About the course

About the course

If you’ve been dreaming of a career as a commercial pilot, our Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) is your first class initial and essential ticket to an exciting career in aviation. 

Pilots are in demand all over the world. Whether you’re flying passengers across the globe, helping to save lives during bushfires or ferrying adrenaline junkies to drop zones, aviation opens up a world of opportunities.

Whilst all students undertaking this course will be enrolled at Box Hill Institute, we deliver this course face to face with Soar Advanced Flight Training RTO: 22488. SAFT provides the instructional flight training at Moorabbin and Bendigo airports. Box Hill staff deliver the theory components at our Box Hill campus. Begin your career in aviation with this course, learning from experienced and knowledgeable instructors and getting access to state-of-the-art equipment. 

This course is a great way to begin your aviation career. Within 2 years you’ll go from being an aviation novice to a commercial pilot.

You’ll complete theory and practical sessions, covering important operational requirements, flight rules and risk management protocols. Your subject areas include:

  • aircraft radio communications
  • threat and error management
  • navigation
  • safety
  • managing passengers and cargo
  • ground and in-air conditions and operations
  • airspace requirements
  • civil aviation law
  • situational awareness
  • licence requirements.

When you’ve successfully completed this course, you’ll be eligible to take the Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) licence tests for your:

  • Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC)
  • Cross Country Navigation Endorsement.

You will also be eligible to undertake the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licence tests for Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

You’ll also achieve these endorsements:

  • Propeller Pitch Control Endorsement Constant Speed Unit (CSU)

We deliver this course with Soar Advanced Flight Training.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Full time: March and August

Part time: March, April, June, September, November

Full time: 14 months

Part time: 2 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

Full time: The theory component of this course will be delivered 3 evenings a week (Mon,Tue, Wed) 4 - 8.00pm. For the practical component, you'll complete approximately 2-5 hours of flying per week.

Part time: The theory component of this course will be delivered 2 evenings a week (Mon, Wed or Tues, Thurs) 6.00 - 9.30pm. For the practical component, you'll complete 1-3 hours of flying per week.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successfully completing this course and you have passed the CASA Commercial Pilot Licence requirements the following employment opportunities are within your reach.  You will need to add to your initial Commerccial Pilot Qualification in order to be employed in many of these specialist areas of aviation, but your initial Commercial Pilot Licence and Diploma are an essential first step

  • a charter pilot
  • a flight instructor
  • an agricultural operations pilot
  • a commercial airline pilot
  • a search and rescue pilot
  • a fire spotting and aerial surveyor
  • a joy-flight operator
  • an air ambulance pilot



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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • hold a CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate (see medical requirements)
  • hold an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC)
  • be at least 18 years of age once the Commercial Pilot Licence is issued

Aviation Medical Requirements:

To show you are medically fit and healthy to pilot an aircraft during commercial operations, you'll need to hold a Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate. Aviation medicals are completed in a two-step process:

  1. Obtain an Aviation Reference Number from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). You'll need to complete form 1162 and send it to CASA with identification as per page 2. See the CASA Website for further details
  2. Once you have received your ARN, book in for a Class 1 Medical Exam with a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). Visit the CASA website for the contact list of CASA Designated Aviation Medical Examiners in your local country


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you can apply for one of the following courses:

  • Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) AVI50415
  • Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) AVI50516
  • Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Chief Flight Instructor) AVI60116
  • Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command) AVI60216
  • Bachelor of Aviation
  • Bachelor of Aviation Management

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $42,590.00
Full Tuition Fee $48,661.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material FeesNo materials fee applies
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure

You will study 29 units.  

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