Commercial Aeroplane Licence

AVI50222 | Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)

In partnership with TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

Become an aeroplane pilot today! Soar into an aviation career with the AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane).

Course starts

  • 1st July 2024
  • 23rd Sept 2024
  • 8th Jan 2025
  • 31st March 2025

Course duration

  • 9 months full time
  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am – 4:00pm

Course location

  • Caboolture
  • Archerfield

Career outcomes

  • Commercial aeroplane pilot

Course Summary

This course is designed for students with little or no prior flying experience. It provides an intensive 38-week program that includes both theory and real-world flying. Learn how to perform normal and emergency pilot duties including passenger, charter and cargo operations.

This nationally recognised qualification will equip you with the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge required to obtain a commercial aeroplane licence in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Australian operating standards.

There are multiple career opportunities as a qualified aeroplane pilot including airlines, commercial, corporate, cargo and scenic flights, charters, search and rescue missions, agricultural flying and flight instructors.  

Your training is delivered by Airwork Aviation at Caboolture Airfield, in partnership with TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275). Airwork Aviation originally started as Airwork Helicopters which has been successfully training pilots for over 30 years.

The program delivers 29 Units of Competency. It includes practical flight training in both Cessna 172 and Cessna 182 Aeroplanes.

Once completed, you will receive:

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

Course Units

The course is comprised of the following units of competency. The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and one elective unit listed below.

Core Units
AVIE0006Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIF0026Implement aviation risk management process
AVIF0027Implement aviation fatigue risk management process
AVIF0029Implement threat and error management strategies
AVIF0030Manage safe flight operations
AVIF0033Manage aircraft passengers & cargo
AVIF0035Manage human factors in aviation operations
AVIH0010Plan a flight under visual flight rules
AVIH0014Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
AVILIC0003Licence to operate a commercial aeroplane
AVIO0017Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
AVIW0029Manage pre- & post-flight actions
AVIW0032Operate & manage aircraft systems
AVIW0033Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
AVIY0034Operate in controlled airspace
AVIY0035Operate in class G airspace
AVIY0036Operate at non-towered aerodrome
AVIY0037Operate at a controlled aerodrome
AVIY0040Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
AVIY0041Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
AVIY0083Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvres and procedures
AVIY0047Manage abnormal aeroplane flight situations
AVIY0054Control aeroplane on the ground
AVIY0055Take off aeroplane
AVIY0056Control aeroplane in normal flight
AVIY0057Land aeroplane
AVIY0058Manage aircraft fuel
AVIZ0006Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight
Elective Units
AVIZ0002Maintain and manage situational awareness as pilot in command

Course locations

Our Caboolture airfield is located just 50km north from Brisbane, and is easily accessed by a 40–50-minute drive or 1 hour train trip from the city centre. It is an ideal location to experience a number of different terrains including coastline, open water, cityscapes and mountains. Caboolture Airfield is located outside of controlled airspace, so there are fewer disruptions and delays to your initial training. As you gain more flying experience, we are close enough to Brisbane’s busy and controlled airspace that you can be exposed to real-world flying situations. 

Archerfield Airfield is Brisbane’s secondary airport, located just 11km from Brisbane CBD. It is the ideal location for flight training in controlled airspace. It was formerly used for as military base for the RAAF. Today, it is primary used for civil aviation. Archerfield provides easy access to both city and regional flying, including the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Scenic Rim.

Entry requirements

To enrol in the AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) you must have met the following eligibility criteria:

Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age prior to the completion of this qualification.

Completed year 12 with passing grades in Math & English; or, successful completion at the required level (exit Level 3 working at Level 4) of the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) assessment through TAFE Queensland.

Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolment.

Hold or be eligible to hold an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate.

Have an Aviation Reference Number (ARN). Find out more

Produce evidence of a current Aviation Class 1 Medical carried out by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). Find out more

Hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) which will require a comprehensive background and criminal history check as part of the application process. Find out more

Partnership with TAFE Queensland

Under this arrangement TAFE Queensland is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0275) and is responsible for issuing the AQF certification documentation for the qualification. Airwork Aviation conducts training and assessment services on behalf of TAFE Queensland.

Airwork Aviation is Australia’s largest and most experienced training provider for helicopters and aeroplanes. TAFE Queensland and Airwork Aviation have a Third-Party Agreement for the delivery of the accredited qualification, AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane).

Course price $84,915.00

How to apply

Start your career in aviation today!

To read more about the AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – (Aeroplane) visit TAFE Queensland.

For enrolment, questions or payment enquiries, please visit TAFE Queensland or contact (07) 3307 4786.

VET Student Loans available. To review your eligibility please visit here.

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