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Take to the air and become a commercial helicopter pilot

TAFE Queensland North has partnered with Townsville Helicopters to deliver this program to those seeking careers as commercial helicopter pilots. As a commercial helicopter pilot you will discover an exciting career in an industry which has strong demand. Career opportunities are diverse and successful attainment of this qualification and your commercial pilot licence could see you piloting scenic flights and charters, mustering and conducting power line inspections. Course details

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$75000 VET Student Loan available

LOCATION/S

Townsville Helicopters

Key dates and info

DURATION

Full time: 25 weeks / 5 days per week
Recognition of prior learning (RPL): Varies / Varies

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $17,062 - $172,086

Student Loan Available

1300 656 959

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How to enrol

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE WORKLOAD DELIVERY
Townsville Helicopters Any time Varies Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
8 Jan 2018 Full time / 5 days per week Classroom
9 Apr 2018 Full time / 5 days per week Classroom
2 Jul 2018 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 – Helicopter).  Prospective students must:

  • produce evidence of a Pilot’s logbook with a minimum of five (5) hours of logged flight, verified by Townsville Helicopters Chief Flying Instructor (CFI).
  • be in possession of, or in the process of applying for 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 carried out by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). You will need to obtain your ARN prior to completing the 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 Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate.
  • Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age prior to the completion of this qualification.

Location/s

Townsville Helicopters
149-157 Old Common Road
Townsville Airport
Townsville Qld 4810

Resources required

Purchase the “Townsville Helicopters Induction Pack” ($300.00) direct from Townsville Helicopters, which includes:

  • VFR Guide
  • Townsville Helicopter’s Briefing Notes
  • Townsville Helicopter’s Navigation Notes
  • Townsville Helicopter’s student information document
  • Nav computer
  • R22 Flight Manual
  • R44 Flight Manual
  • R22 Check list
  • Radio communication reference cards
  • Pilot’s Log Book
  • Flight Radio for Pilots – VFR Operations”, by David Robson
  • Water bottle
  • Cap
  • 2 x pens
  • 12 pack of pencils
  • 2 x A4 note pads
  • 2 x Highlighters
  • 1 x eraser

Separate to the above students will also need to provide the below:

  • Calculator
  • Maps and charts for Townsville area. These can be purchased directly from Townsville Helicopters for approximately $170 
  • Closed in shoes (not steel caps)
  • Accurate wrist watch 

Timetable

Students will attend Townsville Helicopters 5 days a week, 8am - 4pm for 25 weeks. 

Relevant documents:

Important Information

Prospective students please refer to the Entry Requirement Checklist located under "Relevant Documents". Please contact Townsville Helicopters directly on (07) 4772 4998 to discuss the list of requirements needed for this course.   

Units

Students need to successfully complete 30 units to gain the qualification; 29 core and 1 elective.

Block 1
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE STREAM
AVIZ4001 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight Core Flight Hours 0
AVIF0007 Implement threat and error management strategies Core Flight Hours 0
AVIF0004 Implement aviation risk management processes Core Flight Hours 0
AVIF0014 Manage human factors in aviation operations Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY4011 Control helicopter on the ground Core Flight Hours 1
AVIY4015 Control helicopter in normal flight Core Flight Hours 1
AVIY0020 Taxi helicopter Core Flight Hours 1
AVIY4012 Control helicopter in hovering flight Core Flight Hours 3
AVIY4014 Take off helicopter and approach to hover Core Flight Hours 5
AVIE4001 Maintain aircraft radio communications Core Flight Hours 5
Block 2
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE STREAM
AVIY4007 Manage aircraft fuel Core Flight Hours 0
AVIW4001 Manage pre- and post-flight actions Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0008 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0002 Operate in controlled airspace Core Flight Hours 10
AVIY0005 Operate at a controlled aerodrome Core Flight Hours 5
AVIW5018 Operate and manage aircraft systems Core Flight Hours 5
AVIF0011 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0009 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations Core Flight Hours 0
AVIO0002 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation Core Flight Hours 0
AVIH0002 Plan a flight under visual flight rules Core Flight Hours 0
Block 3
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE STREAM
AVIY0004 Operate at non-towered aerodromes Core Flight Hours 2
AVIH4001 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules Core Flight Hours 25
AVIY0001 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0003 Operate in Class G airspace Core Flight Hours 7
AVIY4018 Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations Core Flight Hours 15
AVIY4017 Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures Core Flight Hours 10
AVIF0005 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes Core Flight Hours 0
AVIF0008 Manage safe flight operations Core Flight Hours 0
AVIY0021 Operate helicopter at low level Elective Flight Hours 5
AVILIC0002 Licence to operate a commercial helicopter Core Flight Hours 4

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

The enrolment fee is dependent on the aircraft students complete flight time in. Six options, as shown below are available and students must select one at the time of enrolment:

  • R22 $88,335 (104 flight hours)
  • R22 - R44 $95,457 (R22 84 flight hours/R44 20 flight hours)
  • R22 - Bell 206 $108,754 (R22 84 flight hours/B206 20 flight hours)
  • R44 $139,559  (104 flight hours)
  • R44 - Bell 206 $142,506 (R44 84 flight hours/B206 20 flight hours)
  • Bell 206 $172,086  (104 flight hours)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available to students who can demonstrate significant prior experience. Fee's for units successfully completed via RPL are 20% of the individual unit fee. RPL is not available for AVILIC0002 Licence to operate a commercial helicopter.

RPL Pricing:

  • R22: $17,062.00
  • R22-R44: $18,507.00
  • R22-Bell 206: $21,137.00
  • R44: $26,924.00
  • R44-Bell 206: $27,549.00
  • Bell 206: $33,178.00

VET Student Loans: 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. Students should confirm their VSL eligibility and academic suitability prior to enrolling.  As the total cost of the course is higher than the VET Student Loan available, students will be required to cover the cost difference up front or by using a payment plan.

$17,062 - $172,086

FULL FEE

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SUBSIDISED

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CONCESSION

Student Loan Available

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Full fee

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VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Subsidised

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.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Concession

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.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

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Additional costs

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 Townsville Helicopters (or CASA).

Students are required to cover any costs related to meeting the entry requirements and the purchases of resources required for this qualification. Note: Any resource fee such as charts and maps cannot be deferred using VET Student Loans.

Outcome

AVI50315 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter)

Job prospects

  • Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter – Issued by Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Helicopter Pilot

Enrol now

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
  • Read the Pre-enrolment Information
  • 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:
tafenorth.edu.au/study-with-us/enrolment-fees/enrol

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.

Find out more about RPL

More info:
tafenorth.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning/

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 20 October 2017

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1300 656 959

Industry endorsed

Payment options

Student satisfaction

$75000 VET Student Loan available