Converting to a U.S. or Canadian pilot licence

From Transport Canada

Canada and the U.S. have an agreement that allows pilots to convert their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificate to a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) licence, or vice versa. This is called an Implementation Procedures for Licensing (IPL) agreement.

Complying with this agreement allows pilots to convert their licences or certificates without meeting all exact requirements of the other country’s regulations.

Types of licences and certificates that apply

The IPL allows for the conversion of:

  • aeroplane and rotorcraft-helicopter categories for these licensing levels:
    • private
    • commercial
    • airline transport, and
  • aircraft type, aeroplane class and instrument ratings

FAA certificate to TCCA licence

If you hold an FAA airman certificate and want to get an equivalent TCCA pilot licence, read the Advisory Circular appropriate to you (aeroplane or helicopter category):

TCCA licence to FAA certificate

TCCA licence holders who wish to convert to an FAA certificate must comply with “pilot licence verification of authenticity and eligibility” requirements. These are listed in the FAA Advisory Circular 61-135A— Conversion Processes for Pilot Certificates.

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