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Take to the skies with a career in aviation. Opportunities exist for qualified aeroplane and helicopter pilots in a number of settings including aerial photography, adventure tourism, agriculture, emergency services, journalism, and transport. Or undertake specialised aviation training in aircraft maintenance engineering, pilot, remote pilot and cabin crew qualifications.

Study aviation at TAFE Queensland

Discover a career where you can take to the skies with a qualification in aviation. We've joined forces with leading aviation training providers including Aviation Australia, National Aviation Academy, Townsville Helicopters, Airwork Aviation, Airways Aviation, Helitec and Aerostar Aviation to offer industry-standard aviation courses. With our range of courses you could become a pilot, flight attendant, aircraft maintenance engineer, remote pilot, and more. 

Our courses will provide you with the high-level skills you need to apply for industry licences including Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), CASA Remote Pilot Licence (RePL), as well as a range of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licences. 

As a qualified aviation professional you'll unlock an exciting career in an industry with strong demand. There is a diverse range of career opportunities for qualified pilots including aerial photography, adventure tourism, agriculture, transport, emergency services, and journalism. As air travel continues to return in Australia and around the world, the career outlook for both pilots and aircraft support staff is positive. 

Career outcomes

  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Aviation manager
  • Cabin crew staff 
  • Commercial aeroplane pilot
  • Commercial helicopter pilot
  • Pilot in command
  • Remote pilot

Aviation Australia

TAFE Queensland has joined forces with Aviation Australia to deliver a range of aviation and aerospace courses throughout Queensland. Leveraging both organisations' collective size and expertise the partnership aims to establish Queensland as a major aviation hub by delivering specialist aviation training and strong educational pathways and outcomes for students.

Our partners

The highly experienced staff at National Aviation Academy have a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide students with high quality technical and practical training. On the doorstep of the Townsville International Airport, operating within both controlled and non-controlled airspace, students learn on-site in a self-contained hangar with direct access to the tarmac. Taking off for aeroplane flight training couldn’t be easier.

Operating from the Townsville International Airport in tropical North Queensland, students can learn to fly a helicopter utilising a variety of micro training areas including mountains, valleys, coastlines and open water.

With excellent weather conditions most of the year and training in a less congested airport, students can learn to fly a helicopter with less interruptions, making it easier to achieve the required flight hours for their training.

Brisbane students complete their training with Airwork Aviation at the Caboolture Airfield, just a 40 minute drive north of the Brisbane CBD and close to Archerfield, Sunshine Coast and Amberley airspace. The airfield is located outside of controlled airspace, allowing you to spend more time flying and less time waiting for air traffic control.

The Airways Aviation Gold Coast Pilot Training Academy is an outstanding facility located on the idyllic southern Queensland coast at Coolangatta, around an hour south of Brisbane. Located in the airport precinct.

Located at the spectacular Sunshine Coast, Helitec offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and gain their qualification in an idyllic location that boasts excellent surfing beaches, sunny warm weather and a wide variety of accommodation. Based at the Sunshine Coast Airport, Helitec is able to provide its students with valuable flying experience in controlled airspace, with many uncontrolled airports located just a short distance away. Offering quality training by experts with over 25 years of experience in the industry and an exemplary safety record, Helitec’s training enables students to gain the skills they need to take to the skies while making the most of the Sunshine Coast’s relaxed lifestyle.  

Now South Australians have the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised TAFE Queensland qualification locally in Adelaide. Students will train at Aerostar Aviation’s base, located at Hangar 8 Parafield Airport, just half an hour north of Adelaide CBD. This is an ideal training location, as it allows pilots to fly in controlled airspace with student-friendly air traffic controllers.

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