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Commercial Aviation Diploma

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  • Fall
  • Winter

  • Location
    Kelowna Campus and Interior Flight Centre at Kelowna Airport
  • Campuses


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    City of Kelowna
  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $60,000 over two years
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2390 first year & $1690 second year
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Course Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted starting on November 1 for entry the following Fall semester, January 16 for the following Winter semester, and February 1 for the following Summer semester. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application Fee: $30

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent)
  • mature student status (be at least 19 years old and out of high school for at least one year)

2. English

One of:

3. Math 

A. Students graduating from secondary school in or before 2012

One of:

  • Principles of Math 11
  • Introductory Math 11 (70%)
  • Applications of Math 11 (60%)
  • equivalent Advanced Level ABE Math course

B. Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new Math curriculum

One of:

  • Pre-calculus 11 (60%)
  • Foundations of Math 11 (60%)
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 (60%)
  • equivalent Advanced Level ABE Math course


  • Category 1 Aviation Medical
  • letter of recommendation from the Southern Interior Flight Centre showing successful completion of a personal interview, aptitude test, and proof of financial ability to complete the program

Admission Advice

1. 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.

English Language Requirements


If English is not your first language, you must submit one of the following (minimum scores):

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based)
  • An academic IELTS overall band score of 6.5
  • A Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA) of 6
  • 70% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Business Administration diploma, Commercial Aviation Diploma or Advance Culinary Arts diploma
  • 60% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to Arts, Science, Computer Information Systems, and Engineering Technology programs
  • 70% in English 12 or equivalent for Business programs
  • 60% in English 12 or equivalent for Arts, Science, Engineering Technology, and most diploma programs
  • 50% in an English literature or composition course at a recognized university or college in Canada
  • Level 5 on the Language Proficiency Index for Business or Level 4 for Arts, Science, technology and most diploma programs
  • A degree or diploma from an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction 

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.


For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.


International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For details on Unclassified Student and Visiting Student admission check here.

How to Apply

For details on applying to Okanagan College check the Become a Student site here.

Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

The academic portion of the program (12 university-transfer courses) may be applied towards studies at a number of post-secondary institutions in the province.

Students may wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer's BC Transfer Guide. This website offers details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.

 Final Note: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

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