Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence

Course code: AVI50215


This information applies to Australian domestic students
(information for overseas 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.

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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 weeks, with five days participation per week. 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 enrol for these courses at any time (up to 7 days before the commencement date).

  • Semester 1, 2018 – 22 January 2018
  • Semester 2, 2018 – 16 July 2018

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, study materials and guides
  • Pilot navigation equipment
  • CASA license and testing fees3


TUITION FEES $65,900 3 – covers all of the inclusions (above).
GST does not generally apply to this course and is included only where applicable.


OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approximately $2,690 3  – covers exam fees (x8), ASIC, aviation medical fee, AirServices publications and charts, pilot uniform set. Non-tuition fees are payable separately to external providers.


FEES FOR OPTIONAL EXTRAS – headset $360, mainland navigation exercises approx. $250 per day (for accommodation/meals).

Payment options

  • Interest-free-payment-plan

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Entry requirements

There are no formal education prerequisites for the Diploma, however an education background of English, Mathematics and Physics to Year 12 level is recommended.

CASA stipulates the following entry requirements for licensing. Students must:

Prospective students are required to attend a pre-enrolment interview with our Chief Flying Instructor and undertake a basic aptitude test prior to acceptance of enrolment.

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. Further information on these aspects is provided to students as part of their orientation. Prospective students may enquire about RPL and credit transfer at their pre-enrolment interview.


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 that one attempt at a theory test to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.

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