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1. Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements to the training programmes?

  • General Requirements
    • Aged 18 years and above
    • Must have at least GCE “A” level, diploma or equivalent certificate
    • Possess good proficiency in the English language
    • Preferably have good background in Mathematics and Physics     
    • No criminal conviction or finding of guilt (including all motor vehicle traffic-related convictions)
    • All male Singaporeans must have completed, be exempted from or not liable for National Service

  • Medical Requirements
    • Must be able to pass Aviation Class 1/ and Class 2 medical examination
    • Eye sight requirement: Below 500 degrees or correctable by spectacles and contact lens 

 Please refer to the various training programmes for their respective entry requirements.

What are the qualities required of an applicant?

Training to become a commercial pilot takes hard work and commitment. From our experience, these are the qualities that will put a cadet in good stead for his/her training course and future flying career:
  • Initiative
  • Patience 
  • Self discipline
  • Perseverance
  • Responsibility
  • Willingness to learn

Are international students allowed to apply for the training programmes?  

Certainly, both Singaporeans and foreigners are eligible to apply for the training programmes.

However, if English is not your first language, you will need to furnish proof for your English Language proficiency via IELTS results.

Please refer to the respective training programmes for their specific entry requirements.

Is it necessary to have an aviation-related qualification to apply for the pilot training programmes?   

It is not compulsory for the applicants to have an aviation-related qualification to apply for the training programmes.

Our ab-initio pilot training programmes are suitable for those with little or no flying experience.

I am a Singaporean currently serving National Service. When shall I submit my application to STAA?  

You are required to fulfill your National Service obligation before the commencement of the training programme.

While you may opt to submit your application to STAA a few months in advance of your National Service completion, do bear in mind that you have to present yourself at STAA if shortlisted for selection test and interviews.

I am in my mid-40s. Can I still pursue pilot training?

There is no stipulated upper age limit for an individual to apply for the CPL programme. However, there is a likelihood that your medical and fitness level (as assessed during the Aviation Class 1 medical examination) may deteriorate as you grow older. You may also wish to consider other factors such as employability after the completion of the training programme.  

2. Application / Enrolment Process

How do I go about applying to enrol with STAA?

First, you may wish to download the application form here.

Generally, the following documents will be required in your application:
  1. Completed application form with one passport-sized photograph
  2. A copy of your identification card and passport
  3. A copy of your educational certificates and transcripts
  4. A copy of your flight experience documents (if applicable)
  5. A copy of NS completion certificate for male Singaporeans
  6. For non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (if applicable)
After the submission of all application documents, STAA will invite the shortlisted candidates to participate in the selection rounds, which includes the selection test and interviews. 

Payment of the application fee (non-refundable) will have to be made before attending the selection rounds.

Please refer to the respective training programme on our website for details.

What will I be assessed on during the Selection Test conducted by STAA?

The COMPASS aptitude test will be used during the STAA’s cadet pilot selection process. 
It will be a computer based test whereby questions are administered to measure and assess your level of competency in:

  1. Psychomotor skills
  2. Speed and accuracy (Mathematics questions)
  3. Orientation
  4. Memory
  5. Multi-tasking

Where can I get my Aviation Class 1 medical examination done?

A Class 1 medical certificate is required of all pilots involved in the commercial aviation. 

For applicants joining the CAAS CPL programme,  the CAAS Class 1/ and Class 2 medical examination could be done at Raffles Medical Group located at Changi Airport Terminal 3. All applicants will need to obtain the official approved medical certificate before the commencement of the training programme. 

Please be reminded that prior appointments should be made before heading down to the clinic for the medical examination and all expenses incurred shall be borne by the applicants. 

What is the IELTS Certificate and where can I get it? 

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which assesses the English language proficiency of each individual. IELTS is one of the most widely accepted English-language test used for assessing the English communication skills for study, work and migration.  

Applicants are able to schedule a test date directly with British Council or any other certified IELTS test centre, and will be expected to have the results on hand before the final interview dates.

How do I obtain my 'Certificate of No Criminal Conviction'?

All applicants will be expected to produce the Certificate of No Criminal Conviction (CNCC) before the commencement of their training courses.

The certificate could be obtained at the Police Cantonment Complex for all Singaporeans, and for foreign applicants you may acquire for the certificate/letter from your local authorities. 

3. Course Fees

What are the inclusions for the CAAS CPL/IR Course Fee?

The training fees shall cover the items as described below for the training period. All other items, benefits and services will be subjected to additional charges.

  • Books and materials as needed in the Training Programme.
  • Uniform
  • Flight Training - the hours as stipulated in the contract that is required of the cadet during the course of training. (Not applicable to Air Transport Pilot Licence (Theory) Course)
  • Examination Fees - only the first attempt of the flight and theory examinations
  • Transportation in overseas training location - sending cadets to and from the designated student accommodation to training facility. (Not applicable to Air Transport Pilot Licence (Theory) Course)
  • Air ticket - a round trip economy class ticket between Singapore and the overseas training location. (Not applicable to Air Transport Pilot Licence (Theory) Course)
  • Fee Protection Scheme - insurance to protect the students' course fees
  • Medical Insurance
  • Personal Accident Insurance (Not applicable to Air Transport Pilot Licence (Theory) Course)
  • Student Accommodation in overseas training location (Not applicable to Air Transport Pilot Licence (Theory) Course)

What are the other expenses which I have to bear separately, in addition to the training course fees?

The items mentioned below are the additional expenditure that you may foresee to incur, however the costs may vary based on the requirements of the training programme.

  • Application and Selection test fees
  • Aviation Class 1/ and Class 2 medical examination fees
  • IELTS Certificate application fees
  • Certificate of No Criminal Conviction (CNCC) application fees
  • Visa application fees
  • Accommodation and transport cost for international students during their stay in Singapore

Does STAA provide financial sponsorship schemes to cadet pilots for the training programme?

Partial Sponsorship* is open to outstanding individuals who are keen to pursue the CAAS CPL/IR programme. Each partial sponsorship is valued at SGD30, 000 and this amount can be utilised to offset against the course fee. This is applicable to the CAAS CPL/IR programme only. For more information, please click here. 

If required, you may also consider taking up a bank loan with either MayBank or RHB Bank. Contacts for each bank personnel would be provided upon your request.    

 Alternatively, you may also enquire with your preferred banks on their educational loan offerings.