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Integrated ATPL course

Train for your UK CAA or EASA licence

Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) courses are designed to take you from little to no flying experience to fully qualified airline pilot in 24 months.

On successful completion of the course, you will graduate with a frozen ATPL issued by the UK CAA or EASA. With a UK CAA licence you can become a pilot for airlines registered in the UK such as easyJet or British Airways. With an EASA licence you can become a pilot for airlines registered in Europe such as Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and TAP Air Portugal.

You will complete your ATPL theory training and ground school training at our flight schools across the UK and Europe. Our flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and provide you with access to state-of-the-art facilities such as training aircrafts, full-flight simulators and flight training devices.

L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise

On successful completion of Integrated ATPL training you qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

It’s a regulatory requirement to revalidate your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME/IR) every year in order to keep your licence current and up-to-date. At L3Harris we are offering all Integrated ATPL graduates FREE revalidation exams for 2 years after graduation or until airline employment – whichever comes first.

How to qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise

All cadets that enroll and start training before 31 October 2021 will qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

On successful completion of Integrated ATPL training cadets will be entitled to FREE ME/IR revalidation exams – Year 1 in a Diamond DA42 SIM and Year 2 in a Diamond DA42 aircraft - that’s a potential cost saving of £2,600 over 2 years and means you have one less thing to worry about until you find airline employment.

  • Year 1: 2 x Hours Diamond DA42 FNPT SIM – Instrument Rating (IR) exam
  • Year 2: 2 x Hours Diamond DA42 aircraft – Multi-Engine Piston Instrument Rating (MEP/IR) exam
Integrated ATPL course details
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: 18-24 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: UK CAA or EASA Pilot licence
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Training on the latest-generation devices
  • Locations: United Kingdom / global approved locations
Successful graduation from this route will provide you with:
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • Commercial Pilots Licence with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP)
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) completion certificate
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

These items combined are known as a 'frozen' ATPL and are the minimum entry qualifications to commence a Type Rating and line training to become a Co-Pilot on multi-pilot aircraft with an airline.

Your training is likely to take place at more than one location so you could experience the skies of the United Kingdom or wider Europe.

Which ATPL course is right for you?

Our UK based Integrated ATPL training is priced from £79,950 with our ATPL Essential programme. ATPL Essential follows exactly the same training footprint as our ATPL Standard course, but cadets on the Essential programme will not have any provisions for additional training, if required, during the course and on graduation they will not have access to the Airline Pilot Placement Pool. For a full list of what is included in the price of our Integrated ATPL training programmes please see the table below. For more information on costs, please read our guide to pilot training costs.

If you would like to train for your EASA licence within the EU, then please see our Portugal EASA ATPL course.




Cost of training



All training and equipment


✓ (excludes Flight Bag)

Airfield fees

Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise – FREE ME IR licence renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline

Air travel between training locations during the course

Training Standard


Licence issue*

Access to world-renowned airline placement pool

Accommodation throughout course

    Further information

  • Licence issue*

      *On successful completion of the course you will obtain a frozen ATPL licence issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), or the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Our EASA licence is issued by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). If you choose to study towards an EASA licence an additional £3,000 is added to the price of the Essential or Standard ATPL programme to cover the additional costs associated with Phase 5 flight training, which for an EASA licence must be completed outside the UK in an EU member state.

      If on graduation you secure a job to fly for an airline outside of the UK or Europe you may need to undertake further training or conversion training in order to use the privileges of the licence in other jurisdictions. Please contact your national aviation authority for more information.

      Contact our Pilot Careers Advice team for more information via the link below.

      Submit an enquiry now

  • Table A**

      Table A defines the additional training, over and above the syllabus requirements, that is included within the fees, should you need to repeat a lesson or a test. However if during training you need further additional hours above this amount then additional fees and charges will apply at the point required.

      • Ground School - The repeat sitting of one ground school module. We currently have an excellent first-time pass rate of 97%. So it is unlikely cadets will need to retake any modules but in the event they do, our Training Standard will cover this
      • Ground School Examinations - 3 additional attempts of ATPL Examinations (in total). Cadets training on our ATPL Essential course will be required to cover the costs of resitting ATPL Examinations themselves
      • Flying / Simulator Training - 10 hours total additional training
  • Transferring your EASA licence

      If on graduation you find a First Officer job with an airline registered in the EU, you may find that the airline requires that it’s pilots change their state of licence issue to the same member state to where it is registered. If this is the case, you will need to complete a State Of Licence Issue (SOLI) transfer which involves transferring your medical records from the IAA to the new member state. The transfer process between EU member states is straight forward, but fees maybe incurred. You would be best advised to speak with the relevant EU member state as and when the situation arises.

  • Additional fees
      • Accommodation - can be purchased via L3Harris or sourced independently
      • Selection fee: Free of charge until July 2021
      • English Language (IELTS) tests, if applicable
      • Initial aviation medical examination fees
      • Aviation medical renewal fees
      • Certificate of proficiency from a CAA-approved ELP Testing Organisation (In the event that you are a non-native English speaker)
      • CAA Counter Fees
      • Food and other personal living costs
      • Accommodation during breaks in training, including leave and holiday
      • Personal travel
      • iPad (Generation 2 or above)
      • Insurances
      • Additional fees required for type rating once employed by an airline. This will vary depending on the airline
Why undertake your Integrated ATPL course with L3Harris?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we have a reputation for providing some of the best ATPL licenced pilots in the world. That’s because from day one we don’t just teach our cadets how to fly we train them to become professional pilots. Our rigorous Integrated ATPL training is delivered by Instructors with thousands of hours of combined industry experience to the highest standards. We offer purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, and modern training aircraft with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 instrumentation.

  • Become a commercial pilot in the UK or EU
  • Train in purpose built, state-of-the-art facilities
  • Train in the UK and/or Europe
  • World-class training from experienced instructors
  • Meet supportive, like-minded people and forge life-long friendships
  • Access our Airline Pilot Placement Pool to help you secure a First Officer job – only available with our Standard ATPL
  • Graduates go on to fly for major Airlines including British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair
  • Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise – FREE ME IR licence renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline
Dedicated placement team to secure your airline job

From the instant you commence your ATPL course training our entire focus is on your career outcome; achieving your first job as a Co-Pilot with a world-class airline. Uniforms, report times, standard operating procedures – these are all key elements of our airline pilot training; designed to fully prepare you for the incredible career that lies ahead. Once training is complete, our placement team will work to find you the perfect role (not available with ATPL Essential).

Our graduates now fly for major airlines including easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal.

Entry criteria

To be accepted onto our ATPL course you must meet the following entry criteria which is broken down into: age and height, education and English language, medical, visas, background and selection. Read our pilot qualifications and requirements guide for more information.

Age and height

Be at least 17 to submit an application.

Be at least 18 to commence training.

Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm).i


Fluent in English (spoken and written). i

Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training.


Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalenti) in different subjects at grade C/4 or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English Language.

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


Be able to obtain:

  • UK CAA Class 1 Medical if you are training for a UK CAA ATPL licence; or
  • EASA Class 1 Medical if you are training for an EASA ATPL licence

Studying in the UK:

  • UK CAA ATPL or EASA ATPL: Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland; or
  • Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Tier 4 study visa

Studying in Europe:

  • Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland; or
  • Meet the Portuguese Visa & Immigration Service requirements to qualify for a study visa
Background checks

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

Selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course

There are two stages to our selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course. Our graduates are considered to be among the best in the industry - it all begins with our rigorous selection process.

1. Application screening
1. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.

2. Selection day
2. Selection day

Once your application has been screened you'll be invited to a selection day which will consist of further technical online tests and an Interview conducted via Zoom.

Programme timeline

  • Duration



  • Ground School

    Ground School


  • Flight training

    Flight training


  • Intermediate training

    Intermediate training


  • TIME
  • Basic Training (ground school)
  • Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

  • 28 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Flight training (Foundation)
  • Single-engine piston aircraft.

  • 26 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom, Portugal or an L3Harris approved location
  • Flight training (Advanced)
  • Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft training

    Commercial and instrument flight training

    Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

  • 26 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom, Portugal or an L3Harris approved location
  • Intermediate training
  • Airline Qualification Course (AQC)

    Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC)

    Advanced handling skills

    Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course.

  • 3 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Advanced Training is not included in the cost of ATPL training and will only commence when you have secured a role with an Airline

  • Advanced Training
  • Type Rating training

    Simulator and aircraft training with the airline.

  • 11 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Dependent on airline
We help launch dream careers

"Hopping in the aircraft, completing the start-up checks, run-ups, taxi and take off, there's nothing that I have experienced to date that comes remotely close to the feeling of flight"

L3Harris Airline Academy cadet George B. graduated from our Integrated ATPL career programme in April 2019. Once George successfully passed his flight training modules and our Airline Qualification Course (AQC) we helped to place him in his dream role at easyJet. George has written a personal blog about his journey from L3Harris Airline Academy cadet to easyJet Co-Pilot. If you need more convincing on why you should become a pilot, find out the advantages of being a pilot here.

Why L3Harris Airline Academy?
40+ years heritage in pilot training
40+ years heritage in pilot training

5 global Academy locations
5 global Academy locations

Dedicated graduate placement team to assist finding your pilot role
Dedicated graduate placement team to assist finding your pilot role

95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams
95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams

    Integrated ATPL Course Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs
    • What is an ATPL license?

      Short for Airline Transport Pilot License, an ATPL license is the highest level of airline pilot certification. It is required in order to command or pilot a flight with nine or more passenger seats.

    • How to get an ATPL?

      In order to receive an ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot License, a prospective pilot will undergo a training course of usually around two years. This ATPL course will include theoretical training as well as a large number of practice flying hours.

    • How much is an ATPL?

      An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot License is not an insignificant investment. However, there are a number of financing options, including specialist loans from providers such as Pegasus Personal Finance and Sure Aviation.

    • What is the difference between CPL and ATPL?

      The ATPL, or Airline Transport Pilot License is the highest level or airline pilot certification and is required to command or pilot a flight with nine more passenger seats. A CPL is a Commercial Pilots License, and allows you to act as Pilot in Command of a charter or corporate flight, usually of a smaller size than the ATPL permits.

    • What is EASA?

      European Union Aviation Safety Agency - Responsible for ensuring a high and uniform level of safety in civil aviation, but the implementation of common safety rules and measures.

    • What is CAA?

      Civil Aviation Authority - Ensures the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards, consumers have choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly, airlines use an efficient use of airspace to effectively manage the impact of local communities and CO2 emissions are reduced, and lastly, so the aviation industry manages security risks effectively.

    • What is CPL MEIR?

      Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) on Multi Engine (ME) aircrafts.

    • What is MCC?

      Multi-Crew Cooperation - Equips future pilots with the theoretical knowledge and relevant practice to develop skills and attitude to operate a multi-crew aircraft.

    • What is UPRT?

      Upset Prevention & Recovery Training - Is a combination of theoretical knowledge and flying training to prepare flight crew with the required competencies to prevent and recover from situations when an aircraft enters ‘aeroplane upset’.

    • What is Aeroplane Upset?

      When an aircraft enters dangerous conditions during operation in which the flight attitude or airspeed is outside the normal bounds of operation.

    • What is a Frozen ATPL?

      Cadets who have passed all 14 ATPL Theoretical exams but have not yet met his or her flying requirements hold a Frozen ATPL.

    • What is an Unfrozen ATPL?

      A Frozen ATPL becomes unfrozen when a cadet has completed a total of 1500 flying hours including 500 hours of multi-crew environment.

Any questions? Enquire today

We appreciate Integrated ATPL training is a big investment in terms of time and money and our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team (APCAT) will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Submit an enquiry today