Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots

Cirrus’s global network of Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) is composed of experienced Instrument Flight Instructors (CFII’s) that have been specially trained by the specialists at Cirrus Aircraft headquarters. These professional flight instructors have undergone extensive ground and flight training in Cirrus aircraft to distinguish themselves as an expert in Cirrus flight training. All CSIPs use standardized flight operations manuals, syllabus suites, and procedures to ensure that your flight training is consistent with other Cirrus pilots’ training and with that of the factory training at Cirrus Headquarters.

CSIPs can accommodate almost any flight training request or requirement and are the preferred training providers by leading insurance underwriters. Cirrus Aircraft strongly recommends that all initial and recurrent Cirrus training be conducted by a CSIP, a CTC, or with a factory instructor from Cirrus Headquarters. Schedule your next flight with a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot near you.

Become a CSIP

As a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), you are part of an exclusive team of instructors who specialize in teaching students to fly the best-selling, single engine piston airplane in the world – Cirrus Aircraft. Once recognized as a CSIP by Cirrus, you will be advertised and promoted on our website allowing Cirrus pilots to find you directly. In addition to the visibility you’ll receive from inclusion in this worldwide directory, the CSIP credentials you have earned will enable you to teach pilots whose insurance mandates they train or fly with a CSIP. As a CSIP, you will enjoy a number of benefits and rewards:

  • Worldwide recognition as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot
  • Promotion as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot through the Cirrus website
  • Exclusive access to the latest Cirrus Training Materials and product information via our online training portal
  • An invitation to annual symposiums and periodic training communication from Cirrus developed for the Cirrus training network
  • Use of Cirrus corporate marketing tools and resources in promoting your training capabilities
  • Significant discounts on almost everything from our company store, Cirrus Connection, including training and technical publications, software, clothing, and other merchandise, with opportunity for resale
  • Direct training referrals from our flight training staff at Cirrus headquarters
  • Inclusion in our Partner Sales Referral program, which incentivizes referrers of new Cirrus aircraft sales at twice the rate of non-partners

CSIP Requirements

The requirements to become a CSIP are:

  • CFII (Instrument Flight Instructor) or international equivalent
  • 500 hours total flight time


  • 250 hours dual instruction given
  • Professional and moral character

To become part of our elite CSIP Network, start by filling out this application. For more information, please email

Apply to be a CSIP

Initial CSIP Training

CSIP training is a comprehensive course and requires dedicated pre-training on your part to be prepared for the intensive flight training segment. Flight training occurs only with a Cirrus headquarters professional flight instructor with emphasis on developing your ability to fly and teach in a standardized fashion using Cirrus’ proven syllabi. Closely mirroring the style of the customer Transition Training program, CSIP training goes one big step further as you will be required to demonstrate an instructor level of knowledge. By the end of the course, you will be expected to teach the last few lessons.

For most flight instructors, CSIP training is scheduled to occur over the course of 5 days with a mix of ground and flight lessons. The price is approximately $8000 which includes 5 days of flight instruction, 1 hour in our FTD, and a training kit. Travel and accommodations are not included in this estimate. Since the course is completely proficiency based, the course may be longer or shorter depending on experience and aptitude. Cirrus requires that all CSIP applicants have sufficient knowledge of systems and operations before on-site training can take place. Failure to properly prepare for CSIP training will increase your overall training time and expense.

CSIP Renewal

To retain status as an active and current CSIP, you must renew your status annually. To renew status, each CSIP must earn at least 10 credits during the past year of activity. Credits can be earned for overall experience, qualifications and ratings, flight activity, event attendance, and membership in professional organizations.

The CSIP Renewal Application can be found on the Cirrus Learning Portal and you will be reminded of your renewal two months prior to your expiration. All CSIPs must successfully complete online modules and quizzes as part of the renewal process.