Academic Catalogs

Commercial Pilot, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_AVCP

A program of study that helps prepare a pilot, already in possession of a Private Pilot license flight instruction to meet the licensing requirements as a Commercial Pilot as well as preparing the student for the Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test. This course meets the aeronautical knowledge requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61.125

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for completion of flight training and successful completion of federally administered written examinations for licensing as pilots.
  2. Develop the critical thinking and analytical thinking skills necessary for completion of academic courses giving them the knowledge necessary to enter the air transportation industry.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
APT A138Aerodynamics3
APT A139Commercial Pilot Aviation Ground School3
APT A146Advanced Aircraft & Engines3
APT A180Basic Air Transportation3
Total Units12

Commercial Pilot Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
APT A122Commercial Pilot Flight Lab1
APT A124Advanced Commercial Pilot Flight Lab1