Diploma of Aviation – Instrument Rating

Course code: AVI50415


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 12 core units and one 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 further information on the 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 weeks3, with five days participation per week. The course is divided into three study periods, with no breaks between the 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:
    • 30 Hours – Duchess BE76 3
    • 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


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


TUITION FEES $25,950.00 3 covers all of the inclusions (see above).
GST does not generally apply to this course and is included where applicable.


OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approx. $340.00 3  includes: AirServices publications and charts, and one study guide.
These fees are payable separately to external providers.



  • pilot uniform set approx. $350.00 (note: if you do not already have a uniform, a uniform is required to be worn during the course)
  • additional differences training on larger twins (BN2,PA31) available – ask us for pricing.

Fee reductions available for students who have already completed the IREX and/or the MEACR- ask us for pricing.

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

Find out more about our payment options

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) 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 Instrument Rating certify that you have all the necessary competencies to seek further 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 an assessment to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.

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