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The sky’s the limit with an exciting career in the aviation industry as a qualified commercial aeroplane pilot. TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275) and Aerostar Aviation in partnership will give you the skills and experience you need to take your career to new heights with the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) (AVI50222) qualification.

The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) (AVI50222) is a full-time course, delivered over 50 weeks, comprising of 29 units of competency and 200 hours of aeronautical experience.

In this course, you will receive quality training under the expert guidance of Aerostar Aviation’s experienced trainers to give you all the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge needed to gain your Commercial Pilot Licence, in compliance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and National Operating Standards. As a commercial aeroplane pilot, you will discover a variety of career opportunities including rural operations, joy-flights, air transport charter operations, and commercial airlines.

You will train at Aerostar Aviation’s base, located at Parafield Airport, Adelaide. This is an ideal training location, as it allows pilots to fly in controlled airspace with student-friendly air traffic controllers. Successful completion of this course will give you the knowledge and practical skills required to embark upon an exciting career as a commercial aeroplane pilot.


  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Aeroplane; and
  • AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)



This course is delivered on Aerostar’s base, located at Parafield Airport, Adelaide. Students are expected to undertake additional personal study to complete the course requirements.


LOCATION: Hangar 8, Parafield Airport, Adelaide
ANNUAL INTAKES: January and July
DURATION: 50 weeks

WORKLOAD: Full time
STUDY MODE: Classroom
FULL COST: Full fee $89,990


Commercial or military pilot entrants to this qualification should check requirements with CASA or Defence Aviation for specific pilot entry standards.

The following are the mandatory entry requirements for enrolment in the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane). Prospective students must meet the following criteria:

  • Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) before enrolling in the course.
  • Produce evidence of a current Aviation Class 1 Medical.
  • Be in possession of, or in the process of applying for a current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) for flight crew by your first census date.
  • Be eligible to obtain English Language Proficiency to meet the minimum requirements set by CASA.
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age prior to the completion of the course to enrol in the qualification.
  • Beneficial to have completed Year 12 with passes in Math and English.
  • A device suitable for accessing online exam-prep material (Laptop, iPad, etc.).



TAFE Queensland is Queensland’s largest, most experienced training provider, delivering practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to bachelor degrees.

Aerostar and TAFE Queensland have entered into a third party training agreement for delivery of the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) (AVI50222) in Adelaide. Under this arrangement, TAFE Queensland is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0275) and will be responsible for issuing AQF certification documentation for the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) (AVI50222). Experienced Aerostar instructors will conduct all training and assessment on behalf of TAFE Queensland. Through successful completion of the qualification you will have the opportunity to gain the skills and experience required to take your career to new heights.

Learn More about TAFE Queensland at https://tafeqld.edu.au or call (07) 3307 4798.


The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) (AVI50219) comprises the following units of competency. The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and one elective unit listed below.



AVIE0006 Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management process
AVIF0027 Implement aviation fatigue risk management strategies
AVIF0029 Implement threat and error management strategies
AVIF0030 Manage safe flight operations
AVIF0033 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
AVIF0035 Manage human factors in aviation operations
AVIH0010 Plan a flight under visual flight rules
AVIH0014 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
AVILIC0003 Licence to operate a commercial aeroplane
AVIO0017 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
AVIW0029 Manage pre- and post- flight actions
AVIW0032 Operate and manage aircraft systems
AVIY0033 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
AVIY0033 Operate in controller airspace
AVIY0035 Operate in Class G airspace
AVIY0035 Operate at non-towered aerodromes
AVIY0037 Operate at a controlled aerodrome
AVIY0040 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
AVIY0041 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
AVIY0041 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
AVIY0046 Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvre and procedures
AVIY0047 Manage abnormal aeroplane flight situations
AVIY0054 Control aeroplane on the ground
AVIY0055 Take off aeroplane
AVIY0056 Control aeroplane in normal flight
AVIY0057 Land aeroplane
AVIY0058 Manage aircraft fuel
AVIZ0006 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight



AVIY0073 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night



No matter what your circumstances, we have a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help.


This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies. This loan must be repaid to the Australian Government.


If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

Learn more at https://tafeqld.edu.au/paymentoptions



Tuition fees cover the cost of below:

  • Tuition – theory and practical (including aeronautical experience up to 200 hours)
  • CASA English Language Proficiency (ELP) test (initial)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence CASA Flight Test (initial)

Tuition fees do not include the below items required for this course:

  • Aviation Class 1 Medical
  • Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC)
  • Closed in shoes (not steel caps)
  • Personal headset and equipment
  • Textbooks, charts, and maps
  • CASA examination fees – prices vary depending on examination; please contact CASA for more information

Please be aware that additional costs may be incurred for any unsuccessful examinations undertaken with The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Should extra flying hours be required to achieve the standard Commercial Pilot Licence, then additional fees may apply.



Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning.

Learn more at tafeqld.edu.au/assessment


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