Professional pilot


Standard length of study

3 years

Obtained degree

bachelor (Bc.)

Form of study

full-time (Prague)

Language of instruction



About the study programme

The Professional Pilot programme is a 3-year full-time bachelor´s programme. The programme focuses on educating professional commercial pilots within the integrated ATPL(A) training. The theoretical training is provided by the Faculty of Transportation Sciences, holding a CZ/ATO-010 license, and partner flight training schools provide the practical training. This study programme can be studied in Czech or English.

Selected study modules

  • General Navigation
  • Theory for VFR Training
  • Air Law
  • Principles of Flight
  • Aircraft Operations

Study structure

Our students choose the school they want to do their flight training with during the first semester. Our teachers are skilled pilots and other aviation specialists from different areas, including maintenance, government, commercial, etc. As this programme is under the Czech Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) supervision, there are certain specifics regarding the study, such as mandatory attendance or an acceptable minimum of points in testing. For details about the Professional Pilot study program visit the website of the Department of Air Transport.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Professional Pilot programme have finished their theoretical and practical training. To obtain the ATPL(A) license and control a commercial aircraft, the graduates have to do final exams from aviation subjects and a practical exam at the Czech Civil Aviation Authority. After successfully passing the exams at CAA, airlines prefer to hire applicants with integrated ATPL(A) training over modular training and those with a university degree (not to mention that a university degree is a prerequisite for further career advancements). When graduates finish their type rating for specific aircraft, they can take off not only with a commercial aircraft but their careers as well. Our graduates fly with Qatar, Czech Airlines, Smartwings, Ryanair, Wizzair, and many more.

Entry requirements

In accordance with the written instructions from the Faculty (delivered by email during May 2022), all applicants will submit documents listed below no later than the day of the entrance examination (or term set in the sent information).

1) Proof of previous educational attainment

  • All applicants shall submit an officially certified copy of their previous successfully completed studies according to the type of study programme.
  • The condition of the bachelor’s degree study programme is the completion of full secondary education with a school-leaving exam. All applicants shall submit a certified copy of a school-leaving exam certificate.
  • The applicants who completed full secondary education with a school-leaving exam abroad will submit a validated school-leaving exam certificate – called nostrification (except for those who have completed full secondary education with a school-leaving exam in the Slovak Republic).

2) Proof of knowledge of English language (for all programmes taught in English)

  • Applicants for study in the study programme PIL (taught in English) are required to prove their knowledge of English. Knowledge of at least B2 level is required. (Certificates older than five years at the date of application will not be accepted.)
  • The level of English can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
      • citizenship of the state with the official language „English“
      • confirmation of successful completion of previous studies in English
      • confirmation of successful completion of the English language examination at the Department of Languages and Humanities of the CTU in Prague Faculty of Transportation Sciences. (Details of the examination are given in Article VII.)
      • internationally recognized certificate
      • documentation of proficiency in English at minimum level B2
  • Applicants for the studies are to take a written entrance examination in mathematics and also a written test for the English language.
  • Evaluation of results of the entrance procedure is based on the result of the written entrance examination
      • maximum total score is 40 points
      • the minimum number of points required to be accepted to the study for the academic year 2022 – 2023 is set at 20 (the minimum number of points required from mathematics is set at 10 points and the minimum number of points required from English is set at 10 points)

Evaluation of written entrance examination

  • In the written mathematics test the applicant should demonstrate the ability to independently solve problems within the scope of secondary school mathematics of average difficulty
      • duration of the multiple-choice mathematics test is 70 minutes
      • it consists of a set of 15 maths problems; for 10 of them the applicants can score 1 point for each correct answer and 2 points for the remaining 5 problems
      • maximum score is 20 points
      • for the written examination the applicants will bring writing implements and several blank sheets of paper (format A4) only
      • the use of other aids and electronic devices including mobile phones is strictly prohibited
  • In the written English test, the applicant demonstrates the ability to use intermediate knowledge of English. The written exam in English takes 60 minutes, and the maximum score is 20 points.

The evaluation of the results is based on the result of written entrance exams. The final numbers of points obtained from the written entrance exam in mathematics and from the english language are used to assess the criteria for admission to study. For each entrance exam, the minimum number of points is evaluated separately. It is therefore necessary to achieve the minimum number of points in both entrance exams.

By passing the entrance examination, the applicant takes note of the following preconditions for successful practical pilot training:

the need to obtain proof of Medical certificate before the beginning of practical flight training

  • Class 1 Medical Certificate (issued according to EASA, FAA or DGCA standards)
  • in the case of non-EASA Medical certificate, the applicant will be required to obtain Class 1 Medical certificate compliant with EASA standards at The Institute of Aviation medicine in Prague
  • costs associated with obtaining Medical certificate is paid by the applicant, and in any case, he/she cannot claim reimbursement of the fee from the Czech Technical University in Prague Faculty of Transportation Sciences
  • the ability to cover the financial costs of practical pilot training from his/her own financial resource
  • training can only be done in an integrated ATP(A) course compliant with EASA
  • costs associated with practical pilot training are estimated at approximately 1 450 000 CZK