Diploma of Aviation – Instrument Rating | for overseas students

Course code: AVI50415. 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)


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.

The Par-Avion difference for your learning and career

Gaining your qualifications with us in Australia has many advantages. We pride ourselves on producing 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:

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 21 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:
    • 27 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
  • 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 Year 12 level is recommended.


TUITION FEES $26,600 3 covers all of the inclusions (above).
Goods and Services Tax (GST) does not apply to this course.




OTHER EXTERNAL FEES $445 3 (approximate) payable separately to external providers, covers: theory exam fee (x1), AirServices Australia publications and charts.


OPTIONAL EXTRAS – headset $360, pilot uniform set $350

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.



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 rating 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.

Cessna 206 cockpit final runway 30 Cambridge Hobart YCBGInstructor and student in simulatorPar Avion Beechcraft Duchess BE76