School of Aircraft Engineering

Certificate IV in Aeroskills


The Flight One Academy delivers a Part 147 aligned Certificate IV in Aeroskills with options to undertake majors in Avionics, Mechanical or both. The programme provides all the core theory and practical training required for the role of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and articulated with full academic credit into our Diploma of Aeroskills - the premier qualification for aircraft maintenance licence eligibility.

Next Intake

26 July 2021


$14,400 (Single Certificate)
$20,140 (Double Certificate)
- Instalments available
- VET Student Loans is not available for this programme


1 year

Qualification Overview

What is Aircraft Engineering?

As a graduate engineer from Flight One Academy, you will have the knowledge and skills to start your career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, with the option to gain qualifications across the mechanical and/or avionics disciplines. The scope of work is incredibly diverse, working on everything from massive jets to private planes.

Plus, you can work in almost any location – from the biggest cities, to the smallest outback towns. With most commercial aircraft ‘cycling’ multiple times a day, the airframe, avionics, and mechanical components need to be inspected and maintained at regular intervals, with even the smallest components being tracked, checked, and repaired when necessary. Engineers are tasked with troubleshooting complex issues across the electrical, fuel, hydraulic and propulsion systems, to help keep flight operations to complex schedules.


Why Certificate IV?

Certificate IV in Aeroskills is regarded as the minimum level of qualification to gain work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Our custom-developed program is designed to provide all the skills and experience demanded by industry, including all the relevant practical skills.

Throughout the course, you will undertake learning across the fundamentals of maths and physics, the principles of flight, plus workshop and hand skills to enable maintenance of individual aircraft components.

Course Streams

When you join our Certificate IV in Aeroskills you can choose one or both of these majors.


Avionics Aircraft Maintenance Engineers carry out work that involves the maintenance and repairs of the electrical components of aircraft such as on board computers, radio, radar and GPS directional equipment.


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You will predominantly carry out examinations, maintenance and repairs of the mechanical components of aircraft such as gas turbine, jet and piston engines, frames, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel and other associated systems.


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Our Aeroskills Instructors

Andrew Barnes Head of Engineering

Andrew Barnes
Head Of School

Andrew Barnes is a UK Air Force engineering veteran, with more than four decades of engineering and education experience, having developed much of the contemporary learning resources in Aeroskills in Australia.

Professor John Little

John Little
Maths, Physics & Electronics Instructor

Professor John Little is a highly experienced educator with a Master of Science in Applied Physics.

Donal Barber

Donal Barber
Aeroskills Instructor

Donal Barber brings extensive Aeroskills engineering experience spanning more than four decades, and nearly every continent.

An aircraft mechanical/structures technician and professional aviation technical instructor, with extensive aviation maintenance and technical training experience.

Entry Requirements, Cost, & Details

Course Details


Flight One Academy delivers a Part 147 aligned Diploma of Aeroskills programme with Avionics and Mechanical majors. The programme is usually delivered as a Double Diploma of Aeroskills that covers both mechanical and avionics specialties.

To maximise training efficiency and graduate outcomes, our Aeroskills programme is delivered to Diploma standards only. The Certificate IV in Aeroskills is therefore incorporated into the Diploma. The Certificate IV may be made available as a separate qualification on request.

Training is conducted at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia, via face to face classroom learning by experienced aviation trainers and supported by operational aircraft engineers utilising authentic training equipment to supplement theory training where relevant.

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, traditional aircraft engineering 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 Academy and the wider Tisdall Aviation Group.


Aircraft Maintenance Engineers carry out the important process of repairing, maintaining and releasing aircraft to fly safely.

Avionics Aircraft Maintenance Engineers carry out examinations, maintenance and repairs of the electrical components of aircraft such as on board computers, radio, radar and GPS directional equipment.

Mechanical Aircraft Maintenance Engineers predominantly carry out examinations, maintenance and repairs of the mechanical components of aircraft such as gas turbine jet and piston engines, frames, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel and other associated systems.


The Flight One Academy Aircraft Engineering Department is run by a team of current and former aircraft engineers from a range of backgrounds including civil and military. Our aim is simple – to deliver the training the industry wants and expects.

AMEs with well documented previous training and/or experience who wish to formalise or upgrade qualifications may be eligible for Recognition for Prior Learning toward this qualification. Find out more on our RPL Services Page>>.


Domestic Student Tuition Fee:

This programme is available to domestic students only.
Single Certificate IV: $14,400
Double Certificate IV: $20,140

Fees are paid by monthly instalments.

Delivery Mode

The course is open to students with no industry experience and is delivered face to face on campus supported by online learning facilities where relevant. The course runs 4 to 5 days per week during term and attendance is compulsory unless otherwise approved by the Head of Training.

Note: Current Aircraft Maintenance Engineers seeking to formalise or upgrade qualifications through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be eligible for partial or complete delivery by correspondence.

Study Units

Common Units

MSMENV272 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MEA154 Apply work health and safety practices in aviation maintenance

MEA155 Plan and organise aviation maintenance work activities

MEA156 Apply quality standards during aviation maintenance activities

MEA107 Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications

MEA157 Complete aviation maintenance industry documentation

MEA158 Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance

MEA118 Conduct self in the aviation maintenance environment

MEA148 Apply mathematics and physics in aviation maintenance

MEA201 Remove and install miscellaneous aircraft electrical hardware/components

MEA246 Fabricate and/or repair aircraft electrical hardware or parts

MEA296 Use electrical test equipment in aviation maintenance activities

MEA301 Perform aircraft flight servicing

AVIF0044 Marshal aircraft


Mechanical Stream Units

MEA398 Remove and install aircraft hydro-mechanical and landing gear system components

MEA304 Remove and install non-pressurised aircraft structural and non-structural components

MEA303 Remove and install aircraft pneumatic system components

MEA305 Remove and install aircraft fixed wing flight control system components

MEA339 Inspect, repair and maintain aircraft structures

MEA318 Inspect aircraft hydro-mechanical, mechanical, gaseous and landing gear systems and components

MEA328 Maintain and/or repair aircraft mechanical components or parts

MEA362 Maintain aircraft vapour cycle air conditioning systems

MEA306 Remove and install engines and engine system components

MEA313 Inspect, test and troubleshoot piston engine systems and components

MEA319 Inspect gas turbine engine systems and components

MEA307 Remove and install propeller systems and components

MEA308 Remove and install rotary wing rotor and flight control system components

MEA366 Perform borescope inspections


Avionics Stream Units

MEA261 Use electronic test equipment

MEA202 Remove and install basic aircraft electrical system components

MEA204 Remove and install basic aircraft instrument system components

MEA206 Remove and install aircraft basic radio communication and navigation system components

MEA293 Remove and install aircraft electronic system components

MEA226 Inspect aircraft electronic systems and components

MEA229 Test and troubleshoot aircraft radio frequency navigation and communications systems and components

MEA208 Remove and install aircraft pressurisation control system components

MEA209 Remove and install aircraft oxygen system components

MEA225 Inspect fixed wing aircraft automatic flight control systems and components

MEA231 Inspect, test and troubleshoot rotary wing aircraft automatic flight control systems and components

MEA232 Test and troubleshoot aircraft pulse systems and components

MEA280 Inspect, test and troubleshoot flight management systems and components

MEA279 Inspect, test and troubleshoot full authority digital engine control systems

Note: Provided as a guide only. Actual units delivered at the discretion of the Head of School. Prerequisites may apply to some units.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of all theory and basic hand skills aspects, you will be eligible to receive your Aeroskills Theory Certificate and work as a trainee or apprentice.

Upon completion of all theory, basic hand skills and practical aspects, you will be qualified as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (unlicenced*) and to graduate with the following qualifications (depending on choice of study streams):

• MEA40618 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) and/ or
• MEA40718 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)

*Graduates wishing to gain an Australian CASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence in the future will additionally be required to undertake the Diploma Year and gain 2 to 5 years of relevant employment before becoming eligible to hold the licence.

Entry Requirements


  • Australian or Australian-equivalent senior high school certificate with average or above results.
  • Passes in school Maths and English
  • (Physics preferred but not a requirement)
  • A strong interest in machines, electronics systems and processes
  • Well organised and self disciplined


All applicants must hold a pass grade in Australian high school English.

Applicants from non-Australian backgrounds may be required to provide an IELTS Certificate (Academic Module) no more than 1 year old demonstrating a score of at least 6.0 overall with no band score below 5.5.

Please note: You may be exempt from the English language entry criteria if you studied for the last 2 years in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada or the United States of America enrolled in a formal qualification. Exemptions are assessed case by case. The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that individuals from non-English speaking backgrounds seeking an Australian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence must present an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band score below 6.0 prior to being issued a licence.

English language packaged pathways are available for this course but a formal test result may still be required.


Aircraft maintenance trainees should also be aware that, according to CASR Part 66 AMC CASR 66.025 /GM CASR 66.025, all personnel wishing to hold an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence will be required to provide evidence to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority that they have achieved a suitable English language proficiency level.

An applicant for a maintenance certification licence must be able to read, write and converse in English to a level that CASA is satisfied is sufficient to enable the applicant to safely exercise the privileges of the licence applied for. The level of knowledge would be such that the licence holder is able to:

  • read and understand the instructions and technical manuals in use within the organisation;
  • make written technical entries and any maintenance documentation entries, which can be understood by those with whom they are normally required to communicate;
  • read and understand the maintenance organisation procedures; and
  • communicate at such a level as to prevent any misunderstanding when exercising certification privileges.

Approved English language evidence that may be required for Non English Speaking Background (NESB) engineers:

  • International English Language Testing System with an overall grade of six on condition no single test area has a score of less than six on either the academic or general training module;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) score of 78;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based (TOEFL PB) score of 547; and
  • Test of English for International Communication Secure Program (TOEIC Secure Program/Public Testing Centre) score of Listening 350; Reading 330; Speaking 160 and Writing 160.
Training Arrangements

Our Archerfield Airport workshop is equipped with practical training areas and integrated classrooms.

The practical workshop areas include professional aircraft engineering tools, a wide range of industry mechanical, electronic training aids and supplies as well as fully operational aircraft (Cessna 175) and Lycoming aircraft engine.

Training activities include:

  • formal aeroskills theory training and assessments aligned to CASA modules
  • basic hand-skills workshops to learn about aircraft mechanical and electrical components and systems; hydraulics; pneumatics; fabrication; using professional aviation tools.

Our theory classrooms are air-conditioned and fully equipped to CASA and ASQA standards with student facilities and amenities available.

To provide even better outcomes for graduates of this course, our programme is carefully aligned to the CASA Part 147 system of training and assessment.


Assessment Arrangements

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 assignments.

How to Apply
If you have read the course information and you are eligible to join this course, applying is easy and there is no application fee.


You will need to prepare at least the following documentation:

  • One form of ID such as Licence, ASIC, Student ID, Passport
  • A graduation certificate from your senior high school, or higher (college or university)
  • Academic results from your senior high school, or higher (college or university)


Our simple online application form is located here: www.flightoneacademy.edu.au/apply


If you have any questions or issues lodging your application, contact our team via the enquiry form on the Contact Page.