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CL29 - Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot)


Course Overview

The Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) will prepare you for a career as a commercial pilot. In this course, you will gain the aeronautical knowledge and experience required to achieve a Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating. In the first year of your study, you will fly solo in the circuit area and training area of the training aerodrome. You will learn about unmanned aerial vehicles as well as the physics of aviation and basic aeronautics. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming as well as the laws that are relevant to aviation. During your second year, you should be eligible to apply for your first pilot licence, the Recreational Pilot Licence, and start your navigation training. You will learn the aerodynamics, aeronautics, meteorology, navigation, flight planning and loading required by a commercial pilot. You will learn about the human factors that impact commercial pilots. Flight planning and navigation, both visually and using instruments, are also covered. Towards the end of the second year you should be eligible to apply for your Private Pilot Licence and start your Commercial Pilot Licence training. During your third year you will complete your Command Instrument Rating training and your Commercial Pilot Licence training and you should be eligible to apply for your Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating.

Career Information

When you graduate with the Bachelor of Aviation (Commercial Pilot) you will meet the aeronautical knowledge and experience requirements for careers as a commercial pilot in the air transportation industry. 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. 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.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
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 undergraduate 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 Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BAv
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 2 - 2019


Term 1 - 2019


Term 1 - 2018

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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

English Requirement

English Test

IELTS Academic                                  6.0 with no individual band score of less than 5.5

TOEFL Internet-based                          Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17

Pearson Test of English Academic        Overall score of 54 with no score less than 46

Other requirements

An offer of admission into the course will be conditional on a student passing: a Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved Aviation English Language Proficiency Test; and obtaining a Class 1 Aviation Medical and an Australian Security Identification Card, in Term 1 of the first year. These must be obtained at the student's expense. Please visit the CQUniversity international student webpages for additional information.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

OP English, Physics and Mathematics

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL06 - Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) CL11 - Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 1
Second year 1
Third Year 1
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply new and existing technology and concepts encountered in the aviation industry in the role of a commercial pilot
  • 2. Demonstrate teamwork, leadership and communication skills required of a commercial pilot
  • 3. Evaluate critically, and solve, problems encountered in the role of a commercial pilot
  • 4. Plan and conduct a simulated commercial flight
  • 5. Operate an aircraft to the level of a commercial pilot with a command instrument rating
  • 6. Reflect critically upon the professional and ethical responsibilities of a commercial pilot in command from a national and international perspective.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
More Details

Additional costs not included in the course fee.

Additional enrolment costs

Your enrolment will be conditional on you obtaining the following during the First Term of the First Year, and before you fly solo:

·         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)

·         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                                                      $700

·         Books                                                                                                    $1,000

·         Uniform                                                                                                     $400

·         Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)                                            $1,000

The cost of these items is approximately $3,100* and is not included in the course fee.

Additional flight training costs

The course fee for the BAv (Commercial Pilot) includes flight training up to 227.3 hours total time (207.3 hours flight time and 20 hours simulator time), 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). If you require extra flight hours to reach the required standard for each unit, they will be charged at:

·         $480 per hour for single engine aircraft and,

·         $920 per hour for twin engine aircraft.

Additional CASA examination costs

The cost of your first attempt at each of the CASA theory examinations is included in the BAv (Commercial Pilot) course fee. However, if you are unsuccessful in your first attempt you will be required to pay for the cost of further attempts. The cost is approximately $160* per attempt.


*These additional costs are an estimate only, and government charges and fees, and industry costs may change over time.