Commercial Helicopter Licence

AVI50322 | Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)

In partnership with TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

Become a helicopter pilot today! Take off into an aviation career with the AVI50322 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter).

Course starts

  • 16th Sept 2024
  • 8th Jan 2025
  • 31st March 2025

Course duration

  • 26 weeks full time
  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am – 4:00pm

Course location

  • Caboolture

Career outcomes

  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot

Course Summary

This course is designed for students with little or no prior flying experience. It provides an intensive 26-week program that includes both theory and real-world flying. Learn about aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, radio communications, and operating in controlled and non-controlled airspace.

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

As a qualified pilot, you can work in various areas, including tourism, charter, search and rescue, rural mustering, police, fire bombing, aerial application, emergency services operations.

Your training is delivered by Airwork Aviation at Caboolture Airfield, in partnership with TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275). The program delivers 16 Units of Competency.

It includes practical flight training in our Robinson R22, Bell 47G or Robinson R44 helicopters.

Once completed, you will receive:

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
Low-Level Rating

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
AVIY0088Operate helicopter on solo navigation flights
AVIY0086Manage abnormal situations and emergencies – Helicopter
AVIF0033Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
AVIY0084Conduct helicopter pre-solo exercises
AVIF0029Implement threat and error management processes
AVIF0027Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
AVIE0006Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIO0017Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
AVIY0036Operate at non-towered aerodromes
AVIY0085Control helicopter during advanced manoeuvres
AVIY0035Operate in Class G airspace
AVIY0089Operate helicopter solo in the circuit area
AVIY0034Operate in controlled airspace
AVIY0037Operate at a controlled aerodrome
AVILIC0004Licence to operate a commercial helicopter
Elective Units
AVIY0087Operate a helicopter at low-level

Course location

Airwork Aviation is located in Caboolture, 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. 

Entry requirements

To enrol in the AVI50322 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) 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

Airwork Aviation is Australia’s largest and most experienced helicopter flight training provider. TAFE Queensland and Airwork Aviation have a Third-Party Agreement for the delivery of the accredited qualification, AVI50322 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter).

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.

Course price $84,915.00

How to apply

Start your career in aviation today!

To read more about the AVI50322 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) visit TAFE Queensland.

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

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