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ATPL(A) - Airline Transport Pilot Licence

The Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) is the highest European level of pilot's licence that can be obtained. Kiwa Register is the competent Dutch authority for issuing ATPL certificates.

ATPL privileges

An ATPL certified pilot is authorised to fly large commercial aircraft.  

Training for the ATPL takes place after obtaining the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). Besides obtaining an ATPL a pilot also must comply with aircraft-specific rating requirements. The ATPL(A) qualifies pilots to:

  • perform the competences of a holder of an LAPL, PPL and a CPL;
  • act as a Pilot in Command (PIC) on aircraft involved in commercial air traffic.

ATPL requirements

To be eligible for an ATPL(A) you have to meet the following conditions:  

  • be at least 21 years old;
  • be a holder of a CPL (A) with an IR-ME and MCC (Multi Crew Coordination) or holder of an MPL;
  • be able to prove experience totalling 1500 hours;
  • have received and finished training at an ATO (Approved Training Organisation), which has been certified by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate;
  • have successfully taken ATPL(A) theory exams in fourteen different fields of knowledge;
  • have taken a skill test as a PIC in a Multi-Pilot certified winged aircraft to perform relevant procedures and manoeuvres with a degree of competence fitting the licences issued;
  • be in possession of a medical certificate class 1.

These conditions are based on EU regulation 1178/2011, dated 3 November 2011, Part-FCL, Subpart F, ATPL. 

ATPL online application

Use the application form to the right of this page to submit your application. In the table below you can check if you are eligible to submit an application. 

ATPL(A) licence cost

Please check our Part-FCL rates chart for the cost of an ATPL(A) licence. Here you can find the rates for a first issue airline transport pilot licence as well as the costs of ATPL(A) renewals, etc. Find out more about ATPL licence costs here.

What else do I need to know?

We at Kiwa Register issue well over 100,000 licences to professionals (e.g., airline engineers, airline pilots, ship captains) and to companies (e.g., airlines, truck companies and shipping companies). We have a long history of issuing licences for the public sector. This results in broad knowledge and experience when it comes to (EU) law and regulations, verification of qualifications, production and customer support.

Foreign holders of licences can also submit their application to us. We process and review Part-FCL licence applications in accordance with EASA standards. Our experienced staff will process your request within fifteen working days.