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AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane)

National ID: AVI50222 State ID: BHR0
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Do you have sky-high ambition to be a commercial pilot?

Make the Perth skies your next office window with the skills and knowledge to become a commercial aircraft pilot. Learn to fly light piston aeroplanes including knowing how to perform in normal and emergency conditions. 

Our commercial pilot’s course enables you to reach toward certification as a commercial pilot through Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)’s Part 61 Flight crew licensing regulations. We offer training full time that integrates your theory study at campus with flying time located at Jandakot airport. 

You will complete 600 hours of theory and flying time in a range of conditions and times of day to prepare you for a diverse aviation career. Our lecturers work with you to help you traverse a wide range of air transport operations, including passenger, charter and cargo operations; and how to use your autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility for an extensive range of scenarios that you might face in the skies.


  • maintain aircraft radio communications
  • implement aviation risk management processes
  • implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
  • implement threat and error management strategies
  • manage safe flight operations
  • manage human factors in aviation operations
  • manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
  • operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
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

The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) requires significant commitments in time to build skills and knowledge, and financial investment, before entering a lucrative career.  SM TAFE aims to ensure students have what it takes to succeed.

To study this course you must be over the age of 18 years. To express your interest in this course you will need:

  • a Unique Student Identifier number
  • evidence showing you meet the minimum educational requirements
  • your visa or citizenship status

In addition, we will help to guide you through the additional evidence required for entry to the course at a mandatory information session:

  • a current Class 1 medical or equivalent (to satisfy CASA licencing requirements)
  • a Ready for work Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) approval
  • a CASA Aviation English proficiency assessment (GELP)
  • log book showing two hours in a VH registered aircraft with a CASA approved flight training provider to ensure that you can meet the physiological and psychological demands required for successful completion of the course; and to address and identify issues (such as airsickness or claustrophobia) so you are well informed about the nature of study and work in this industry
  • a mandatory pre-entry aptitude test

If seeking a student loan you must also demonstrate other minimum requirements that will be outlined at the session. Information relating to the dates and times of the pre-entry assessment and briefing sessions will be sent on application.

Please note, SM TAFE reserves the right to reschedule or cancel course due to insufficient enrolments. Please refer to the enrolment terms and conditions for further information. 

The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) requires a significant commitment from learners to enrol into this qualification in terms of the cost and also in the time and dedication required to complete the course. As such, South Metropolitan TAFE wants to ensure that the right candidates are enrolled in this course that are committed and are fully informed regarding the career outcome.

Attendance in class

This course is delivered 5 days per week over 15 months. 

Work placement

Students are expected to engage in learning through 600 additional hours over the duration of the course. (Flight delivery can be up to 6 days a week including weekends, nights and holidays over the 15 months). This includes completing indirectly supervised and unsupervised activities, including but not limited to pre and post flight activities and briefings, solo flights, research, assignments, study, exams and flight tests.

Students will be expected to attend the SM TAFE briefing room allocated at the training provider at all times during allocated flight training days or blocks. Students are to use this time to prepare and be ready for any available flights, study for CASA examinations and become proficient in managing procedural matters relating to commercial operations. 

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). 

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for any 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.

Your pilot uniform is to be worn at all times as well as professional pilot gear as outlined in the mandatory pre-enrollment briefing.

In addition, the below is required:

  • Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Flight Medical in accordance with CASA licensing requirements. (May take up to 2 months to receive)
  • Current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) in accordance with CASA requirements or evidence of an Approved Ready for Work ASIC (all Airports). 
  • Aviation Reference Number (ARN).  
  • Please see CASA’s website for additional information on both how to obtain an ARN and locations of DAME and detailed information on aviation medicals.
  • CASA General English language proficiency assessment (GELP) ** 
  • See CASA’s website for additional information on this assessment.
  • Provide verifiable log book evidence of a minimum 2 hours of dual flight training in a VH registered aircraft with a CASA approved flight training provider
  • Course Textbooks
  • Maintian Pilot Publications and Charts
  • CASA CPL Theory Exams (all)
  • Signed Individual learning agreement

The completion of this qualification will require the accumulation of flight time. 

This will be conducted by either the Royal Aero Club WA and/or Airflite Flying College at Jandakot Airport.

Contact: Royal Aero Club WA

Contact: Airflite

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.

Estimated tuition and resource fees

Costs per unit: AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane) units and fees (265 KB) (PDF document)

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

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Semester 1, 2023

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Jandakot
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Jandakot
How On Campus

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