Certified Flight Instructor

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor is one of the most important and rewarding ratings a pilot can receive. Ready to start passing on your knowledge and passion for aviation?

CFI Requirements





What Will I Learn?

Ground Knowledge:

Human Behavior

The Learning Process


Instructor Responsibilities

Effective Communication

Techniques of Flight Instruction

Flight Experience:

Right Seat Transition

Advanced Stall and Spin Recovery

Managing Student

Learning Inflight Teaching Process

Crew Resource Management

Aeronautical Decision Making


FAA Knowledge Exams

Before beginning flight training, it is highly recommended that Flight Instructor applicants study for and pass the two required FAA Knowledge Exams. These two tests, Flight Instructor Airplane, and Fundementals of Instructing, cover the basic knowledge needed to be a safe and effective instructor.

Ground Training

A thorough ground training process will prepare you to be able to confidently instruct students. This training will ensure you have an in depth understanding of all related subjects, and requires significant studying.

Flight Training

Flight training begins with transitioning to flying from the right seat of the aircraft. Once familiar with operating the aircraft from the right seat, training will focus on not only perfecting the required maneuvers, but also ensuring you can effectively teach these maneuvers to new students.

Oral & Practical Exam

Upon completion of training, you will take the Flight Instructor oral and practical exams. Completed with a Designated Pilot Examiner, these exams will thoroughly test your instructional knowledge and teaching abilities.



With the largest and most advanced rental fleet in the state, VFA has the right aircraft for you. All of our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards by our in-house maintenance department.


VFA has a diverse group of passionate and knowledgeable instructors here to help you achieve your goals. No matter your learning style, we have the right instructor for you.


When you join us at VFA, you join a passionate community dedicated to furthering aviation education in Vermont. Every lesson you take at VFA helps to contribute to providing flights to underprivileged children in Vermont.


How old do I have to be to get my Flight Instructor Certificate?

You need to be at least 18 years olod in order to take the Flight Instructor practical exam.

How long will it take to earn my Flight Instructor Certificate?

There are many variables that affect how quickly one earns their Flight Instructor Certificate. If you are self-motivated, then you can complete this rating in as little as two months from start to finish. The FAA is required to be notified prior to your check ride, and this process can be lengthy, however Vermont Flight Academy has a great relationship with the FAA and we do everything to expedite this process.

What will my training involve?

Your training for your Flight Instructor Certificate will involve all Commercial maneuvers while commanding the aircraft from the right seat (the instructor’s seat). Commercial maneuvers such as chandelles, lazy 8s, steep spirals and stalls  are all a part of the training. Applicants biggest challenge is the muscle memory to fly the aircraft from the right seat. However, practice makes perfect, and with our senior flight instructors you will be flying as well as, if not better than you were in the left seat. 

Another component of your training is the oral exam prep you will do with your instructor. This is the time to hone your instructional abilities and learn what it takes to share the gift of flight.

What are my limitations?

As a Certified Flight Instructor, you may be compensated for instructing others. You are limited to the aircraft that you are rated with the exception of Multi Engine, which requires a separate certificate. You are allowed to instruct Private and Commercial students, but in order to instruct Instrument students you will require a Flight Instructor Instrument Certificate, which is an addition to your Flight Instructor Certificate.

Once I get my Flight Instructor Certificate, what do I have to do to keep it current?

CFIs are required to renew their flight instructor certificate every 24 months. This can be done by either taking a Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC), a check ride with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), or demonstration to a DPE of 5 succesful student signoffs in the past 24 months.

General Information


Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM

Saturday | 9AM - 4PM

Sunday | 9AM - 3PM

* Hours are subject change.






355 Valley Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

Vermont Flight Academy