What qualifies as "Professional Work Experience?"

Hello. I am a recently returned missionary who is trying to get into flight school to become a commercial pilot. I have just been told that I do not meet the requirements for entering this school due to not having sufficient professional work experience, however they have not specified on what that entails. I am 23 years old and have been in the work force since I graduated high school at the age of 18. On top of that I have served 2 years as an authorized representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints performing humanitarian, and religious work in the Caribbean. I would like clarification on what they are looking for, so that I can get started on my career path. Any and all help is appreciated. Thank you.


I recommend you call the admission department and ask them. We are just pilots here and don’t participate in any of the student selection process for program admissions. I will say though, if you got denied based on your resume so far, I’d consider pursuing either a PPL or a bachelors degree. Both of those will help you with admission at a later date.



While doing mission work is admirable, I doubt that most learning institutions or large companies would consider that to be “professional work experience”. It is mission work, not work.

Call them and ask them what you could do to better your chances for admission.