School of Aviation Technology

Helicopter Flight Training

1 year College Certificate

Learn all aspects of helicopter operations


The unique partnership between Canadore and Essential Helicopters provides students with the benefit of a structured college education combined with in-depth practical training. The extensive ground school and training covers all aspects of helicopter operations to provide you with the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to operate helicopters efficiently and safely under various flight conditions and in remote geographical locations. Our graduates are in demand, and the school’s fleet of well-equipped aircraft, certified instrument training simulators and experienced instructors will help you hone your skills to find employment in Canada or around the world.

Your Future Career

  • Private and charter companies
  • Timber cruising
  • Mining and exploration
  • Air ambulance
  • Police services

What You Learn

  • Flight training 
  • Ground school
  • Navigation and flight instruments 
  • Airframes, engines and systems
  • Winter survival training 
  • Underwater egress
  • Chainsaw safety and tree felling techniques 

Graduates will receive a Transport Canada Commercial Helicopter Licence, Canadore College Professional Pilot Preparedness Certificate, and numerous industry-recognized courses. 

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at completition of course, Recommended courses include: Physics, English, Math and Geography

Academic Upgrading

Commercial Helicopter Flight Licence with ratings on the helicopter types specifically trained on. In addition, First Aid Certification, CPR, Winter Survival Certification, Underwater Egress Certification, Pilot Decision Making, and Human Factors Certification.

Students also receive basic helicopter maintenance and will have other opportunities for further certification.