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

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 131m customers p.a. on more than 2,000 daily flights from 87 bases, connecting over 205 destinations in 33 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 13,000 highly skilled aviation professionals delivering Europe’s No.1 on-time performance, and an industry leading 32-year safety record. 

Reasons to become a Ryanair pilot:
  • 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.

How the program works

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

1.Six-day introduction course

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
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

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 varies with the experience level of the pilot. It is estimated that low-hours cadets will fly approximately 90 sectors per month.

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. 

Selection Process

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. 
  • 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.

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. 


  • Assessment fee: €350 (non-refundable)
  • Self-Sponsored Type Rating Course: €29,500 excluding VAT

What's not included?

  • Accommodation
  • Travel expenses
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.)