Pilot job: How can the CPLH ensure employability?


The fascinating world of aviation, a sector where innovation and skill meet to propel exciting careers. Among the many facets of this industry, helicopters stand out for their versatility and growing demand. Whether for rescue, surveillance, passenger transport or even operations in inaccessible areas, the helicopter is a key player.

Recent statistics show a promising trend: the job market for helicopter pilots is growing steadily. This is due to their ever-expanding range of applications, from emergency services to the tourism industry and commercial operations.

However, to navigate this rapidly expanding market, one key skill is proving indispensable: the Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence (CPLH). This certification isn’t just a sesame for the industry; it’s concrete proof of your expertise and commitment to a career as a professional pilot.

How can we turn this requirement into a tangible opportunity? How can our CPLH training ensure your immediate employability after graduation?

Expérience pilote hélicoptère

Growing demand for pilots

The demand for helicopter pilot jobs is not limited to a single sector. It extends to multiple fields, each with its own specificities and requirements. The emergency services, for example, rely heavily on the skills of helicopter pilots for rescue and medical evacuation missions.

In the tourism sector, helicopter pilots play a key role in providing unique experiences for tourists, offering spectacular aerial views. Similarly, the oil and gas industry employs pilots to transport personnel and equipment to offshore sites inaccessible by other means. These different sectors show that the helicopter pilot job is not monolithic, but full of varied opportunities.

Growth Fuelled by Technology and Innovation

Technological innovation is playing a crucial role in the growth of the job market for helicopter pilots. With the introduction of new, more efficient and safer helicopter models, operators are looking for pilots trained in the latest technologies. This technological evolution not only means an increase in the number of jobs available, but also an improvement in the quality and safety of flight operations, making the profession of helicopter pilot even more attractive.

Pilot employment sectors

  • Emergency Services: The job of a helicopter pilot is crucial in rescue and medical relief operations. With the increase in emergency interventions and the need for rapid response, helicopter pilots are increasingly in demand.
  • Oil and gas industry: Transporting workers and equipment to and from offshore platforms is another key area for employment for helicopter pilots. This sector requires a high level of expertise and offers stable employment opportunities.
  • Tourism and leisure: Scenic flights and unique tourist experiences also contribute to the demand for qualified pilots. These roles often offer a diverse and exciting flying experience.

The employment landscape for helicopter pilots is not only growing but also rich in diversity. Whether in the emergency services, the oil industry or tourism, opportunities abound for those with the necessary passion and qualifications. The CPLH licence is more than a certification; it’s a springboard to a promising and fulfilling career in the exciting world of aviation.

How does CEFA offer you 100% employability thanks to CPL(H)?

As you will have realised, there are many sectors that recruit pilots, regardless of their level of experience. Yet the helicopter pilot recruitment sector has a reputation for not being so accessible.

And why is that?

Europe is reputed to have a stable market in terms of pilots, and recruitment through training centres has become one of the most common forms of employment. But make no mistake, there are many markets and countries where there is a shortage of qualified pilots, ready to offer you advantageous contracts as soon as you complete your CPLH training.

That’s where CEFA’s strategic support for employability comes in: having international partners who are always on the lookout for helicopter pilots. It took us several years to devise a solution that would ensure 100% employability for our trainees, and to design a programme of excellence to build the centre’s reputation. Becoming a pilot through CEFA means that you have been selected for your personality and have received comprehensive, high-quality training, thereby enhancing your profile.

Our solution? To offer you a dual licence enabling you to become a pilot in Europe as well as in Canada: the dual CPLH.

Although Canada has a pleasant living environment and magnificent landscapes, it has had a shortage of pilots for several years. We have co-constructed a training programme that will enable you to work in Europe as well as in Canada (with facilities for taking the American licence afterwards).

Our Canadian partner is none other than Chinook Helicopter, based in Abbotsford. The trainee will go to Canada for 3 to 6 months to take the Canadian CPLH. Once they have graduated, the trainees will be employable by our partner companies on site.

Positions available after the CPL(H)

  • Passenger transport: Ensuring the regular transport of passengers while guaranteeing their safety.
  • Flight preparation: Before each departure, prepare the flight plan, which includes plotting, checking the fuel, and checking the weather.
  • Aircraft maintenance: Be on the lookout for the slightest anomaly or aircraft breakdown.
  • Radio links: In charge of radio links.
  • Flight preparation: Before each departure, prepare the flight plan, which includes plotting, checking the fuel, and checking the weather.
  • Aircraft maintenance: Be on the lookout for the slightest anomaly or aircraft breakdown.
  • Radio links: In charge of radio links.
  • Transport for outfitters: Transport passengers for outfitters (hunting, fishing).
  • Mining transport: Carry out mining transport (prospecting).
  • Agricultural spraying: Flying over fields to spray products such as fertilizers or insecticides.
  • Flight preparation: Before each departure, prepare the flight plan, which includes plotting, checking the fuel, and checking the weather.
  • Aircraft maintenance: Be on the lookout for the slightest anomaly or aircraft breakdown.
  • Radio links: In charge of radio links.

Tourist flights: Transporting people from point A to point B, offering them an exceptional panoramic view.

Aerial surveillance: Flying over areas inaccessible by road in the event of accidents, unforeseen or dangerous events. Inspecting areas to ensure safety.

Aerial photography: Getting up high to take aerial photographs, taking fixed or mobile aerial views that can be used for various projects (filming, reporting, preparing for operations, etc.).

Baptism of the air: Preparing the flight, transporting passengers while ensuring their safety, explaining how a flight works, safety instructions and answering any questions, carrying out aircraft maintenance and established flights.

Customer relations: Communicating effectively with customers, answering their questions, reassuring them before, during and after the flight. Handling complaints and concerns in a professional and efficient manner, promoting the company’s services.

Les opportunités d’emploi et de poste varient selon les entreprises, les zones géographiques et les partenaires, cependant, les postes mentionnés ci-dessus sont accessibles dès la fin de la formation sont très demandés au Canada.


It is entirely possible to complete a CPLH training course and be recruited as soon as you have obtained your CPLH helicopter licence, provided you join a serious training centre with numerous recruitment partners. CEFA has set up a support system that enables each of our future pilot graduates to find a job as soon as they graduate. A guarantee of employability that makes all the difference!

Would you like to find out more about our dual CPLH licence? Then get in touch with us!

Our team will be delighted to give you more information about our training courses to become a commercial pilot in Europe and abroad, and to show you all our introductory flying courses in Reims and Luxembourg.

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