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  • AVI50315
  • 092398M

Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter)

At a glance

At a glance

Let your career take-off in the aviation industry with this advanced qualification. This course will provide you with the specialised knowledge and skills required to work as a commercial helicopter pilot.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Commercial Pilot - Helicopter
  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot
COURSE OUTCOME

AVI50315 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter)

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Course overview

Course overview

Take off to a career in the aviation industry with this advanced qualification. This course will prepare you with the specialised knowledge and skills required to work as a commerical helicopter pilot. As a helicopter pilot you will discover an exciting career in an industry which has strong demand. There is a diverse range of career opportunities for qualified helicopter pilots including aerial photography, adventure tourism, livestock mustering, agriculture, transport, emergency services, search and rescue, news and journalism, to name just a few.

TAFE Queensland has partnered with Airwork Helicopters and Townsville Helicopters to deliver this course. The course provides all the theoretical and practical skills required to be issued with a CASA licence to operate as a commercial pilot. Learn about aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, radio communications, and operating in controlled and non-controlled airspace. You will also get to execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and learn how to implement threat management strategies.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to start your career as a commercial helicopter pilot.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 1 elective unit from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
AVIE4001
Maintain aircraft radio communications
AVIF0004
Implement aviation risk management processes
AVIF0005
Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
AVIF0007
Implement threat and error management strategies
AVIF0008
Manage safe flight operations
AVIF0011
Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
AVIF0014
Manage human factors in aviation operations
AVIH0002
Plan a flight under visual flight rules
AVIH4001
Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
AVILIC0002
Licence to operate a commercial helicopter
AVIO0002
Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
AVIW4001
Manage pre- and post-flight actions
AVIW5018
Operate and manage aircraft systems
AVIY0001
Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
AVIY0002
Operate in controlled airspace
AVIY0003
Operate in Class G airspace
AVIY0004
Operate at non-towered aerodromes
AVIY0005
Operate at a controlled aerodrome
AVIY0008
Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
AVIY0009
Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
AVIY0020
Taxi helicopter
AVIY4007
Manage aircraft fuel
AVIY4011
Control helicopter on the ground
AVIY4012
Control helicopter in hovering flight
AVIY4014
Take off helicopter and approach to hover
AVIY4015
Control helicopter in normal flight
AVIY4017
Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures
AVIY4018
Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations
AVIZ4001
Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
North and Far North Queensland / Greater Brisbane
AVIY0021
Operate helicopter at low level

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $76,125 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for Australian Domestic Students ONLY:  The following are the mandatory entry requirements for enrolment with TAFE Queensland in the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter). 

Prospective students must:   
be in possession of, or in the process of applying for a current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) for flight crew. 

  • have an Aviation Reference Number (ARN).  produce evidence of a current Aviation Class 1 Medical carried out by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).
  • You will need to obtain your ARN prior to completing the medical. 
  • Be Eligible to obtain English language proficiency to meet the minimum requirements set by CASA. 
  • For VET Student Loan students produce documentary evidence to satisfy Academic Entry eligibility requirements:    
  • Option 1: Produce your Year 12 certificate with passes in English and Math; or,  
  • Option 2: Successful completion at the required level (exit level 3 working at Level 4) of the Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) assessment through TAFE Queensland.     
  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolment. 
  • Hold or be eligible to hold a Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate. 
  • Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age prior to the completion of this qualification.

Selection criteria

Domestic and International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply to International and Domestic Students:

Before enrolling in this program, the student must meet the below Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements:

  • First, seek an Aviation Reference Number (ARN). You must apply for an ARN using CASA’s Form 1162.
  • Obtain a valid CASA issued Class 1 Medical Certificate from a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. Find out more about this process here.
  • Hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) which will require a comprehensive background and criminal history check as part of the application process. Find out more about this process here.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • All foreign pilots converting to an Australian license or a Certificate of Validation (CoV) must be aware that they require an ICAO English language proficiency assessment.
    • This should be either stated on their foreign license or a statement from the issuing authority stipulating that the license holder, at least meets, Operation Level 4 for English language proficiency. A license or a CoV will not be issued without the proper ELP assessment.

Prospective students are to be advised that the CASA theory study and exam component includes solving of basic mathematical problems as well as the ability – after completing ground-based theory study - to determine outcomes of multiple choice online supervised CASA exam questions.

 

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

Need to know

Prospective students please refer to the Enrolment information pack.

The pack provides information on how to meet the entry requirements and contains step by step instructions for  enrolment.

 

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland