Singapore Airlines Cadet Program – Open to all nationalities!

It has come to our attention that Singapore Airlines has recently opened their cadet program to ALL nationalities! The program is FULLY SPONSORED.

Up until recent, this program was only open to Singapore nationals but that has changed. This is attributed to the growth of air travel in Asia. Asian carriers will have a very high demand for pilots but will not be able to fill the numbers with interested nationals.

Check out the requirements below. Application link at the bottom. Go!

This entry-level position is based in Singapore, and is for candidates who display a strong interest in aviation.


  • Polytechnic Diploma or University Degree. In addition, you must demonstrate proficiency in English, Mathematics and Science, preferably Physics (with at least credits in GCE ‘O’ levels or its equivalent)
  • At least 1.65m in height
  • Myopia of not more than 500 degrees and astigmatism of not more than 200 degrees, fully correctable with optical aids. For candidates who have undergone corrective eye surgery, the pre-surgical visual acuity must meet the above requirements
  • Medically fit
  • Completed, exempted from, or not liable for National Service


All interviews will be held in Singapore. Applicants undergo five stages comprising online application, preliminary interview, aptitude test, final interview with senior management as well as a medical check-up.


Successful candidates will undergo training to acquire either an Airline Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) or a Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) at Singapore Flying College and overseas.


Successful candidates will enjoy a rewarding career coupled with extensive training and personal growth development with Singapore Airlines or our subsidiaries SilkAir or SIA Cargo.


A monthly allowance will be provided during your training.  On appointment as First Officer, you will enjoy an attractive salary, along with various allowances and benefits.


Successful candidates will be required to serve the employer company for the duration of the training and for a period of seven years from the date of appointment as First Officer.


Candidates who have attended our final interviews previously need not apply.

Candidate must be ready to join within 6 months from date of application.

We thank all applicants for their applications and regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Job LocationSingapore, , SingaporePosition TypeFull-Time/Regular
If you’re interested in applying, please head over to the Cadet Pilot page. Good luck!

55 thoughts on “Singapore Airlines Cadet Program – Open to all nationalities!”

  1. This is not fair 😭😭😭😭😭, this programme should have been launched on next January bcz my academic courses will be clear on coming june

    1. This program, along with many others will always be around as the aviation industry continues to expand. You can apply once you have finished your courses.

      1. I’m interested in this programme. Could you give me more details about this on my email?
        thaks you!

      2. I am interested too. I’ve been involved in civil aviation since 2010 as an Aviation English Instructor as well as ICAO Language Proficiency Rater. Aviation is fascinating

  2. Iam interested in this cadet pilot programme. Would like to know more. Pl contact on my email I’d .

  3. There is a problem with the onine system I think.
    Unfortunately I cannot send my application, the system says that a temporary failure has occured

    Could you please help me who I have to contact?

  4. I am malaysian, i just have SPM (sijil pelajaran malaysia) which an exam certificate when I finished my secondary school, is I deserve to apply Singapore Airlines cadet?

  5. i have no passport ryt now but i ll get passport in 15 days so may i apply after tht?
    and how much cost of cadet pilot programm?

    1. Hi Aishwary,

      There’s no cost to you. You will have to serve with the airline for at least seven years.

  6. Will I bear the full cost of travelling for the interview and selection. also what about accommodation

    1. Hi Bee,

      It’s usually around the two week mark. Unsure if the bother sending emails to those that didn’t make it.

  7. I am interested in this cadet pilot programme. But my height is 1.61m. Shall I get chance..

  8. any idea if they have taken any international applicant till now ?? what i know as of now only Singaporeans are being called for the interviews

  9. Can I still apply for Cadet Pilot training for Singapore Airlines? If not, when will be next opening for application?

  10. Do i just require High school Studies or should I go for more higher studies before joining with Singapore airlines. Also can Indians join for this program?

  11. The problem is that these airlines never pick African students, I have never failed to apply but no response.

  12. Hi, I am also trying to apply online, but it seems the system will not accept any new applications. I have tried a couple times every day for the last 2 weeks with no success. Is there any other way to apply?

  13. Hi there, may I know, for the cover letter part, should I refer to SIA only or is there any specific person to refer? Appreciate your response. Thanks.

  14. I have passed class 12 CBSE and 10th is it equivalent to GCE ‘0’ AND GCE ‘A’?

  15. It has closed for all nationalities now, (only for Malaysians and Singaporeans) . when will it be open again

    1. Never ever, they never invited anyone to that crap interview. SIA along with CAAC, UAE based airlines you will feel the subject of “racism”
      according to an SIA training captain, no one will stand a chance unless they are Singaporeans (Citizens, not PRs) and Malaysians!
      Stay away
      Find an airline that respect nationalities all kinds, then you’ll able to join that airline with pleasure!

      1. The ab-initio program is for Singapore or Malaysian citizens as far as Singapore Airlines goes. Almost ALL ab-initio pilot cadet programs are only available to nationals due to government policies. Even Cathay Pacific made the change a few years ago. You can find advanced programs will consider other nationals.

  16. Hello, I am a seafarer in my present occupation but becoming an airline pilot is what I wanted to become. I graduated in a maritime Academy here in the Philippines but my heart is strongly in aviation. During my spare time I study pilot handbook of aeronautical knowledge and Aerospace Engineering. I also love mathematics since pilots are good in math and physics and spatial awareness or navigation.
    In my case I already have an account with the SIA Ab Initio program. But in my application, I cannot complete yet my resume or curriculum vitae. Can I submit a resume even my work experience is not yet a ship officer? A matter of fact my first flight experience was aboard Singapore Airlines flight. And I enjoy flying with SIA.
    Thank you for your assistance.

    Best regards,


    1. Do not submit anything you have not actually done. You can mention that you have graduated but its not experience. You should also be aware that the ab-initio cadet program is open to Singapore and Malaysian nationals.

  17. In grade 10 I have passed GCSE ‘O’ level and in grade 12 i have passed ib diploma is it equivalent to GCSE ‘A’ level or politechnic dploma?

  18. Will you take salary amount for sponsored training fee in a bond period ? And if yes ,then how much amount Will you take from salary per month.

  19. Hi, I am a self sponsored student, doing my pilot training in New Zealand. can they please pay for my CPL and multi Engine instrument rating?

    thank you

      1. I’m from Malaysia , what requirement do you need , after SPM or must take STPM . I want to know more information about the requirement you need , how to apply your cadet program , how long do your program , and after the program we can get a job in Singapore Airline? Pls reply me asap tqvm.

  20. I’m from Malaysia , what requirement do you need , after SPM or must take STPM . I want to know more information about the requirement you need , how to apply your cadet program , how long do your program , and after the program we can get a job in Singapore Airline? Pls reply me asap tqvm.

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