CM54 - Graduate Diploma of Aviation


Course Overview

This course will provide you with the aeronautical experience required for a career as a commercial pilot, under the standard of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) 142 Integrated Program.

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 this course, you must successfully complete the first year of the Bachelor of Aviation, pass a Class 1 Aviation Medical, be eligible to hold an Australian Security Identification Card, and have the approval of the Head of Course. In order to gain both aeronautical knowledge and experience, you must concurrently maintain full-time study in the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) and Graduate Diploma of Aviation. When you graduate from this course you would normally hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (ME-CIR).


Career Information

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 (you will meet the aeronautical experience requirements for a career as a commercial pilot in the air transportation industry. When studied in conjunction with CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) you would normally be legally qualified to work as a commercial pilot and have access to other 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.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-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) GradDipAvn
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma
Course Fees
Indicative Year - 2024
  • Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee - $141,180

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
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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Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2025


Term 2 - 2024


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International Availability

Term 1 - 2025

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Term 2 - 2024

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Term 1 - 2024

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must supply:

  • Current Aviation Reference Number (ARN), and
  • To be eligible to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (AISC), and
  • Current Class 1 Aviation Medical, and
  • At a minimum, a passing grade in the following units AVAT11013, AVAT11005, BUSN11016, AVAT11010,
    AVAT11012, AVAT11008, AVAT11009, and AVAT12018; and
  • Completion of an interview with the Head of Course or nominated Aviation academic staff member; and
  • Completed Student Checklist - to be signed and submitted with the application (per instructions on the

Note: The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) is available to current CQUniversity Bachelor of Aviation students only. Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Aviation must be enrolled concurrently in the CQUniversity Bachelor of Aviation to maintain their place.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants are required to provide confirmation of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV qualification, or
  • An AQF Diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime 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:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT - Requires 75 or better overall and no score less than 17; 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.

If you are an international student, visit our international student information for more details.

Assumed Knowledge

No recommended study.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
  • : Core

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2024 31
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Compulsory Requirements
Health Requirements

Students are required to hold a Class 1 Aviation Medical throughout the course. 

Security Requirements

Students are required to hold a current RED Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC) throughout the course.

Other Compulsory Requirements

The following additional requirements must be maintained throughout the course:

Aviation English Language Proficiency (ELP) levels of at least 4, and
Adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the CQU Flight Training Student Handbook, and
Maintaining fulltime enrolment in CL09 Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0

Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Research, review, and analyse technology and procedures related to a range of aircraft and flight practices.
  • 2. Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills whilst functioning as a member of a flight crew on a simulated commercial flight.
  • 3. Exercise a high level of judgement in the cockpit and on the ground when conducting and planning a simulated commercial flight.
  • 4. Reflect critically upon the professional and ethical responsibilities of a commercial pilot from a national and international perspective when conducting a flight as a pilot in command.
  • 5. Analyse critically and solve complex problems encountered when performing the duties of a commercial pilot.
  • 6. Operate an aircraft to the level of a commercial pilot.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 7 Total credit points: 48

You must maintain a GPA of 4.0 or higher to remain enrolled in the program.

Introductory Units

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AVAT28001 Flight Practice 1
AVAT28002 Flight Practice 2
AVAT28003 Flight Practice 3
AVAT28004 Flight Practice 4

Advanced Units

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AVAT28005 Advanced Flight Practice 1
AVAT28006 Advanced Flight Practice 2
AVAT28007 Advanced Flight Practice 3
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.