Diploma of Aviation – Instrument Rating (AVI50519)

Course code: AVI50519 (supersedes AVI50415 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.

The Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) is a specialised course for commercial pilots who wish to take their career to the next level, and for private pilots who wish to expand their skills and ratings. The learning and recognition attained through the course provides the technical and non technical skills to fly a multi engine aircraft solely by reference to instruments in a variety of weather conditions.

The course covers all of the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the attainment of an Instrument Rating and a Multi Engine Aeroplane Class Rating (MEACR) . It provides learning in human factors, basic engineering to be able to operate aircraft systems, planning and conducting an IFR flight and performing instrument departures and arrivals.

The Instrument Rating and a Multi-Engine Aircraft Class Rating will provide opportunities to gain employment with companies conducting a range of operations including charter, airline operations, flight instruction, aero medical, military, search and rescue2.

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Course outcomes

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

Course structure

The Diploma course is comprised of 13 core units and 1 elective unit:

  • AVIF0029 Implement threat and error management strategies (core unit)
  • AVIF0030 Manage safe flight operations (core unit)
  • AVIH0013 Plan a flight under instrument flight rules (core unit)
  • AVIH0017 Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules (core unit)
  • AVIW0032 Operate and manage aircraft systems (core unit)
  • AVIY0033 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments (core unit)
  • AVIY0044 Conduct a 2D instrument approach (core unit)
  • AVIY0050 Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route procedures (core unit)
  • AVIY0073 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night (core unit)
  • AVIY0074 Perform non published instrument departure procedures (core unit)
  • AVIY0075 Perform published instrument departure procedures (core unit)
  • AVIY0076 Perform visual circling approach (core unit)
  • AVIY0080 Conduct a 2D distance measuring equipment global navigation satellite system instrument approach (core unit)
  • AVIY0079 Conduct a 3D instrument landing system instrument approach (elective unit)

The units cover all relevant competencies, knowledge and skills and correlate with requirements for the CASA Instrument Rating. See training.gov.au for detailed information on the qualification and units.

The course is a blend of theoretical, practical and self-directed learning; together with integrated assessment. The timetable is carefully designed to assist students to progress through the learning and assessment requirements in an achievable and meaningful way.

Theory training is provided in face-to-face classes and supported with self-directed learning through the use of self-paced study guides, individual/small-group mentoring and coaching, flight briefings and multimedia resources. We recommend students allow for approximately 100 hours of self-directed learning.

Assessment throughout the course is undertaken through:

  • various observations, competency checks and quizzes
  • the CASA Instrument Rating Exam (IREX) on completion of the theory training
  • flight tests to attain the MEACR and the Instrument Rating on completion of the flight training. requirements.


This course is offered as a full-time intensive over 13 full-time equivalent weeks (not including public holidays):

  • 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
  • some study (including flight lessons) may be scheduled on public holidays, weekends 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 three study periods, with no breaks between the study periods (unless otherwise indicated).

What is included

  • Flight training including up to:
    • 30 Hours – Duchess BE76 3
    • 3 hours – Cessna 172 (for night hours requirement)
    • 20 Hours – simulator 3
  • Pre- and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • Theory classes
  • Use of student facilities and services
  • IREX examination fee
  • CASA license and testing fees 3


TUITION FEES (2021) $29,350.00 3,4 cover all of the inclusions (see above). Applies to 2021 intakes only.

GST does not generally apply to this course and is included where applicable.

OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approx. $540.00 3  includes: AirServices publications and charts, and IREX study guide. These fees are payable separately to external providers.

Students may request to undertake the entire course and the flight test in the PA31 Navajo. This is not generally recommended for students who do not already have a MEACR. Contact us for pricing on this option.


Fee reductions are available for students who have already completed the IREX exam, the MEACR and/or the required night flying hours – see the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ section below.

Payment options

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Student intakes

The next intakes for this course are listed below. You can apply for an intake at any time up to 14 days before the start date, but we recommend you apply as early as possible. There are limits on the number of students we accept per intake.

2021 intakes:

Entry Requirements

Application requirements

To apply for this course you must:

  • 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; and
  • hold either:
    • a current Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with 50+ hours solo cross-country time;
    • OR a current Private Pilot License (PPL) with 50+ hours solo cross-country time.
Pre-enrolment entry selection

If your application has been accepted, we will ask you to participate in a number of pre-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 may be scheduled over more than one day. This stage must be completed before the start date for your selected course-intake.

*This stage will include a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test if required for you (see ‘Application requirements’ above).

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:

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 AVI50519 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.

Defined RPL entry points

The following defined RPL entry points are available for applicants who have specific prior attainment/s.

IREX exam achieved prior to course commencement:
  • course duration reduces by 3 weeks
  • total tuition fees reduce by approximately $1600.00
  • RPL assessment fee of $150.00 is included in total tuition fees
MEACR achieved prior to course commencement:
  • total tuition fees reduce by approximately $1365.00
  • RPL assessment fee of $150.00 is included in total tuition fees
  • differences training on the BE76 aircraft is included in total tuition fees
  • note – the applicant must have a current MEACR and multi-engine flight time in the preceding 12 months
Minimum night flying hours achieved prior to course commencement:

Students who have already logged at least 3 night hours, including at least 1 hour in command, can apply for the ‘night hours’ entry point

  • total tuition fees reduce by approximately $810.00
  • RPL assessment fee of $150.00 is included in total tuition fees.

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:

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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