If you’ve been dreaming of a career as a commercial pilot, our 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 Bankstown 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:

  • Propeller Pitch Control Endorsement Constant Speed Unit (CSU)

National Code AVI50215
Study Areas Aviation
Study Level Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

PT: 2 years,

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Bankstown (NSW)

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Full Tuition Fee $47,260.00
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.

September and November

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

The theory component of this course will be delivered 2 evenings a week between 6 - 9.30pm. For the practical component, you will participate in approximately 1 - 3 hours of flying per week. 

Bankstown (NSW)

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 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 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 may wish to apply for entry into one of the following courses:

  • 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

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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 02:09pm