ATPL, CPL & MPL: ATPL and CPL can be achieved following an integrated or a modular route. An MPL is only available in the Integrated or “full-time” option.
An MPL prepares you for guaranteed employment with one specific airline after graduation. An ATPL or CPL may not come with a secure airline job immediately after graduation, unless it is an airline specific programme or ‘cadetship’. However, it gives you the opportunity to job search amongst multiple airlines.
As an MPL prepares you for the first officer position with one specific airline, it includes a type rating on a specific aircraft platform operated by the mentoring airline. An ATPL does not always include a type rating. Because an MPL includes a type rating, it typically requires a greater initial investment when compared to an ATPL. However, it should be noted that with an ATPL, the cost of your type rating is not eliminated, but is simply deferred to when you land your first airline job.