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TAFE Queensland North together with Aviation College is proud to launch your opportunity to join the lucky few to take yourself and others to new heights!  As part of the burgeoning aviation industry you will discover an exciting career as a commercial pilot at a time when the world has never been so globally mobile.  As a commercial aeroplane pilot you will discover a variety of options to hone your skills and keep your career soaring, from agricultural operations to joy-flights, air transport to search and rescue, let your passion for flying take you there, almost anywhere! Course details

$75000 VET Student Loan available


Aviation College

Key dates and info


Full time: 40 weeks / 5 days per week
Recognition of prior learning (RPL): Varies / Varies

Course details


  • Full Fee $52,350 - $87,254

Cost details

1300 656 959

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How to enrol

Key dates

Aviation College Varies Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Full time / 5 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for Australian Domestic Students ONLY:

The following are the mandatory entry requirements for enrolment with TAFE Queensland North in the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane).  Prospective students must:

  • produce evidence of a Pilot’s logbook with a minimum of five (5) hours of logged flight, verified by the Aviation College’s Chief Flying Instructor (CFI).
  • be in possession of a current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) for flight crew.
  • have an Aviation Reference Number (ARN).
  • produce evidence of a current Aviation Class 1 Medical.
  • produce documentary evidence of English language proficiency to the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) to meet the minimum requirements set by CASA.
  • (For VET Student Loan students) produce documentary evidence to satisfy Academic Entry eligibility requirements:
    • Option 1: Produce your Year 12 certificate with passes in English and Math; or,
    • Option 2: Successful completion at the required level (Level 4) of the Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) assessment through TAFE Queensland North.
  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolment.
  • Hold or be eligible to hold a flight radiotelephone operator licence.
  • Obtain the following textbooks (Aviation College can assist):
    • “RPL Study Guide: A study guide for the Recreational Pilot Licence”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “PPL Study Guide: A study guide for the Private Pilot Licence”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “CPL Aerodynamics”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “CPL Air Law”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “CPL General Knowledge”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “CPL Performance”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “HPL: Human Performance and Limitations; for Private and Commercial Pilots”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “CPL Meteorology” ; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
    • “CPL Navigation”; Bob Tait’s Aviation Theory School
  • Provide appropriate Pilot’s uniform/s  sufficient to attend five (5) days training per week upon commencement of course
  • ALL students must be enrolled three (3) weeks prior to the start of study date
  • Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age to enrol in the qualification.

An Entry Requirement checklist is located under "Relevant Documents", prospective students will need to have this form verified and signed by the Aviation College prior to enrolment.


Aviation College
149-157 Old Common Road
Rowes Bay QLD 4810

Resources required

  • Notebook/s
  • Pen/s, pencil/s, eraser/s, pencil sharpener/s
  • Calculator
  • Pilot uniform/s – available through Aviation College
  • Closed in shoes (not steel caps)
  • Maps and charts (optional – strongly recommended)
  • “Nav. computer” (optional – strongly recommended)
  • Wrist watch (optional – strongly recommended)

Text books – as per Entry requirements section.

You will need to have or purchase the above at an approximate cost of $1,000.00; available from the Aviation College (Townsville).  Note: Any resource fee cannot be deferred using VET Student Loans.


Aviation College: Students will attend 5 days a week for 36 weeks, some weekends and nights (for night flying) are included.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

Prospective Students please refer to the attached Qualification Guide and Entry Requirement Checklist located under "Relevant Documents."

Please contact the Aviation College directly on 07 4772 6620 or to discuss the list of requirements needed for this course.


Students need to successfully complete 29 units to gain the qualification; 28 core and 1 elective.

Block One
AVIY4001 Control aeroplane on the ground Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY4002 Take off aeroplane Core Flight Hours 10
AVIY4003 Control aeroplane in normal flight Core Flight Hours 10
AVIY4004 Land aeroplane Core Flight Hours 9.3
Block Two
AVIH0002 Plan a flight under visual flight rules Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY4007 Manage aircraft fuel Core Flight Hours 0
AVIH4001 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules Core Flight Hours 19
AVIF0007 Implement threat and error management strategies Core Flight Hours 11
Block Three
AVIW4001 Manage pre- and post-flight actions Core Flight Hours 0
AVIE4001 Maintain aircraft radio communications Core Flight Hours 10
AVIW5018 Operate and manage aircraft systems Core Flight Hours 0
AVIF0014 Manage human factors in aviation operations Core Flight Hours 10
Block Four
AVIZ4001 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight Core Flight Hours 0
AVIF0011 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo Core Flight Hours 10
AVIF0008 Manage safe flight operations Core Flight Hours 10
AVIF0004 Implement aviation risk management processes Core Flight Hours 10
AVIY5024 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night Elective Flight Hours 5
Block Five
AVIF0005 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0005 Operate at a controlled aerodrome Core Flight Hours 4.2
AVIY0004 Operate at non-towered aerodromes Core Flight Hours 7
AVIY0002 Operate in controlled airspace Core Flight Hours 3
Block Six
AVIO0002 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0009 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0018 Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvres and procedures Core Flight Hours 3
AVIY0001 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments Core Flight Hours 7
Block Seven
AVIY0008 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0003 Operate in Class G airspace Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0019 Manage abnormal aeroplane flight situations Core Flight Hours 9
AVILIC0001 Licence to operate a commercial aeroplane Core Flight Hours 2.5


Not all electives available at all campuses

Please note that if students are wishing to access VET Student Loans to pay for their fees, they must meet the ‘Student entry procedure’ requirements; namely:

  • obtains a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded to the student by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for the student’s completion of year 12; or

  • the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy; and that the VET provider reasonably believes that the student displays that competence.

More information will be available:

RPL Pricing: $52,350.00

$52,350 - $87,254


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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

You will need to have or purchase Maps and charts, textbooks and Pilot uniform/s at an approximate cost of $1,000.00; available from the Aviation College (Townsville).  Note: Any resource fee cannot be deferred using VET Student Loans.

Student fees are based on 1st attempt CASA RPL, PPL and CPL licence examinations only. Subsequent CASA examination attempts are not a part of the TAFE Queensland fee structure, as such they are at an additional cost to the student and are to be settled directly with Aviation College (or CASA).


AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane)

Job prospects

  • Commercial Pilot - Aeroplane

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:

Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Last updated on 4 May 2017

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