Diploma of Aviation Perth

Western Australian Aviation College upgrades Certificate IV in Aviation to the new AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane)

The Diploma of Aviation is designed to meet the needs of Commercial Pilots (Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane) by using a practical, hands on approach.

Due to the structure of the training program, students need to complete the full course in order to be provided with a Certificate of Attainment, detailing the Units of Competency they have completed.The course is 10 months full time.

Graduates will not only gain a Diploma in Aviation, but will also achieve an Australian ICAO Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane).

The emphasis of the course is on developing useful industry skills and knowledge. Real life air charter scenarios and discussions of everyday issues make up a large portion of the course.

Intended for

People who need an Australian ICAO Commercial Pilot Licence, with the view of gaining employment as a commercial pilot.

Benefits and Outcomes

  • Nationally recognised training
  • Real-life air charter training scenarios
  • Confidence in planning and conducting a safe charter flight
  • Fully integrated training program

Qualification Structure

The Diploma in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence) is delivered full time (Monday-Friday) over a 10 month period. Part time students can complete training to meet their needs, under the supervision of the Client Liaison Manager. The course consists of 31 Units of Competency.


Students will attend ground theory blocks to attain the required skills and knowledge to become a competent Commercial Pilot. This knowledge will be assessed through written examinations and development of a detailed practical flight training portfolio.

Required skills and knowledge of the program will be built over the duration of the course, with a final flying assessment (known as the pre-licence flight). Validation of this assessment is conducted by a CASA Testing Officer (to ensure the student is at industry standard and suitable for the issue of a Commercial Pilot Licence).


Upon the successful completion of the validation flight, the student will be awarded with a Diploma in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence) and CASA Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane).


The minimum age to commence training on the full time program is 17. Applicants are also required to hold a current CASA Class One Medical Certificate. Adequate performance in both spoken and written English (for non residents of Australia IELTS Level 6) is essential, along with adequate performance in maths.

Course Details

The Diploma in Aviation is estimated at $75,700 AUD for full time students (as of September 2019). Repayments are spread across the duration of the course in accordance with the projected theory and flying schedule for the month. There are ancillary costs that will vary depending on student wants. Guidance in regards to appropriate ancillary costs can be given by our Student Liaison team.

The Western Australian Aviation College runs three intakes each year for the Diploma in Aviation (Commercial Aeroplane Pilot Licence). To see upcoming intakes, visit course dates.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a student’s skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience. Through an RPL assessment process, participants may gain partial or full completion of a qualification in place of attending formal training.

Cancellation Policy

The following reflects the refund process:

  1. 100% refund of the course establishment fee of $1,495 paid prior to four weeks before the commencement of any course, if a request is received in writing or alternatively transfer to an alternate course at the student’s discretion.
  2. Between two and four weeks before the course commencement there is a 50% refund.
  3. If the student cancels within two weeks of the course commencement, the course establishment fee will be forfeit.
  4. If the Student commences but does not complete the course all costs associated with the delivery of flying training must be paid by the student. If the student withdraws prior to the PPL flight test, all theory costs (BAK and PPL) must be paid.  If the student withdraws after the PPL flight test, all CPL theory costs must be paid.

The Western Australian Aviation College does not have any agreement with agents for the recruitment of students.

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