Commercial Pilot License

Commercial Pilot

The FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as Commercial Pilot License (CPL) qualifies pilots to be financially compensated for piloting an aircraft. Unlike the Private Pilot Certificate, which is designed for recreational use and only permits the licensed pilot to share the cost of the flight, a CPL is the key to earning money through your service as an aircraft pilot.

Meeting minimum equivalent licensing requirements to be co-validated as a commercial pilot across the world, with the exception of countries in the European Union that require our dual EASA + FAA with ATPL Course, our pilot training courses are recognized internationally.

Commercial Pilot License Course Requirements

To be eligible to pursue a Commercial Pilot License, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate.
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.

Commercial Pilot License Course Overview

Offering four different commercial pilot course options to suit the individual needs of our aspiring career pilots, our flight school prepares students for prosperous aviation careers through a strong emphasis on safety and professionalism.

  • Single-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d
  • Multi-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d
  • Multi-Engine Commercial Add-On
  • Single-Engine Commercial Add-On


Epic Flight Academy’s unique FAA-approved Commercial Pilot courses allow students to enroll directly after completing their Instrument Rating, rather than having to first build additional flight time. All four of our Commercial courses cover procedures required for students to meet the FAA Commercial Pilot Training Practical Test Standards. Mastering maneuvers essential for complex aircraft operation in state-of-the-art training Cessna and Piper aircraft, Epic Commercial Pilots are thoroughly prepared for the jet cockpit of their dreams.

Commercial Pilot – Multi-Engine

The Commercial Multi-Engine Land (CMEL) course is conducted in a multi-engine Piper Seminole training aircraft, which is defined as “complex” because it has a constant speed propeller and retractable landing gear. The course is essential for aspiring airline pilots and covers topics such as Slow Flight, Stalls, and VMC Demos, focusing on proper procedures for complex emergency situations.

Commercial Pilot – Single-Engine

Though not required, the Commercial Single-Engine Land (CSEL) Initial course is a logical step for some pilots based upon their career track. The course is conducted in a single-engine Piper Arrow complex training aircraft and covers Chandelles, Eights-on-Pylons, and Lazy Eights, perfecting the use of a rudder.

Students that have completed the CMEL course, may enroll in the Single-Engine Add-On Rating course which covers the same topics as the CSEL Initial but is conducted in the Cessna 172, as complex aircraft training requirements have already been met.

Commercial Pilot Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in our accelerated Professional Pilot Pathway program will have a minimum of 20 hours of flight lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their Multi-Engine or Single-Engine Initial CPL, studying hard and making pilot training the top priority, can complete a course within 4 to 6 weeks; the Single-Engine Add-On is often complete in as little as 1 week. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their CPL courses take 2-3 months to finish based on scheduling limitations. However, our course duration is an estimate, and we highly encourage you to chat with an Admissions Representative directly about your training needs and availability for a customized approximation.

Commercial Pilot Course Training

The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 65 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate, 18 for the Single-Engine Initial Certificate, and 10 for the Single-Engine Add-On Rating. We find that most Epic Flight Academy students complete within the required total flight hours for each of our Commercial Pilot courses.

Commercial Pilot License Tuition Summary

Single-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d

Commercial Ground School – 35 Hours
Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 32 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 8 Hours
Solo Cessna 172- 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Cost of Tuition $10,897.00

Multi-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d

Commercial Ground School – 35 Hours
Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Time Building Flight: Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 32.5 Hours
Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 30 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Cost of Tuition $15,686.10

Multi-Engine Commercial Add-On

Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 14 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Cost of Tuition $3,755.00

Single-Engine Commercial Add-On

Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-28 w/ Instructor – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 9 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Cost of Tuition $4,640.00

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Meet Your Commercial Pilot Course Team Leader!

Sean Clyne Commercial Pilot Instructor

Sean Clyne

Sean Clyne began his aviation career in 1990 at Northland Community College in Thiefriverfalls, MN, pursuing Aviation Maintenance Technology. Earning his Airframe & Powerplant License in 1992, Sean decided to begin flight training for recreational purposes and ended up becoming a Flight Instructor.

Sean moved to Florida where he began working at Epic in 2007. Building nearly 5,000 flight hours, he has also recently earned a Captain position on a Beech 99, undergoing training at Ameriflight’s Texas-based training facility. Serving as the liaison between Ameriflight and Epic-Ameriflight Pathway students, Sean provides guidance and training until they meet hourly requirements to be officially hired by the airline.

“Being a pilot is challenging and interesting, and it gives me the opportunity to travel and explore the world,” says Sean. With experience as an A & P Mechanic, Flight Instructor, and Airline Pilot, Sean’s knowledge encompasses diverse aspects of aviation, allowing him to effectively advise and support Commercial Pilot Courses students and instructors.

Interested in learning more about attending Commercial Pilot Courses at Epic Flight Academy? Contact us now! We’re here to answer any questions and help you get started!