Graduate courses at ETPS provide pilots and engineers with the skills and competencies to safely and effectively conduct all forms of test flying, including civil certification and military release to service programmes.

We offer two courses – Class A/Category 1, and Class B/Category 2 – with students specialising in either fixed wing (fast jet and multi-engine) or rotary wing aircraft.

Class A/Category 1

Test pilots and engineers are qualified to conduct experimental flying after graduating. The EASA CAT 1 course lasts 10 months, with military students continuing for a further one and a half months to achieve the Class A qualification.

Class B/Category 2

Test pilots and engineers are not qualified to conduct experimental test flights, but can command ‘inside the envelope’ test flying or assist in experimental test flying after graduating. This course lasts approximately six months.


The syllabus

All graduate courses follow the same format, as described below. However, the modular structure allows us to tailor the length and content to meet specific customer requirements.

Ground training: Intensive academic classroom instruction provides the necessary theoretical background.

Flying exercises: Students take instructional flights with a tutor, before planning and conducting their own. Practical experience is coupled with the development of rich analytical skills and the ability to present precise feedback and results.

Syndicate working: Pilots and engineers learn together, which promotes mutual understanding and respect, and develops individuals into fully contributing, collaborative team players.

Visits: Students visit aircraft industry and experimental establishments worldwide, and attend professional conferences.

How we assess

Students are assessed on a continuous basis throughout the course.

Each course culminates in a preview exercise, which involves assessing the student’s performance on an aircraft of which they have no previous experience.