Commercial Pilot Certificate

The program’s goal is to prepare students for careers as professional pilots. The program’s objectives are to prepare each student to meet the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) requirement for flight training and aeronautical knowledge for a Commercial Pilot. 


Note:  This is a new Certificate with Federal Financial Aid eligibility anticipated Spring 2022. 

Design Your Future!

Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find a career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended sequence of courses that lead to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
AVIA-700 Aviation Orientation 1
AVIA-503 Private Pilot 4.5
Spring Semester 1
AVIA-500 Aviation Weather 3
AVIA-505 Instrument Rating 4.5
Fall Semester 2
AVIA-507 Commercial Pilot 6
 Total Units19

Note: Flight hours and cost to be factored in when considering this program. Please see a counselor. 

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
AVIA-503Private Pilot4.5
AVIA-505Instrument Rating4.5
AVIA-500Aviation Weather3
AVIA-507Commercial Pilot6
AVIA-700Aviation Orientation1
Total Units19

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Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer.

Gainful Employment Disclosures: Commercial Pilot

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2021 


This program is designed to be completed in 8 months 

This program will cost $874 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

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Cost per unit $46 

Parking Permits cost $68 a year or $34 a semester  

RTA Go Pass cost $12 a year or $6 a semester  

SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester  

Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Help a Student Fund (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Student Health Center Fee - $44 a year or $22 a semester 

*For summer session fees and non-CA resident tuition, please see: