Start your journey to becoming a commercial airline pilot today with our EASA and UK CAA approved MEP CPL & IR training.

CPL Training with MEP & IR

Our Multi-Engine Piston Class Rating (MEP) & Instrument Rating (IR) with Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training is an essential step in launching your career as a commercial airline pilot.

A Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is designed to increase the proficiency of your practical flying skills and theoretical knowledge to a commercial standard. So you are equipped with advanced flight training skills to propel you onto your intermediate training.

The Multi-Engine Piston class (MEP) rating allows you to fly a twin-engine aircraft and fly the aircraft solely with reference to the in-cockpit instrumentation allowing you to fly in conditions with reduced visibility such as in the clouds.

A MEP CPL & IR can be completed as part of our Modular ATPL course which offers cadets greater flexibility to pay and train for their frozen ATPL qualification in bite-size chunks.

Course details

CPL MEP IR course summary

  • Cost: £39,500
  • Type: MEP CPL & IR
  • Duration: 23 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Required experience: Private Pilot Licence, Theoretical Knowledge and a minimum of 150 hours flight time (100 hours must be pilot-in-command)
  • Training Aircraft: Multi-engine piston aircraft and simulators
  • Locations: Cranfield (UK), Bournemouth (UK) or Ponte de Sor (Portugal)

Graduation qualifications

  • Multi-Engine Piston Class Rating (MEP)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Instrument Rating (IR)

After successful completion of the MEP CPL & IR, you will need to complete Instrument Rating (IR) skills test, Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) and APS Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) training.

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Flight training
  • Multi-Engine piston class (MEP) Rating - 7hrs briefing / 7.5 hrs flying and SIM
  • Basic Instrument Flying Module (BIFM) - 5hrs briefing / 10.6 hrs flying and SIM
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL) - 10hrs briefing / 25hrs flying and SIM
  • Procedural Instrument Flight Module (PIFM) - 9.5hrs briefing / 45hrs flying and SIM
Entry criteria

Cadets will need to hold a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) with 150 flying hours and have completed their Theoretical Knowledge training before they can begin their MEP IR CPL training. If you do not hold a PPL and/or have 150 flying hours logged, our PPL training course and our Hour’s Building programme can get you there. For more information on how to become a private pilot and obtain your PPL, click here.

You must also meet our entry criteria. 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. (157cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191cm).

Education and English language

Students must possess a sound basic knowledge of Mathematics and be competent in the use of the English language.

Non-native English speakers must achieve at least level 5.5 in all sections of the International English Language Training System (IELTS).


Be able to obtain:

1. EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions if you are training towards an EASA license;


2. UK CAA Class 1 Medical without restrictions if you are training towards a UK CAA license


1. Have the unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;


2. Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a study visa. (if the course is less than 26 weeks).

Background and selection

Produce a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before training can commence.

Pass L3Harris’ selection process.

Selection process onto the CPL MEP IR training course

Selection is mandatory. *You will not be required to sit the technical elements of selection (subject to PPL logbook review by our selection team). You will still be required to attend a Zoom interview.

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

Providing your application passes our screening process you will then be invited to your selection day which will consist of an Interview conducted via Zoom.

CPL MEP IR course cost

Cost of MEP CPL IR: £39,500 (inc VAT)

Fee structure:

  • Initial deposit of £7,900
  • 4x instalment of £7,900
  • Payment schedule will be confirmed at time of booking


What is included in the price?

  • Airport fees
  • Air travel to allocated training locations (if applicable)
  • Return transfer to and from airport to training location (if application)
  • Licence issue
  • Uniform

Additional costs to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fee: Free of charge until the end of 2021
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and Licence Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if application)
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

How to fund your pilot training.

How much it costs to become a pilot.

What are my career prospects?

Once you have completed your APS MCC course, you’re in a position to secure your role as a First Officer with a world-class airline.

Our placement team can provide you with dedicated support and practical guidance to help you find the perfect role.

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

    CPL MER IR training FAQs

  • What is better, ATPL or CPL?

      ATPL is an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and is the highest level of pilot certification to embark on a career as a First Officer.

      CPL is a Commercial Pilot Licence and enables you to act as a pilot in command of a small piston engine for commercial purposes.

  • What is Instrument Rating (IR) in aviation?

      Instrument Rating (IR) in Aviation is a ‘Type Rating’ which enables pilots to fly under instrument flight rules. IR training goes beyond what is required for PPL and CPL and includes rules and procedures specific to instrument flying.

  • What is a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating?

      Multi-Engine Instrument Rating teaches cadets to fly in both challenging and poor weather conditions as well as Class A airspace.

  • How long will it take to complete my MEP CPL IR training?

      On average, your MEP CPL & IR training programme will take 23 weeks for completion subject to handling. During this time you will complete your:

      • Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) class rating
      • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
      • Basic Instrument Flying Module (BIFM)
      • Procedural Instrument Flight Module (PIFM)
  • What are your funding options for my MEP CPL IR training?

      All of our training programs are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property. We ourselves are not able to offer any financial advice however, we would suggest that potential candidates speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers.

      For more information, please visit our finance and funding page by clicking the link below.

      Discover your Airline Pilot Training Funding & Finance Options.

  • Can I choose where I do my CPL training?

      You will complete your MEP IR CPL training at our flight schools in Cranfield or Bournemouth in the UK, or Ponte de Sor in Portugal.

      Our UK-based flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) whilst our Portugal flight school is approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

      All our flight schools provide cadets with access to state-of-the-art facilities such as training aircraft, flight simulators and flight training devices as well as receive world-class tuition from experienced instructors.

      Our flight schools



      Ponte de Sor

  • What aircraft will I train on?

      Cadets training towards their MEP CPL & IR have access to L3Harris’ impressive fleet and the very latest training systems.

      With one of the largest fleets in the industry, over 191 aircraft to be specific, cadets will learn on a variety of modern training aircraft, including:

      • Single-engine Diamond DA40
      • Multi-engine Diamond DA42
      • Piper Archer PA28
      • Multi-engine DA42 with glass cockpits
      • Garmin G1000 Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIS)
Why L3Harris Airline Academy?
40+ years heritage in pilot training
40+ years heritage in pilot training

Excellent first time pass rate on Ground School exams
Excellent first time pass rate on Ground School exams

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