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Whether you are a student pilot or a private pilot, you might be confused a great deal about certified instructor training.

I am here to answer the most common questions around CFI training, and pilots willing to become CFI in the future will get a clear understanding of the training process.

In this post, I explained:

  • What is certified instructor training?
  • Where can you do CFI training?;
  • How much is the cost of certified flight instructor training?;
  • What are the requirements to become a CFI?
  • Why do many pilots choose certified flight instructor training in their career path?

Most advanced pilots already know all the details. However, aspiring pilots require clarification before spending their money on a new license.

What is certified flight instructor training?

Trainee pilots always learn to fly from the left seat of the airplane. The flight instructor teaches a student from the right seat inside the cockpit. When you intend to become a CFI, you need to practice instructing student pilots from the aircraft’s right side.

Certified flight instructor training prepares pilots to become flight instructors. Therefore the certified flight instructor training emphasizes teaching aeronautical knowledge to student pilots and operating the aircraft from the right side.

Typically, pilots acquire a certified flight instructor license to build hours while teaching students. Likewise, it is a known fact that teaching is an excellent way to learn and memorize information.

A flight instructor gradually develops and improves aeronautical knowledge by regularly articulating information to student pilots.

Acquiring a CFI license is not as easy as it sounds, but your outcome will be rewarding after obtaining your CFI license.

Where can you do CFI training?

Almost all flight schools have CFI training available. So you can contact the flight school near you and ask them if they have flight instructor training available or not.

However, before you enroll in a flight school, research thoroughly and determine the quality of the education in that flight school.

If you do your flight in a shady institute, then you will likely be a shady flight instructor in the future. No one wants to fly with a flight instructor with poor instruction skills.

Pilots often enroll in flight schools for certified flight instructor training, from where they get their private pilot and commercial pilot licenses.

Also, inquire that you can work in the flight school as a flight instructor after getting your rating.

If this is the case, you don’t have to look for a CFI job elsewhere. Instead, you start working in the same flight school immediately and build hours teaching other student pilots.

If a flight school is well-known and has many students, there is likely an opportunity to build hours quickly.

How much is the cost of certified flight instructor training?

The cost of certified flight instructor training depends on the flight school and Civil Aviation Authority of the respective country.

I said flight school because different flight school has different airplane rental rates. Likewise, the cost of hiring a flight instructor varies from school to school.

Nevertheless, different flight schools may give you different rates; however, the difference won’t be huge.

I mentioned the cost is variable due to Civil Aviation regulation because the civil aviation regulation in countries like the Philippines requires pilots to fly at least 35 hours to obtain the rating. On the contrary, FAA requires pilots to have 50 hours of training to become certified flight instructors.

Now all these costs come after you complete your commercial pilot training. Many may get confused, thinking only 50 hours of training is adequate to become a flight instructor. The truth is a pilot has to fly around 200 hours to get a commercial pilot license and to be eligible for certified flight instructor training.

Thus, it is costly to become a flight instructor. If someone wants to become a flight instructor for a career change, I don’t recommend doing so. It is a career path for those who want to build hours quickly and inexpensively to move forward in their aviation career. Being a flight instructor is a stepping stone to becoming an airline pilot in the future.

What are the requirements to become a CFI?

To become a CFI, individuals must have a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating. Without a valid commercial pilot license and an instrument rating, a pilot is not eligible for CFI training.

A flight instructor trains students to become a pilot, and therefore flight instructors must have adequate experience to build safe, competent pilots for the future.

You may have 200 flying hours as a private pilot, but you don’t have an instrument rating, and you were lazy to get your commercial pilot license. You cannot apply for a CFI rating.

Why do many pilots choose certified flight instructor training in their career path?

Anyone who has been in the aviation industry for some time may know by now that becoming a flight instructor is an excellent way to build hours.

Most airlines in the United States and other parts of the world require pilots to have at least 500~1500 flying hours before accepting their job applications.

Building 1500 hours is expensive, and most intelligent pilots are unwilling to spend much money. So a great alternative to building these hours is by becoming a flight instructor.

Being a flight instructor is like hitting two birds with one stone. You can build hours slowly while the student pilot pays for the aircraft rental. Similarly, you get paid to become a flight instructor. So, instead of paying to build hours, you get paid and make hours simultaneously.

Another essential part of becoming an airline pilot is knowledge. As a certified flight instructor, you can gain a lot more understanding. As a flight instructor, you must be ready to answer any questions from your student pilots. Thus it would help if you were prepared by studying at home. If you fail to answer your student pilot’s question as a flight instructor, you will embarrass yourself. Thus certified flight instructors must check aeronautical subjects thoroughly to become better flight instructors.

How to become a certified flight instructor?

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It’s not an easy task to land your first commercial pilot job as a fresh graduate. Reasoning new graduates have less flight experience, and the airlines are skeptical before hiring these commercial pilots.

Therefore, fresh graduates are looking for ways to gain more flight hours. One way to earn hundreds of flight hours is by becoming a certified flight instructor, CFI.

Although tons of resources are available to become a certified flight instructor, I wanted to share my knowledge online.

In this article, I described:

  • How to become a CFI?;
  • How long does it take to become a CFI?;
  • Is becoming a flight instructor worth it?

Many fresh commercial pilots think that becoming a flight instructor is the easiest way to build hours and apply for an airline job. However, it’s not true. Commercial pilots realize once they begin training for a flight instructor license that it is a challenging occupation.

How to become a certified flight instructor?

Like all other pilot licenses, there are also specific requirements to become a CFI.

To become a flight instructor, one must fly for at least 250 hours.

Assuming you have a commercial pilot license and are willing to become a flight instructor, you must take CFI training.

First, you have to start by taking CFI ground classes. You can either take a CFI ground class in an actual flight school or an online ground class.

With the accessibility of the internet globally, it’s common today to take online classes for pilot licenses.

Once you complete the CFI ground class and get your endorsement to take the exam, you must register for your exam.

To become a CFI, a commercial pilot must take two exams:

  • Fundamentals of Instruction exam;
  • Certified flight instructor knowledge test.

After you pass the test and have adequate hours to you can apply for a checkride.

Once you take the checkride and the DPE is satisfied with your performance, you will get a flight instructor certification.

Having your flight instructor certification, you can apply for jobs as a CFI in flight schools.

Often it happens that fresh graduates become certified flight instructors at the flight school from where they graduated as commercial pilots.

How long does it take to become a CFI?

The answer to that question depends on who is asking this question. I assume someone who recently graduated as a commercial pilot is asking this question.

A fresh CPL graduate can become a CFI quickly depending on their progress.

There is not much to do to acquire a certified flight instructor license after CPL. The crucial thing to learn is the Fundamentals of Instruction. At this stage, you have adequate knowledge to teach aeronautical subjects to students pilots and train students in actual flights. However, having all the aeronautical knowledge will not help if you don’t understand the process of tutoring students.

Thus it’s crucial to learn instruction techniques to be able to teach student pilots.

Also, if you don’t understand aeronautical subjects sufficiently, you cannot teach students accurately.

Getting a flight instructor license is not difficult for bright students, but if it takes longer for you to grasp knowledge, it will take longer to get your CFI license.

Articulating information to the student in a comprehendible way is the most critical skill for certified flight instructors.

Also, if you have a CPL without an instrument rating, you can only teach student pilots for the private pilot license stage.

Without an instrument rating, a CFI can’t teach for the commercial pilot license stage.

Is becoming a flight instructor worth it?

Many pilots have a passion for teaching, and other commercial pilots choose to become certified flight instructors to build hours.

Either way, it is worth it to become a flight instructor.

In my opinion, if you want to become a flight instructor for the money, then you must not choose this route.

Truly, CFIs earn good money while teaching others to fly the airplane. Nevertheless, merely working for the salary is not sufficient to satisfy a pilot’s need. A CFI must have other long-term goals, such as building hours to meet airline hour requirements.

Airlines in the USA require pilots to have at least 1500 hours of actual flying time before hiring them.

It is not easy to acquire 1500 flying hours, and paying to build 1500 hours is an expensive option.

Hence, it is best to have patience and work as a certified flight instructor. What could be better than teaching other student pilots while they pay you to fly and the aircraft rental fee.

Finding a CFI job is the best route if you aim for an airline job and intend to build hours momentarily. To find a job as a flight instructor, you must get your flight instructor certification.

If individuals want to become flight instructors for a career change, I don’t suggest doing so. Because to obtain a CFI license, one has to pass through several other pilot licensing stages, and it would be a costly career shift.

What are the requirements to become a CFI?

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There is a straightforward way to gain more hours by becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).

Assuming you got your commercial pilot license, don’t fret over finding your first job. You are pretty close to landing your airline job, but you have to count one more step: Building hours as CFI.

Having a CPL and Instrument Rating means you already fulfill most requirements to become a CFI.

I discussed most of the CFI requirements in this post:

  • PPL, CPL, IR;
  • Total 250 hours flying time;
  • How many hours of ground instruction is necessary?;
  • What tests must you take to apply for a CFI certification?;
  • Is there any checkride for the CFI rating?

What are the CFI requirements?

To become a certified flight instructor, one must be 18 years old and acquire the initial pilot licenses.

Likewise, to acquire all the licenses and a CFI rating, pilots must have adequate money.

You might likely become discouraged from continuing flight training without having adequate money. Many students delay their flight training and eventually spend a lot more than they are supposed to because of a lack of funds. So apart from money, the crucial requirements to become a CFI are listed below in order.

What pilot licenses are required to become a CFI?

To become a CFI, a pilot must have a commercial pilot license and an Instrument rating. A private pilot cannot apply to become a CFI. A private pilot must obtain his CPL and IR to be eligible for a flight instructor rating.

Becoming a flight instructor is a challenging job.

Your task as a flight instructor will be to train competent pilots. Therefore, your students and the flight school will expect you to have excellent knowledge of safe aircraft operations and aviation regulations.

A private pilot doesn’t need to have extensive aeronautical knowledge as much as a commercial pilot. Additionally, Instrument rated pilots are in a different league than many pilots think.

Hence, it is required for CFI’s to have a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating.

Would I like to learn from a private pilot with only 70 flight hours or from an IR-rated commercial pilot with 500 hours?

It’s not that private pilots cannot learn as much as commercial pilots, but they don’t need so much information for their limited flight operations.

On the contrary, commercial pilots learn advanced maneuvers and aircraft controls because they plan to fly airliners someday and be responsible for hundreds of lives.

Likewise, the FAA requires aspiring CFI’s to have a CPL and Instrument rating before applying for a flight instructor’s license so that the students learn from more experienced pilots.

It is mentioned in multiple places online that a pilot with ATPL is also eligible for a CFI rating application. I understand that a pilot with an ATPL already has a commercial pilot license with an Instrument Rating.

An airline transport pilot licensee takes tough exams to acquire the right. As a result, these pilots have extensive aeronautical knowledge and understand subjects in depth.

What is the medical requirement?

A CFI applicant must have a third-class medical certificate. I find it strange that commercial pilot license applicants must hold a second-class medical certificate. On the contrary, the FAA eased the medical requirement for certified flight instructor trainees a bit.

Thus, by having a 3rd-class medical certificate, you are good to work as a CFI in the United States.

What is the minimum hour requirement to apply for a CFI rating?

A pilot must have at least 250 hours of actual flying time before applying for a CFI rating.

This requirement may vary depending on the country’s Civil Aviation body. But typically, the condition is 250 hours.

In the United States, pilots get a commercial pilot license between 200 to 250 hours. Thus it is easy for pilots in the United States to apply for a CFI rating after they complete their commercial pilot license and obtain an Instrument rating.

If a pilot doesn’t have 250 hours, the pilot must build additional hours to fulfill the FAA requirements.

For instance, a pilot that finished training in Part 141 school may not have 250 hours as a commercial pilot. Such pilots must build up to 250 hours to be eligible for a CFI rating.

Similarly, once a pilot is eligible to apply for a CFI rating, they require 10-12 hours of training to fly the aircraft from the right seat.

During this 10 hours training, the trainee will demonstrate multiple maneuvers to the instructor. During this time, the CFI trainee learns to teach flight skills to the students articulating information. The CFI trainee learns spin awareness, spin entry, and recovery techniques.

This training is essential for CFI students to understand the basics of flight training and techniques to teach new student pilots.

This minimum 250 hours requirement for CFI rating is another way to prove that the pilot is adequately skilled to teach new students.

How many hours of ground instruction is necessary for CFI trainees?

CFI rating applicants take the ground school to understand the fundamentals of teaching as a flight instructor. There is no ground class requirement to become a CFI, but CFI rating applicants require sign-off on instructional proficiency. Thus without ground school training from a flight school, you can’t get such endorsement.

Flight schools structure such ground training usually for 50 hours.

After taking the 50 hours ground classes, you can have your endorsement to take CFI knowledge tests.

If you have a passion for teaching and love flying, you will enjoy your job as a certified flight instructor, and ground training will not be tedious for you.

However, most pilots work as a CFI to build hours and then apply in airlines in the future.

CFI trainees can also observe other flight instructors in the flight schools while teaching on the ground. Many CFI trainees follow hours after hours how experienced flight instructors teach new student pilots on the basis.

Observation classes are an excellent way for newly certified flight instructors to learn how to be better flight instructors.

What tests must you take to become a CFI?

The pilots in the United States take two different tests for the CFI rating. The FAA requires all CFI rating applicants to take:

  • Fundamentals of Instruction test;
  • CFI knowledge test.

Passing these two tests will take you very close to obtaining your CFI rating.

The Fundamentals of Instruction test checks your teaching skills, and the CFI knowledge test is an advanced aeronautical knowledge test. In both trials, the applicants must score a minimum of 70% to pass the tests.

Nevertheless, a CFI applicant having a teacher’s license in the United States doesn’t require to take the Fundamentals of Instruction test.

This type of applicant is only required to pass the CFI knowledge test, and they are ready for the final step of obtaining the CFI rating.

The final step is the CFI checkride.

Once you pass the two knowledge tests for CFI rating, you are ready to take the checkride.

The FSDO inspectors conduct CFI rating check rides. Sometimes the FSDO inspectors are not available, and they suggest a DPE conduct the checkride.

Either way, the checkride for a certified flight instructor rating requires 1.5-2 hours. During the checkride, the check pilot will test your fight instruction skills.

The skills may include:

  • Safe operation of flights;
  • Spin entry, spins, and spin recovery;
  • Ability to articulate information to student pilots;
  • Demonstrating student pilots aircraft operation from the right seat;
  • Handling in-flight emergencies.

During the checkride, the check pilot is less likely to ask fundamental questions about airplane flying because, at this stage, the check pilot expects you to know all the PPL and CPL fundamentals.


The CFI training is one of the challenging fight training. During this time, you will learn to teach other pilots. Teaching is not an easy job, and teaching others to become pilots is far more tricky.

The CFI requirements may not seem like a lot; however, the journey to becoming a CFI might take some time.

The fresh commercial pilot graduates often work to get a CFI rating as quickly as possible, yet it sometimes requires six months r even more. Nevertheless, if you genuinely intend to share your knowledge with new student pilots, you will never find this job tedious, and likewise, students will enjoy training with you.

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