FTEJerez | Integrated Course

Airline First Officer Programme

The definite Integrated Course for the aspiring Airline Pilot


The Airline First Officer Programme

The Airline First Officer Programme (AFOP) is one of Europe’s most successful and exclusive integrated training routes for aspiring Airline Pilots. It is aimed at candidates who have little or no previous flying experience, and offers all the training required up to Airline-entry level.

On completion of the AFOP you will obtain the highest level of aircraft pilot certification: an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). In addition to the official syllabus, the AFOP equips you with additional airline training modules such as CRM, Flight Deck Management and Threat & Error Management amongst others, delivered by our highly experienced and professional team of ground and flying instructors.

Through FTE’s AFOP you will not only be prepared for your first airline position but will also be trained to become a future captain. This approach is incorporated into every aspect of our training – from the first day in Ground School to the last day in the Jet simulator – providing you with a unique skillset which is highly regarded by the recruitment managers of the leading airlines.

AFOP Highlights

The journey to becoming a professional airline pilot at FTEJerez is not just about flying. The features listed below are some reasons why FTE’s AFOP is widely regarded as one of the most unique pilot training courses in the industry.

Course availability

FTEJerez runs integrated courses every month, offering candidates plenty of flexibility to commence training at the most convenient time for them.

Dual licensing

FTEJerez is approved by EASA and the UK CAA. Consequently, candidates joining FTEJerez can choose to add a UK CAA licence in addition to their EASA ATPL.

Our track record

With over 30 years in the industry and more than 2,000 pilots flying around the world, the AFOP syllabus is backed by our wealth of knowledge and experience in the flight training arena.


Our unrivalled location in Jerez, Southern Spain, offers approximately 300 days of sunshine per year and allows for all flying to be done in EASA airspace and using nearby international airports such as Jerez, Malaga, Seville and Faro amongst others.


All training and accommodation services are delivered from a purpose-built campus, allowing you to concentrate solely on your training from day 1 up to your graduation. Discover more about The FTECampus here.

Personalised Training

The numbers of cadets per course is well below industry norms, and our student/instructor ratio is unrivalled. This enables FTEJerez to deliver unparalleled personal attention to the individual needs of each student.

University degree

Students joining the AFOP can include a University Degree to their ATPL through our academic partner, SETU Ireland.

Endorsed by Airlines

FTE’s airline partners choose the AFOP syllabus and methodology as the ideal training route for their sponsored and mentored cadets. Both airline cadets and self-sponsored students train and live together on the FTECampus, maximising your exposure to the airline recruiters and assuring that the quality of training you are receiving is to the exact standard the airlines demand.

Career Service

At FTEJerez, placing students with an airline is a priority. That is why you will have all the support you need to prepare yourself for the position of a First Officer. In addition, an integral part of our senior management’s daily interaction with our many airline partners, is to optimise our graduates’ airline placement. FTE’s policy is a simple one: Once you graduate you remain an FTEJerez student until we assist you in landing that all-important first job.


Before your training starts

Only those applicants who pass FTE’s assessment and selection process (you can find further information about the assessment below) are offered a training place at the school.

This process has been developed in order to discover airline captaincy potential in our candidates and is, in effect, your first step to the flight deck.


During your training

Our in-depth knowledge of the industry has been incorporated to the AFOP syllabus by means of up-to-the-minute modules that prepare you step by step for the job market. You will obtain instruction on CV writing and interview techniques. This is particularly relevant as a number of our airline partners visit the FTECampus at regular intervals to assess/recruit our AFOP students whilst still in training. Once you are called forward for the airline assessment, we offer additional preparatory training on our B737-800 or A320 simulators prior to your interview with the airline.


After your training

FTE’s Career Department will closely monitor your progress throughout the course in order to identify your key abilities. This allows us to create airline specific talent pools from which our airline partners recruit AFOP graduates as and when they need. FTE’s airline partners also visit the campus regularly to conduct assessments, selecting AFOP students while still in training. Thanks to these partnerships, most of our self-sponsored cadets complete their training in Jerez with a First Officer position waiting for them upon graduation.

Fees & Funding

Fees and Instalments

The AFOP is an all-inclusive course.
No additional fees apply to our course price.

Please download our updated AFOP Price Sheet here:

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Price Sheet

Entry Requirements

Are you a talented and motivated person with a passion for aviation?
If you meet the following requirements we would like to invite you to take our AFOP Assessment:

Minimum of 17½ years at the moment of applying.
Minimum of a grade 4 (or grade C) at GCSE level in English, Maths and Physics (or equivalent).

Hold either one of the following:

  • Two A-Levels at grades C, 4 or above (or equivalent i.e. Baccalaureate, Bachillerato, Highers, Leaving Certs., Maturitá…).
  • A University Degree (or Higher Degree) at 2:2 or above.
Fluent in English (The AFOP is an intensive training course that is conducted in English).
In good health and able to achieve the standard required for the EASA Class 1 medical examination.

FTEJerez Assessment

Your First Step to the Flight Deck

FTEJerez Assessment

Only those applicants who pass FTE’s assessment and selection process are offered a training place at the academy. This process has been developed in order to discover airline captaincy potential in our candidates and is, in effect, your first step to the flight deck.

Our AFOP Assessment is designed to discover your potential and to see if you have the particular skills that are required to become an airline pilot. Our assessments are free of charge and take place remotely. To complete the AFOP Assessment, you will undergo a number of tests, which include:

  • An English test, should English not be your native language.
  • Theoretical tests covering: Numerical Reasoning, Numeracy, Maths & Physics and Verbal Reasoning.
  • A series of computer-based aptitude tests.
  • An interview.

At FTEJerez we schedule remote sessions every week and monthly onsite Assessment Days. You will be offered different options and dates once your application is processed.

Application Form

If you are interested in applying for the AFOP (Airline First Officer Programme) and attending an FTEJerez Assessment, please fill out the following Application Form.

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If you would like to speak to one of our Training Advisors or Assessment Officers, please contact us via e-mail at info@ftejerez.com.

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Further Information

If you want to discover more regarding the AFOP, please download the AFOP Info Manual here:

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Interested in adding an official BSc in Pilot Studies Degree to your ATPL licence?
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Are you ready to take the first steps in becoming a professional airline pilot? Then, submit your application form here:

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