The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) will provide you with the aeronautical experience required for a career as a commercial pilot.
You will build your skills as a pilot, starting with short flights constrained within the aerodrome training area and circuit area right through to the commercial pilot licence level. You will conduct long-distance flights, visiting multiple aerodromes in regional and outback Australia. You will be required to attend a flight training provider approved by the Head of Course in order to complete this course.
You will develop your critical reflection and self-analysis skills as well as analytic, communication and presentation skills. During your study, you will gain the aeronautical experience required to apply for a Recreational Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence, Command Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot Licence.
To enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) you must have successfully completed Term 1 of the first year of the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) or Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations), passed a Class 1 Aviation Medical, hold an Australian Security Identification Card and have the approval of the Head of Course. In order to gain both aeronautical knowledge and aeronautical experience, you must study the Graduate Diploma of Aviation and the Bachelor of Aviation or Associate Degree of Aviation concurrently. When you graduate from the Graduate Diploma of Aviation you would normally hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Command Instrument Rating (CIR).
This course prepares you for aviation careers in the air transportation industry as a commercial pilot. When you graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) you will meet the aeronautical experience requirements for careers as a commercial pilot in the air transportation industry. When studied in conjunction with CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) or Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) you would normally be legally qualified to work as a commercial pilot and have access to aviation careers in the air transportation industry, or a cadetship/traineeship offered by some airlines. You may also be eligible to apply for the Australian Defence Force which recruits potential pilots for all services. With additional flight training you can explore opportunities in general aviation such as; flight instructing; tourism operations, and agricultural operations such as mustering and crop spraying.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 3 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradDipAvFlightOps|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Diploma|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must supply:
Note: The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) is available to current CQUniversity Bachelor/Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) students only. Students completing the Graduate Diploma must be enrolled concurrently in either the CQUniversity Bachelor/Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) to maintain their place in the Graduate Diploma.
All other prospective students for this course will be assessed by the Head of Course on a case by case basis, and require, at a minimum:
English Language Proficiency Requirements:
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
· A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
· An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
· Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
· An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
· Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
· Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
· An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Students are required to hold a current Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC)
Students are required to hold a current Class 1 Aviation Medical
No recommended study.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||There is a compulsory residential school which will allow students to deliver all of their assessable presentations.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 7||Total credit points: 48|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT20001||Aeronautical Practice 1|
|AVAT20002||Aeronautical Practice 2|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT20003||Aeronautical Practice 3|
|AVAT20004||Aeronautical Practice 4|
|AVAT20005||Advanced Aeronautical Practice 1|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AVAT20006||Advanced Aeronautical Practice 2|
|AVAT20007||Advanced Aeronautical Practice 3|
Credit for Prior Learning – CL17 Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)
The course allows the recognition of students' appropriate previous study and experience gained from working in industry, through 'Recognition of Prior Learning' (RPL).
Students will be assessed for credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and will need to supply the following supporting documentation:
· Verified Flight Logbook
· CASA Pilots Licence
· CASA Class 1 Medical
· Previous Flight Provider Information
How to Apply:
Students applying for credit transfer from another CQUniversity course, external institution or recognition of prior learning are required to submit a Credit Application Form.
The credit calculator may assist by providing an estimate of credit you may be eligible to receive towards your CQUniversity course.
For further information regarding credit and how to apply please visit the Credit Transfers and RPL website.
Additional costs not included in the course fee:
Additional enrolment costs
Before you can enrol in the course you must obtain the following:
· An Aviation Reference Number (ARN) from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority CASA)
· An Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate from a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME), or proof that you have recently held a Class 1 medical certificate
· An Australian Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
· An Australian Aviation English Language Proficiency assessment at level 4 or higher.
The cost of these items is approximately $1,000* and is not included in the course fee.
Additional study costs
You will be required to purchase the following:
Navigation equipment and a headset
Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
The cost of these items is approximately $2,600* and is not included in the course fee.
Additional flight training costs
The course fee for the GradDipAv (Flight Operations) includes flight training up to 227.3 hours total time (207.3 hours flight time and 20 hours simulator time). This includes 100 hours of pilot in command time and 46 hours of instrument time. This should be sufficient to obtain your Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR).
CASA examination costs
The cost of the CASA theory examinations is not included in the GradDipAv (Flight Operations) course fee. The cost for each CASA Examination is approximately $160* per attempt.
Further requirements for enrolment.
Your enrolment in the GradDipAv (Flight Operations) will only be approved if you are also enrolled in Term 2 of the BAv (Flight Operations) or ADAv (Flight Operations) in the units Aviation Physics and Aviation Law, or if you have previously completed a BAv or similar degree and have passed the CASA CPL examination. Your continued enrolment in the Grad Dip will depend on satisfactory progress through the BAv or ADAv.
You will need to have passed the following CASA theory examinations before you can enrol in the unit Aeronautical Practice 4 (AP4):
· Aerodynamics CPL
· AGK CPL
· Meteorology CPL
· Navigation CPL.
You will need to have passed all the CASA CPL theory examinations before you can enrol in the unit Advanced Aeronautical Practice 1 (AAP1):
You will need to have passed the CASA Instrument Rating examination (IREX) before you can enrol in Advanced Aeronautical Practice 2 (AAP2).
CQUniversity currently has approved flight providers in the following locations:
· Sunshine Coast
· Gold Coast
New South Wales:
Flight Practical Work Order Validity:
“Where a work order to a Flight Provider requires a student to undertake flight training pursuant to the order and that flight training is not completed within a 12 month period from the date of the work order, then the flight provider will allocate a Non Completion grade to the student for that unit which will result in a Fail (F) grade at CQUniversity for the particular flight unit”.
The definition of Flight Provider is:
“Flight Provider is an organisation contracted to CQ University to provide flight training to students undertaking the CL17 Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) and the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). The flight training is to be specified in a document referred to as a ‘Work Order’”.
*These additional costs are an estimate only, and government charges and fees, and industry costs may change over time.