Academic Catalogs

Private Pilot, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_AVPP

Private pilot training is the entry point to the exciting world of aviation. Private pilots are licensed to fly for personal pleasure and enjoyment. This course of study meets the aeronautical knowledge requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61.105.

Program Outcome

  1. Students will develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for completion of federally administered practical and knowledge tests.

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 A130Private Pilot Aviation Ground School5
APT A133Aviation-Meteorology3
Total Units8

Private Pilot Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
APT A120Private Pilot Flight Lab1