Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence | 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 (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 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 21 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:
    • 129 Hours – Cessna 172
    • 28.5 Hours – Cessna 206
    • 8 Hours – Simulator
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • Theory classes, study materials and guides
  • Pilot navigation equipment
  • CASA license and testing fees3
  • Learning and welfare support services
  • Welcome, pickup and settling-in service on arrival
  • Daily transport to/from accommodation

Course entry requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years of age prior to arriving in Australia to commence your studies
  • Pass the Class 1 Aviation Medical Examination (in your own country)
  • Obtain an Australian Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Obtain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
  • Successful completion of an aptitude test and pre-enrolment interview with us (conducted online or in your home country).
  • 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.

There are no formal education prerequisites for the Diploma, however an education background of English, Mathematics and Physics to senior-secondary school level is recommended.


We provide further information and guidance on entry requirements for all students who apply to enrol with us.


TUITION FEES $71,900 3 – covers all of the inclusions (above).
Goods and Services Tax (GST) does not apply to this course.




OTHER EXTERNAL FEES $3,040 (approximate) payable separately to external providers, covers: exam fees (x8); Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC); aviation medical fee; AirServices Australia publications and charts; pilot uniform set.


OPTIONAL EXTRAS – headset $360


Payment options

  • Pay-in-advance
  • Payment-plan

Find out more about our payment options for overseas students

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 easily 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. 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.

Par Avion student commercial pilotInstructor and student at deskPar Avion Cessna C206