The standard 2-day pilot selection course is designed for managers who supervise the operation of the pilot hiring system and make hiring decisions and for Human Resources personnel who are directly involved in hiring pilots. This course is also appropriate for personnel from flight training schools that perform  selection or screening of aviation cadets.

This course is included on ICAO’s TrainAir Plus list of courses.

Educational Approach:

This course uses a lecture format with case studies. All of the lecturer’s slides and reference material will be provided to the participants at the start of the course. It is not necessary to have a portable computer for the course.

Major Topics:

  • What Is A Pilot Selection System?
  • Selection Versus Screening
  • What Does the System Predict?
  • Developing A Pilot Selection Battery
  • Understanding Test Reliability And Validity
  • Choosing Cost Effective Pilot Selection Tests
  • Evaluating Commercially Available Pilot Selection Batteries
  • Developing Structured Interviews
  • Administering the Simulator Assessment

A module on bias and discrimination is included in courses with U.S. participants.


When taught in Montreal, the price for this 2-day course is    $689 CAD, including all coffee breaks and snacks, and two lunches served on location.  The price also includes free parking and free wifi Internet. . For more information, please contact the CQFA at 514-300-2732 or email .

When taught at O’Hare, the cost is $650 USD, which includes coffee breaks and snacks.


Please register for this course through the “Coming Events” page.

“I was very pleased to take Dr. Diane Damos’ Pilot Selection Test in Vancouver after our Air Transport Association of Canada Annual Meeting. Pilot selection is a hot topic with our ATAC flight training schools. Diane’s course took us through the basics, explained the concepts clearly and gave us a chance to interact and ask lots of questions. It was friendly and informal but thorough and instructive. Diane’s course is the ideal vehicle for ab initio flight training schools looking to become more educated on pilot selection.”

Joan Williams,
Chair of the Board
Ottawa Aviation Services and member of the ATAC Board of Directors

“Over the course of two busy days, Diane Damos lead us to understand the structure of our pilot selection system in a worldwide context, and she offered high-quality, concrete advice on how to move forward. I highly recommend her Pilot Selection Systems Course.”

Dorothy Turner, Moncton Flying College
Head of Chinese Candidate Assessment and Selection

“The Pilot Selection Systems course ‘opened my eyes’ to more and better pilot pre-screening and selection considerations.  I’ve been recruiting pilots for years but this course and the extensive knowledge and understanding of the issues we face in the corporate world, that Ms. Damos shared, will shape the way we select pilots in the future.  Indeed, the principles in the course content are applicable to pre-screening and selection of any candidate for any job. It has been time well-spent and what I have learned will have a positive impact on future recruitment for my company. “

Brenda Rowe – Recruitment Manager – Jazz Airlines

Short Courses on Pilot Selection

Half-day courses on pilot selection are frequently offered in conjunction with trade shows and meetings. Please click on the “Upcoming Events” button on the navigation bar on the left for information on dates and costs of these courses. One-day and one-and-a half day courses are usually given on site at the request of a client.

Contact us about short courses