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Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program


Are there fees for the screening and testing? If so, what are these and how much?

Yes. Applicants will need to pay AU$425.00 or its equivalent in Philippine Peso after they pass the pre-screening. This covers core skills and pilot aptitude tests.

Are there preferred College degrees?

None. There are no preferred degrees.

Can someone with a non-technical or Bachelor of Arts degree apply?

Yes. Applicants need only have an average grade of at least 70% or its equivalent in subjects related to Math, Physics and English. If you do not meet the requirement, you can pursue these subjects externally prior to submitting your application.

Do applicants need to be physically fit?

Yes. In general, candidates should be in good physical condition. Physical fitness is part of the screening process.

Do I need a valid passport?

Yes, you should have a passport with minimum validity of two years prior the start of the course.

In case a candidate does not have a valid passport, he / she will be allowed to participate in the selection process but the candidate will need a valid passport on start of the program.

Do I sign a bond with Cebu Air Inc.?

You will need to sign a Training Agreement which will require you to render at least 10 years of continuous service to Cebu Pacific from your first productive flight. During this 10-year period, an amount representing all expenses incurred by Cebu Pacific on your training will be deducted from your monthly salary on a pro-rata basis.

Do Pilot Cadets of CEB require a visa?

Yes. FTA will provide the paperwork and endorsement for a Student Visa. But it is the responsibility of the applicant to complete the requirements. The Australian Embassy in Manila will process the visa applications.

How do Pilot Cadets get to the FTA campus in Adelaide?

Transportation to Adelaide, Australia will be covered by Cebu Pacific

How long is the duration of the program?

Phase 1 – 4 weeks in Manila
Phase 2 – 52 weeks in Adelaide

How many pilot-cadets will CEB get?

Each batch will be composed of 16 pilot-cadets; and three batches will be deployed to FTA for training each year, making a total of 48 pilot-cadets yearly. Over a five-year period, CEB will deploy a total of 240 pilot-cadets to FTA.

How much do applicants pay to get into the program?

None. There is no fee to get into the program. Tuition and costs related to the CEB Pilot Cadet Program will be financed by Cebu Pacific initially, and then paid by the pilot-cadets upon employment with the airline via monthly salary deduction at no interest whatsoever. Applicants will only need to pay a testing and screening fee of AU$425.00, but only after passing the online pre-screening.

If an applicant has a pilot licence, will previous training count towards the cadet program?

No. This is an Ab Initio program (meaning candidates start from the beginning)

Is the job guaranteed?

The job is guaranteed to all candidates who successfully complete and pass the ab initio course, aircraft type training and line training.

Is there an age limit to apply for the program?

None. There is no age limit for application.

Please describe the process from application to starting on a course

There are a number of steps required in order to get onto a course as shown below:

1. You must apply via the link in the Cebu Pacific Website. The application window is open from the 20th of August to the 26th of August 2018.

2. FTA’s team will review and filter all applications received. Note that during this period, you will not be receiving any communication from CEBU or FTA regarding the status of your application.

3. If your application is deemed successful, you will be invited to attend a number of tests in Manila. Currently, these tests are planned for the 19th of September through to the 3rd of October 2018 (including the weekends).

4. If you successfully complete the selection tests, you will be invited to attend a panel interview in Manila with Cebu Pacific staff on the week of the 15th of October 2018.

5. Successful cadets will then commence a foundation course in the Philippines on the 23rd of November 2018 and will depart to Adelaide on the 17th of January 2019.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Should I complete any regulatory pilot written exams prior to start of the program?

Any type of regulatory pilot exam self-initiated by the candidate prior to commencing the program is not recognized.

What do Pilot Cadets need to bring with them?

As part of the program, full uniform is provided. FTA will also provide bed linens and towels. Pilot Cadets just need to bring their personal effects.

What is the Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program?

The Cebu Pacific (CEB) Cadet Pilot Program is a 56-week program that recruits candidates to train to become licenced Commercial Pilots and join the corps of aviators at Cebu Pacific, flying domestic and international routes. Successful candidates will be sent for study and training at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA), in Australia. The program is a “study-now-pay-later” scheme where CEB shoulders the program cost and is paid for by successful candidates in installments once they are employed by the airline.

Where is the licence conversion done?

After successfully completing all licensing requirements, you will need to complete approximately 4 weeks training in the Philippines to convert to a CAAP licence.

Who are qualified to apply?

All Filipino citizens who are college degree holders and proficient in English are qualified to apply. CEB will apply equal opportunity to all applicants.

Who selects the candidates?

FTA will oversee the pre-screening and screening processes; after which CEB will assess the screened applicants.

Will I need to stay at the FTA campus for the duration of the course?

Yes, it is a Cebu Pacific requirement that students stay at the FTA Campus for the full duration of the course on a full board basis.

Will pilot-cadets receive a stipend?

Yes. The CEB Cadet Pilot Program covers full board and lodging, along with uniforms and other necessities.

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