SIA Cadet Pilots

Singapore Airlines Pilot training

Pilot Training / November 27, 2018

PilotsStarting your career as either an ab initio cadet pilot or direct entry second officer, you will undergo a rigorous training program to equip yourself with the highest flying standards.

Upon successful completion of training, you will work your way through the ranks. If you have the potential, you will have an opportunity to progress as a Captain, and further develop your skills in the Technical, Training or Management track.


Ab Initio Cadet Pilots
  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Minimum Polytechnic Diploma or Degree. In addition, you must must demonstrate proficiency in English, Mathematics and Science, preferably Physics (with at least credits in GCE 'O' levels or its equivalent)
  • At least 1.65m in height
  • Myopia of not more than 500 degrees and astigmatism of not more than 200 degrees, fully correctable with optical aids. For candidates who have undergone corrective eye surgery, the pre-surgical visual acuity must meet the above requirements
  • Medically fit
  • Completed, exempted from, or not liable for National Service

Direct Entry Second Officers

  • Holds a CPL or Frozen ATPL recognized by CAAS
  • Minimum GCE ‘A’ level, Polytechnic Diploma or Degree. In addition, you must be proficient in English, Mathematics and Science, preferably Physics (with at least credits in GCE 'O' level or its equivalent)
  • Medically fit - must possess valid certificate of Medical Assessment (recognised or can be validated by CAAS)

Selection Process

All interviews will be held in Singapore. Applicants undergo five stages comprising online application, preliminary interview, aptitude test, final interview with senior management as well as a medical check-up.


Ab Initio Cadet Pilot

Successful candidates will undergo training to acquire either an Airline Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) or a Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) at Singapore Flying College and overseas.

Direct Entry Second Officers

Successful candidates will be trained to acquire an Aircraft Type Rating. Upon successful completion, you will undergo further training to become a First Officer.


Successful candidates will enjoy a rewarding career coupled with extensive training and personal growth development with Singapore Airlines or our subsidiaries SilkAir or SIA Cargo.

Salary and Benefits

A monthly allowance will be provided during your training. On appointment as First Officer, you will enjoy an attractive salary, along with various allowances and benefits.


Successful candidates will be required to serve the employer company for the duration of the training and for a period of seven years from the date of appointment as First Officer.


Ab Initio Cadet Pilots

Candidates must be ready to join within six months from the date of application.
Direct Entry Second Officers

Please note that for both positions, only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Candidates who have attended our final interviews previously need not apply.

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