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EDUCATION  DECREET XIV AND THE PRESENT STATE OF AFFAIRS

Education Decreet XIV provides:

Article V.15. Article 312sexies was added to the same decreet and it reads as follows: "Article 312sexies. The training for airline pilot, organized by a private institute, which is recognized by the General Directory of Aviation,  is equivalent to a basic training program in any Superior Education institution in the Flemish Community. 

Explanation:

The airline pilot training is organized by private institutions. This means that there is no previous knowledge required for the training or for the ratification of the studies. The diploma of secondary education is valid to begin the training for airline pilot. The airline pilot training is a demanding training program that, on study and level of difficulty, is comparable to a basic Bachelor Degree. The standardization of the airline pilot training means that the airline pilot studies are recognized as higher education studies. This provides the students and graduates the program the possibility, within the current regulations for the colleges, to enjoy the general principle of study exemption and study time reduction. In this way, the abilities acquired during the training program, can be validated with the goal to obtain the diploma of a related college course.

In understandable language:

Education Decree XIV was approved on February 5th, 2003, by the Flemish Parliament plenary. The decree says that the training for airline pilot has a level equivalent to a basic training of a cycle (= a 'professional' bachelor). The training for airline pilot DOES NOT award a bachelor's degree, but it is regarde, both educationaly and on an employment level, as being of the same level as if a 'professional' bachelor had been followed.

Professional, Academic Bachelor or Master?

From the academic year 2004-2005 on, it is no longer spoken of a 'graduate' or 'application'. Instead there are 'bachelors'. The bachelor degree is awarded after a study of 180 credits. There is a distinction between 'professional' and 'academic' bachelors. A professional bachelor's is vocational and prepares the student for the job market. An academic bachelor relies more on scientific knowledge and research and prepares the student for a Master. Professional bachelor's are organized by colleges. Academic bachelors are organized by universities and vocational schools in collaboration with universities.

• An aviation oriented Academic Bachelor can be obtained at the Erasmus Hogeschool in Brussels, via a shortened program of one year if you've graduated as airline pilot. This means that you must have: the licensing of professional airplane pilot, issued or recognized by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the power instrument rating and the evidence to have passed the examinations on the general knowledge required to obtain the authorization of airline pilot (CPL / IR 'frozen ATPL'). This way you will acquire an Academic Bachelor 's in industrial science' with specialization  in 'electromechanics.

 
The Erasmus University has a special program (unique in Belgium!) that allows pilots to pick an accelerated academic Bachelor. The shortened program includes 837 teaching hours or 79 credits, and (theoretically)doable in one academic year (limit at 80 SP). Students are advised, however, to spread it over a period of eighteen months, given the fact tha a normal year includes 60 credits and the shortened program is not easy.

A student wishing to enroll in full-time education can follows his / her master diploma:

- Academic Year 1: 60 credits from the shortened program

- Academic Year 2: remaining 19 credits from the short program + 40 credits from the Master (all subjects)

- Academic Year 3 (to February): remaining 20 credits from the master (= master thesis (independent work with guidance)).

Naturally, the candidates are still free to spread it over a different period of time.

• The Erasmus University may also allow current students to forgo one or more subjects during their studies for airline pilot. This can be in the form of a credit contract, for which no special training is required. This way they can a headstart in the program.

This way, the road is open to acquire the NA CPL / IR 'frozen ATPL' two official diplomas!