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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 Dutch competent authority for issuing ATPL certificates.

At Kiwa Register we 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).  

ATPL privileges

An ATPL certified pilot is authorized 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 has to 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 holder of a CPL (A) with an IR-ME and MCC (Multi Crew Coordination) or holder of an MPL;
  • Be able to prove experience totaling 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 maneuvers 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 November 3, 2011, Part-FCL, Subpart F, ATPL.  

ATPL online application

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

ATPL A licence cost

Please check our Part-FCL rates chart for the ATPL A licence cost. 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 cost right here.

Can you submit an application?

First issue  
Nationality country not applicable
Resident country not applicable
Licence holder or EASA qualifications:  
Qualifications obtained in EASA Member State (ATO organisation for FCL)  applicable
Part-FCL Approved Training Organisations under EASA oversight not applicable
Verification application  
Verification identity applicant applicable
Qualifications obtained in an EASA member state (ATO organisation for FCL) applicable
Part-FCL Approved Training Organisations under EASA oversight not applicable