ATP CTP is the starting point for obtaining your FAA Airline Transport Pilot License

ATP CTP Course

Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program

The Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) course is the starting point for obtaining your FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) License and bridge the transition from commercial pilot certification to ATP certification, ready for a career with the regional and international airlines.

The ATP CTP course consists of 40 hours total training, 30 hours of Ground School learning and 10 hours of simulator learning in both Fixed Training Devices (FTD) and Full Flight Simulators (FFS). The course footprint includes:

  • Training in navigation
  • Automation
  • Runway safety
  • High altitude operations
  • Low energy states
  • Upset Prevention Recovery Training (UPRT)

After completion of your ATP CTP course, you can choose to take your tests with us at L3Harris Flight Academy or at a location elsewhere in the USA.

An ATP CTP certificate does not have an expiration date, however, ATP Knowledge test results are valid for five years from the date the test was taken.

Graduates of our PPP, CPT and APT programs are eligible for a discount when they enrol on our ATP CTP course.

ATP CTP course summary
  • Cost: $4,995
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Type: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) License
  • Required experience: Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine add on
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
Graduate qualifications
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) License
ATP CTP course footprint

Ground School: 4 days (30 hours)

  • Ground School will be at JetBlue University located at Orlando International Airport (approx. 45 mins from our Sanford Academy).
  • Class will begin at 8:00am Monday - Thursday and you must attend each day to complete the course.
  • Please ensure you arrive before the start of class at 8:00am.
  • We partner with crew hotels near the training center – during the enrollment process we will provide you with the hotel location and crew rates. Shuttles are available free of charge to up to 3 miles (to/from the airport, to/from the training center)
  • Lunch break (1 hour) – times vary from day to day, but usually around noon during Ground School.
  • There is a cafeteria on site with average prices of $7 – $10.
  • Refrigerators/microwaves/toasters vending machines are available at the training facility.


Flight Training: 2-3 days (10 hours)

  • After completion of Ground School day 4, you will be scheduled for 3 simulator sessions.
  • One session in a fixed base trainer (4 hours)
  • Two sessions in a Full Flight Simulator (3 hours/each).
  • You can log up to 6 hours of Full Flight Simulator time so don’t forget to bring your logbook.
  • You must make your own arrangements with the hotel to request shuttle service to and from the training center.
  • Please note: you do not need to bring headsets with you for the SIM sessions.

Academic training content consists of:

  • High-altitude aerodynamics and maneuvering
  • Airplane weather detection systems
  • Advanced physiology/fitness for flight
  • Multi-crew communication training
  • Multi-crew environment checklist usage
  • Low-visibility operations
  • Advanced navigation concepts unique to air carrier operations
  • Air carrier safety culture to include safety programs used to enhance air carrier safety, including: Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
ATP CTP course admissions requirements

To enrol on the ATP CTP course, applicants will need to meet the following requirements:


All ATP CTP applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of the program.

Education and English language

Commercial pilot training requires applicants meet at least one of the following criteria, or equivalent:

  • Have a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Have completed 24 college credit hours from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Hold a Private Pilot’s Certificate with verification of high school diploma or GED
  • Hold a valid Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine Rating

All applicants must provide a photocopy of an FAA Medical Certificate.

Criminal record check

Applicants must produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training on our ATP CTP course can commence.


United States Citizens (including individuals from D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Island, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island) must have:

  • Valid U.S. passport or passport card
  • And Certificate of Birth Abroad (if applicable)
  • And Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)

OR - Any two of the following:

  • State-issued birth certificate
  • Unexpired government-issued photo ID
  • S. Military ID card
  • Native American Tribal Card

Permanent Residents:

  • Valid international passport
  • An unexpired Permanent Resident Card.

A course-by-course transcript evaluation is required for any applicant who attended high school outside of the United States. If the applicant’s transcript is printed in any language other than English, please submit a copy of the original document as well as a translated copy. As your Admissions Officer for a list of translation and/or evaluation companies.


Cadets must complete a Wonderlic assessment and meet or exceed the minimum score requirement.

Course price

Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program Cost:

  • $4,995
  • Application fee: $150
  • Additional discounts available for groups of 4+.*
  • Custom start dates available for groups of four.*
  • COVID custom exclusive class if you have a large group (4+) - Ground School and SIMs will only be students you know, we will not offer the class date to the public.*

*SIM and resource availability restrictions may apply - subject to training services terms & conditions

How to fund your pilot training
Course location and dates

Our ATP CTP training is split between the L3Harris Flight Academy campus at Sanford International Airport and the JetBlue University at Orlando International Airport.

Start dates every Monday:

  • 2021: Oct 11, 18, 25
  • 2021: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • 2021: Dec 6, 13
  • 2022: Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
  • 2022: Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
  • 2022: Mar 7, 14, 21, 28

Please note: Getting ready for your exams will require additional study. We can recommend a range of supporting tools and materials that will help you during you course. We also offer discounts to pilots training with us on a range of training courseware. Contact us for more information.

    ATP CTP course FAQs

  • What is an ATP CTP course?

      The ATP CTP course is designed to be the first step towards your Airline Transport Pilot Certification comprising of both ground training and flight training. Upon graduation of the ATP CTP course, cadets will be eligible for the ATP written test.

      Whilst the ATP CTP is a prerequisite for the Airline Transport Multi-Engine (ATM) knowledge test, the ATP CTP is not designed to prepare you for the test.

  • How can I fund my commercial pilot training program?

      At L3Harris we recognize that commercial pilot training can be a large investment. Flight school loans and grants, aviation scholarships, and other forms of financial aid are available to cadets to help fund their pilot training.

      Contact our Financial Aid Team for advice on the best funding route for your commercial pilot training.

      Flight school loans and grants

      Aviation scholarships


  • Does the ATP CTP certificate expire?

      No, the ATP CTP certificate does not expire. The ATM knowledge test is valid for five years, by which time you must pass the ATP practical test.

Why Choose L3Harris Airline Academy?
100% funding available for those who qualify
100% funding available for those who qualify

We work with 11 affiliate airlines (with pathways to United, American and Delta)
We work with 11 affiliate airlines (with pathways to United, American and Delta)

96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours go on to be placed with airlines
96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours go on to be placed with airlines

Guaranteed Flight Instructor interview upon graduation
Guaranteed Flight Instructor interview upon graduation