Professional Pilot Training at SWIC

Student pilot by a plane.

Get off the ground -- become a professional pilot learn or learn fly a plane with pilot training at Southwestern Illinois College. This flight school and professional flight training program can help students get the instruction they need to take get their license or make a career in flight.

The SWIC program curriculum is a Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141 program approved for ground and simulator training. Flight Training is currently provided under FAR Part 61. This is a two-year curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Pilot Training. The successful graduate holds a commercial pilot certificate with single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings. An optional flight instructor certificate is also available. The successful graduate should qualify to enter Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Capstone program) bachelor's degree program in Aviation Management. Additionally, SWIC maintained strong relationships with area business partners for multiple internship opportunities for our students.

A one-year aviation certificate program is also offered. This program is designed to provide the minimum Federal Aviation Administration pilot certificates and ratings for a student to obtain an entry level position in commercial aviation.

Students should check the class schedules for times and locations. They should also check with the program coordinator for current flight course fees.

Individual certificates are available for each FAA flight rating on a space-available basis.

For more information on the Aviation Pilot Training Program, please contact the program coordinator, Keith Mueller at 618-235-2700 BC x5683 or

Educational Program

Refer to the sequence of courses and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program. It can also transfer to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale's extended campus program. Southern Illinois University Carbondale Extended Campus Site here. Mueller is the contact for the SIU program as well at

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Aviation Pilot Training Program is prepared to work as a (n):

  • Airplane Pilot, Commercial
  • Airplane Pilot, Private
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Agricultural Pilot