Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence (AVI50215) for overseas students

Course code: AVI50215. Approved course for overseas students. CRICOS provider 03593A.


This information applies to overseas / international students who wish to undertake this course in Australia on a Student Visa (information for domestic students is here)

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.

The Par-Avion difference for your learning and career

Gaining your qualifications with us in Australia has many advantages. 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.

Course outcomes

On successful completion of the full course, students will attain:

  • an AVI50215 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.

Course structure

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.  See training.gov.au for further information on the units.


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.


For further information on the content of the course, see the qualification details in AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) on training.gov.au.


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:
    • 129 Hours – Cessna 172
    • 28.5 Hours – Cessna 206
    • 8 Hours – Simulator
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • Theory classes
  • CASA exam fees (x8) 3
  • CASA license and testing fees 3
  • Use of student facilities and services
  • Welcome, pickup and settling-in service on arrival
  • Daily transport to/from our preferred accommodation provider


TUITION FEES (2019) $73,750 3,4 – covers all of the inclusions (above). Applicable to intakes in 2019 only.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) does not apply to this course.




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.

Payment options

  • Pay-in-advance
  • Payment-plan

Find out more about our payment options for overseas students

Student intakes

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. It can take up to 8 weeks to obtain a Student Visa and this is essential to enter Australia and start the course.


  • Intake 2019.2 | starts 04/07/2019 | applications open – limited places remaining


  • Intake 2020.1 | starts 22/01/2020 | applications open
  • Intake 2020.2 | starts 17/07/2020 | applications open

Course entry requirements

Application requirements

To apply for this course you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age by the date you intend to arrive in Australia;
  • have fully completed and graduated from senior-secondary school (equivalent to Year 12 senior secondary level in Australia);
  • have sufficient English language proficiency, demonstrated through either:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 or higher; OR
    • having attended secondary school where the education was conducted in English.
Pre-enrolment entry selection

If your application is accepted, we will ask you to participate in a number of pre-entry selection activities. We use information from these activities to assess your suitability for the course. This stage involves approximately 4 hours of your time and can be conducted remotely in your home country.

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:

Accommodation options and transport

We have affordable accommodation for students near our location. We provide a daily transfer bus service to/from your accommodation and our training facility.


We provide an arrival and departure pickup and transfer service to/from Hobart Airport. We can provide personal assistance on your first day in Tasmania to help you settle in to your accommodation and the local area. There are no extra fees for these services.


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

We recommend you undertake the AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) course immediately after this course. Both qualifications provide a higher-level of employ-ability as a commercial pilot. Both courses can be undertaken on a single Student Visa. This means that you can stay in Australia and complete both courses in the one visit.


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.

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