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Certified Flight Instructor Instrument


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Certificated Flight Instructor II (Advanced/Instrument)

The certificate prepares students to add the CFI Rating-Advanced/Instrument to their Commercial Certificate.

Students acquire additional in-depth knowledge of IFR procedures, maneuvers and instrument approaches which are the foundation of this stage of instruction. At the completion of this FAA-approved training, students will have earn their certified flight instructor instrument requirement and completed the entire CAU Aviation Program offering.


Earn within third year of training

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics program can become a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) within their third academic year.

Ground + Flight Training

In a combination of classroom and flight instruction, students are prepared to become a CFII.

Learn to instruct others to fly

Students further learn the skills to conduct student aviation instruction, including instruction on instrument flying.

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Certified Flight Instructor Ground School II

These courses further prepare you in your career as a Certified Flight Instructor, as they assist you toward adding a CFI Rating – Advanced/Instrument certification to an existing Commercial Certificate.

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Certified Flight Instructor Flight School II

During hands-on flight experience, you will utilize self-assessments as guides for developing insight into the process of instructing and evaluating others. You will have the opportunity to apply your advanced knowledge of procedures and regulations from the right-seat position, as you instruct others.

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Adding the Advanced/Instrument certification to your instructor wheelhouse enables you to share your love of flying with others as you assist them in learning to navigate more-complicated aerial landscapes. A Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, or CFII, is a highly-valued commodity in the aviation world.

CFII’s can expect to gain employment as line or charter pilots, first officers, captains, check airmen, or as flight operation directors. Organizational opportunities include airlines, flight schools, agricultural industries, charter and tour businesses, governmental agencies, private companies, and cargo carriers. An experienced CFII can earn an average salary of $60,000 – $100,000 annually.

Those gaining the Certified Flight Instructor Instrument certification must have previously obtained their basic CFI certification. There are two national organizations – the National Association of Flight Instructors and the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators – which are available to support you in your career as a professional flight instructor. For more information about fees, career prospects, and graduation rates, see our consumer information page.

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Certificates and Ratings

Students in CAU commercial pilot programs earn the following certificates/ratings: