Integrated and modular flight training are the two prevailing methods for becoming a commercial pilot.

Choosing the right pilot training option can be confusing. We’ve broken down the key differences between these two approaches to pilot training to help you make the right decision.

What is integrated flight training?

  • One continuous program that takes you from zero experience (ab initio) to obtaining a commercial pilot license (commonly referred to as frozen ATPL) in the shortest possible time.
  • You commence with the ATPL theory (767 hours) as the first step and complete all 14 EASA subjects before you get to start flying any aircraft.
  • You do not take any PPL or CPL skill tests. You complete several progress tests during your flight training, followed by an MCC course, after which you obtain your license, commonly referred to as frozen ATPL.
  • Total flying time in an Integrated program is 200 hours.

How long does integrated flight training take?

Integrated pilot training generally takes between 16 and 18 months depending on weather, student progress, and other external factors.

What is modular flight training?

  • Modular pilot training is designed to take you from zero experience (ab initio) in a step by step stage. You begin by doing PPL theory (100 hours), taking the exams, and doing your PPL flying and skill test, after which you become a Private Pilot.
  • You then have to do a combination of Structured Hours Building (to enable you to qualify for CPL training), and then the 14 ATPL theory subjects (767 hours).
  • Following successful completion, you will do your CPL training and your IR rating.
  • Total flying time in a modular course is 220 hours.
  • The modular program does not always include MCC, although it can be taken as an ad-on course at the end of your training.


  • How long does modular flight training take?
  • Modular pilot training takes no less than 18 months, depending on student progress, weather, and other factors.

Is there a difference in cost?

Generally, both programs will cost you approximately the same amount. But we also have a Modular pathway via Montenegro which is comparatively lesser.

How do I choose?

If you have a very good command of the English Language, you are confident of your ability to study and absorb the ATPL theory material without first doing the PPL theory or any basic flying, and you have some basic knowledge of aviation through day-to-day exposure or previous flying experience, we recommend the integrated program.

If you want to approach your studies more gradually and allow yourself time to absorb the knowledge, and to improve your English Language skills as you train, then we recommend the modular program.

Ultimately both programs result in the issuance of the same license, so it is largely a matter of preference.



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