This course is designed to help secure employment as a professional Pilot on smaller aircraft that only require a single pilot.

EASA Integrated CPL with ME/IR

Our Integrated CPL with ME/IR Route is a self-funded full-time professional pilot training course designed to enable aspiring pilots from around the world to benefit from the industry's highest standards of instruction.

Successful graduation from this route will provide you with:
  • EASA Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP)
  • EASA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge

With these qualifications, you may secure employment as a professional pilot on smaller aircraft that only require a single pilot.

Subject to achieving the required standards and meeting specific airline entry criteria, graduates of this route may be eligible for airline placement.

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  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: 16 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Employment: Graduate placement service (T&Cs apply)
  • Locations: United Kingdom
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Key features

Professional training delivered by experienced instructors

Opportunity for those meeting our airline training and selection standards to earn entry into our Airline Placement Pool (APP)

Training at our state-of-the-art Airline Academies around the globe

Upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) included

Entry criteria

Subject to meeting the basic criteria, applicants are invited to attend an assessment day at one of our L3 Airline Resourcing & Selection Centers.


Be at least 17 to submit an application.

Be at least 18 to commence training.

Education and English language

Be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or High School education (or equivalent).

Be fluent in English (verbal and written).i


Be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions.

Background and selection

Produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training can commence.

Pass L3’s selection process.

Application screening
Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team to check you meet the basic criteria.

Selection day
Selection day

We use the Integrated ATPL selection process but you are not required to meet the same standard.

Training recommendation
Training recommendation

You will be given a training recommendation based on your performance.

Program timeline

  • Duration



  • Foundation flight training

    Foundation flight training


  • Simulator training

    Simulator training


  • Phase
  • Module
  • Time
  • Location
  • Basic Training (ground school)
  • Theoretical Knowledge training; classroom and Computer-Based.

  • Approximately 26 weeks, subject to scheduling
  • United Kingdom
  • Foundation flight training; Single-engine piston aircraft.

  • Approximately 24 weeks, subject to scheduling
  • United Kingdom, Abu Dhabi, Portugal, New Zealand and approved L3 location
  • Commercial and Instrument flight training;

    Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT).

    Single and multi-engine aircraft and simulator.

  • Approximately 18 weeks, subject to scheduling
  • United Kingdom
  • Successful completion of the above route will allow you to apply to our Airline Qualification Course (AQC) which in turn could lead to eligibility for graduate placement opportunities.

  • Intermediate training
  • Multi-pilot flight training.

    Our world-renowned Airline Qualification Course (AQC) incorporating Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) certificate, advanced handling skills and an Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course.

  • Approximately 3 weeks, subject to scheduling
  • United Kingdom
  • Advanced training
  • Advanced training begins once our dedicated graduate placement team has secured your airline employment.

    Aircraft type-specific training:

    Simulator and aircraft training with the Airline.

  • Approximately 8 weeks, subject to scheduling
  • Dependent on airline
  • Upon joining your airline, you will continue with further 'Line' training (carrying passengers), which will conclude with a 'final line-check' by your airline training Captain.

  • Approximately 8 months, subject to scheduling
  • Dependent on airline
  • Line Orientated Experience (LOE) and Line Check with the airline. You will also complete Safety, Emergency and Procedures training.

Cost and funding
The £79,000 fee includes:
  • Air travel to L3's global academies
  • All training, equipment, uniform and airfield fees
Other factors

When budgeting for your training, please consider the following additional costs:

  • Online assessment: £40.00
  • Selection fee: £255.00
  • Food and living expenses
  • EASA Class 1 Medical – EASA scale of charges
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Insurances to protect life, finance and training expenses
  • Any United Kingdom CAA/EASA retest or examination resit fees (if required)
  • Intermediate and advanced training (if required)
  • Accommodation – can be purchased via L3 or sourced independently
Graduate placement

Once you have completed your course you may apply for your license. You may then apply for your training performance to be reviewed by our Training Review Board (TRB). If successful, you can apply for our Airline Qualification Course (AQC) and if you meet the required standard, you will be eligible for graduate placement with an airline.

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