Course Type
Type Rating training
Introducing the CAE Ryanair Boeing 737NG Type-Rating Sponsored Cadet Program

Ryanair are delighted to announce a new SPONSORED type-rating programme! A first for low cost airlines, cadets will no longer pay a course fee of €29,500, this is being replaced by a one off, up front €5,000 payment and a 5 year reducing bond. Cadets will be paid a salary from day 1 of BASE TRAINING!

Are you a future Ryanair Pilot?  Ryanair and CAE are seeking highly motivated candidates aspiring to rise as professional pilots within one of Europe’s leading airlines. Successful candidates can expect world class training to the highest standard from CAE, the world’s leading pilot training organization, and the opportunity to then fly as a First Officer with Ryanair.

About Ryanair

Ryanair is Europe’s Number 1 airline, carrying over 130m customers p.a. on more than 2,000 daily flights from 87 bases, connecting over 210 destinations in 34 countries on a fleet of 430 Boeing 737 aircraft, with a further 240 Boeing 737’s on order, which will enable Ryanair to lower fares and grow traffic to 200m customers p.a. by FY24. Ryanair has a team of more than 14,000 highly skilled aviation professionals delivering Europe’s No.1 on-time performance, and an industry leading 33-year safety record. 

Reasons to become a Ryanair pilot:

  • Training paid by Ryanair
  • No upfront payment of €29,500
  • Salary from Day 1 of Base Training
  • Job security – Become part of one of the most successful airlines in the world
  • Fastest Time to Command – 3 or 4 years after Cadet Course!
  • Unrivalled career progression – opportunities for LTC, TRE, TRI, SFI & Base Captain
  • The best roster in the business; stable 5 on 4 off pattern
  • Guaranteed days off
  • No planned overnights and rosters published 4 weeks in advance
  • Great base opportunities available at many locations across the network
  • Outstanding Earnings Potential
  • New modern fleet – the fleet consists entirely of next generation Boeing 737-800s with an average age of five years, with Boeing 737 Max 200’s arriving in 2019.
Course outline

If accepted in the program, cadets will follow a Boeing 737NG Type Rating Course at CAE for about eight weeks. 

Phase 1: Six-day introduction course

Phase 2: Ground Training

  • Computer-based training on systems and equipment
  • Instructor support for CBT (CAE Simfinity®)
  • Stand-up instruction on performance, weight and balance
  • Fixed-base simulator sessions
  • Flight management system sessions
  • Standard operating procedure training
  • Pre-examination
  • Written theoretical knowledge examination including results and evaluation

Phase 3: Simulator Training

  • 9 4-hour sessions per crew
  • 1 crew skills test session per crew
  • 1 preliminary simulator circuit training of 1 hour per trainee

Phase 4: Base and Line Training

  • After successful completion of the training qualification course, circuits will be flown on a Ryanair B737-800
  • Line training will be provided by Ryanair from one of their many bases. The number of sectors required to complete Line Training varies with the experience level of the pilot.
Investment & Funding
Sponsored Type Rating Course Up front €5,000 payment

What’s not included?

  • Assessment fee: €350 (non-refundable)
  • Accommodation
  • Travel expenses
Assessment & Selection
  • The selection procedure takes place in Dublin (Ireland). The day begins with an introduction to Ryanair and the recruitment team. Pilots can expect: 
  • Pre-simulator briefing 
  • Simulator assessment in a B737-800 simulator – 45 minutes as both pilot flying and PNF. Basic handling skills, CRM and flight management will be assessed 
  • English language test 
  • Technical assessment - 30 minutes assessing your technical knowledge on your current/previous aircraft type(s) 
  • Personnel interview - Approximately 30 minutes to convince Ryanair of your suitability to join the team, and to prove that you are the sort of person who will thrive in an environment where hard work and effort are rewarded. 
  • Those who emerge successfully from the selection process will be offered a place on a type-rating course at CAE Center Amsterdam or at East Midlands Training Center. 
  • Within 7 working days after the selection day, applicants will be contacted by phone or e-mail with their assessment results, be it positive or negative.

Training Start Dates

  • Courses start weekly throughout the year for suitable candidates

Before you apply

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, we will reach out to you ONLY if you have completed your application in full, uploaded all required documents indicated in the registration section and have been shortlisted for an interview
  • Note: If you have already applied via our CAE website but have not yet been contacted by CAE or Ryanair, please continue to update your ONE EXISTING profile/account. DO NOT create another account.
  • Remember: Your login details when you create your online application. You will need your username (i.e the email address you entered on your application) and password to access and update your application in the future.
Entry Requirements
  • Valid EASA Frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) 
  • Valid multi-engine instrument rating
  • Certificate of satisfactory completion of multi-crew co-operation (MCC) in accordance with AMC1 FCL.735.A.
  • Applicants holding a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OF APS MCC-TRAINING in accordance with AMC2 FCL.735.A
  • Will be given preference during selection
  • Will be at a distinct advantage in the interview and assessment process.
  • Flight crew license (theoretical ATPL with valid EASA CPL)
  • Valid EASA -FCL 3 Class 1 Medical
  • Technical knowledge and good level of English (Minimum required proficiency is Level 4)
  • Have the right to work freely within the European Union– applicants must be in possession of a EUROPEAN PASSPORT to proceed in the selection process, please note National ID cards cannot be accepted 
  • FLIGHT SCHOOL REPORT signed by your Flight School’s HOT (Head of Training). This applies to both Integrated and Modular students. This MUST contain ALL ATPL results (detailing any repeats), CPL & MEIR series passes, and information relating to your performance throughout training. 

* Note: Pilots who currently do not have an MCC certificate or pilots who need refresher training due to lack of flight time, APS MCC courses are available and recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What are the requirements for the CAE Ryanair Boeing 737NG Type-Rating Sponsored Cadet Program?

All available information for the Ryanair Type Rating Program is provided on our website. You may also wish to refer to the airline's own website for information. Applicants are not encouraged to contact the airline for additional information regarding the airline's selection criteria, status updates regarding their application, or information regarding the selection process, etc. We are not at liberty to discuss the selection criteria for the Ryanair Type Rating Program. Neither CAE (or the airline) would respond to such enquiries.

Q. How do I apply?

To apply please do so by visiting our website. The careers page on the airline's own website also provides a direct link to the Ryanair application page on our website. You can also follow this link https://cae.force.com/mycaetraining/PPRegister and create a profile. When you have created a profile/registration on our website, you can continue to update your profile on a regular basis to ensure that your application/registration remains active. Remember your login details when you create your online application. You will need your username (i.e the email address you entered on your application) and password to access and update your application in the future.

Important:  If you have already applied via our CAE website but have not yet been contacted by CAE or Ryanair, please continue to update your ONE EXISTING profile/account. Do not be tempted to create more than ONE application! Your one original application is the only application accepted.

Q. I have forgotten my login details. How can I access my account?

If you have forgotten your login details, you need to go to the login page on the application page, and select “Forgot Your Password?”. An email will be sent from the system to the email address you provided in your online application. Applicants must follow the link provided in the email and reset their password within 24 hours of receiving that email.

Q. I am unable to login to my application. How can I access my account?

Are you entering your email address and password exactly as you entered/typed them when you created your account/application? A number of applicants report technical issues relating to passwords, however when investigated, we find that the error lies with the user (i.e. old or incorrect email address is being entered). Please check that you are using the correct login details before reporting technical issues.

Q. What should I do if I experience technical issues with my application/account?

If you experience difficulty in creating or updating your online application/account you are advised to send your enquiry directly to: [email protected] . Our technical team will respond to your enquiry as soon as it's possible for them to do so.

Please note: This email address is for technical issues only. General enquiries will not be receive a reply or be forwarded.

Q. How do I update my application?

To apply (or to make any changes to your existing profile/application) please do so by visiting our website.  Please follow this link https://cae.force.com/mycaetraining/PPLogin and create a profile. When you have created a profile/registration on our website, you can continue to update your profile on a regular basis to ensure that your application/registration remains active.

Login to your online application/account using the email address and password you entered when creating your online application. Your login details are linked to the email address provided in your online application. If you change your email address, please remember to update this section of your online application before you close that email account.

Q. How do I know that the application has been received?

If you are able to access/update your profile, your application has been received

Q. When will you contact me?  How long do I have to wait before I am contacted regarding my application?

Applicants will be contacted WHEN they have been selected to proceed in the selection process – it is not possible to provide a time-frame as to how long this might take.

Regrettably, if you have not been contacted within 24 months of creating your online application, please assume that your application has not been successful.

Q. Why can't I update my Base Preferences?

Applicants are not permitted to change/edit their Base Preferences.

The Airline are aware that some applicants originally selected a Base Preference which is no longer operational within the Ryanair network. The airline has taken steps to ensure that this would not have an adverse effect on that particular application.

Base Preferences cannot be changed/edited once the application is submitted.

Q. I have uploaded all documents on my online application, but I have been contacted by CAE advising me that these are either incorrect, unsuitable or missing. What should I do?

The email you have received specifies exactly what information is incomplete. You must ensure all documents are attached to your application, as detailed in that email and also on the application section of your online application.

You will be required to provide official translations of specific documents, if the documents you have provided are not in English.

Q. Why do you require a Flight School Report?

This is considered an accurate reference of your performance throughout training. Your Flight School Report must be written in English.

It must be signed by your Flight School's HOT (Head of Training). This requirement applies to both Integrated and Modular students.

This report must also contain all ATPL results (providing a list of all subjects, pass mark, any repeats, etc), CPL & MEIR series passes (first time, first series, Partial, etc), and a statement relating to your performance throughout training. If you do not provide this report (or the required documentation), your application will not be considered.

Q. Who can I contact for information regarding my application?

Applicants should not attempt to contact CAE or Ryanair regarding the status of their application.

Due to the volume of applications received for the Ryanair Type-Rating Program, it is not possible for CAE or Ryanair to respond to applicants who enquire into their application status.

Applicants who “canvass” their application in this way may be disqualified from the selection process.

Applicants will be contacted WHEN they have been selected to proceed in the selection proces

Q. Can I be provided feedback in reference to the status of my application or to discuss the requirements of the airlines?

Unfortunately not.  Due to the interest in our programs, it is not possible to provide a time-frame as to when OR if an application would be selected to proceed in the application process.

Neither is it possible to discuss the requirements of the Airlines we work with, or provide feedback regarding the status of individual applications. 

Applicants who do not follow the application procedure and/or attempt to “canvass” their application will be disqualified.

Q. Do I send my CV or other documents that could be relevant to the application process?

Please do not send your CV to us unless we have specifically requested this from you. The documents required form part of your online application. You must upload all requested documents in order to complete your online application. We advise you to check that each document has uploaded completely (try to open the saved document) before attempting to upload the next item. Uploading the required documentation onto your online application is mandatory. Your application will not be registered until you have completed this requirement.

Q. Does CAE keep track of the applicant correspondence?

Yes we do.  CAE delivers an application and assessment process that fulfils the requirements of our airline partners.

Applicants to the Ryanair Type-Rating program are not encouraged to contact either CAE or the Airline in order to obtain information relating to the status of an application.

Once again, please be aware that those persons who do not follow the application procedure and/or attempt to “canvass” their application will be disqualified.

Q. Is it possible to re-apply?

It is not possible to create an additional application on our website, but you are able to update your one online application. If your application has previously been unsuccessful but you would like to re-apply to the program, you should continue to update your one online application. All changes & updates made to your online application are registered by our systems, and reviewed at an appropriate time. If the airline decides to review your re-application in the future, you would be contacted accordingly at that time - but it is not possible to provide information as to when or if this may happen.

Q. Is it possible that I may be approached in reference to other and future Airline Type Rating offers?

Yes, if your profile is also suitable for the other and future CAE programs, CAE will be able to contact you in the future to discuss opportunities.

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