CPL(H) Modular Course


As a PPL(H) Holder you have 2 options to you with regards to becoming a commercial pilot. Option 1 is the CPL(H) and Option 2 is ATPL (H). with both options the Practical Cpl course elemetn is the same. The only difference is with the Theory exams- the TPL covers instrumental theory.

In summary:

CPL(H): 7 exams, no Instument theory covered

ATPL(H): 14 exams, all instrument knowledge is covered. Once exams are passed and practical CPL course completed your are issued with Frozen ATPL- which in essence is a CPL licence, but you also have the Instrument knowledge covered and passed


For the CPL(H) the subjects are :

Module 1 consists of :

  • Aircraft General Knowledge

  • Air Law

  • Human Performance and Limitations

  • Principles of Flight

  • VFR Communications]

    module 1 requires 190 hours of distance learning and 30 hours (one week) of classroom timje to complete

Module 2 consists of :

  • Flight Performance and Planning

  • Meteorology

  • Navigation, including

  • Operational Procedures

Training Cost Examples

(figures are based on a Robinson R44 helicopter and the minimum flying requirements stipulated by the IAA). The below fees do not include IAA fees and the charges or flight test costs.


Course Details

Minimum Time


Private Pilots License incl. Instructor and Briefings

45 flying hrs (instructor fees included)

€ (P.O.A)

Structured hour building

Dependent on how many hours are completed through the PPL course

Depends on how many hours are completed through gaining Private Pilots License




Modular preparation course for comercial flight test  €(P.O.A) with + 5 hours ground tuition (P.O.A)



Night flying instruction (optional) @ €(P.O.A)+ Airport

  • Lighting fees @ €(P.O.A) -payable directly to Cork Airport


€ (P.O.A)

*all rates are subject to change




The frozen ATPL (H) is effectively a CPL(H) with the theorectical knowledge exams passed at ATPL level

the CPL(H) license can be upgraded to a full ATPL(H) after meeting the issuing requirements:

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age

  • Complete a Multi-crew Co-operation Course (usually two days)

  • 1,000 hours flight time to include

  1. 350 hours multi-pilot:

  2. 250 hours as pilot-in-command

  3. 200hours of cross-country

  4. 70 hours instrument;

  1. 100 hours of night flight.

  • ATPL (H) skill test.

  • Theses requirements have to be met within seven years 




    Duration :


    4 weeks


    Mode : 

    Full or Part Time


    Course Description


    The Commercial Pilots licence (Helicopters) CPL(H) is a four week intensive course of theorectical knowledge tuition and flight training . The course is a designed to prepare a JAR PPL(H) for the JAR CPL(H) licence skills test. Students must have completed: JAR PPL(H) skills test. JAR CPL(H)/ATPL(H) Theory examinations 155 Total hours( 50 hours pilot in command) JAR class one medical


    Course Content


    Modular course training JAR CPL(H)/ATPL (H) Theorectical 35 hours total flight time incuding Knowledge Examinations completed. 30Hours dual insturction (day) 5 hours dual instruction (night) Accreditation 15 hours theorectical knowledge 

    Intended Audience


    Holders of a current PPL(H) with JAA and EASA approved 


    Irish Avation Authority and College Ireland Approved Flight Training Orginisation. JAA and EASA approved