Suzanne Kearns, a professor at the aviation program at University of Waterloo, designed the online course named Fundamentals of the Air Transport System. The free online course aims to address aviation staffing shortfall.
"What we're trying to do is support the next generation of aviation professionals," professor Kearns told CBC on The Morning Edition.
The course will include nine sections, each needing 45 to 90 minutes to complete and covering subject matters like air law, aircraft and navigation. While it's free to take the course, it will cost $100 US to write a qualifying exam for an electronic certificate.
"The number of pilots needed in Canada is about twice the number of pilots that our flight school is producing every year," Kearns said.
A release from University of Waterloo said people may find the cost of training to be a barrier or not know about the range of aviation-related careers that exist.
The University expects the online course to address some of the barriers young people may have to exploring those career options.