ATP Certificate

All airline pilots in the United States are required to hold an airline transport pilot certificate. To obtain this certificate, applicants must have at least 1,500 flight hours, 200 cross-country hours, completed instrument rating and have a commercial certificate.

Saint Louis University has been granted approval to provide a transcript endorsement certifying graduates for a 250-hour or 500-hour reduction towards the ATP certificate for the Bachelor of Science in aeronautics degree with a concentration in flight science or aviation management. This allows you to qualify for the ATP certification at the age of 21 instead of 23.

You must complete 30 credits of approved coursework to be eligible for the 250-hour reduction or complete 60 credits of approved coursework to be eligible for the 500-hour reduction.

To obtain a certifying transcript endorsement, submit the Reduced ATP Minimums application. Once the application is received, the following information will be verified:

  • Your graduation from Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology with a concentration in aviation management or flight science.
  • Your accumulation of approved credits in approved courses.
  • Your completion of the commercial or instrument certification at Parks College.

If approved, a certifying endorsement will be applied to your transcript consistent with Saint Louis University’s letter of authorization. Allow at least two to three weeks for submission.

You will need to request an official transcript to include with the FAA Form 8710-1 when taking the airline transport-restricted practical test.

FAQs

What Saint Louis University degrees are approved by the FAA?

Our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree with a concentration in flight science and aviation management are approved by the FAA. For students who graduated prior to 2009, the Bachelor of Science in aeronautics degree with a concentration in aviation science or professional pilot is also approved by the FAA.

What courses has SLU received approval for under the Institutional Authority program?

The following Saint Louis University courses are approved under the Institutional Authority Program:

  • ASCI 1020: Intro to ATC Systems
  • ASCI 1850: Safety Management Systems
  • ASCI 2020: ATC Operations and Procedures
  • ASCI 2200: Concepts in Aerodynamics
  • ASCI 3010: Jet Transport Systems I
  • ASCI 3020: Jet Transport Systems II
  • ASCI 3060: Turbine Aircraft Transition
  • ASCI 3100: Air Carrier Operations
  • ASCI 4010: Jet Flying Techniques I
  • ASCI 4020: Jet Flying Techniques II
  • ASCI 4050: Human Factors
  • ASCI 4250: Professional. Ethics and Standards
  • ASCI 4350: Team Resource Management
  • FSCI 1150: Flight I
  • FSCI 1250: Basic Flight Foundations
  • FSCI 1300: Aviation Weather
  • FSCI 1550: Flight 2
  • FSCI 1560: Flight 2 Transition
  • FSCI 2150: Flight 3
  • FSCI 2250: Instrument Flight Foundations
  • FSCI 2550: Flight 4
  • FSCI 2650: Navigation Foundations
  • FSCI 2750: Accident Investigation
  • FSCI 3550: Flight 5
  • FSCI 3062: Turbine Aircraft Transition
  • FSCI 4012: Jet Flying Techniques I
  • FSCI 4013: Jet Flying Techniques I Laboratory
  • FSCI 4022: Jet Flying Techniques II
  • FSCI 4023: Jet Flying Techniques II Laboratory
  • FSCI 4450: Aviation Law
  • PHYS 1350: Aviation Physics
  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
What steps do I need to take to request the ATP reduced minimums certifying statement be placed on my transcript?

Students who graduated prior to spring 2014 should request the transcript endorsement by completing the Application for Reduced ATP Minimums. Upon receipt of the application form, a transcript audit will be completed and the certifying statement placed on your transcript.

How do I know if I qualify for the ATP reduced minimums certifying statement?

In order to qualify for the certifying statement on your transcript, you must complete your instrument and commercial ratings at Saint Louis University, graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics with a concentration in flight science or aviation management, and complete at least 30 or 60 hours of approved coursework. Students who complete at least 30 hours of approved coursework are eligible to receive the 1,250-hour endorsement. Students who complete at least 60 hours of approved coursework are eligible to receive the 1,000-hour endorsement.

If I transferred to SLU, will my transfer coursework apply to the 30 and 60-hour requirements?

In order for transfer credits to be eligible towards the 30 and 60-hour requirements, they must have been completed at an approved institution that holds approval for the transferred coursework and must have been completed while you were enrolled in that school’s approved aviation degree program. Prior to us accepting transfer credit for inclusion, acceptable documentation of completion and eligibility of the coursework under the Institutional Authority program must be presented to the aviation department.

Am I eligible if I completed my flight training or instrument rating somewhere other than at SLU?

No, you would not qualify since you did not complete both your instrument and commercial flight training at Saint Louis University. The only exception is if you can provide acceptable documentation that your flight training was completed at another aviation school approved under the Institutional Authority program while enrolled in that school’s approved aviation degree program.

Am I eligible if I completed my flight training under FAR Part 61?

Students who do not complete their instrument and commercial pilot training at Saint Louis University under 14 CFR 141 are not eligible for the reduced ATP minimums.

Am I eligible if I completed my flight training as an aviation major, but changed majors prior to graduation?

Only students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree with a concentration in flight science or aviation management are eligible.

If I enroll in the aviation master’s degree program and complete my flight training am I eligible for the certifying statement?

The FAA has not approved any graduate programs under the Institutional Authority program. Currently, the regulation only applies to undergraduate degrees.

Does the coursework and flight training I accrued while at SLU apply if I transfer to another collegiate institution?

If the collegiate institution is approved under the Institutional Authority program, they may accept transfer coursework from Saint Louis University at their discretion. Only coursework approved under the Institutional Authority program is eligible for transfer.