Academic Catalogs

Instrument Pilot, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_AVIP

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 an Instrument Rated Pilot. This course meets the aeronautical knowledge requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61.65(b).

Program Outcome

  1. Develop the critical and analytical thinking skills necessary for completion of instrument flight training and successful completion of federally administered practical and knowledge tests for the instrument rating.

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 A132Aviation Navigation3
APT A134Instrument Pilot Aviation Ground School3
Total Units6

Instrument Pilot Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
APT A121Instrument Pilot Flight Lab1
APT A120Private Pilot Flight Lab1