Transfer Students

As a transfer student, you may have experience in postsecondary education or career training. At Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA), we understand there are numerous reasons why you may become a transfer student from another institution. Whether your career interests have changed, your previous institution wasn’t a good fit, or another personal reason, our admissions representatives are prepared to support you through your transition.

The training at PIA focuses on hands-on learning built around real world projects you may complete while working as an aviation technician. Aviation is a vast, ever-expanding industry, constantly contributing to the day-to-day lives of individuals around the world. Our Career Services team creates connections with aviation companies from every sector of the industry to bring opportunities to students via on site Career Fairs, employer presentations, and on site interviews.

Are you ready to find your purpose at PIA?


Aviation technicians are in high demand due to the industry shortage caused by current technicians reaching retirement age and less people pursuing careers in technical trade. Those positions need to be filled by well trained, safety focused aviation technicians.

Technological advancements continue to create more opportunity within the aviation industry. The projected growth for aviation technician positions is 11% by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No previous training or experience is required for you to find your purpose at PIA. Review our admission requirements to learn more.

The training at PIA emphasizes hands-on learning through projects that mirror the work students may complete as aviation technicians.

Skilled faculty present thorough instruction as they blend their practical experience with new information and techniques.

The length of your aviation technician training depends on your program of choice and training location. PIA’s mission is to provide high quality training in a short amount of time. Click here to view our training options and locations.

The cost of your aviation technician training depends on your program of choice and training location. Click here to view our training options and locations.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Review our financial aid page for more details.

Aviation technicians have dynamic opportunities which include commercial aviation, medical transport, military, space and much more. An aviation technician is essential to every flight. As an aviation technician, you will be part of a team of technicians who make the aircraft safe for passengers and crew.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) graduates have found exciting careers that allow them to work with their hands and solve problems every day. Are you ready to find your purpose at PIA?

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Complete these next steps:

  • Complete your FAFSA (PIA school code 005310)
  • Request your official transcripts
  • Schedule a campus visit
  • Complete an application

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Credit for Comparable Education, Training, and Experience

Credit for Comparable Education and Training

At the school’s discretion, credit may be granted to a transfer student for comparable education and training. This credit may be based on approved coursework from other recognized schools or training facilities (when course descriptions match closely), or from the results of evaluation tests (when the course descriptions do not match closely enough). These examinations may be written, practical, or a combination of both, depending on the area being evaluated.

Prior Learning Assessment

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is a member of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Consortium. As such, PIA evaluates experiential learning and prior education based upon Advanced Placement (AP) courses, military training/experience, industry training programs, and professional licenses/certifications. Assessment of credit toward PIA degree and non-degree programs can be through a recognized national evaluation (CLEP, DANTES, ACE), a school challenge examination, or through a skill demonstration. A maximum of 16 credit hours may be granted through College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit awarded for comparable education/training is limited to 50% of the total program credit hours.


Under the PLA program, the Director of Education reviews each transcript(s) and/or exam result(s) to assign the appropriate credit. The transfer student is responsible for furnishing all required training documentation, test scores, and/or transcripts to the school for evaluation.

Regardless of the amount of credit awarded for previous education and training, a minimum of 25% must be completed in-residence in order to receive an Associates in Specialized Technology Degree or diploma/certificate from PIA.

All students admitted to PIA must possess a High School Diploma or GED equivalency. Applicants must also complete a Math Skills Assessment (MSA) prior to enrolling. The purpose of this assessment is to gauge the math skills level of the applicant so that any deficiencies can be addressed.

Paying for Your Training

Applicants for admission to PIA’s School of Specialized Technology are required to visit the school for a personal interview and a tour of the school’s facilities prior to beginning classes. The tour and personal interview are conducted by a qualified Admissions Representative and are intended to give the prospective student an understanding of the following:

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Visitors are encouraged to ask questions, so that they can make informed decisions concerning the career fields presented, costs, and methods of payment.

Due to strict industry regulations pertaining to criminal convictions, the school reserves the right to reevaluate a student for admission to the program if he/she has disclosed the presence of a criminal background on the enrollment agreement. In such instances, a meeting with the student will be held by the Associate Director of Career Services or Executive Director of Academic & Student Affairs to determine if such a background would prevent or seriously hinder the student from benefiting from the educational programs offered by the school.

If an applicant pays the registration fee, but is not accepted into the program selected, the registration fee will be refunded in its entirety.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has established the policy that each qualified individual shall have equal opportunity in education, employment and services at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1988 (WIA) and other state and federal laws, no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment, any educational program, recruiting and admitting students, awarding financial aid, awarding scholarships, recruiting and hiring faculty and staff, or in operating any of its programs and activities, on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, ancestry, family status, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or on any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics does not discriminate on any prohibited ground, to: registrants, applicants, eligible applicants/recipients, participants, applicants for employment, employees or members of the public, including those with impaired vision or hearing, and unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with recipients. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the equal opportunity and non-discrimination policies: Jason Mongan, Executive Director for Academic and Student Affairs, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, PO Box 10897, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Phone: 412-346-2100 / Email:


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The Individualized Attention You Deserve

– PIA Admissions Department

  • Hagerstown Campus

    Barbara Martin

    Admissions Representative

  • Myrtle Beach Campus

    Dana Smith

    Admissions Representative

  • Youngstown Campus

    Lori Fine

    Admissions Representative

Additional Student Information

PIA provides a list of properties that have been used by PIA students in the past as well as several new listings. You can access the housing list for each campus below:

Myrtle Beach

PIA provides access to a counseling service that is free to all students: Washington EAP Services. To discover the resources available, contact the service directly by calling 1-800-EAP-LINK (1-800-327-5465) or visit their website. These services are available at every branch of PIA.

Once you are enrolled at PIA (or afterward upon request), you can give PIA written permission for a third party to inquire about your academic progress and attendance. This written permission is necessary due to the regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).