What is the Airline Pilot Certificate (APC) course?

The purpose of the Airline Pilot Certificate (APC) course is to select, train and place suitable graduates from licence training with Wings Alliance Member schools with partner airlines.

A prerequisite of the programme is an EASA CPL(A) with multi-engine IR and ATPL(A) theory credits (with the training conducted at Wings Alliance member schools), and the right to live and work in the EU.

Wings Alliance Selection Day

Entry to the course is via selection.  The selection day costs £120 including VAT.  It is conducted at the Wings Alliance headquarters in Clevedon, UK.

100% of students who have successfully completed the Wings Alliance APC course have been referred to an airline for selection. 100% of those who have completed the airline selection have been offered a job on the flight deck.

The next airline selection days are scheduled on Friday Friday 22nd September.

Video: What is Wings Alliance selection day?

To be eligible to apply for a place on the Wings Alliance Selection Day, candidates must:

  • Have the right to live and work in the EU
  • Hold a DBS certificate (or equivalent)
  • Be educated to GCSE level with 5 passes at A*- C including English and Maths (or equivalent)
  • ICAO Aviation English Language proficiency at level 4+
  • For individuals who have already completed their CPL, ME and IR training they should have completed it with Wings Alliance Member schools if your training was completed after 1/1/16.
  • For individuals who have already completed their ATPL(A) theory exam, the average pass mark should be >85%.

Individuals can book on to a Selection Day at any stage of their training, they do not need to wait until they are ready to start the Airline Pilot Certificate course. The advantages of early selection.

  1. It will remove doubt about what comes at the end of the Mentored Training Program; and
  2. We will give you feedback on any areas you can work on to improve your eventual chances at an airline interview; you can work on these during your training

Wings Alliance will run selection days only when there are places available on the APC course, and places on the course will be available only when there are jobs available with airline and corporate jet employers for graduates.

The selection day is conducted by a team of current airline trainers and specialist selection staff. It determines an individual’s performance against criteria employers are looking for and it consists of a group exercise, individual interview and a planning exercise. Everyone attending the selection day will be given individual feedback on how they performed and where applicable areas they need to focus on for improvement.

To be put through to the Wings Alliance Airline Pilot Certificate programme and airline selection individuals need to first pass the Airline Selection Day.

Helen, a previous pilot attending the Wings Alliance Selection day said: “The Wings Alliance selection day was so enjoyable that there were moments when I almost forgot I was part of a competitive assessment! It provided an excellent insight into airline section processes, and also offered opportunity to chat with both fellow applicants and experienced airline pilots – I would highly recommend it!”

Video: Wings Alliance selection day and Airline Pilot Certificate course – a student’s view

Please complete the application form below which we will check for eligibility.  If you are eligible you will be invited for selection.

If you are successful on passing the Selection Day in order to be eligible to do the Airline Pilot Certificate (APC) course you must:

  • Have an EASA ME CPL/IR issued
  • A current CPL/IR Skills Test first series pass.

Those who are pass the Selection Day and meet the above criteria will be invited to join the Airline Pilot Certificate (APC) course. You will be assessed throughout the course and successful graduation and placement with employers is dependent on your performance.

The APC course starts with 4 days Crew Resource Management and Technical classroom training and then ten 4-hour long simulator sessions.  The simulator training is assessed and forms the final stage of selection.

Next you will complete a 2-day advanced Pilot Core Competencies course which builds upon the non-technical CRM training undertaken before the simulator phase and introduces further pilot competencies, not covered elsewhere.

This is followed by airline specific selection training before the candidates are invited by the employer for the employer’s selection.  Finally, the graduates will be placed with an airline for type and line training.

The cost of the course, including all elements other than the type and line training is £7,500.  The steps are summarised here:

  1. Application screening
  2. Selection
  3. Basic classroom training
  4. Simulator training
  5. Advanced pilot non-technical training
  6. Interview preparation
  7. Type rating
  8. Line training

The selection undertaken by the employers varies from company to company. The terms and conditions of the employment contracts offered by participating employers also varies.  Some may require their recruits to self-fund their type training.  Others, such as Flybe, will sponsor the type training.

Please register below and create your profile to apply for the Selection Day course.

Video: How to prepare for Wings Alliance selection day