Diploma of Aviation – Instrument Rating

Course code: AVI50415


This information applies to Australian domestic students
(information for overseas students is here)


The Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) is a specialised course for commercial pilots who wish to take their career to the next level. 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
  • a flight test to achieve 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 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 2, 2017 – 2 October 2017
  • Semester 1, 2018 – 19 March 2018
  • Semester 2, 2018 – 1 October 2018

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, study materials and guides
  • CASA license and testing fees 3


TUITION FEES $24,900 3 covers all of the inclusions (above).  GST does not generally apply to this course. GST is included where applicable.


OTHER EXTERNAL FEES $588.00 3   covers theory exam fee (x1), AirServices publications and charts. Non-tuition fees are payable separately to external providers.


FEES FOR OPTIONAL EXTRAS – pilot uniform (set) $350

Additional differences training on larger twins (BN2,PA31) available – ask us for pricing.

Fee reduction available for students with existing MEACR – ask us for pricing.

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:

  • hold a current Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with 50+ hours solo cross-country time;
  • hold a Class 1 or 2 Aviation Medical;
  • hold an ASIC Security Clearance; and
  • meet English Language Proficiency Requirements.

New prospective students are required to attend a pre-enrolment interview with our Chief Flying Instructor 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. RPL is an option for instrument rated pilots already working in the industry who wish to gain a nationally recognised VET qualification. 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 Insatrument 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 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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