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Professional Pilot

Why Choose the Professional Pilot Program?

Tremendous opportunities await those who wish to become professional pilots. Pilots have never been in more demand than they are now, and the aviation industry continues to grow. Our Professional Pilot program meets at our state-of-the-art South Hill Campus, conveniently located next door to Pierce County Airport. Students and faculty fly CPTC's college-owned aircraft on local - and occasionally - cross-country flights while having the opportunity to attain all the certifications and flight hours needed for a career as a commercial pilot. The program offers an associate degree and numerous certificate options to meet the needs of each student and their flight goals, whether simply wanting to earn private pilot certification for fun or wanting to pursue a career as a flight instructor or commercial pilot. If you dream of taking to the skies and flying to far off places, the Professional Pilot program and career path may be the perfect fit for you.


All those who are interested in the Professional Pilot Program must attend mandatory Program Information Session. Instructor permission is required for registration in the program.
How Long It Takes:

The length for degrees and certificates in the pilot program varies, depending on how long the student needs to fulfill the requirements.

Professional Pilot AAT and AAS-T Degree: 8 quarters

Private Pilot Certificate: 2 quarters

Airline Multi-Engine Crew Resource Management 1 (CRM 1) Certificate: 1 quarter

Airline Multi-Engine Crew Resource Management 2 (CRM 2) Certificate: 1 quarter

Commercial Pilot Certificate: 4 quarters

Flight Instructor Certificate: 1 quarter

Instrument Pilot Certificate: 2 quarters

Multi-Engine Instructor Training (MEI): 1 quarter

Multi-Engine Training: 1 quarter

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual wage in Washington:

$92,140 per year

Full Career Details

Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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Meet Your Instructors

Marshall Collins
South Hill, Rm 105

Bill Coyner
South Hill, Rm 105

Shannon Feist
South Hill, Rm 105

Professional Pilot Program Information Sessions occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, view our Program Info Session Schedule.




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