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

March & August

Full time: 14 months

Full time mode: 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

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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 and Academic Requirements

Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass

You must also:

  • hold or be able to hold a CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate (See Medical requirements below)
  • hold or be able to hold an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC)
  • be at least 18 years of age once 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from International students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic). A minimum TOEFL score of 530 for paper examination; 179 for computer based and 71 for Internet based.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

Requirement during the course: the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requires proof of an Aviation Language International Test of English (ALITE) of at least level 4 (operational English) , or above, before students are able to fly solo during their flight training or before they can complete their Private Pilot Licence exams (PPL).


International students please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
  3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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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

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Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee$99,550.00
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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