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General Arts and Science - Aviation Management

Algonquin College
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
September 2021
Algonquin College

Program description

Aviation Management – General Arts and Science

The two-year General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma with a concentration in Aviation Management program provides you with the knowledge and skills to become a commercial pilot.

Learn the required level of proficiency necessary to complete the Transport Canada Pilot License written examination (CPAER) and practical flight test. Some classes take place at the Ottawa Flying Club, Rockliffe Flying Club and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, providing all the skills needed to start your career.

Industry-professional instructors also teach you practical skills such as fuel handling, aircraft handling, and winter operations. Learn about cockpit resource management, maintenance skills and dispatching. Acquire a background in business and management, which prepares you for various facets of the aviation industry.

Experience up to 200 hours of flight experience with an Algonquin College approved flying partner. It is a non-funded activity that costs $70,000 over the two years and is subject to change without notice.

In your final semester, you can elect to take a course in either Instructor Rating, Float Rating or Initial Aeroplane Type Rating, each of which will help you specialize for future employment opportunities.

Admission requirements

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C with a grade of 60% or higher) or Grade 11 (MCF3M with a grade of 50% or higher) or equivalent.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are organized in their work and pay attention to detail.
  • Want to work in a challenging environment.
  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.
  • Are highly motivated and committed to attaining goals.
  • Have good interpersonal skills

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Private Pilot Groun Instrument Rating Ground Schoold School
  • Flight Training I
  • Practical Skills Prep I
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Computer Business Applications
  • Mathematics Essentials I

Level: 02

  • Commercial Pilot Ground School
  • Flight Training II
  • Aircraft Engines and Systems
  • Human Factors and Crew Resource Management
  • Communications I
  • Management

Level: 03

  • Practical Skills Prep II
  • Instrument Rating Ground School.
  • Flight Training III
  • Applied Aircraft Maintenance
  • Communications II
  • Mathematics Essentials II
  • Marketing and Customer Service

Level: 04

  • Flight Dispatcher
  • Flight Training IV
  • Aviation Automation Technology
  • Business Essentials
  • Ethics and Environmental Sustainability

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Diploma

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression, in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society, to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).
  6. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment with charter service companies as line pilots flying passenger and freight, land or sea-based and single or multi-engine airplanes. Graduates who choose an Instructor rating may begin teaching ab-initio students on the principles of safe aircraft operations. Flight instruction is an entry-level position and one that is currently in demand worldwide. Due to the recent increase in hiring within the airline industry many instructors have moved into the airlines leaving employment opportunities for graduates.

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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