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, 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.




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

FT: 14 months
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

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. 

Bankstown (NSW)

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

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

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 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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AVIE4001 MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT RADIO COMMUNICATIONS 12.0

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AVIY0002 OPERATE IN CONTROLLED AIRSPACE 28.0

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AVIY0003 OPERATE IN CLASS G AIRSPACE 38.0

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AVIY0019 MANAGE ABNORMAL AEROPLANE FLIGHT SITUATIONS 38.0

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AVIY0018 EXECUTE ADVANCED AEROPLANE MANOEUVRES AND PROCEDURES 54.0

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AVIY4001 CONTROL AEROPLANE ON THE GROUND 12.0

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AVIY4002 TAKE OFF AEROPLANE 17.0

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AVIY4003 CONTROL AEROPLANE IN NORMAL FLIGHT 45.0

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AVIY4004 LAND AEROPLANE 28.0

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AVIW4001 MANAGE PRE- AND POST-FLIGHT ACTIONS 28.0

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AVIZ4001 MANAGE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IN AIRCRAFT FLIGHT 30.0

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AVIY0004 OPERATE AT NON-TOWERED AERODROMES 30.0

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AVIY0005 OPERATE AT A CONTROLLED AERODROME 30.0

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AVIH0002 PLAN A FLIGHT UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES 15.0

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AVIH4001 NAVIGATE AIRCRAFT UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES 120.0

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AVIF0004 IMPLEMENT AVIATION RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESSES 43.0

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AVIF0007 IMPLEMENT THREAT AND ERROR MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES 20.0

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AVIF0005 IMPLEMENT AVIATION FATIGUE RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESSES 44.0

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AVIF0008 MANAGE SAFE FLIGHT OPERATIONS 32.0

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AVIF0011 MANAGE AIRCRAFT PASSENGERS AND CARGO 44.0

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AVIF0014 MANAGE HUMAN FACTORS IN AVIATION OPERATIONS 22.0

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AVIO0002 MANAGE DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOUR AND UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE WITH AVIATION 22.0

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AVIW5018 OPERATE AND MANAGE AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS 44.0

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AVIY0001 OPERATE AIRCRAFT USING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS 79.0

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AVIY0008 APPLY AERONAUTICAL KNOWLEDGE TO AVIATION OPERATIONS 17.0

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AVIY0009 APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF CIVIL AIR LAW TO AVIATION OPERATIONS 17.0

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AVIY4007 MANAGE AIRCRAFT FUEL 22.0

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AVILIC0001 LICENCE TO OPERATE A COMMERCIAL AEROPLANE 29.0

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AVIY5024 OPERATE AIRCRAFT IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN AT NIGHT 22.0

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Last updated: April 18, 2019 04:46pm