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AVI50119 Diploma of Aviation (Aviation Management)

National ID: AVI50119 State ID: BES4
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Have you got a passion for planes and a love of the aviation industry? Take your career to new heights with this nationally recognised course, which will qualify you for supervisory or management roles in aviation or airport operations. 

During this training you will learn to perform ground operations duties in support of commercial airlines or the Australian Defence Forces ADF. Be guided by our expert lecturers who are industry professionals as you learn to apply technical and non-technical aviation skills and knowledge in support of a wide range of aerodrome and air transport operations. 

This course will provide you with high-level skills in passenger, charter, cargo, emergency service and government operations. You'll be equipped with solid knowledge in key areas such as aviation risk management, implementing fatigue strategies, facilitating quality audits and managing disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation. 

You'll also learn leadership techniques and develop your personal style as you build skills in managing team effectiveness, using emotional intelligence and how to lead and foster effective workplace relationships. 

This course will get you job ready for supervisory roles, where you could lead a ground crew or aviation maintenance crew. You'll be qualified for roles such as Aerodrome Manager, Safety Manager, Operations Manager or Business Manager.  

Study in specialised facilities: 

South Metropolitan TAFE's AeroSpace Training Centre at Jandakot campus is the largest provider in WA offering training in aircraft maintenance and aviation. Our lecturer team is made up of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds including international licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Airline Transport Pilots, Airport Managers, Flight Instructors, Cabin Crew Training Managers, Emergency Procedures Instructors, RAAF Maintenance Supervisors, as well as military and commercial Aviators and Managers.

The main campus building includes a 1,500 square metre fully equipped hangar facility that houses various aircraft engines, workshop stations, computer facilities, a flight simulator and a number of aircraft including a Boeing 737.

Our Boeing 737 is maintained in a fully serviceable condition and used as a non-flying static training facility for students across an array of training courses, from pilot studies, to cabin crew, to aircraft maintenance, and even safety and ground handling.

You'll learn hands-on practical skills in a real-world environment, which will help you boost your employability and transition smoothly to the workplace. 


  • passenger, charter, cargo, emergency service and government operations
  • implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
  • implement aviation risk management processes
  • manage aviation risk
  • manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
  • initiate a quality audit
  • lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • develop and use emotional intelligence
  • manage operational plan
  • lead and manage team effectiveness

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states and territories.

Compliance with these requirements may be required nationally and/or in various jurisdictions.

Use for Defence Aviation is to be in accordance with relevant Defence Orders, Instructions, Publications and Regulations.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week over two semesters. 

At-home study

Students are expected to engage in learning through 600 hours of structured out of class activities, which includes 59 hours of assessments that take place off-campus during self-directed study time over the duration of the qualification. 

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

No work placement is required. 

What you need

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, industry exams, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, folder for notebooks and handouts) and wear enclosed footwear during classes in the workshop. Your own laptop/tablet is helpful but not required.

 Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Semester 1, 2024

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Jandakot
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Jandakot
How On Campus