Summer training in the cadet program is delivered at Summer Training Centres across Canada that deliver 2 week, 3 week, and 6 week courses. Summer courses are geared to the age and training level of the cadet. These courses are divided among a number of themed areas of the air cadet program:
- aviation technology
- fitness and sports
- music (band)
First year cadets, usually age 12 or 13, who have completed Level 1 can attend a two week course called General Training.
Three week Basic courses designed for 13 and 14 year olds are available to cadets following Level 2. These include:
- Basic Leadership
- Basic Aviation
- Basic Fitness and Sports
- Basic Survival
- Basic Musician
- Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace.
Level 3 & 4
Once cadets have completed Level 3 they can apply for 6 week advanced specialty courses that include
- Advanced Aviation (only 3 wks)
- Air Rifle Marskmanship Instructor
- Leadership and Ceremonial Instructor
- Survival Instructor
- Intermediate Musician
- Advanced Musician
- Senior / National Courses & Training Opportunities
Finally, there are national courses awarded on merit. These include:
The Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS)
A six-week course with an intensive programme of ground school and in-flight glider pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada written exam will qualify for a glider pilot licence and be awarded Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings.
The Power Pilot Scholarship
A seven-week course that allows cadets to get their private pilot license and their Air Cadet Power Pilot Wings.
A two-week trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, home to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
The International Air Cadet Exchange
A three-week exchange that allow cadets to visit air bases, centres of industry, world landmarks, universities, cultural centres and museums, and experience private hospitality with families in their own homes. It is intended for outstanding senior cadets who will represent Canada with distinction.
Advanced Aerospace, Advanced Aviation Technology Courses – Airport Operations and Advanced Aviation Technology Courses – Aircraft Maintenance.
After successfully completing a summer course, cadets are
presented with a qualification badge to display on their uniform.