2216 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58703

2216 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58703

Certificated Flight Instructor


About the Program

Becoming a flight instructor is a great way to increase your knowledge and experience in aviation! Working as a flight instructor is one of the few jobs you can get as a low time commercial pilot. 


A person who applies for an Certificated Flight Instructor must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Hold either a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating or an airline transport pilot certificate (ATP)
  • Hold a 3rd class medical or better
  • Ground school
  • Complete the certificated flight instructor flight training
  • Pass both knowledge tests
    • Fundamentals of Instructing
    • Flight Instructor Airplane
  • Pass the certificated flight instructor practical test
  • Get paid while you instruct recreational, private, and commercial pilots
  • Give endorsements and flight reviews
  • Increase your knowledge and proficiency
  • Build flight time
Your Certificated Flight Instructor Road Map

Embark on your journey to obtaining a Certificated Flight Instructor with our comprehensive road map, guiding you through every step of the way.

1. Prerequisites

You will need your private certificate, instrument rating, and commercial certificate.

2. Ground School

There are online CFI ground school courses many people use, but it will be supplemented with instructor ground sessions.

3. Written Tests

There are two required written tests that you will need to take. The Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA) and the Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI). You can take these tests at any point in your training.

4. Lesson Plans

Better to start these sooner rather than later and get a big binder. Some aspiring CFI’s write their lesson plans word for word, others buy them online and either leave it be or make their own edits.

5. Dual Flights

Get used to everything being flip flopped, because now you sit on the right side! With your instructor you will learn new material, such as spin awareness and tips for teaching, along with making sure your private maneuvers are up to CFI standards.

6. Study!

Throughout the whole training process, you should be ready to pull out a textbook or practice questions whenever you get the chance.

7. Practice

Flying to teach is a whole other animal. Take another pilot with you and “teach” them in the air and on the ground.

8. Finalize

Take this time to do whatever you need to prepare. Whether that is additional flight instruction, practice, or late night study sessions.

9. Checkride

After receiving the proper endorsements, schedule your checkride.

10. Currency

After putting in so much work, make sure to always renew your CFI certificate every 24 calendar months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your most frequently asked questions.

You will need your private, instrument, and commercial; along with a medical (3rd class or higher).

There is no hour requirement to become an instructor, beyond the 250 for the commercial. How many additional hours you will need varies from person to person. Typically, people will be around 300 hours by the time they have their CFI.

There are no academic prerequisites to flying, other than being fluent in English. In fact, if you still want to go to college, you can instruct your way through and graduate with no debt!