The Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) rating allows you to prepare students to earn their own Instrument rating in Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions.
As a CFII, you’ll be responsible for teaching students everything they need to know about instrument flight in both the air and the classroom. Your CFII rating also increases your value to hiring flight schools, as you are qualified to instruct both VFR and IFR students.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
Steps to get a Certified Flight Instruction Instrument (CFII) Rating
- Hold minimum 3rd Class medical certificate.
- Hold at least a Commercial Instrument Pilot certificate.
- Pass an Aeronautical Knowledge written test.
- Pass a Fundamentals of Instruction written test.
- Pass an oral, and flight test (practical test) given by an FAA examiner or Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).
Part 61 Requirements:
- Dual: No specific FAA flight or ground minimums required just so the applicant has received the appropriate training. However hours listed are typical for completion of rating.
- PIC: 15 hours as PIC in the category and class of aircraft for the flight instructor rating sought if not already rated in that particular aircraft.
Schweizer 300C rental: 10 hours @$355/hr: $3,550
Ground Training: 30 hours @$40/hr: $1,200
Books and Supplies: $50
FAA Written Test: $150
FAA Examiner Fee: $600
Total Cost: Typically about $5,550
Note: Our prices are subject to change without prior notice. The CFII course is structured and based on the average number of hours a typical student might finish the course since there are no minimum requirements for the CFII rating. It is not guaranteed you will complete the training in the average number of hours. Again, there are no minimum hours required by the FAA for the CFII. Above are the average hours a typical student may need to finish the course.