Frequently Asked Questions

Will the selection process take place in Hong Kong?

Yes. Overseas applicants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation to attend the selection process.

If my application is unsuccessful, when can I re-apply?

Re-application is typically considered after 12 months from the last submission date. However if you were unsuccessful during the selection process, 12 months will count from your last test or interview date.

I have the right to live and work in Hong Kong but I do not hold a HK Permanent ID card. Am I still eligible to apply?

All applicants for the Cadet Pilot Programme must be a holder of the HK Permanent ID card.

I am short-sighted, and/or have had a Lasik eye surgery. Am I eligible to apply?

All candidates who reach the second interview stage will be required to undergo a HK CAD Class 1 medical check. The HK CAD Approved Medical Examiner will assess your vision and determine whether a HK Class 1 medical certificate will be issued.

How do I know if my application is successful or not?

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in due course, either by phone or email.

How do I update my qualifications and/or change my contact after submitting my application?

Should you have any update to your application, please email to

Can I choose between CPL and MPL courses?

Successful candidates will be allocated to either CPL or MPL depending on course availability.

I have done an ICAO English assessment in Hong Kong with another service provider, am I required to re-take it?

All candidates will have to go through the ICAO English assessment with IAE. 

My application was put on hold after completing the initial test and/or Aptitude test.  Am I required to take the initial test again?

All applicants are required to go through the selection process starting from initial test.

Is this the same programme with the one offered by Cathay Pacific?

The Cadet Pilot Programme offered by Cathay Dragon and Cathay Pacific are two different programmes.

Would it be possible to transfer my PQC application to Cadet Pilot Programme?

Please send us an email and we will review your application.


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