About the Flight Instructor Refresher Course
Who is the refresher course for?
If you are reading this you are either interested in becoming an instructor, or needing to renew your instructor rating. A TC approved instructor refresher course is designed to allow current flight instructors an opportunity to renew their rating without having to do another flight test. However, you can only renew your rating twice consecutively by means of the instructor refresher course. Then, you will have to do a flight test. Check out CARs 421.66 here.
The benefits of the refresher course are that it can be done virtually over a weekend (no pun intended). Furthermore, if your rating expires over the winter months in Canada it might be easier to take the refresher course than to hope for VFR weather in November on the day of your flight test. Moreover, you get to meet a bunch of instructors from all over Canada.
There are in person refresher courses, but I could not find one taking place in my area before my rating was to expire. So, I opted for the Aviation Solutions Online Course.