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Commercial Aviation Diploma

Commercial Aviation Diploma


The Commercial Aviation diploma program is for men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in aviation. The program provides students with business experience along with the aviation training required by Transport Canada. In addition to receiving aviation experience, graduates are prepared to enter into the field of commercial aviation.

The Commercial Aviation diploma program consists of two distinct and separate areas of study - flight training and business studies. The business portion is completed at Okanagan College and normally consists of two business courses per semester for a total of eight courses over two-years.

Notwithstanding general policies of Okanagan College, the business and elective courses must be completed while concurrently enrolled in the Flight Portion of the Commercial Aviation program.

The flight-training portion taken with Southern Interior Flight Centre (1993) Ltd. consists of Transport Canada prescribed flight training, theory and exams.

For further information on the Commercial Aviation Diploma, please contact:

Southern Interior Flight Centre 
Call (250) 765-7776 ext. 5 
Southern Interior Flight Centre website

Admission Requirements the Commercial Aviation Diploma

Students can enter the two-year Commercial Aviation Diploma when the following requirements have been met:

  • B.C. secondary school graduation (or its equivalent).
  • A minimum grade of 60% in one of English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12, or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course, or a minimum score of level 4 on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI). Communications 12 is not acceptable.
  • Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: Principles of Mathematics 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course, or a minimum of 70% in Introductory Mathematics 11, or a minimum of 60% in Applications of Mathematics 11.
    Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: A minimum of 60% in one of Pre-calculus Grade 11, Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11.
  • Private Pilot License.
  • Category 1 Aviation Medical.
  • Letter of recommendation from the Southern Interior Flight Centre indicating successful completion of a personal interview, aptitude test, and proof of financial ability.

Private pilot training requires two months of full-time attendance and up to six months of part-time attendance. Contact the flying school for details. 

Commercial Aviation Program Fees

Cost is approximate and subject to change

Students can expect to pay approximately $68,000 for tuition and flight training fees. Tuition fees for the flying portion are dependent upon the number of hours required to complete the flying and training requirements. These hours will vary according to the skill level of individual students. Please note that students who book an aircraft, simulator or instructor are responsible for related charges and cancellation penalties will apply. When students purchase fuel away from the main base of operations in Kelowna, they will be reimbursed at the Kelowna fuel rate set by Southern Interior Flight Centre.  

Students enrolled in the Private Pilot License Program can expect to pay an additional approximate amount of $19,832  prior to starting the Commercial Aviation Program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Commercial Aviation Diploma are prepared for careers as pilots with charter companies, regional carriers and private corporations as well as additional job opportunities with major airline companies.

Our grads have been hired by the following companies:

• Adventure Aviation  • ConAir • Northern Air Charter 
• Air Bravo • Dax Air • Pacific Sun
• Air Canada • DHL • Perimeter
• Air Jasper Inc. • Flair Airlines • Pilatus Canada
• Air Sprint • Great Slave Helicopters • Porter Airlines
• Air Tindi • Hawk Air • Purolator Courier Ltd.
• Alberta Central Airways • Japan Airlines • Southern Interior Flight Centre
• Alpha Helicopters Inc. • Jazz • Sugar Valley Outfitters Ltd.
• Alpine Helicopters Ltd. • Kelner Group • Summit Air
• Arctic Sunwest • Kelowna Flightcraft • Sunwest
• Buffalo Airways • Kenn Borek Air • Swanberg Air Inc.
• Canadian Helicopters • Lion Air • Swiss Air Ambulance/Rega
• Canadian North • Mike's Hard Lemonade • Transport Canada
• Carson Air • NL Government Airservice • Transwest
• Cathay Pacific • Nor-Alta Aviation • WestJet
• Central Mountain Air • North Wright Airways • 4Westwind Aviation

Southern Interior Flight School offers graduating students the opportunity to become flight school instructors and Carson Air hires pilots on their Charter, Courier and Air Ambulance operations.

In the News:
Okanagan College News (June 28, 2016)

Castanet (September 20, 2015)

Kelowna Daily Courier (September 19, 2015)