Commercial Air Transport Pilot, 1 year programme — Estonian Aviation Academy

Commercial Air Transport Pilot, BSc

(Credits: 60 ECTS = 1,560 academic hours of independent studying)

Accepting applications until April 30, 2024

The Commercial Air Transport Pilot programme was designed especially for professional pilots, who currently work or have worked in the aviation sector and would like to:

  • understand the business side of aviation;
  • study online and have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in one year; and
  • take the next step in their career.
The programme is tightly packed, but can be completed in 1 year, if you plan accordingly

Lembitu Lükk
Airbus A220 captain at airBaltic

"As a pilot I know that every take-off is optional. Every landing is mandatory. Education from the Estonian Aviation Academy helped me to understand the bigger picture of how things work in the aviation business."


Why choose this programme?

Commercial Air Transport Pilot

Level of study: Professional higher education

Degree awarded: BSc

Duration: 1 academic year (possibility to extend studies to up to 3 years)

Credits: 60 ECTS (1 ECTS = 26 academic hours)

Study format: Online classes, independent work with learning materials

Language: English

Total tuition fee: 8100 € (4050 € each semester)

1 ECTS: 135 €

Minimum group size: 6

You have the responsibility over your studies - it is possible to complete the studies in 1 year, but we can extend your studies if needed.

1 year2 years3 years
Credits per semester30 ECTS15  ECTS10  ECTS
Academic hours per semester780 ACH390 ACH260 ACH
Credits per year60 ECTS30 ECTS20
Tuition fee (total)8,100€8,100€ 8,100€


There are many reasons to choose the Commercial Air Transport Pilot programme at the Estonian Aviation Academy (EAVA).

  • Your professional pilot license (CPL/ ATPL) and past experience are recognized, granting you 120 ECTS credits through the RPL program. You only need 60 more ECTS to get your bachelor's degree, achievable in 1 year of full-time study, or up to 3 years if preferred for a lighter workload.
  • All course content in this program is offered online and asynchronously, providing the flexibility to balance your work and academic commitments.

  • The Estonian Aviation Academy is an authorized training partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Therefore, this curriculum already includes certified IATA courses to further develop your in-depth aviation knowledge.

  • Our teaching includes the best aviation experts in Estonia and you will receive dedicated one-on-one and group support from the academic staff throughout your studies.


What will you get from this programme?

We provide you with extensive knowledge in:
  • principles of aviation management;
  • operations of an aviation company;
  • logistics, international economics, marketing, and financial and strategic planning;
  • teamwork and communication skills;
  • environmental ethics.



What does the learning process look like?


Career opportunities

The Commercial Air Transport Pilot programme prepares you for a wide range of careers by giving you a broad understanding of aviation and the related economic activities.

In the course of your studies, you will acquire all the necessary knowledge on aviation management to become an expert in the field of commercial aviation.

Whether you aspire to work in a small- to medium-sized company, or in a global corporation abroad – we prepare you for the next step in your career!

Aviation, the field where extraordinary people are working, was a great childhood dream of mine. Commencing my studies at the Estonian Aviation Academy was the first step on the career ladder in the aviation. In addition to the diploma, I learned that despite some setbacks you need to take risks and consistently pursue your goals.
Alina Preobrazhenskaya
Alumnus, Flight Dispatcher at Diamond Sky
In addition to acquiring specialist skills, I gained a brilliant insight into the aviation industry here at Estonian Aviation Academy. Therefore, I am completely at home in aviation and it has greatly facilitated working in different aviation-related occupations.
Koit Kaskel
Alumnus, Rector of the Estonian Aviation Academy