Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence

Course code: AVI50215


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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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 38 full-time equivalent weeks (plus public holidays and breaks), with five days participation per week. The course is divided into five study periods, with a one-week break after the second and fourth study periods.


The amount of training actually required can be influenced by a student’s existing skills and knowledge and the Chief Flying Instructor (or a delegated instructor) will provide appropriate information and study advice on an individual basis.

Student intakes

The next intakes for this course are listed below. You can apply for an intake at any time up to 7 days before the start date, but we recommend you apply as early as possible.

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


Fees for this course have been reviewed and updated for 2018.


TUITION FEES $67,900.00 3 – covers all of the inclusions (see above).
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).

Payment options

  • VET Student Loans (NOTE this option is approved but not yet available in our online application system, it will become available as soon as possible in January 2018)
  • Interest-free-payment-plan

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Entry requirements

Application requirements

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 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 8 hours of your time and the activities are often scheduled over a period of weeks. 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) and credit transfer

As a Registered Training Organisation we can assess students for RPL and arrange for transfer of credit from other nationally recognised units of competency. Applicants can indicate their intention to apply for full or partial RPL for this qualification when they apply for the course. Further information on these aspects is provided to students as part of orientation and in our Student Handbook.


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. Where a student requires additional flying time, or more than one attempt at a unit or assessment to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.

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