ONLINE GROUND SCHOOL FOR FLYING TRAINING COURSES
Air Cadets who intend to apply for the Glider Pilot Training Course (GPTC) or Power Pilot Training Course (PPTC) must complete the Air Cadet Online Ground School (OGS). This program ensures an effective and equitable approach to ground-school training for all Air Cadets across Canada.
What is Online Ground School?
The OGS program is part of the Air Cadet National Selection Process (link below) and is comprised of approximately 45 hours of self-paced learning. This includes course content, quizzes, tests, a practice exam and a proctored GPTC or PPTC Qualifying Exam. To participate, cadets will require access to a personal computer or mobile device and a broadband internet connection. Throughout the OGS course, participating Air Cadets will have access to a Transport Canada Civil Aviation approved instructor to help with course material, answer questions, and provide support for challenging topics.
In past years, the Qualifying Exam was completed on your own time. This year, the exam will go back to a proctored format and will be conducted during the week of 14 to 24 Jan 24 under supervision. More information to follow separately.
How do I apply for Online Ground School?
Air Cadets who meet eligibility criteria for either GPTC or PPTC can be registered by squadron staff in Fortress. Criteria can be found in Annex A, CJCR Gp O 8060-7, Air Cadet National Training Selection. However, you may only register for one of the courses.
I am enrolled in OGS and intend to apply for PPTC or GPTC this year. When should I get my Transport Canada medical examination done?
As soon as possible. Delays of up to six months for unremarkable medical exams are common and any findings during the exam can create further delays. To avoid disappointment at the medical submission deadline, book your exam now! For examiners in your area, please see the link below.
There will be no allowance for late medical certificates and there will be no means of expediting the process at Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medicine so do not delay in starting this process. Medical Certificates are valid for 5 years and can be used for future applications to GTPC or PPTC if a cadet's application is unsuccessful this year.
I took OGS last year and went to GPTC. Do I have to take OGSgain to apply for PPTC?
Yes. OGS results are only valid for one year. All cadets must complete OGS and the 2024 Qualifying Exam to be eligible for PPTC or GPTC.
8 Sep 2023: Applications open in Fortress.
15 Nov 23: Application deadline.
1 Oct 23 to 13 Jan 24: The OGS training syllabus and mandatory practical exam is open to students.
13 Jan 24: All course content, including the practice exam, must be completed by 2359hrs Pacific Standard Time or cadet will be ineligible to complete the Qualifying Exam.
14 Jan 24 to 20 Jan 24: Cadets write the GPTC or PPTC Qualifying Exam, supervised by Squadron staff. It will not be completed during any other time period or without supervision. While most cadets will complete the Qualifying Exam through Cadet365, there will be an allowance to complete it on paper if there are computer or internet issues at the Squadron training location. That said, every effort should be made do complete the exam digitally.
Other Information for Cadets
Your login information will be sent to your Cadet365 email address. If you have not received your Cadet365 credentials, please contact your squadron staff. As a Cadet365 user, you are required to complete the Cadet Cyber Awareness Course. If you have not already done so, the course can be found here. If you are unsure, your squadron staff can confirm for you in Fortress.
If you have not received your login information from Moncton Flight College within two weeks of submitting your application, or you think you have been registered for the wrong ground school, please check your spam/junk mail folders for an email from Moncton Flight College Training’s Pelesys system and/or contact your squadron staff.
Do not leave this course to the last minute. It is best absorbed in small chunks with time set aside to self-study and read the reference material that the course is based on (From the Ground Up Manual). Give yourself a buffer to complete the course before the deadline.