How to become a Pilot in Vietnam


As Vietnam has no Flight Schools in the Country the Flight Training is done popular destinations such as the US, Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia

Entry Requirements

Private Pilot License: At least 17 years old, be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language, Class 2 medical certificate. Commercial Pilot License: At least 18 years old, High School Graduate, be able to read, write, speak and understand Aviation English at at least Level 4 and have a Class 1 medical certificate

One of the main questions receives is How to become a Pilot in Vietnam, a country with 96 million people, currently has 4 big Airlines and a number of smaller Airlines. Vietjet, Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Bamboo Airways have all ordered a large number of airplanes which will need more pilots to fly them. Vietjet has hundreds of aircraft on order both from Airbus and Boeing and will need thousands of new pilots over the next few years. The Airlines in Vietnam will have a preference for Vietnamese Nationals (but also be accepting International applications) and because of this it is the perfect time to start your pilot training.

Currently there are only Simulator Training Center's in Vietnam and there is no Flight Training School which does Flight Training in the Country.


Basic information

Key things to consider to understand How to Become a Pilot in Vietnam are:

  • Age: You have to be older than 16 years old to start your pilot training using a Student Pilot License, for other Licenses such as Private Pilot License or Commercial Pilot License from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) you have to be at least 18 years old. The retirement age for airline pilots actively flying in Vietnam is 65 years old.
  • Medical Certificate: In order to start your pilot training you will need to secure a Medical Certificate - in order to get this it is best to speak with the Flight School you want to start with and then go to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam Head Office and have your self assessed by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). There are 3 Classes of Medical Certificates and assessments - Class 2 is for Private Pilot Licenses and Class 1 for Commercial Pilot Licenses and Airline Transport Pilot Licenses.
  • Educational requirement: You must have finished your High School education to start your Pilot Training - a College Degree is not a requirement by the airlines hiring in Vietnam.
  • English Proficiency: The language of Aviation internationally is English and it is recommended to meet a Level 4 English standard before receiving your Commercial Pilot License - if you are looking to improve your English you can send us a message and we will give you tips on what courses to take.
Licenses and Training Syllabus (Course) Requirements

The guide on How to Become a Pilot in Vietnam starts off with the licenses and training syllabus (course) requirements for each Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam license:

  • Student Pilot License (SPL): To start your Pilot Training you can get a Student Pilot License once you are older than 16 years old, the language requirement for this is only being able to read, speak, write and understand Vietnamese. It is also a requirement to complete a pre-training course for student pilots with a 3 months minimum period. The pre-training course shall be carried out by a training organisation approved by CAAV and include subjects like Aviation History, Specific disciplines in the Aviation Industry and Human Factor in Aviation Activity. Using this license you are not allowed to fly solo and have to fly under the supervision of an authorized flight instructor.
  • Private Pilot License (PPL): This license will allow you to fly solo or fly passengers or cargo but without receiving any money for it. You will need to be at least 17 years old to get this license, demonstrate English language proficiency of Level 4 and hold a Class 2 Medical Certificate.
    • Minimum total hours: at least 40 hours of flight time that includes at least 20 hours of flight training from an instructor, and
    • 10 hours of solo flight training
    • 5 Solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL): This license will allow you to earn from flying and be a paid professional pilot. You will need to be at least 18 years old, hold a Class 1 Medical Certificate and demonstrate English language proficiency of Level 4.
    • You will need to already have a Private Pilot License (PPL) to convert this to a Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
    • The total flight time requirements is at least 150 flight hours (which must include 70 hours as Pilot in Command - PIC) - for more detail kindly send us a message
  • Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL): This is the highest level of Pilot License both in Vietnam and globally. The license is a requirement if you want to be a Captain (in command) of a multi-crew aircraft (like a commercial airline aircraft). The requirements are:
    • Be at least 21 years of age and demonstrate English language proficiency of Level 4
    • Valid and current Commercial Pilot License (CPL) including Instrument Rating
    • Class 1 Medical Certificate
    • Flight Logbook with a Total Flight Time of at least 1,500 hours
    • Approved Training Organisation (ATO) Certificate of ATPL Ground training - minimum of 750 hours


Step by Step Guide of How to become a Pilot in Vietnam

Step 1. Research

The first step on how to become a pilot in Vietnam is to research the different options you have to become a Pilot. Start of by researching online,, Google, Youtube, Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Facebook Pilot Groups and others. There are only a few options of how to become a pilot in Vietnam - you have to do your flight training with a pilot school abroad (preferably a Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam - CAAV approved school). You can also click the yellow SPEAK WITH US button to send a message to get answers to your questions. has a database of hundreds of Pilot Schools including all the Flight Schools approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and can guide you through the process. Right at the beginning we recommend researching not only the different flight training options but also the different job opportunities you have once getting your Commercial Pilot License as this might influence your decision of what flight school is best for you.

  • Different Flight Training Options
    • Flight School: Take your flight training with a Flight School approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam - there are only a few Pilot Schools in the world approved by the CAAV and can connect you with the right ones (click the yellow SPEAK WITH US button). To get your Commercial Pilot License in a CAAV approved school should take less than 2 years and you should have a budget of more than US$60,000 - includes Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License and Instrument Rating. The other option is to go for an International Flight School -there is a number of popular countries which Vietnamese nationals go to for Flight Training including the US, Indonesia, Australia and Europe. If you go for a school which is not Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) approved you will need to convert your license once you come back from Vietnam (this sometimes is a long and expensive process). knows Pilot Schools which have trained a large number of Vietnamese Pilots before where you can complete your Commercial Pilot License Training in less than 12 months. Following the training you will have to convert your license to Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam license.
    • Aviation related College Degree Program: This allows you to combine a college degree with flight training
    • Join the Military (Vietnam People's Air Force): Get your flight training sponsored by joining the Military
  • Different Job Opportunities
    • Airline Pilot for the large airlines or smaller regional ones
    • Corporate or Business Aviation Pilot
    • Cargo Pilot
    • Charter / Air Taxi Pilot
    • Flight Instructor
    • Medical / Air Ambulance Pilots
    • Agricultural Pilot and many more options

Step 2. Minimum requirement

The second step on how to become a pilot in Vietnam is to meet the minimum requirement set by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. In order for you to obtain an CAAV Commercial Pilot License you will need to have passed High School, be over the age of 18 and passed the Class 1 Medical.

Step 3. Selecting a Flight School

The next step on how to become a Pilot in Vietnam is selecting a Flight School - find tips on how to select the right flight school for you lower down the page.

It is important to know that becoming a pilot does require a certain budget - the minimum is around approx. US$60,000 - 80,000 and higher depending on the country you do your training in, the school you pick and a number of other factors. through its database knows of the best deals and packages so if you are interested click the yellow SPEAK WITH US button and will send you the information.

Step 4. Training

To answer your question on how to become a pilot in Vietnam (let us assume an Airline Pilot) the usual route is getting your Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Multi-Engine Rating and Instrument Rating. Following this the next step on how to become a pilot in Vietnam would be to do a Type Rating (training specialized on the type of Aircraft you will fly). The type rating is sometimes sponsored by the Airline, if you already have your commercial pilot license and are looking to do a type rating or for an Airline job then contact through the yellow SPEAK WITH US button.

Want to hear first-hand accounts of pilots from their flight school selection, training to becoming an airline pilot – click here to head over to the advice & tips page.

See below a list of points and tips you should consider when selecting a flight school:  
  • Decide on your pilot goals - what are your long-term aspirations in aviation. Do you want to become a pilot in your free time (Private Pilot License)? Do you want to fly in General Aviation (Commercial Pilot License)? Do you want to become an airline pilot (Airline program)? If you want to become an airline pilot which airlines are hiring? What aircraft are the airlines receiving over the next few years? Which flight schools do the airlines usually hire from? These are critical questions you should list and get answers to when asking yourself "how will I become a Pilot".
  • Determine how much you can afford to spend - different schools have different costs (due to location, number of students, aircraft type and a number of other factors), find out the reasons as to what drives the cost difference. Do programs have financial assistance/loan  programs? Might a part time program work for you?
  • How much free time do you have - different schools have different training schedules with some offering flexibility while others want the cadets to train full time and on campus (note that delaying flight training usually increases your training cost).
  • What equipment does the flight school use - this is important from a training but even more importantly from a safety aspect. Take into consideration as well the equipment preference of airlines which will want new pilots to have trained on certain equipment. Find out what the difference is between training aircraft (both from a training and cost perspective). Aircraft age does not always relate to safety, this is dependent on the aircraft maintenance - ask the flight school in detail about their aircraft maintenance department? Safety features of the aircraft?