AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation
(Instrument Rating)

Par Avion Flight Training is a Registered Training Organisation | Provider number: 40601


This is a specialist qualification for the aviation industry, which is nationally recognised. It provides the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for commercial pilots who wish to expand their career options in the aviation industry through the addition of an Instrument Rating to their qualifications.


This course is a recommended pathway following completion of our AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane). A benefit of this pathway is that students will have already completed five of the 13 core units for this course. Other students who undertake the course will typically have a CASA Day VFR Commercial Aeroplane Licence.


A further benefit of the course is that student’s also attain an Instrument Rating and a Multi-Engine Aircraft Class Rating (MEACR) from CASA. The MEACR is a particularly useful rating, together with the instrument rating, when seeking further employment as a commercial pilot.


Course outcomes

On succesful completion of the full course, students will attain:

Course structure
The course is a combination of theoretical learning, practical learning and assessment. The timetable is carefully designed to assist students to progress through the learning and assessment requirements in an achievable and meaningful way.


Theory training is conducted mainly in face-to-face classes and supported with self-paced study guides. Self-directed learning is further supported through individual and/or small group mentoring/coaching, flight briefings and multimedia resources.


Practical flight training is delivered entirely by our CASA Approved Flying Instructors, including:

  • up to 20 hours of flying exercises in a flight simulator with one-to-one instruction; and
  • up to 20 hours of flight training in a single and/or multi engine aircraft with one-to-one instruction.

The major assessment points in the course are as follows. Students must:

  • pass the CASA Instrument Rating Exam (IREX) on completion of the theory training; and
  • pass a flight test to achieve the Instrument Rating on completion of the flight training.

For further information on the content of the course, see the qualification details in AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) on training.gov.au.


Flexibility to suit your needs

Our instructors take the time to understand the individual learning needs of students and assist with individualised instruction, support and flexibility to meet their learning needs and personal circumstances.


The amount of training actually required can be influenced by a student’s existing skills and knowledge and the Chief Flying Instructor (or a delegated instructor) will provide appropriate information and study advice on an individual basis.


Recommended study time

From our years of experience training commercial pilots for the CASA Instrument Rating, we recommend students allocate the following time towards their study:

  • 40 hours flying in simulators and aircraft
  • 50 hours briefings and debriefings
  • 80 hours theory classes
  • 100 hours self-paced and self-directed study.

This represents a total commitment of approximately 270 hours.


Course duration

This course is flexible and can be undertaken full-time or up to six months part-time, depending on the needs of each student.

  • Full time – 13 weeks, with five days participation per week; or
  • Part-time – up to 26 weeks, with the equivalent of two-and-a-half days participation per week.

What is included

  • Flight Training including up to:
    • 20 hours – single and/or multi engine aircraft
    • 20 hours – simulator
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Theory classes
  • Self-paced study guides
  • Maps, charts, publications and pilot materials
  • Enrolment administration fee
  • CASA theory test fee

Entry Requirements
There are no formal education prerequisites for the Diploma, however an education background of English, Mathematics and Physics to Year 12 level is recommended.


CASA stipulates the following entry requirements for licensing. Students must:

Prospective students are required to attend a pre-enrolment interview with our Chief Flying Instructor prior to acceptance of enrolment.


Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer
As a Registered Training Organisation we can assess students for RPL and arrange for transfer of credit from other nationally recognised units of competency. RPL is an option for instrument rated pilots already working in the industry who wish to gain a nationally recognised VET qualification.


Further information on these aspects is provided to students as part of their orientation. Prospective students may enquire about RPL and credit transfer at their pre-enrolment interview.


Study Pathways
The following pathways are available with us following completion of the Diploma:

Fees and financial assistance

Please contact us for current information on fees for the Diploma.


Financial assistance for students undertaking vocational education in Australia has recently changed from the former VET FEE-HELP system to the current VET Student Loans system. Par Avion Flight Training has applied to be a provider under this system. We will provide further information on the status of our application and what this will mean for prospective students in April 2017.



All of our classes and most of the flying training takes place at / from our base at Cambridge-Hobart Aerodrome. Students will also fly in cross-country instrument navigation exercises and will conduct instrument procedures at various airports.


Take the next step

Contact us today to discuss your needs. We are happy to answer your questions and provide further information about the Diploma and other training options.


1 Licences, ratings and endorsements are issued separately to this Diploma by CASA. They are nationally (and internationally) recognised under Australian aviation legislation and regulations. CASA licences, ratings and endorsements are not branded or issued as ‘nationally recognised qualifications’ under the Vocational Education and Training system.

More information

To learn more about our two nationally recognised training programs, please contact:

Ralph Schwertner

Chief Flying Instructor

Email: r.schwertner@airtasmania.com.au

Phone : (03) 6248 5390

One to one pilot briefing with an instructorBeechcraft Duchess B76 aircraft