be commanded by a pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (i.e. the captain in an airline cockpit must have an ATPL). This licence is the end goal for practically all working pilots. In order to obtain an ATPL, a pilot must satisfy three distinct variables that differ from the requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). These requirements are grouped under Knowledge, Experience and Skill.

What is the Integrated ATPL Program?

The Integrated ATPL program is to prepare students without previous flight experience for an airline career track in an accelerated manner. The program includes the ground, flight and simulator training required to obtain a Commercial Licence and Group 1 Instrument Rating, as well as satisfy the knowledge requirements for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence.

Who is this for?

  • Graduates from any college or university program
  • Individuals seeking a new career

This program is highly structured and designed to provide students with the qualifications for direct entry to airlines in aircraft requiring a type rating. Graduates will have completed a Commercial Pilot Licence with Multi IFR (Group 1) and ATPL written exams. The program also includes a robust Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) component, which is solid preparation for airline type rating training.

Program Overview

The ATPL is an 18-month program that is divided into 12 six-week modules. Each module contains distinct ground and flight training objectives organized to present material in a logical sequence and to maximize the effective use of time. Students follow the typical progression of professional flight training at WWFC:

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Night Rating
  • Cross-Country Experience
  • Commercial Licence Flight Test
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Instrument Rating
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation

Required Program Components

  • 750 classroom ground school hours
  • 205 aircraft flying hours
  • 50+ simulator training hours (fixed base FTD)
  • Professional flight instruction

Multi-Crew Cooperation

After completing the Instrument Rating and acquiring all required flight time, students will participate in a simulator-based two-crew operations module. This module places students in the cockpit of a multi-engine, turbine powered aircraft, which they will operate as a crew through a variety of scenarios using operational techniques and procedures representative of those found at airlines.

Students will complete the multi-crew cooperation module, which includes the following skills:

  • Flight deck communication and teamwork
  • Monitoring and cross-checking
  • Threat and error management
  • Flight Management Systems (FMS)
  • Use of checklists, SOPs
  • Workload management

In order to obtain an ATPL, a pilot must satisfy three metrics that differ from the requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). These requirements are grouped under Knowledge, Experience and Skill.


Would-be ATPL holders must write and pass two Transport Canada written exams (70% minimum to pass). The SAMRA exam includes meteorology, radio navigation and flight planning, while the SARON exam includes law, flight operations and general navigation topics. Typically, pilots must have at least 750 hours to attempt these exams. In the Integrated ATP program, these exams are written prior to graduation.


Pilots must obtain the following experience, assuming they only fly fixed-wing:

  • 1500 hours total flight time (≤1295 hours after graduation)
  • 250 hours pilot-in-command flight time (≤150 PIC hours after graduation)
  • 100 hours pilot-in-command cross-country flight time (≤25 PIC cross-country hours after graduation)
  • 100 hours night flight time as pilot-in-command or as co-pilot (≤95 night PIC hours after graduation. Students have the option of doing more)
  • 75 hours instrument flight time of which a maximum of 25 hours may be in flight simulators (≤20 instrument flight hours after graduation)


In the 12 months prior to applying for the ATPL, a pilot must complete a Group 1 Instrument Rating (IR) flight test. This flight test occurs towards the end of the Integrated ATP program when students initially earn their Group 1 IR, but it is not feasible to obtain the additional experience required above within 12 months. However, a Group 1 IR is only considered valid for 24 months, so repeating the flight test to regain validity is normal practice. The first or second renewal should coincide with the experience requirements above and permit a graduate to obtain their ATPL.

Classroom Activities

Students will complete 750 hours of classroom and computer-based training, which is divided into two types of courses used at WWFC.

  • Flight Management courses focus on theory and essential background knowledge, and relate to a specific Transport Canada exams.
  • Flight Lab courses are the in-class portion of the Flight and Simulator Training, and focus more directly on practical skill development.

In addition to the two types of courses, subject matter is divided into levels that reflect the relationship between the skills and knowledge presented in class, and the associated licences, rating or flight training.

  • 100 Level – Private Pilot Licence
  • 200 Level – Commercial Pilot Licence
  • 300 Level – Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings
  • 400 Level – ATPL & Airline Operations

Cost & Schedule

The cost of the program is approximately $75,000-80,000 including tax. This covers tuition, compulsory fees and third party fees, such as aviation tests and exams. The program will start April 2023 and run to September 2024. End date depends on completion of flight training hours and may vary per student.

WWFC’s program is approved by Transport Canada and approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (#105919).

Application Process

  • Program application submission to WWFC and applicable fees ($250) paid to WWFC (application fee, inclusive of aptitude testing, to be paid before scheduled interview with WWFC Admissions)
  • Aptitude test completed – a series of assessments coordinated by WWFC to be completed before scheduled interview with WWFC Admissions
  • Obtain Category 1 Medical Certificate: it is recommended that candidates start this process upon application to the program as it can take several months to receive the certificate from Transport Canada
  • Submit required documentation to WWFC Admissions as outlined in email communication
  • Register for Intake Interview using the link provided via email by WWFC Admissions
  • Participation in Intake Interviews: these interviews will take place either in-person or virtually. All interview information will be communicated via email by the WWFC Admissions team

Note: This process will take approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. Your progress cannot be saved once you begin the application process. Please ensure you have the following documents ready:

  1. Pilot essay – no more than 2 pages, explain why you want to become a pilot and what your career aspirations are
  2. Copy of high school or post-secondary transcripts
  3. Resume and cover letter
  4. Copy of passport
  5. Copy of birth certificate
  6. Copy Permanent residency card/student Visa – for non-Canadian citizens ONLY
  7. Copy of Driver’s License

A $250 application fee is required to hold a spot in the ground school and is due at the time of your application.

We are currently not accepting International students.


This form is currently closed for submissions.

Stand Alone Integrated ATP Modules

ModuleStart DateHours/OutcomesCourses
1Closed Until 2023Phase 1
26.5 flight
5.4 sim
Student completes first solo.
FM101 – Basic
Practical and theoretical knowledge areas as defined in TP 12880. Preparation for the written portion of the PPL.

FL111 – PPL

Preparatory instruction for aircraft and simulator lessons. Basic flight exercises to post-solo PPL content.

FL112 – PPL

Preparatory instruction for PPL exercises & PPL flight test.
2Closed Until 2023Phase 1 ContinuesFM202 – Commercial Basic
Practical and theoretical knowledge areas as defined in TP 12881. Preparation for the written portion of the CPL.

FL211 – Night Rating & Cross Country

Preparatory instruction for night flying & trans-border operations.
3Closed Until 2023Phase 2

29.5 flight

3.1 sim

Completes PPL.
FM203 – Commercial Advanced

Continuation of TP12881 subject areas, addition of first aid/survival modules.
4Closed Until 2023Phase 3

14.1 flight

3.5 sim

Obtains Night Rating.
FL212 – Cross-Country & Complex

Prep for extended cross-country flying & complex aircraft transition.
5Closed Until 2023Phase 4

25.8 flight

0.0 sim

Cross-country trips/complex aircraft conversion.
FL213 – CPL Flight Test Prep & Electronic Flight Information System

CPL maneuvers & planning, Intro to TEM, G1000.
6Closed Until 2023Phase 5

40.6 flight

2.0 sim

Cross-country trips/technically advanced aircraft conversion. Commercial flight test.
FL311 – Multi Engine Rating

ME flying concepts & procedures.
7Closed Until 2023Phase 6 & 7

27.5 flight
4.9 sim
Multi-engine rating obtained, IR sim begins.
FM302 – Instrument Operations

IR materials as defined in TP2067, Preparation for INRAT and discussion of Threat and Error Management, risk analysis and commercial operations concepts.
8Closed Until 2023Phase 8

18.0 flight

15.1 sim

Cross-country trips/IR sim continues.
FM402 – ATPL I

Background knowledge areas for SAMRA exam; Human performance, IFR procedures, TEM, global aviation, meteorology, flight planning and radio aids to navigation.
9Closed Until 2023Phase 9

23.0 flight
21.0 sim
IR obtained & CPL requirements met.
FL312 – IFR & Multi-Crew

Practical IFR skills & crew coordination.
10Closed Until 2023Phase 9 (continued)FM403 – ATPL II

Background knowledge areas for SARON exam; CARs, airframes & Powerplants, instruments & navigation, flight operations and human factors.
11Closed Until 2023Phase 10

15.0 sim
Corresponding briefings & tutorials.
Multi-crew coordination complete.
FL411 – MCC

SOP & Multi-crew coordination training. Scenario-based, coincides with sim component.
12BufferBufferAllows students extra time to complete their flight training prior to graduating.
Summary205.0 Flight Hours
70.0 Sim Hours

PPL, Night Rating, CPL, Group 1 IR, Multi Engine Rating, SAMRA & SARON (“frozen ATP”)
754 hours of classroom & one-on-one instruction