CFI Instrument


  • Must have a CFI or a Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English Language.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or apply through AFSP for foreign pilots.
  • Pass the required knowledge test with a minimum score of 70%
  • Pass the required practical test with an FAA Designated Examiner

CFI Instrument:

  • No hour requirement, however you must train to proficiency and obtain an endorsement from an authorized instructor.
  • There is no required ground training, although you must be proficient in teaching the different aspects associated with flying by reference to instruments.

Overview & Privileges:

The CFI Instrument certificate is generally the first certificate you obtain after the initial CFI.

As a CFI Instrument, you are authorized to train prospective instrument pilots and endorse them for both the required knowledge and practical tests.

Before you can take the FAA Oral Exam and Check-ride, applicants must prepare for and pass the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Instrument exam. VFA is an approved PSI testing center, and we offer all FAA written exams on site.




There is no hour requirement for training to obtain the CFI Instrument. Working with an instructor, you will both make the determination as to when you are ready to take the required exams.
With a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument certificate, you can train students to fly under instrument meteorological conditions. You are also authorized to endorse students to take both the required knowledge and practical exams to obtain their instrument rating.
If you already have a CFI, obtaining the CFI Instrument will reset your expiration date for 24 more calendar months. If you are training prospective instrument pilots, you must remain instrument current if you are instructing in aircraft in actual instrument meteorological conditions.
Your training will involve a certain amount of dual instruction, both ground and flight and/or simulator with an authorized instructor.