Non-commercial Tandem Pilot

The APPI Non-commercial Tandem Pilot (NCTP) rating is the first step to become an APPI Professional member.
During their training, candidates review APPI Standards, procedures and general related issues.
As well, candidates review their practical flying ability, general procedures and paragliding knowledge
Open Sky Tandem Pilots are allowed to fly with insured pilots only for non-commercial flights.

Prerequisites/ Course Contents/ Obligation

To enroll in an NCTP Program, an individual must:

  1. Be certified as an Advanced Pilot (Including XC, Advanced SIV, Soaring and Alpine specialties), with APPI or another recreational paragliding training organization, for at least one year.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Have a good medical record (stated on the health form), and be in a state of health which is fit for paragliding as a profession.
  4. Have completed a five day Tandem Basic Course, including minimum 10 flights with the APPI Tandem Instructor Examiner.
  5. Submit proof of First Aid training (Red Cross or other rescue organization equivalence).
  6. Submit documentation of any qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level issued by another recreational paragliding training organization.

Training and Certification

Non-commercial Tandem Pilots candidates must satisfactorily complete all course performance requirements. To apply for certification, the certified APPI Instructor submits online a completed, validated Non-commercial Tandem Pilot Application to APPI website, along with the required photo, application fee and other qualifying certification documentation (if applicable). Upon approval of the application, APPI will issue an APPI Certification Card.

Note: Non-commercial Tandem Pilot Course has a 2 year validity, for candidates who want to enroll in an APPI Pro Tandem Pilot Course and validate Certification. If certification expires, the course must be repeated (safety rules and APPI quality standards).


To renew annually, a Non-commercial Tandem Pilot submits a Membership Agreement with payment of membership fees. Pilots who have let their membership lapse will need to fulfil additional requirements designated by the APPI Training and Quality Management Department before regaining their status.

Download documents:

  1. APPI Response Awareness
  2. APPI Logbook
  3. APPI Non-commercial Tandem Pilot certification requirements
  4. APPI Non-commercial Tandem Pilot Exam

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