If you’ve been dreaming of a career as a commercial pilot, the AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) is your first class 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.

We deliver this course with Soar Advanced Flight Training, which provides the instructional flight training from Moorabbin airport. You’ll learn from experienced and knowledgeable flight instructors and get access to state of the art equipment.

This course is a great way to fast track your aviation career. Within 2 years you’ll go from being an aviation novice to a fully qualified 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:

  • Manual Pitch Control Constant Speed Unit Endorsement

National Code AVI50215
CRICOS Code 092291M
Study Areas Aviation
Study Level Diploma
Course Type International TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

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 Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, 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.

Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass

You must also:

  • hold or be able to hold a CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate (For more information see Entry requirements below) 
  • be at least 18 years of age once Commercial Pilot Licence is issued

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).


Full time: 14 months

Box Hill

You must:

  • hold or be able to hold a CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate (see medical requirements)
  • 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 will 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 will 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 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 the Institute and CAE 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.

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

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

After successfully completing this course, CASA Commercial Pilot Licence requirements, and an appropriate level of experience, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as:

  • a charter pilot
  • a flight instructor
  • agricultural operations pilot
  • commercial airline pilot
  • search and rescue pilot
  • fire spotting and aerial surveyor
  • joy flight operator
  • air ambulance pilot
Last updated: February 18, 2019 02:14pm