Certification: Private Pilot

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Private Pilot certificate provides an individual with privileges to operate an aircraft at night and in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions. Private pilots may carry passengers and property, but not for compensation or hire. Candidates must meet prerequisite requirements. Candidates must meet training requirements. Candidates must pass a written and practical exam.

More than two years of education or training after high school required?
More than two years of work experience required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?
Renewal Required?
Every 2 Year(s)


The certification has an education level of an Associates of Arts or Associates of Sciences degree or higher and has a work experience requirement of more than 2 years, or requires obtaining a ‘core’ level certification from the same organization.

  • This certification is related to military occupational specialties.