Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) upgrade course

Upgrade your flying experience into a Commercial Pilot Licence

This version of the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) course is suitable for pilots who want to combine their previous flying experience with further learning to attain their CPL. We refer to this as our ‘CPL Upgrade Course’ (otherwise known as a ‘non-integrated’ course).


The course is suitable for a person:

  • with a Private Pilot Licence that has completed their flying training on a part-time/casual basis, possibly with various flight schools
  • with a Private Pilot Licence with significant flying experience over a number of years
  • without a a Private Pilot Licence who has significant flying experience in other classes of aircraft outside of general aviation, including gliders or sport/ultralight aircraft
  • or any combination of the above.

At the commencement of your course we will conduct a training needs analysis with you to determine what competencies you currently have and identify any gaps that may exist relating to the standards for the CPL. We will take account of the hours and experience you have previously attained. This analysis may include a flight check with one of our instructors.


We will then create a customised training plan to prepare you for the CPL flight test. Your training plan will include the flight training and simulator training (including instructor briefings) that you need to undertake to be ready for the flight test. Please note that the training plan is primarily focused on the competencies and standards necessary to attain a CPL and not simply about attaining the minimum hours needed for the CPL. The training plan, duration of the course, and course fees will therefore vary for each individual student.


If you have no previous flying experience or limited flying experience we suggest you consider the integrated CPL course or the Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence.

How do I get my CPL in this course?

To be ready for your CPL flight test at the end of the course, you will need to:

  • have at least 200 hours of total aeronautical experience, with at least:
    • 190 hours of flight time as a pilot
    • 100 hours in command of an aeroplane
    • 20 hours command cross country
    • 10 hours instrument flight time with at least 5 hours of this in an aeroplane.
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold a valid class 1 medical certificate
  • have passed 7 x CPL theory exams

Course outcomes

The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) can open doors to many opportunities across aviation. It enables you to fly as the pilot in command of a single engine aircraft, or as the co-pilot of a multi-crew aircraft conducting commercial operations within Australia.


On successful completion of the full course, students will attain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) issued by CASA.

Theory  exams

There are seven theory subjects to complete for the CPL, each based on topics such as flight rules and air law, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, human factors, operation, performance and planning, power plants and aircraft systems. The study for each subject is undertaken as self-paced learning and exams taken at your own time and pace. We recommend that you pass all (or most) of the theory exams before commencing flight training in this course. This course does not include timetabled theory classes or instructor supervision of your theory study.


This course is offered full-time or part-time at a pace that suits your availability and budget. The amount of training required, and the likely duration of your training, will be specified in the training plan developed by your instructor at the commencement of the course.

What is included

  • Flight Training as required in:
    • Cessna 172
    • Cessna 206
    • Simulator
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • CASA license and testing fees 1


TUITION FEES – indicative fees will be specified in your customised training plan.

This course does attract GST and this will be included where applicable.


OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approx. $2100.00 – covers charts and aeronautical documents, 7 x CPL theory exams, class 1 aviation medical examination.



  • 1 x CPL navigation exercise to mainland approx. $500.00
  • headset $360.00

Payment options

  • Pay-as-you-go

Find out more about our payment options

Take the next step

You can begin your application for this course today. It’s quick, easy and our online system will guide you through the steps.


If you’re not ready to apply yet, register your interest with us online. We’ll provide you with further information and updates on the course.


You’re also welcome to contact us – we are happy to answer your questions and provide further information about the Diploma and other training options.

Why do your flying training with us?

We pride ourselves on producing commercial pilots who are highly skilled, confident, safe and job-ready. We have a strong reputation in the industry with high quality flight instruction in an authentic commercial aviation organisation. We operate to high standards with well-equipped commercial aircraft. Read more about how the Par Avion difference can make a real difference to your training and career, and the many advantages of undertaking flying training in Tasmania.

Further options

Upon successful completion of the CPL course you will be looking to gain employment within the aviation sector. We can provide more advanced training to further your skills and employability, such as a Multi-Engine Aircraft Class Rating, an Instrument Rating (multi-engine or single-engine), or for those looking to pass their skills on to others – a Flight Instructor Rating.



1 Indicative fees are based on average requirements for attainment. Where a student requires additional flying time, or more that one attempt at a theory test or flight test to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.

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