Course code: AVI50219 (supersedes AVI50215 from first intake in 2020)
This information applies to Australian domestic students
(information for overseas students is here)
This course is an approved course for VET Student Loans.
Your gateway to a career in aviation
A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is the initial benchmark licence for working in the aviation industry as a pilot. Commercial pilots may fly for hire or reward and are authorised to act as pilot in command for aircraft only requiring one pilot, or as co-pilot for aircraft requiring two pilots. The diploma qualification, together with the CPL, provide you with the qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience to operate as a commercial pilot and to seek initial employment in various roles 1.
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On successful completion of the full course, students will attain:
- an AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) – a nationally recognised qualification issued by Par Avion Flight Training as Registered Training Organisation (provider number 40601); and
- a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) 2 issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA); and
- a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) 2 issued by CASA.
The Diploma course is comprised of 28 core units and one elective unit. The units cover all relevant competencies, knowledge and skills for a commercial pilot and correlate with PPL and CPL licence requirements. For further information on the content of the course, see the qualification details in AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) on training.gov.au.
The course is a blend of theoretical, practical and self-guided learning, together with assessment. The timetable is carefully designed to assist students to progress through the learning and assessment requirements in an achievable and meaningful way.
A typical week of study generally involves:
- attending theory classes
- participating in flight training in aircraft and simulators (including some flying on weekends and at night)
- attending pre and post-flight briefings
- undertaking guided self-study and assessment preparation.
The course is primarily in-person (face-to-face) learning with interactive classroom work and individual time with an instructor. Much of the course content is also available online and in printed study guides to support student self-study.
Our instructors take the time to understand the individual learning needs of students and assist with individualised instruction, support and flexibility to meet their learning needs and personal circumstances.
This course is offered as a full-time intensive over 40 full-time equivalent weeks (not including public holidays and breaks):
- study weeks are Monday to Friday (5 days per week)
- hours are generally 8:45 am to 4:30 pm each day
- study is not scheduled on public holidays or in break weeks
- some study (including flight lessons) may be scheduled on public holidays, weekends, during break weeks or after-hours with individual students. This is used as catch-up time if required and is negotiated with each student in advance.
The course is divided into five study periods, with one-week breaks scheduled between some study periods.
What is included
- Flight Training including up to 3:
- 119 Hours – Cessna 172
- 29 Hours – Cessna 206
- 5 Hours – Simulator
- Pre and post-flight briefings
- Landing fees
- Theory classes
- Use of student facilities and services
- CASA exam fees (x8) 3
- CASA license and testing fees 3
TUITION FEES (2020) $73,250.00 3,4 – covers all of the inclusions (see above). Applies to intakes in 2020 only.
GST does not generally apply to this course and is included only where applicable.
OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approximately $2,865.00 3 includes: ASIC, Class 1 medical, AirServices publications and charts, pilot uniform set, pilot equipment set (including headset), study guides.
These fees are payable separately to external providers.
FEES FOR OPTIONAL EXTRAS – mainland navigation exercises approx. $250.00 per day (for accommodation/meals).
- VET Student Loans
The next intakes for this course are listed below. You can apply for an intake at any time up to 28 days before the start date, but we recommend you apply as early as possible. There are limitations on how many students we accept per intake.
To apply for this course you must:
- be at least 18 years of age by the date you intend to complete the course; and
- have the academic ability to undertake the course, evidenced by ONE OF the following:
- a Year 12 / senior-secondary school certificate;
- OR an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English);
- OR you are prepared to demonstrate your competence in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test which we provide for you*
- have a valid Unique Student Identifier issued by the Australian Government.
Pre-enrolment entry selection
If your application has been accepted, we will ask you to participate in a number of entry selection activities at nominated dates and times. We use information from these activities to assess your suitability for the course. This stage involves approximately up to 4 hours of your time and the activities are often scheduled over a period of weeks. This stage must be completed as early as possible before the start date for your selected course-intake.
*This stage may include a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test if you require this test to meet the academic entry requirement (see ‘Application requirements’ above for guidance).
Conditions of enrolment
If you successfully proceed though pre-enrolment entry selection, we will send you a Letter of Offer and a Student Agreement, which includes your conditions of enrolment. You can become fully enrolled and commence this course once all of these conditions have been met. The standard conditions of enrolment are that you:
- obtain an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
- obtain a Class 1 Aviation Medical
- obtain an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC)
- meet the eligibility criteria for your selected method of payment (including VET Student Loans, if applicable).
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
As a Registered Training Organisation we can assess students for RPL and for recognition and credit transfer of units from other nationally recognised training. RPL can be used to gain credit for parts of the AVI50219 qualification and/or units within the qualification. This may provide a reduction in course load/duration and course fees.
An RPL application and assessment process must be followed and RPL fees apply. Please read our information on RPL in the Student Handbook.
Applicants can indicate their intention to apply for RPL for this qualification when they apply for the course.
Specific RPL entry points
Applicants who have previously attained CASA licences can apply for RPL at the following specific entry points. We provide a streamlined RPL process for these entry points:
- CASA Recreational Pilot Licence
- CASA Private Pilot Licence
RPL for CASA commercial pilot exams
This course is both a VET Diploma and the CASA Integrated CPL Course. ‘Integrated’ means the theory and practical flying are integrated and sequenced together into a 150 hour flying program. Without this integration it is not feasible to complete the requirements of the integrated course. For this reason we do not recommend students study CPL theory and/or take CPL exams before commencing this course. We are open to recognising completion of some CPL exams via RPL, but we are less inclined to recognise prior attainment where most/all CPL exams have been completed outside of an integrated CPL course.
Accommodation and transport options
We have accommodation for students near our location and a daily transfer bus service to/from your accommodation and our training facility. We also provide a complimentary arrival and departure pickup and transfer service to/from Hobart Airport.
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.
Further study pathways
The following pathways are available with us following completion of the Diploma:
- AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation – Instrument Rating – a nationally recognised qualification
- AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation – Flight Instructor – a nationally recognised qualification
1 Licences, ratings and endorsements are issued separately to this Diploma by CASA. They are nationally (and internationally) recognised under Australian aviation legislation and regulations. CASA licences, ratings and endorsements are not branded or issued as ‘nationally recognised qualifications’ under the Vocational Education and Training system.
2 Attainment of the Diploma and issuance of the CPL certify that you have all the necessary competencies to seek employment as a commercial pilot. The Diploma and the CPL do not guarantee employment.
3 Fees are based on average requirements for attainment. Fees are the minimum to attain the qualification and cannot be reduced, refunded or transferred in any way at the completion of the course. Where a student requires additional flying time, or more that one attempt at a theory test to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.
4 Fees shown on this page are valid for the current calendar year only – or as specified. Fees are reviewed annually and posted to this page by December for the following year. Fees shown in our application system for future years are provisional and may vary from fees shown on this page.