FAA ATP for Canadian Pilots

Step-by-step guide

Procedure for Canadian ATP pilots

Great news for all Canadian ATP. Due to Canada and USA have bilateral agreement about pilot’s license converting from FAA to TCCA and from TCCA to FAA, we can offer you great shortcut on your way to FAA ATP license. This way is different from standard procedure of getting ATP for foreign pilots.


According AC 61-135A, all Canadian ATP pilots can convert their TCCA ATP license to FAA ATP license ONLY taking ATP-CTP course and taking special ACP knowledge test.


We decided to give you full qoute from regulations to be clear:


“ATP Certificate. Appendix 1, Table 3 or 8, as appropriate, list the conditions for an ATP conversion.


(1) Conversion. For a TCCA ATP License (ATPL) holder to convert his or her ATPL to an FAA ATP Certificate with any of the following rating(s) (i.e., ASEL, AMEL, ASES, AMES, or Rotorcraft–Helicopter) the applicant must:

  • (a) Be at least 23 years of age. (b) Hold at least an FAA third-class medical certificate.
  • (c) Hold a TCCA ATP license with AMEL, AMES, or Helicopter ratings.
  • (d) Pass the FAA Airline Transport Pilot Airplane Canadian Conversion (single-engine or multiengine, as appropriate) or the Airline Transport Pilot Helicopter Canadian Conversion (as appropriate) knowledge test. The appropriate test codes can be found in the FAA Par 9 Page 9 5/15/15 AC 61-135A Airman Knowledge Testing Matrix located at: http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/media/testing_matrix.pdf.
  • (e) Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. The TCCA pilot license must contain an English proficiency endorsement. Detailed information pertaining to English language skill standards can be found in AC 60-28.
  • (f) An applicant for an FAA ATP Certificate with a Rotorcraft–Helicopter rating must provide evidence of at least 1,200 hours of total time as pilot (in any aircraft) that includes at least: 1. 500 hours of cross-country flight time (in any aircraft);
    • 100 hours of night flight time (in any aircraft), of which 15 hours are in helicopters;
    • 200 hours of flight time in helicopters, which includes at least 75 hours as a PIC or second in command (SIC) performing the duties of PIC under the supervision of a PIC, or any combination thereof; and
    • 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) (in any aircraft), of which at least 50 hours are obtained in flight (in any aircraft) with at least 25 hours in helicopters as PIC or SIC performing the duties of a PIC under the supervision of a PIC, or any combination thereof.
  • (g) The following subparagraphs are applicable to applicants seeking an FAA ATP Certificate:
    • 1. No additional practical test is required.
    • 2. TCCA does not issue ATP licenses with single-engine ratings. An FAA ATP Certificate with an ASEL or ASES rating can be issued to an applicant, at the time of application, if evidence is provided that the minimum Landplane and/or Seaplane Rating Eligibility Requirements from Appendix 1, Table 3 have been met.
    • 3. Only the knowledge tests that are named specifically as Canadian Conversion are authorized to be utilized for the conversion of a TCCA license to an FAA certificate. These tests have been specifically designed to test the differences between the TCCA and FAA rules. Other versions (such as full versions) of knowledge tests for the certificate or rating sought are not authorized for use by an airman converting a TCCA license to an FAA certificate. ASIs, ASTs, or DPEs processing the conversion application must reference the testing matrix shown in subparagraph 9c(1)(d) to determine which test code corresponds to a Canadian Conversion knowledge test.
    • 4. An applicant for an FAA ATP Certificate with an airplane category and multiengine class rating after July 31, 2014 must present a graduation certificate from an authorized training provider for the ATP CTP at the time of application for the appropriate FAA ATP knowledge test. The knowledge test will consist of air law and air carrier operations Par 9 Page 10 5/15/15 AC 61-135A questions including communications, checklist philosophy, operational control, minimum equipment list (MEL)/configuration deviation list (CDL), ground operations, turbine engines, transport-category aircraft performance, automation, flightpath warning systems, leadership, professional development, and safety culture. Refer to AC 61-138 for more information.
    • 5. All Airline Transport Pilot Canadian Conversion Airplane airman knowledge tests (test code “ACP”) that were successfully passed prior to August 1, 2014 and are valid (i.e., have not expired) can be used by a TCCA ATP license holder applying for an FAA ATP Certificate with an airplane category and a multiengine class rating. ACP Knowledge Test Reports are valid for 24 calendar-months from the date of the successful completion of the knowledge test (refer to § 61.39(a)(1)(i)). The applicant need not obtain an ATP CTP graduation certificate if the applicant passed the ACP knowledge test prior to August 1, 2014 and the Knowledge Test Report is still valid (i.e., has not expired).
    • 6. A TCCA ATP AMEL license holder who has not received a graduation certificate from an authorized training provider for the ATP CTP may be issued an FAA commercial pilot AMEL certificate and/or an instrument rating (airplane). The applicant would need to comply with the requirements found in subparagraph 9b (for the commercial certificate) and/or subparagraph 9e (for the instrument rating). These requirements include passing the knowledge test(s) associated with that certificate and/or rating.

Download AC 61-135A

You can download Advisory Circular 61-135A and read carefully whole procedure and steps. But we already did it for you and you can see the main steps on this page.

Enrollment application

You can download enrollment application for your personal ATP training with ATP.Academy

Instruction for TSA application

You can download our instruction for TSA application for foreign pilots. Be aware that initial process can take up to 8 weeks.

Steps to receive FAA ATP License
based on Canadian TCCA CPL or ATP License


Check eligibility requirements

Check eligibility requirements according part 61.135 and aeronautical experience according part 61.159.


Request Letter of Verification

Make sure you have enough time becasue verification process can take up to 90 days!


Obtain TSA permissions, fingerprints

When you have US visa, immediately apply for TSA approval. Use our instruction for ATP-CTP. You need TSA for each course (ATP ME or A320 type)!


ATP-CTP Program

The ATP-CTP course is a mandatory pre-requisite in order to take the ATP written exam. ATP-CTP course include 30 hours of ground school and 10 hours of sim training.


ATP Written Test

ATP ACP Multi engine written test (Special Edition) includes 60 questions and you have 2.5 hours for pass this test. The minimum score is 70%.

That’s it. After passing the written test – you can apply for FAA ATP license. Our personnel can help you to arrange meeting with DPE and finishing paperwork.

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