About the course

About the course

If you dream of a career as a commercial pilot, our aviation course is your first-class ticket to an exciting career in aviation. 

With pilots in high demand, whether you’re flying passengers across the globe, helping 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 RTO: 22488, which provides the instructional flight training from Bankstown airport. You’ll learn from experienced and knowledgeable flight instructors and have 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 our aviation course, you'll achieve the Propeller Pitch Control Endorsement Constant Speed Unit (CSU) endorsement and be eligible to take the Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) licence tests for your:

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

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

We deliver this course with Soar Advanced Flight Training, which provides the instructional flight training from Moorabbin, Bendigo and Bankstown airports.

Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

September and November

Full time: 14 months

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

The theory component course will be delivered 2 evenings a week from 6 - 9.30pm. For the practical component, you'll participate in approximately 1-3 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 Commercial 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.


We are not currently taking applications or enrolments for aviation courses.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

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

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

Full Fee
Tuition Fee$85,945
Service Fee$337
Core Skills Support Fee$83
Material Fee$0
Retain Course Items$0
Total Course Estimate$86,365
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$47,510

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 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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