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Diploma of Aviation

Flight One’s commercial pilot licence diploma, AVI50222 – Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane), is a full time scenario based course that covers all the theory and practical requirements toward becoming a commercial pilot. Available in Brisbane and Gold Coast, training is conducted on our well maintained, modern fleet and includes a range of relevant options throughout the training journey. This course is approved for VET Student Loans for eligible domestic students and receives full VSL coverage.

International students are welcome to apply for enrolment into this course.

Delivery Locations
Gold Coast

Authentic Training Environment

As part of the Tisdall Aviation Group, Flight One has a unique capacity to provide students with the opportunity to undertake training within the context of a genuine aviation industry setting. Tisdall Aviation Group operates a charter fleet, FBO services and aircraft engineering operations directly from the training base.


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59 wks Full Time
Study Mode
Full Time On Campus
Min 20 hrs/wk
VSL Cover
VSL Approved
CRICOS Code: 01302M



Gap Fee Payable: $0
Maximum VSL Cover: $89,610
VSL Loan Cap: $90,497

Domestic Self Funded


International Students


VET Student Loan available subject to eligibility and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Non-tuition fees apply. See Course Fees for full details.

Qualification Overview

Why Study the Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence?

Studying the Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence with Flight One is a journey towards becoming a professional pilot through an industry oriented, scenario based training syllabus.

The CPL Diploma is delivered in phases that align to CASA licensing requirements commencing with the PPL flight training and theory (includes CASA PPL upon successful completion of this stage) followed by extensive navigation and skill building, through to the commercial pilot licence theory exams and flight test.

VET Student Loans

This course is approved for VET Student Loans for eligible domestic students and receives full VSL coverage.

International Students

International students are eligible to apply for this course. Please visit the International Student page for more detail.

Things You’ll Learn

  • Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
  • Operate aircraft at controlled and non-controlled aerodromes
  • Manage abnormal flight situations
  • Manage safe flight operations
  • Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
  • Human factors in the aviation context

Flight Training Hours

  • Total Flying Hours: 200
  • Solo Flying Hours: 118
  • Dual Flying Hours: 82
  • Sim Flying Hours: 5

Plus over 60hrs of theory support training.

Single Diplomas

Note: Commercial Pilot Licence can be packaged with Instrument Rating training resulting in a more economical and job-ready dual qualification.
For details, see Double Diploma CPL + Multi-engine Instrument Rating page →

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Course Details

Qualification AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
Training Provider Flight One Australia (RTO 31285 | CRICOS 01302M)
trading as Flight One School of Aviation
Training Location Options Archerfield Airport, Brisbane
Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast
Duration / Mode This course is 13 months in duration with required regular on-campus attendance. Weekly commitment is 20hrs minimum.
VET Student Loans This course is VET Student Loans approved.
Please view Tuition Fee details and Payment Schedules below.
International Students This course is approved for international students.
(CRICOS Code 01302M)


Flight One School of Aviation has the privilege of being a CASA certified Flight Training Organisation and a CRICOS and VSL approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO). These combined approvals allow us to deliver theory and practical training and assessments to domestic and international students toward Australian pilot licences through formal Australian Qualifications Framework diplomas and additionally, offer VET Student Loans as a payment option for domestic students.

Training is conducted at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane and Gold Coast Airport at the Gold Coast, by experienced aviation instructors utilising authentic training equipment and well maintained aircraft.

As has been the case for over 40 years, Flight One Australia’s ethos revolves around diligent attention to aviation industry safety and quality standards. Our courses are customer service oriented and our syllabus provides an authentic airline-centric training experience. To achieve the level of proficiency expected of our graduates, pilot trainees are expected to maintain attendance and course progress befitting a professional pilot.

As part of a broader aviation group that includes VIP and business chartering, airport FBO services and CASA approved aircraft maintenance and repair operations, we are able to offer a genuinely industry driven, innovative programmes with integrated theory and practical training to ensure that you are job ready upon graduation. Please visit About Us to learn more about our flight school and the broader Tisdall Aviation Group.

About Commercial Piloting

Commercial pilots carry out the safety critical activity of flight for reward in support of a wide range of clients. The vast array of activities undertaken include charter, aeromedical, passenger transport, photography and survey work.

Commercial pilots learn to utilise sophisticated electrical components of aircraft such as on board computers, radio and GPS / GNSS equipment.

The demand for qualified Pilots is an international trend, and the Commercial Pilot is well placed to pursue career paths in general aviation, regular passenger (airline) transport and specialised operational roles.


Our CPL programme is designed around the concept of licence readiness – providing each graduate with the CASA theory and associated examinations necessary to achieve a licence outcome.

The course includes formal theory training aligned to the knowledge requirements within the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, and assessments that are delivered under Flight One’s CASA Part 141 Flight Training Organisation Approval Certificate. When combined with our extensive practical training, this structure empowers our graduates and prepares them to seize career opportunities as they arise.

To be eligible to apply for a CASA Pilot Licence, graduates must also meet CASA’s stipulated requirements including exams and flight tests conducted by CASA appointed testing officers.

The expected outcomes of this course, subject to demonstrated competencies and other CASA requirements, are:

  • Recreational Pilot Licence
  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
  • Training & Assessment Arrangements

Training is conducted online and at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia, via face to face classroom training by experienced flight instructors utilising an extensive training fleet and simulators.

Assessments for this programme are conducted and invigilated in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Assessments may include, but are not limited to, multiple choice, short answer, short essays, group work under observation and practical aviation assessments (flight tests).

Recognition For Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants with well documented previous training and/or experience may be eligible for Recognition for Prior Learning toward Units of Competency included in this qualification. Please advise at the time of application if you are seeking RPL.

Delivery Mode

To achieve a higher level of flexibility for our trainees, this course is mixed mode and is delivered through a combination of:

  • self-guided study of the theoretical principles that underpin aeroplane flight and the Commercial Pilot Licence using online training resources
  • instructor-lead briefings one-on-one, or in small groups, to reinforce, check and approve theory knowledge
  • self guided and instructor-lead flight planning
  • instructor-lead flying lessons to achieve practical competencies
  • flight tests and theory exams carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Flight lessons will be scheduled at a sufficient pace to remain within the study periods and must be attended once booked. Fast tracking is permitted but must be approved by the Chief Flight Instructor and the Head of School and are dependent upon trainee aptitude and progress as well as availability of resources and instructors.

Students undertaking this course are expected to wear the college uniform provided.

Syllabus Overview

The Commercial Pilot Licence course syllabus is made up of 9 phases, each covering specific piloting skills and theoretical principles. The first three phases, RPL1, 2 and 3 cover the Recreational Pilot Licence and the fourth phase, PPL1 finalises the Private Pilot licence.

A PPL exam and flight test will be administered so trainees are eligible to gain their Australian Private Pilot Licence. The following five phases, CPL1 – 5, step through the advanced training required for the Commercial Pilot Licence. The following five phases, CPL1 – 5, step through the advanced training required for the Australian Commercial Pilot Licence.

  1. RPL1 – Recreational Pilot Licence Phase 1
  2. RPL2 – Recreational Pilot Licence Phase 2
  3. RPL3 – Recreational Pilot Licence Phase 3
  4. PPL1 – Private Pilot Licence Phase 1
  5. CPL1 – Commercial Pilot Licence Phase 1
  6. CPL2 – Commercial Pilot Licence Phase 2
  7. CPL3 – Commercial Pilot Licence Phase 3
  8. CPL4 – Commercial Pilot Licence Phase 4
  9. CPL5 – Commercial Pilot Licence Phase 5

There are seven key theory subjects within the CPL, each with a corresponding exam administered and regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The theory subjects covered in the course, and their CASA exam codes are:

  • CPL Human Factors (CHUF)
  • CPL Aircraft General Knowledge (CSYA)
  • CPL Aeroplane Aerodynamics (CADA)
  • CPL Meteorology (CMET)
  • CPL Navigation (CNAV)
  • CPL Operation, Performance and Flight Planning (CFPA)
  • CPL Flight Rules & Air Law (CLWA)

In the formal Diploma course, trainees undertake their theory training for the seven CPL subjects through the context of the Diploma of Aviation’s vocational Units of Competency. Each phase commences the knowledge building for a set of units of competency and at the conclusion of the course, successfully gaining the CPL confirms the practical competencies for each unit. This results in a dual award arrangement whereby trainees will receive certification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for the seven CASA subjects (and licences) and additionally, a Statement of Attainment for the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) nationally recognised vocational Units of Competency.

Entry Criteria

General Entry Criteria

The following criteria apply to both domestic and international students. To receive approval to enrol in this qualification, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old at the planned commencement date; and
  • have completed Australian senior high school or equivalent; or
  • successfully pass the prescribed Language, Literacy and Numeracy test; and
  • have a native or advanced level of English.

Flight School Entry Criteria

To receive approval to undertake flight training, applicants must also:

  • successfully pass the Symbiotic ADAPT pilot aptitude test; and
  • successfully pass a discussion style interview with the Head of School.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Criteria

To receive approval to undertake flight training for this course, applicants must:

Note: An ARN is a simple process that involves corresponding with CASA and obtaining a unique CASA identifier. Please refer to the Aviation Reference Number (ARN) section on CASA’s website for instructions.

  • be eligible to obtain a CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate; and

Note: You are expected to present a valid Class 1 medical certificate at commencement of your course unless authorised in writing by the RTO; we reserve the right to delay commencement if you are not able to present certification at commencement. This medical certification suitable to your level of training must remain valid for the duration of the course and is the responsibility of the student to maintain. 

Details and further information are available from CASA – https://www.casa.gov.au/licences-and-certificates/aviation-medicals/medical-certificates.

  • be eligible to obtain an Australian Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC); and

Note: Obtaining an ASIC requires police clearance by way of a background criminal check that can include:

    • National police check
    • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission criminal assessment
    • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation national security assessment
    • Department of Home Affairs Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system check

If you have significant criminal history, you may not be eligible to hold an ASIC.

ASIC applications require support for operational needs. This is provided to you by us after your successful enrolment along with instructions for lodging an ASIC application.

  • have sufficient English language ability to pass the CASA Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) assessment; and

Note: CASA has requirements for the minimum standards of English language. Trainees will undergo testing to gain CASA certification (at a minimum of level 4) of their aviation English standard during the early stages of the course.

  • Have aeronautical knowledge and experience evidenced by CASA documentation and/or licencing for the proposed training stage, if relevant.

Note: to enrol directly into the Diploma of Aviation – Instrument Rating, or Flight Instructor qualifications, it is a requirement to hold a current Australian Commercial pilot Licence and Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate.

Additional Entry Criteria for VET Student Loans

Domestic students planning to access a loan via the Australian Government VET Student Loan scheme must:

  • provide evidence of meeting the VSL citizenship eligibility criteria; and
  • provide an Australian senior high school graduation certificate and academic results; or
  • pass the prescribed Language, Literacy and Numeracy test.

There are specific criteria for use of the VET Student Loans scheme. Please visit our VSL Page for further details.

Additional Entry Criteria for International Students

International students must provide:

  • an IELTS (academic) or Pearson PTE certificate unless specifically exempt; and
  • a valid passport; and
  • have no criminal record; and
  • have no prior visa refusals; and
  • have sufficient funding for the full course fee, cost of living and flights to and from Australia.

The RTO reserves the right to make reasonable adjustments where sufficient grounds exist.


Units of Competency

AVIE0006 Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management processes
AVIF0027 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
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
AVIY0034 Operate in controlled airspace
AVIY0035 Operate in Class G airspace
AVIY0036 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
AVIY0083 Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvres 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

Tuition Fee Information

Tuition Fee Details - Domestic Students

Domestic Student Tuition Fees

  • Full Tuition Fee for this qualification: $89,610
  • Tuition fees are payable in instalments
  • This course is approved for VET Student Loans
  • Additional (Non-Tuition) Fees apply. Details below.
  • All amounts are in Australian Dollars

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is approved for the Commonwealth Government VET Student Loan scheme with no out of pocket “gap” fee to pay upfront.

  • Total Gap Fee for this qualification you will need to pay: $0
  • Total Tuition Fee (Maximum Loan Cover) for this qualification: $89,610
  • VSL Indexed Loan Cap for this qualification: $90,497

All amounts are in Australian Dollars. VET Student Loan availability is subject to eligibility requirements and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please see the VSL Tuition Fee Schedules below and visit our VSL Information Page for guidance and instructions if you are planning to use VET Student Loans to assist with the payment of your tuition fees. You can also view the relevant policies on our Policies & Procedures page. VSL payment schedules for each intake are published prior to commencement and can be viewed below. Some expenses can not be covered by a VET Student Loan. Details below.

Domestic Student Tuition Fees – Self Funded

If you do not wish to, or are not eligible to use VSL to pay your tuition fees, you are welcome to pay the Full Tuition Fee for this qualification directly (self-funding) on an instalment schedule. You can also mix the use of VET Student Loans and self funded payments.

Instalments & VSL Schedules

Regardless of the method you use to fund your payable tuition fee payments (VSL gap or self-funding) the payable amount will be scheduled into small regular instalments through a payment plan that will be detailed on your Letter of Offer.


VET Student Loans Tuition Fee Schedules

Archerfield Fee Schedules

26 JUN 23 (CPL) >>

01 MAY 23 (CPL) >>

06 MAR 23 (CPL) >>

16 JAN 23 (CPL) >>


Gold Coast Fee Schedules

24 JUL 23 (CPL) >>

29 MAY 23 (CPL) >>

27 MAR 23 (CPL) >>

23 JAN 23 (CPL) >>

Tuition Fee Details - International Students

Domestic Tuition Fees – AVI50222 – Diploma of Aviation (CPL) 

  • Full Indicative Tuition Fee for this qualification: $98,560
  • Tuition fees payable in instalments as below
  • Additional (Non-Tuition) Fees apply as below
  • All amounts are in Australian Dollars

Note: There are currently no loan or scholarship offers for this programme.

International Student Fee Schedule

This fee schedule is indicative and is provided for guidance purposes only. The exact schedule that pertains to your course and intake will be provided by way of a formal Letter of Offer for your consideration. It is essential that you have sufficient funds to meet the instalment schedule plus reserve funds should the need arise for you to take repeat or additional lessons or exams.



DEPOSIT $15,560.00
MONTH 01 $20,000.00
MONTH 03 $20,000.00
MONTH 05 $20,000.00
MONTH 07 $20,000.00
MONTH 09 $3,000.00
TOTAL $98,560.00

Note: Non-tuition costs are separate and are detailed below.

Non Tuition Fee Expenses

Additional (Non-Tuition) / Other Costs

There are costs associated with this qualification that are not included in the tuition fees. It is important to be financially prepared for these costs to reduce the likelihood of disruptions to your training.

Material fees cover various training materials required throughout the course. Payment of material fees is mandatory and can only be adjusted with permission from a senior Flight Instructor. Enrolment is not confirmed until the material fee payment due at acceptance has been paid. Material fees for this course are split into an initial main material fee that covers the CPL stages of the course and a second main material fee to cover the later instrument rating stages of the course. Material costs MAY CHANGE and various items may need to be added, replaced and/or updated as you move through the course. We provide as much guidance as practicable in relation to non-tuition fees but ultimately it is the trainees responsibility to ensure that all stipulated materials and equipment are acquired and available for training in a timely manner.

  • Material Fee ($3,000 approx): The invoice for the material fee is usually issued with the Letter of Offer. A deposit of 50% ($1500) is payable upon acceptance of the offer. This fee includes items such as:
    • Pilot Briefcase and stationery
    • Branded pilot uniform shirts
    • Textbooks, flight documents and charts
    • Tools and equipment required for flight planning and navigation
    • Third party pilot aptitude placement assessment
  • Pilot Headset: As soon as practicable, pilot trainees will need to purchase, from their preferred supplier, a pilot headset of their choice, preferably in the range of $600 (good quality) to $1,650 (premium quality). Our instructors will assist you to determine the most suitable headset to meet your needs and budget.
  • Aviation Medical Examinations: Students commencing this qualification are required to undertake medical examinations specified and regulated by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority (CASA). Medical examinations are arranged by the student at the student’s expense. Students are encouraged to finalise and hold their Class 1 medical documentation from CASA by commencement day. CASA has approved a network of medical examiners throughout Australia and the world so in most cases a medical examiner should be international students will also are Students who have not received their medical will be asked to move to the next intake. Further information will be provided in the formal Letter of Offer. We also recommend that you consult CASA’s website here: www.casa.gov.au/licences-and-certificates/aviation-medicals/medical-certificates/classes-medical-certificate. CASA Designated Aviation Medical Examiners can be located here: www.casa.gov.au/content-search/medical-and-eye-examiners. Medical examination and associated fees are not included in the tuition fees.
  • Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC): All students will be required to successfully apply for an ASIC costing approximately $340. This is done through a third party and assistance will be provided during the onboarding stage prior to commencement.
  • Remedial Activities: This includes briefings, flights, and other training events that you need to participate in because you have not met the required standard of competency.
  • Remedial Flights: Flight lessons that need to be repeated as a result of a competency not being achieved are called Remedial Flights. Trainees should expect that from time to time, remedial flights may be necessary, or may wish to voluntarily repeat a flight. Fees associated with remedial flights will need to be paid at the time of booking. The cost of remedial flights depend on the nature and length of the repeated lesson and can range from $480 to over $2,000 each. It is therefore essential that trainees have some savings or credit set aside for remedial flights to avoid the possibility of training being suspended.
  • Exams: Additional or repeated exams are not included in the tuition fees.
  • Flight Training Cancellation Fee: Cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled session leave either an aircraft, an instructor, or both subsequently idle. This results in a delay to your own training and disadvantages our other clients who may have usefully utilised that instructor’s/aircraft’s availability. Should you have to cancel a Briefing, Flight or Simulator session please do so with no less than 24 hours notice prior to the session, otherwise a Cancellation Fee may be charged. The cancellation fee is currently $132.
  • Options / Upgrades: Pilot trainees who request additional optional flights, extended flights and/or aircraft upgrades will incur additional fees that are not included in the tuition fees.
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