Thanks in advance.
Yes, the focus is more on principles of instruction and adherence to the current TC training structure than on your ability to accurately fly a plane. There are a couple Class 1s who have worked their instructor course down to a fine art who can get you through the exam and flight test with the bare minimum amount of time and money spent. If you're willing to keep your head low and jump through the hoops, that's one option to get your rating quick.
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The 200hr pilot has a huge advantage in respect of getting a class IV instructor rating. He or she learned the "Transport Canada way" of learning to fly starting only 200 hours ago, and doesn't have to reach back past 10,000 hours of flying to remember (or most likely, re-learn from scratch) how Transport Canada wants it to be taught.a 10,000hr pilot require the same training as a 200hr pilot
Once you have your instructor rating, and more likely after you've finished your period of direct supervision at an FTU and upgrade to a Class III instructor rating, then you can draw on those thousands of hours of experience to inform what and how you teach. Until then, you have to keep your head down and impress the examiner not with your consumate skill but with your consumate attention to to the TC syllabus.
You might also like to know that the actual standard of flying expected from a candidate for a Class IV instructor rating is only that of a bare pass for each exercise (2 - major error or major deviation).
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/r ... 7fd#421_26
(ii) An applicant who holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence - Aeroplane, or a teaching certificate issued by provincial or territorial authorities, shall be credited with 10 hours of the 25 hours' ground school instruction requirement.