Language Proficiency

All courses taught at Montair will be conducted in English only and in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization. All pilots must demonstrate speaking and listening comprehension in English.

Transport Canada’s Aviation-Language Proficiency Test (ALPT) must be passed to a minimum Level 4 standard for any pilot to receive a licence in Canada. Therefore, Montair cannot admit any potential student on to a training course unless they already have an ICAO Aviation English Level 4 standard (or higher), or Montair sees the capability of that student to pass the test before obtaining a Private Pilot Licence. However, the test, which is administered by Transport Canada requires that the ALPT be conducted face-to-face with a designated examiner, therefore international students must make special effort to ensure they meet the requirements of this examination before they commit to pilot training.

In order to prevent international students from enrolling in courses which they will be unable to complete due to lack of English language proficiency, Montair has established a screening test as we have access to both current and ex-Transport Canada delegated language examiners. The results of this pre-screening will indicate if the student has the capability to later be successful at passing the official test once they arrive in Canada. The test will be conducted over the phone at no cost to the student.

Once enrolled on the course, Montair has significant experience in assisting ESL students to improve their aviation English proficiency and we have a number of internal and external resources should they be needed. For more information on the Transport Canada Aviation Language Proficiency Test, please click here.