Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence

Course code: AVI50215. Par Avion Flight Training is a Registered Training Organisation – provider number 40601

Your gateway to a career in aviation

A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is the initial benchmark licence for working in the aviation industry as a pilot. Commercial pilots may fly for hire or reward and are authorised to act as pilot in command for aircraft only requiring one pilot, or as co-pilot for aircraft requiring two pilots. The diploma qualification, together with the CPL, provide you with the qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience to operate as a commercial pilot and to seek initial employment in various roles 1.

Course outcomes

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

Course structure

The Diploma course is comprised of 28 core units and one elective unit. The units cover all relevant competencies, knowledge and skills for a commercial pilot and correlate with PPL and CPL licence requirements.  See training.gov.au for further information on the units.


The course is a blend of theoretical, practical and self-guided learning, together with  assessment. The timetable is carefully designed to assist students to progress through the learning and assessment requirements in an achievable and meaningful way.


A typical week of study generally involves:

  • attending theory classes
  • participating in flight training in aircraft and simulators (including some flying on weekends and at night)
  • attending pre and post-flight briefings
  • undertaking guided self-study and assessment preparation.

The course is primarily in-person (face-to-face) learning with interactive classroom work and individual time with an instructor. Much of the course content is also available online and in printed study guides to support student self-study.


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.


For further information on the content of the course, see the qualification details in AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) on training.gov.au.


This course is offered as a full-time intensive over 38 weeks, with five days participation per week. 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.

Student intakes

We schedule several student intakes per calendar year and the next intake dates will be announced on this page as they are finalised.

What is included

  • Flight Training including up to 3:
    • 119 Hours – Cessna 172
    • 29 Hours – Cessna 206
    • 5 Hours – Simulator
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • Theory classes, study materials and guides
  • Pilot navigation equipment
  • CASA license and testing fees3

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 and undertake a basic aptitude test prior to acceptance of enrolment.


NOTE: these fees are applicable to Australian domestic students only.


Tuition fees $65,900 3 – covers all of the inclusions (above).
GST does not generally apply to this course. GST is included where applicable.


Non-tuition fees approximately $2,690 3  – covers exam fees (x8), ASIC, aviation medical fee, AirServices publications and charts, pilot uniform set. Non-tuition fees are payable separately to external providers.


Fees for optional extras – headset $360, mainland navigation exercises approx. $250 per day (for accommodation/meals).

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. 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.

Further study pathways

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

Overseas students

This course is also available for overseas students (ie students who are not Australian citizens or residents) who wish to study the course in Australia. Please see courses for overseas students for information and pricing.

Why do your flying training with us?

Find out more about the Par Avion difference.

Accommodation and transport options

We have accommodation for students near our location and a daily transfer bus service to/from your accommodation and our training facility. We also provide a complimentary arrival and departure pickup and transfer service to/from Hobart Airport.

Take the next step

Register your interest with us online. We’ll provide you with further information and updates on the course.


You’re also welcome to contact us – 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.
2 Attainment of the Diploma and issuance of the CPL certify that you have all the necessary competencies to seek employment as a commercial pilot. The Diploma and the CPL do not guarantee employment.
3 Fees are based on average requirements for attainment. Where a student requires additional flying time, or more that one attempt at a theory test to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.

Par Avion student commercial pilotInstructor and student at deskPar Avion Cessna C206