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Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane)

  • National Course Code: AVI50219
  • TAFE NSW code: AVI50219-01V01-20ULT-478

Location – Ultimo

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

32.1 Hours per week


52 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

This qualification reflects the roles of flight crew personnel performing normal and emergency commercial pilot duties in support of commercial or Defence aviation flight operations.
Flight crew duties include applying technical and non-technical aviation skills and knowledge to a wide range of air transport operations, including passenger, charter and cargo operations.

Individuals working at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters.

This qualification forms some of the requirements for certification as a commercial pilot by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as directed by Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 61 Flight crew licensing.

People seeking certification should check these requirements with CASA.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Commercial or military pilot entrants to this qualification should check requirements with CASA or Defence Aviation for specific pilot entry standards.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • Be at least 18 years old prior to undertaking the CPLA Flight Test in week 52 of the course.
  • Complete a BKSB (basic key skills builder) assessment compliant to an exit Level 4
  • A current Class 1 Australian Flight Crew Medical (to meet the CASA requirements to hold a commercial pilots licence) CASA Aviation Medicine
  • Aviation Reference Number (ARN) CASA ARN Application page
  • Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC). ASIC Issuing Bodies
  • Unless secondary school has been conducted in English, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.0.
  • A knowledge of Maths and Physics is highly recommended.
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) levels of Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) 4 and above are a benchmark. Higher levels of 4 and above in Numeracy and Reading are preferred. Refer 2.2 LLN in this document. Assessed via BKSB. Due to the depth and breadth of the requirements in this qualification, students are unable to be accepted into the training product if the minimum LLN level requirement are not met.
  • Students must meet all the above entry requirements to be accepted into this course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Attend all classes, pass all TAFE Knowledge & Skills Assessments, CASA written exams and the CPLA CASA Flight test.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


We are currently planning for a May 2021 commencement of this course. Please Enquire Now and we will contact you regarding the next steps in the application process for this upcoming intake. This would be easy to amend throughout the year.


This is a Full Time Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 8.60 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 52weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 23.50 hours of other study per week.

Students are expected to commit to 32 Hrs per week of directed learning either on a TAFE NSW campus or at the flying school. Students attend 0900-1600 Monday to Friday. Students may be required to occasionally attend the flying school outside of these hours to take advantage of external factors such as weather and to experience flights at the start and end of daylight hours.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4.60 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, It is expected the student will review previous UoCs as the foundations and scaffolding to the successful completion of the course. Subjects include: Air Law, Navigation, Human Factors, Aerodynamics, Systems, and Aeronautical Knowledge. Approx. 5 hours per UoC plus an additional 5 hrs for AVILIC0001. Students will attend either TAFE NSW or the flying school 0830 to 1600 Monday to Wednesday (6 hours contact plus 1 hour lunch) & 0800 to 1600 Thursday & Friday (7 hours contact plus 1 hour lunch). Total of 32 contact hours per week over the 52 training weeks of the course.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • This qualification prepares the student to undertake external testing for certification as a commercial pilot by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as directed by Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) 1998 Part 61 Flight crew licensing.
  • People seeking certification should check these requirements with CASA. Licensing Regulations
  • Students will be required to undertake a Medical examination prior to flying and will be subject to random Drug and Alcohol testing as an industry requirement.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Each learner, will on commencement be provided with a Training Plan. This Training Plan will be discussed and amended at regular intervals during the program and prior to enrolment in new units.
  • As part of the student support TAFE NSW has both an aircraft utilisation and flight cancelation monitoring framework and a student flight hour progression monitoring system. There is a weekly cadence to these reports.
  • As part of the students induction into TAFE NSW they will attend a session on student support services. These services include learning support and personal counselling. Link to Student services
  • Each student will also receive a TAFE NSW aviation specific induction booklet which includes information on learner support.
  • If a learner does not reach the required competencies in a TAFE NSW or CASA assessment, including a resubmission or resit; they will be required to participate in an individual training plan agreement which will provide in writing the steps required to ensure academic standards are met and competencies demonstrated. This training plan agreement will be signed by both TAFE and the student.
  • If the learner does not reach the required competence when undertaking a second attempt of a TAFE NSW or CASA assessment.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday to Wednesday 9.00am to 4.00pm and Thursday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


  • You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
  • You will be provided with a student's handbook on the first day of the course which will give you a detailed cost of books, CASA Exams as well as flight test costs.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


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Core Units
Number Title
AVIE0006 Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management processes
AVIF0027 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
AVIF0029 Implement threat and error management strategies
AVIF0030 Manage safe flight operations
AVIF0033 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
AVIF0035 Manage human factors in aviation operations
AVIH0010 Plan a flight under visual flight rules
AVIH0014 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
AVILIC0003 Licence to operate a commercial aeroplane
AVIO0017 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
AVIW0029 Manage pre- and post-flight actions
AVIW0032 Operate and manage aircraft systems
AVIY0033 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
AVIY0034 Operate in controlled airspace
AVIY0035 Operate in Class G airspace
AVIY0036 Operate at non-towered aerodromes
AVIY0037 Operate at a controlled aerodrome
AVIY0040 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
AVIY0041 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
AVIY0046 Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvres and procedures
AVIY0047 Manage abnormal aeroplane flight situations
AVIY0054 Control aeroplane on the ground
AVIY0055 Take off aeroplane
AVIY0056 Control aeroplane in normal flight
AVIY0057 Land aeroplane
AVIY0058 Manage aircraft fuel
AVIZ0006 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight
Elective Units
Number Title
AVIF0023 Apply aircraft safety procedures

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Commercial aeroplane pilot ; Military aeroplane pilot

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Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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