National code: AVI50219

Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane)

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Overview About this course

Take to the skies with TAFE NSW’s innovative commercial pilot licence and instrument rating dual diploma course. Delivered in partnership with a third-party flight school, launch your career as a multitalented commercial pilot.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Apply aviation law to your operations

  • Control an aeroplane on the ground and in the air

  • Take-off and land safely

  • Fly at towered and non-towered aerodromes in all types of airspaces

  • Use radio communications and navigation instruments

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Regain flight currency for your licence

  • Upgrade your qualification

  • Connect with industry operators to re-enter the aviation sector

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • A current Class 1 Australian Flight Crew Medical Certificate

  • An Aviation Reference Number (ARN)

  • An Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC)

  • Must hold an Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane)

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A successful Class 1 medical examination

  • Meet key flight competency targets throughout the flying program

  • Successful completion of random drug and alcohol testing requirements

  • Successful completion of the final CPL Flight Review with qualified flight instructor

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A foundational understanding of maths and physics

  • An interest in aviation

  • Commitment to complete the challenges of the course

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: commercial airline pilot, flight instructor, commercial pilot for organisations like Royal Flying Doctor Service, commercial pilot for charter businesses and ground theory instructor.


This qualification prepares you for CASA testing to be certified as a commercial pilot and to gain your Part 61 Flight crew licence. For more information, please visit the CASA website.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 29 units of competency, including 28 core and 1 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvres and procedures AVIY0046

  • Manage aircraft fuel AVIY0058

  • Control aeroplane in normal flight AVIY0056

  • Control aeroplane on the ground AVIY0054

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TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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