Training to become a flight instructor can provide you with rewarding and exciting career opportunities. Flight instructors help students achieve their dreams of completing their training courses and conducting solo flights. Flight instructors can also participate in a number of other activities including conducting multi-crew training programs and providing training for a number of different types of aircraft.


Prior to becoming a flight instructor, however, there are several steps you must take to become certified. Once you’ve completed all your requirements, you will be ready to help students to start flying.

General Requirements

In order to become a flight instructor, there are several requirements you must adhere to. In addition to being at least 18 years of age, you must also hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument rating. Additionally, you should be able to speak and understand the English language. Along with holding a valid medical certificate, you will also need to pass two knowledge tests as well as a practical test.


Ground Instruction

To obtain a flight instructor certificate, there are no minimum FAA requirements for ground training, but typically, students will complete around 30 hours of ground instruction. Where CFI students will polish their Lesson plans, work on their Fundamentals of Instruction knowledge and skills, along with improving their technical knowledge,which will allow them to be competent with the FAA Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards.


Flight Instruction

Although students typically average around 15 hours of flight instruction prior to achieving their flight instructor certificate, there are technically no minimum FAA requirements. This, along with classroom instruction techniques, allow students to achieve competency listed in the FAA Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards. Depending on your personal strengths, experience, and knowledge, you may take more or less time to train.

Accelerated Course Options

Similar to our pilot flight training courses,Twin Cities Flight Training, offers an accelerated CFI course. Our accelerated 7-day CFI course is one of the best in the country with an over 95% pass rate. We will ensure you gain a thorough and immersive experience that will prepare you to be the flight instructor you’ve always dreamed of being.

Contact Twin Cities Flight Training Today

If you think you’re ready to start training to become a flight instructor, you should start taking action today enrolling in a commercial training course. You should then create a schedule for your upcoming courses. Make sure you craft a schedule that will be easy for you to follow and stick with. Lastly, make sure you take the time to complete al prerequisites and sort out any other requirements.


If you have questions about the flight instructor training courses at Twin Cities Flight Training, contact us today at 763-780-4375.