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A great addition to your commercial pilot certificate is your certified flight instructor. This is broken down into two parts. The "CFI" allows you to teach such certificates as private or commercial, while its complement, the "CFII" allows you to teach instrument students.


The certified flight instructor is a great opportunity for pilots looking to advance in a career as a professional pilot and therefore bridge the gap between your commercial rating and the insurance requirements to fly larger aircraft. While instructing, all hours that you fly in the aircraft with students can be logged. This is known as "dual instruction".

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CFI / CFII Requirements

Aeronautical Experience Required

  • 3 hours of dual instruction within 60 days of the practical test

  • Hold at least a Commercial Pilot certificate

  • Be at least 18 years of age when training is complete

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

  • Obtain a second-class medical certificate. (For CFI/CFII privileges)

  • Pass the fundamentals of instruction test

  • Pass the CFI & CFII knowledge tests

  • Successfully complete the training program

  • Pass a practical test by an FAA examiner/DPE

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