ICAO to UK PPL Conversion Course & Ground School (Online & In-Person)

Our UK CAA approved PPL (Private pilot licence) theory course and ground school, can be attended online or in-person, and provides you with the theoretical knowledge you need to sit the 2x CAA PPL exams required as part of your ICAO to UK PPL pilot licence conversion. (Human Performance & Airlaw)

Learn your UK PPL conversion theory properly, rather than just learning questions, through our approved interactive content, question bank, practice tests and instructor support.

This course is available as:

✅ Self Study Theory Course
✅ Online Ground School
✅ In-Person Ground School

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You MUST meet the minimum requirements listed HERE in order to complete this course.

Who is this course aimed at ?

  • Existing ICAO / FAA/ CASA/ EASA PPL Licence holders who want to gain a UK issued PPL(A)

How would you like to join?

(Online or In-Person)

£250 -

(Once off)

  • Join our structured ground school online or in person, and allow our instructors to brushup your knowledge of both ICAO to UK PPL conversion subjects (HPL & LAW). You also get full access to all our interactive learning material, question bank and practice exams

    10 week evenings or Weekend options available
  • Learning material (2 x PPL Conversion subjects)
  • Solutionbank (Questionbank for 2 x PPL Conversion subjects)
  • Practice exams (2 x PPL Conversion subjects)
  • Revision Key Facts (2 x PPL Conversion subjects)
  • Instructor help & support
    (live session, online live chat or email)
  • 2x Pre exam Brushup Knowledge Checks
  • 3x Months access to the SkyLearner system
  • Professional instructor led ground school sessions
    (Online or in-person option)
    (Mon-Wed 6pm-10pm for 2 weeks option)
    (Sat Only 8am-4pm for 2 weeks option)
  • 2x UK CAA PPL Conversion Exams

    (Available as addon)

  • PPL Skills Flight Test

    (Can be referred to a flight examiner)

  • Next Course Dates (Space Available):
    01 July 2024
    30th September 2024
  • Choose a Date

How the course works

General Description

The ICAO to UK PPL (A) online self study theory course is designed to allow you to study at home on your own time schedule, using the SkyLearner interactive learning material, question bank, practice exams, and instructor support.

At any point you get stuck, you can simply reach out to us using our live chat or send us an email.

Learning Path

  1. Complete the subject learning material, tests and practice exams online.
  2. Successfully complete a knowledge check with a SkyLearner instructor online (1 hr pre-exam brushup, over Microsoft Teams.
  3. Practice questions and exams in our solutionbank (Question Bank)
  4. Sit your 2 x official CAA exams (Human Performance & Airlaw), one at a time or together at one of our training venues, or at your local flight training school.
  5. Repeat until you complete both Human Performance and Airlaw theory exams.
  6. Once complete, we will verify that you meet the requirements for conversion as laid out in UK Aircrew Regulations Part FCL, and issue you with a course completion certificate with a recommendation for skills test. We can recommend a flight examiner, or you can arrange to use a local flight examiner to undertake your skills test.

Remember, we are available to answer any of your questions relating to your license conversion.


Available 24 hrs a day, you set the pace and duration to match your schedule.

General Description

The SkyLearner ICAO to UK PPL (A) ground school option is designed for those wanting to go through the core areas of Human Performance and Airlaw, like a traditional classroom.

Using our classroom studio, or Microsoft Teams (Depending on class sizes), you can come and join us in-person at one of our training venues or join the live session online.

You will also get 6 months access to the SkyLearner system, including interactive learning material, question bank, practice exams and so much more...

Learning Path

  1. Choose a course start date. The dates shown are for the HPL and Airlaw sections of the PPL Ground school.
  2. Start pre-reading your learning material
  3. Attend the PPL ground school (Online or In-Person) for both UK PPL Conversion Subjects as per the course timetable. This gives you the chance to learn the core concepts, ask any questions on the spot and join the dots...
  4. Practice questions in our solution bank (question bank) until you feel ready to sit the exams.
  5. Sit the CAA exam for each subject, one at a time, at one of our training venues, or at your local flying school. 
  6. Once complete, we will verify that you meet the requirements for conversion as laid out in UK Aircrew Regulations Part FCL, and issue you with a course completion certificate with a recommendation for skills test. We can recommend a flight examiner, or you can arrange to use a local flight examiner to undertake your skills test.

Along the way, you can always reach out and get the help you need to support you passing the exams, and understanding the subjects.

Available Venues

  • Online from your home
  • At our training venue in Carrickfergus, UK. 


We publish PPL ground school dates for the next 12 months, but spaces are limited to a maximum of 12 people to ensure learning is not maximum.  The ICAO to UK PPL course, piggybacks off the main PPL ground school course and the dates shown are for the relevant airlaw and human performance subjects, required for licence conversion.

To choose a course date, select the ground school option from the course options above.

ICAO to UK PPL(A) Conversion Syllabus and Subjects​

This course is approved by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority and contains the following Subjects in accordance with the theoretical knowledge requirements for the conversion of an ICAO PPL to a UK Private Pilot’s Licence (Aeroplanes) in compliance with UK Part FCL 215.

Human Performance & Limitations ​

Learn the basics of human behaviour, and decision making through effective threat and error management.

Airlaw ​

Discover the complex set of international and domestic rules and regulations which govern the aviation industry

ICAO to UK PPL Conversion Requirements

In order to simply convert your ICAO PPL to a UK PPL, at the time of flight test, you must:

  • Hold a valid ICAO ATPL, CPL or PPL and the rating you wish to transfer must be valid (eg. SEP)
  • Hold a valid UK Part MED class 1, or 2 medical certificate
  • Have completed a minimum of 100 total flying hours on aircraft within the same category, e.g SEP.
  • Pass PPL Human Performance & Airlaw subject CAA exams
  • Pass a skills test with flight examiner.
If you do not meet these requirements, you are not eligible for conversion of your ICAO PPL to a UK PPL, and should contact us or the UK CAA for further guidance as additional training may be required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!, We call our questionbank the “Solutionbank” because we always work hard to provide explanations to our every expanding set of questions. We regularly update the questions and are always available to answer any followup questions.

This one really depends on you, whether you choose our distance learning course, virtual groundschool or In person groundschool, we will always aim to support your goals, however typical time frames are:

  • Online Self Study Course:  2 Months part-time
  • Ground school (Online or in-person): 1 Month preread +2 weeks of virtual or in-person ground school

We recommend you sit the subjects in the following order, as this helps build up theory concepts, and makes the learning path more logical.

The order we recommend is:

  1. Human Performance
  2. Airlaw

A Private Pilot License (Aeroplane), is a license designed to allow you to take your friends and family flying. Although the PPL license is designed for hobby flying, it is often used as a stepping stone towards a commercial pilot license.

In order to gain a PPL you need to:

  • Complete a minimum of 45 hours total flying time
  • Successfully pass the 9 x PPL theory examinations
  • Pass a practical skills test with a flight examiner
*Additional sub requirements apply, please visit the UK CAA website for more information. Click HERE to learn more.

There are 9 PPL exams, one in each of the 9 subjects. The LAPL uses the same exams as PPL. To convert your ICAO/ FAA/ CASA/ EASA PPL to to UK PPL(A) you are only required to pass the 2 subjects of:

  • Human performance & limitations
  • Airlaw

The format of the exams is:

  • All questions are Multiple choice or dropdown answers
  • You must pass each exam within 4 attempts, otherwise all exams need reattempted.
  • You have a maximum of 18 months from the date of your first exam attempt to pass the 2 conversion exams. Once you pass both exams, you have 24 months to successfully pass the UK PPL practical skills test.
  • Each exam has a pass mark of 75%

Exam details

  1. Human Performance & Limitations | 12 Questions | 0:25 mins
  2. Airlaw | 16 Questions | 0:35 mins

An ICAO (International Civil Aviation Authority) licence, is issued by most of the world, when the country is an ICAO member.  This includes most of the countries of the world with the exception of:

  • The Holy See
  • Liechtenstein

The UK is an ICAO member state and recognises the validity of other ICAO member states license for conversion. ICAO licences also include licences issued by the FAA, CASA, and EASA.


UK CAA Approved Training

SkyLearner Aviation is an approved training organisation (ATO), recognised by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

UK - Private Pilots License (PPL-A)

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