In order to obtain an Instrument Pilot Rating, you must hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate, and you must successfully pass the FAA Knowledge Test and a practical test for an Instrument Rating. The practical test consists of an oral examination and a flight test. This test is given by a FAA Inspector or a FAA Designated Flight Examiner.
When these tests are successfully completed, you will receive a Instrument Rating and be able to fly an airplane under Instrument Flight Rules ( IFR ) as denoted by the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's).
We recommend to all of our Private Pilot Course graduates to obtain an Instrument Rating. With our experience, an instrument rated pilot will be able to fly an airplane a lot more precisely and become a lot more familiar with the Air Traffic Control System. Additionally, the pilot will be able to fly through clouds and fog so that you have more flexibility to go more places, not affected by weather conditions such as a Non-Instrument rated pilot.
For a pilot who is interested in pursuing a professional pilot job, a Commercial Pilot Certificate is needed. A Commercial Pilot Certificate is required to be able to get paid money for your flight. For example, Certified Flight Instructor, Charter Pilot, Cargo Pilot, Aerial Photography, etc. Some commercial operations require, after you have become a commercial pilot, to go through the Part 135 check-ride or other check-rides depending on the operation you will be getting into.