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Diploma of Aviation
(Instrument Rating)

Designed predominantly to extend the aeronautical privileges of Commercial Pilot Licence holders, a multi-engine instrument rating enables pilots to safely carry out their role in a broader range of meteorological conditions and at night, using navigation aids.

Instrument Rating training in this diploma programme is conducted on a multi-engine aircraft. The diploma therefore includes the training necessary to obtain a CASA multi-engine rating.

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.


Gold Coast
Not currently scheduled.
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12 weeks
Study Mode
Full Time On Campus
Min 20 hrs/wk
VSL Cover
VSL Approved



Gap Fee Payable: $0
Maximum VSL Cover: $38,760
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 a Diploma Of Aviation?

Gaining an instrument rating through a formal Diploma of Aviation with Flight One Australia provides you with all the required theory and practical training backed by the quality assurances of nationally recognised training (NRT) and unlocks the potential to access VET Student Loans to make training more accessible.

These phases are set to align to CASA licensing requirements; meaning graduates move into industry with nationally recognised qualifications, in addition to licensing by the peak regulatory authority.

This course is designed for CPL holders and includes multi-engine training as well as a range of aircraft type options throughout course. Once achieved, the MEIR gives you the skills needed to pilot commercial flights in poor weather, at night and in other low – visibility conditions in a single or twin engine aircraft for which you are endorsed.

Things You’ll Learn

  • Operate twin engine aircraft
  • Operate and navigate aircraft using flight instruments
  • Perform instrument arrivals and departures
  • 2D global navigation satellite system
  • Implement threat and error management strategies

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to eligible applicants and provides cover for up to the full course tuition fee amount for this offering. (VET Student Loans are available subject to eligibility requirements and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth.)

International Students

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

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Course Information

Course Details

Qualification AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
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 3 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 the Instrument Rating

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 holding an Instrument Rating can carry out their role in a broader range of meteorological conditions using navigation aids like:

  • Non-Directional Beacons (NDB)
  • VHF Omni Directional Radio Ranges (VOR)
  • Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) / Localisers (LLZ)
  • Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) or GPS Arrival systems (DGA)
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

The demand for qualified pilots is an international trend, and the instrument rated pilot is a step ahead in employability due to their capacity to operate both visually and in inclement weather.


Our MEIR programme is designed around the concept of industry readiness – providing each graduate with the CASA theory and associated examinations required.

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 gain multi-engine and instrument ratings, candidates must 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 CASA requirements, are:

  • AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
  • Instrument Rating including both 2D and 3D Instrument approaches
  • Multi-engine aeroplane class rating

Training & Assessment Arrangements

Training is delivered at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, and Gold Coast Airport, via face to face classroom learning 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

The course is delivered face to face on campus, supported by online learning facilities. Students undertaking this course are expected to wear the college uniform provided.

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  or 2 Aviation Medical Certificate; and

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

Core units


Implement threat and error management strategies


Manage safe flight operations


Plan a flight under instrument flight rules


Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules


Operate and manage aircraft systems


Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments


Conduct a 2D instrument approach


Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route procedures


Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night


Perform non-published instrument departure procedures


Perform published instrument departure procedures


Perform visual circling approach


Conduct a 2D global navigation satellite system non-precision instrument approach

Specialist elective units


Operate a multi-engine aeroplane

Tuition Fee Information

Tuition Fee Details - Domestic Students

Domestic Student Tuition Fees

  • Full Tuition Fee for this qualification: $38,760
  • 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.

  • Total Gap Fee for this qualification you will need to pay: $0
  • Total Tuition Fee (Maximum Loan Cover) for this qualification: $38,760
  • 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

Gold Coast Fee Schedules

23rd January 2023 (MEIR) >>

6th March 2023 (MEIR) >>

Tuition Fee Details - International Students

International Student Tuition Fees

This course is approved for International Student enrolments. Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) International Student Tuition Fee Information:

  • Full Indicative Tuition Fee for this qualification: $43,500
  • 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 $13,500.00
MONTH 01 $15,000.00
MONTH 03 $15,000.00
TOTAL $43,500.00

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

Non Tuition Fee Expenses

Additional (Non-Tuition) / Other Fees

There are costs associated with this qualification that are not included in the tuition fees (and therefore, in accordance with ASQA regulations, are not eligible for VET Student Loans cover). It is important to be financially prepared for these costs to reduce the likelihood of disruptions to your training.

  • Material Fee ($600 approx): The Material Fee will be stated in the Letter of Offer and is paid upon acceptance of the offer. The Material Fee covers various training materials required upon commencement of the course including (but not limited to):
    • En-Route Chart low – Full Set
    • Terminal Area Charts – Full Set
    • DAP East Complete Includes Binder
    • DAP West Complete Includes Binder
    • Bob Tait IREX Textbook
  • Pilot Headset: You are required to supply your own pilot headset.
  • Aviation Medical Examinations: Trainees are required to cover any costs associated with gaining a Class 1 Aviation Medical and must hold the Class 1 Aviation Medical at the time of commencing this qualification.
  • Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC): All trainees will be required to successfully apply for an ASIC costing approximately $230. This is done through a third party and assistance will be provided during the onboarding stage prior to commencement if you do not already have one.
  • 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: 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 and can not be covered by VET Student Loans. 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 (and are therefore not covered by VET Student Loans).
  • 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 and/or aircraft upgrades that are not part of a VET Student Loans Unit that we offer will incur additional fees that are not covered by VET Student Loans.
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Why Study With Us?

Delivering Safe Skies for 40+ Yrs

Our safety culture is the single fundamental value driving every business in our group – the way we run charter operations, maintain aircraft, facilitate travel, and train our students. Because of this “safety first, safety always” philosophy, Tisdall Aviation Group ultimately crafts better pilots, engineers and managers.

Part of a Large Aviation Group

Because TAG offers the full stack of aviation services including charter, aircraft maintenance, industry services and lounge & ground services, our pilot and engineer trainees receive a thorough understanding of how industry really works; plus, they get to meet and chat with the people who make things happen.

Respected by Industry

Flight One School of Aviation commercial pilot graduates are sought out by industry because they meet employers’ needs and expectations. Industry members consistently select our graduates because they know we genuinely care about producing safety-culture oriented, highly skilled pilots.

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