Pilot training skills assessment

If you’d like to enrol on our LEAP flight training course, you’ll need to pass a Skills Assessment. This process assesses your potential for success and ensures we select the best pilots for the airlines. If you meet the standard, you’ll be invited to enrol on the next available integrated LEAP course with our Training Guarantee.

Skills Assessment Process

We don’t expect you to have flying experience beforehand as we’ll be assessing your aptitude for ab-initio (‘from the beginning’) training, as well as for life as a pilot. Whether your assessment is online or in person, it will involve computer-based tests, a group exercise and an interview.

We’ll be looking for technical skills such as:

  • Spatial awareness
  • Reaction speed
  • Multi-tasking capability
  • Numeracy

As well as non-technical skills such as:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Initiative.

These abilities are key requirements of a pilot’s skill set. You need to know you’ve got what it takes before embarking on your training course.

A Skills Assessment pass is valid for 12 months. This provides access to our comprehensive Training Guarantee and allows enrolment on one of our integrated LEAP courses.

For more information on what to expect during the assessment process, click here.

Please note, you may be required to complete your computer-based aptitude tests prior to attending your Skills Assessment day. Our MAP (modular) and uMAP courses follow an adjusted assessment pathway. To enrol on these, please contact us for more information or visit our course pages!

Training Guarantee

Upon passing your  Skills Assessment, you will be offered a place on one of our integrated LEAP courses.

This will come with our comprehensive Training Guarantee. Covering any additional training fees should you fail any elements of the course for reasons of aptitude rather than attitude.


Please note, we don’t assess your health or fitness during this process. A Class 1 Medical Certificate will be required as a pre-requisite to training along with a DBS check if you’re successful in your application.

Book your Skills Assessment!

Once you’re ready to take the first step towards becoming a Commercial Pilot, select your preferred Skills Assessment date on the next tab and our Training Advisors will be in touch shortly.

“I was so impressed with the Virtual Skills Assessment process at Leading Edge. We knew exactly when to log on and complete tasks such as the online aptitude tests.

The interview and group exercise ran extremely well, the connections were great and the group task was thoroughly enjoyable, even though conducting it over video call makes it slightly harder not to talk over anybody!

Feedback was given at the end, face to face over video call, and was followed up with written feedback over email so I was able to reflect on any areas and take on-board the feedback from the assessors.”

– Future Pilot

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Our Skills Assessments currently cost £150 and are available to sit in person at our Oxford Campus, or virtually from the comfort of your own home. Subject to the below eligibility criteria:

1. You must be 18 Years and over on the first day of training
2. You must have a UK Passport or Right to Remain in the UK
3. You must hold 5 x GCSEs / equivalent including English, Maths & Physics - Minimum Grade 4 or higher and be able to obtain a DBS Basic Disclosure Certificate for the purpose of an airport security Pass
4. You must start training within 12 months of sitting your Skills Assessment (or you will be required to sit another, paid assessment)
5. Skills Assessments are only for LEAP Courses
6. Applicants can reschedule their assessment if we are given more than 14 days’ notice