With our Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating), you’ll take on the challenge of flying an aircraft solely with reference to instruments in a variety of weather conditions. That means you can go flying anywhere at any time, and in most cases, you are not limited by weather.

During this course you’ll learn theory in the classroom in preparation for the Instrument Rating Exam (IREX). Then you’ll gain skills during intensive simulator training, a multi-engine endorsement and dual navigation exercises. As part of this course, you’ll receive quality IFR training and attain a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) as well as the Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations).

The Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) course is intended primarily for people who already hold a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) and have a minimum of 50 hours’ cross country command time and 10 hours’ night flying time (including 5 hours as pilot in command at night).

National Code AVI50415
Study Areas Aviation
Study Level Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

PT: 20 weeks

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $38,516.00
Full Tuition Fee $41,601.00
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.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Part time: 4 months.  The theory component will be delivered 2 evenings per week between 6 – 9.30pm.

There is 2 - 4 hours of flying per week. Days and times to be announced.  

Box Hill

You will need:

  • a current CASA Private Pilot Licence or CASA Commercial Pilot Licence, and 50 Pilot in Command Navigation hours
  • a Class 1 or Class 2 Aviation Medical (as applicable)
  • an ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card)


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 be eligible to apply for a CASA Command Instrument Rating (CIR).

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 successful completion of the course, and the CASA Commercial Pilot License requirements the following career paths may be available:

  • charter pilot
  • flight instruction
  • agricultural operations
  • airline
  • search and rescue
  • fire spotting
  • aerial survey
  • air ambulance
  • joy flights
  • emergency services
  • charter and freight operation
  • air work/agricultural operations
  • major and regional airlines
  • flight training organisations
  • seasonal bushfire spotting and beach patrols

With further experience (including additional flight hours), graduates who select the elective for multi-engine endorsement may find work in multi-engine charter operations flying high-performance aircraft with regional airlines, or within high-performance general aviation activities such as the Royal Flying Doctors Service or Border Protection Command services or in the role of First Officer in major airlines.

Last updated: February 18, 2019 02:11pm