School of Aviation

Diploma of Aviation (CPL)


Gain the qualifications and experience to become a commercial pilot and the potential to work across the diverse charter, aeromedical, passenger transport, photography and survey industries. Studying the diploma of aviation with Flight One Academy is an 12 month journey towards becoming a professional pilot.

Next Intake

10 January 2022


VSL Gap Fee (you pay): $0
Total Package Tuition Fee: $78,000
VET Student Loans Fee Cover: $78,000
VET Student Loans Cap: $80,879

VET Student Loan available subject to eligibility and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please visit our VSL Page for further detail. Instalments available for self funded students.


12 months (full time)


Studying the Diploma of Aviation with Flight One Academy is an 12 month journey towards becoming a professional pilot. Training is conducted in phases, where you will build and expand your knowledge and qualifications across the study period. You will begin with the fundamentals of flight and basic aircraft handling skills required for a recreational pilot licence (RPL).

The next phase is the private pilot licence (PPL) which introduces the seven theory modules, which are then expanded upon during the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) phase. 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, CASA.

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

Entry Requirements, Cost, & Details

Gain the qualifications and experience to become a commercial pilot and the potential to work across the diverse charter, aeromedical, passenger transport, photography and survey industries.

Course Details


Flight One Academy delivers a CASA Part 141 aligned Diploma of Aviation programme. The programme is usually delivered as a single engine qualification, but multi-engine elective options are available.

To maximise training efficiency and graduate outcomes, our Aviation programme is delivered to Diploma standards only, and are issued within the nationally recognized training Australian Qualifications Framework.

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

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 Academy and the wider Tisdall Aviation Group.


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, radar and GPS directional 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.


Flight One Academy’s School of Aviation is run by a team of current instructors and trainers from a range of backgrounds including civil and military. Our aim is simple – to deliver the training the industry wants and expects.

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


Domestic Student Tuition Fee

VSL Gap Fee (you pay): $0
Total Package Tuition Fee: $78,000
VET Student Loans Fee Cover: $78,000
VET Student Loans Cap: $80,879

VET Student Loan available subject to eligibility and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please visit our VSL Page for further detail.

Instalments available for self funded students.

Non Tuition Expenses

Students can expect to incur non tuition expenses for this course of approximately $3,000 (exclusive of headset). Instalments are available to assist in the payment of non-tuition expenses.

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 and airborne activities where relevant. This course is full time and combines flexible flight training scheduling and online / self paced theory learning.

Study Units


ASQA Units of Competency that may be used in the delivery of the course include:

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

AVIF0031 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

AVIY0046 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

AVIY0073 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night

AVIZ0006 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight

Note: Units of Competency delivered may be adjusted from time to time in terms of the AVI Training Package approved by ASQA.

Course Outcomes

The expected outcomes of this course, subject to demonstrated competencies, are:

  • AVIA40219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
  • CASA issued Part 61 Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane)
  • CASA issued Private Pilot 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)
  • Well organised and self disciplined


  • Eligible for an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Eligible for Class 1 Aviation Medical
  • Eligible Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
  • Eligible for ICAO Level 6 Aviation English (see details below)


All applicants, unless exempt, must present an IELTS Certificate (Academic Module) no more than 1 year old.

For direct entry, the IELTS result must be at least 6.0 overall with no band score below 5.5. English pathway options are available for applicants who have not attained this minimum level.

Please note: You may be exempt from the English language entry criteria if you are a citizen of Australia, or 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 Pilots 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.


Pilot trainees should also be aware that, according to CASR Part 61, all personnel wishing to hold an Australian Pilot 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 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 organisation’s procedures; and
  • communicate at such a level as to prevent any misunderstanding when exercising certification privileges.
Training Arrangements

Our Archerfield Airport flight school is equipped with practical training areas and air-conditioned classrooms.

The practical flight activities are undertaken in contemporary, industry relevant aircraft. Options for aircraft types used beyond the programmed equipment are available to the student at the applicable published rate.

Training activities include formal aeronautical theory training and assessments aligned to CASA modules, in addition to flight sequences as determined by the CASA Manual of Standards (MOS).

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 61 system of training, assessment and licencing within our group’s Part 141 approvals.

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 including flight sorties and flight tests conducted by CASA approved Flight Examiners.

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 ASIC, Licence, 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.

VET Student Loans Tuition Fee Schedule


RPL Stage 1 RPL1


5/07/2021 10/07/2021 30/07/2021 $5,450.00 0.05
RPL Stage 2 RPL2


9/08/2021 17/08/2021 17/09/2021 $8,800.00 0.15
PPL Stage 1 PPL1


27/09/2021 5/10/2021 5/11/2021 $8,800.00 0.15
PPL Stage 2 PPL2


15/11/2021 23/11/2021 24/12/2021 $7,800.00 0.15
CPL Stage 1 CPL1


10/01/2022 16/01/2022 11/02/2022 $6,500.00 0.10
CPL Stage 2 CPL2


21/02/2022 1/03/2022 1/04/2022 $8,800.00 0.15
CPL Stage 3 CPL3


11/04/2022 19/04/2022 20/05/2022 $8,800.00 0.15
CPL Stage 4 CPL4


30/05/2022 7/06/2022 8/07/2022 $7,800.00 0.15
CPL Stage 5 CPL5


18/07/2022 24/07/2022 19/08/2022 $6,500.00 0.10
CPL Stage 6 CPL6


29/08/2022 4/09/2022 30/09/2022 $6,500.00 0.10


$75,750.00 1.25