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CPL(A) - Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplanes

A commercial pilot licence (CPL) permits the holder to act as a pilot of an aircraft and be financially compensated for that. The Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplanes CPL(A) is a European licence that entitles you to:

  • perform the competences of a holder of PPL and LAPL;
  • act as a Pilot in Command (PIC) or a co-pilot on aeroplanes performing flight operations with the exception of commercial air transport;
  • act as a PIC during commercial transport of SP (Single Pilot) registered aircraft;
  • act as a co-pilot during commercial transport by air, if the requirements have been met for recent experience (among other things: having performed three starts and landings within the previous 90 days).

CPL requirements

To file a CPL(A) licence application you must: 

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have received and finished theory training and flight instruction in accordance with Appendix 3 of Part-FCL at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), which has been certified by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate;
  • have successfully taken theory exams in thirteen different fields of knowledge;
  • have taken a skill test to act as PIC in the relevant class and 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 D, CPL. 

CPL application

To apply for a CPL licence application, you can use the form on this page.     
After we have received your application (including all required attachments) and your payment, we aim to process your application within seven days. If application attachments are incomplete or payment is missing, we cannot guarantee the timely processing of your request.

Commercial Pilot Licence cost

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