Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)


  • Program code: AD023
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:


  • Campus: City campus and Point Cook

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This is a full-fee paying program.

This associate degree provides accredited training to people looking to develop the skills and experience necessary to become a professional pilot.

Graduating from this program, you’ll be well-situated for employment given the continuing shortage of pilots in Australia.

You'll be trained to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) standards to gain the skills required for a Commercial Pilots Licence.

Flight training is at the RAAF William Base in Point Cook, which provides a range of airspace terrain and environments to maximise variety in your navigational experience.

As well as the Commercial Pilots Licence, you’ll also develop the necessary skills to apply for the General Flying Progress Test (GPFT) recognition, the Air Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) and the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

This program also offers electives that allow you to obtain either your Command Instrument Rating or Flight Instructor Rating.


2 years full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions. These are primarily in English.

You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

You'll be trained in the following single- and multi-engine aircrafts:

  • Cessna 172S
  • Cessna 182T
  • Decathlon 8KCAB
  • PA-44 Piper Seminole (multi-engine).

Flight instruction includes unlimited pre- and post-flight briefing time, Private Pilot Licence Theory, Commercial Pilot Licence Theory, Air Transport Pilot Licence Theory, and Instrument Rating Theory.

Total syllabus is 160 hours flying (minimum), exceeding the minimum 150-hour CASA requirements.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

The flight training in this program meets CASA standards and will be undertaken in current model single ending Cessna aircraft with either analog or glass cockpits.

You can undertake industry-supported project work within the aviation industry while studying the theory modules. The program has been endorsed by a range of aviation industry experts consisting of senior pilots/operations personnel from Australia's major airlines and aerospace organisations.


You'll graduate with a CASA Commercial Pilots Licence plus either Command Instrument Rating (multi-engine) or Flight Instructor Rating (single engine).

Additional ratings or endorsements may be necessary for initial employment. Graduates should research and understand employment opportunities for newly-graduated pilots.

Graduate roles can include:

  • charter
  • outback station flying
  • sightseeing flights
  • seasonal fire spotting
  • seasonal beach patrols
  • instructing (with an Instructor Rating).

With further experience (typically more than 200-300 flight hours) you may find work in multi-engine charter operations flying high-performance aircraft, regional airlines or high-performance general aviation activities such as Royal Flying Doctors Service or Border Protection Command services and in the role of First Officer in major airlines.

Once you’ve accrued more than 1500 hours of flight time, you may be eligible for employment as a first officer in major airlines, though cadetships are sometimes also available.

With further experience and managerial qualifications you'll be able to seek positions within major airlines as a:

  • chief pilot
  • fleet manager
  • flight operations manager
  • flight operations inspector.

Professional recognition and accreditation

This program meets all the CASA requirements.

All flying activities are conducted under RMIT University's CASA-approved Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements


Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 -a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any) and a study score of at least 20 in any English (except EAL) or at least 25 in English (EAL).

Selection tasks

Successful applicants are required to undergo a CASA Class 1 Medical Examination by a medical practitioner known as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).

You will also need to attend a mandatory interview at our Point Cook site prior to enrolment.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees

The Associate Degree in Aviation is only offered as a full-fee paying program.

Full-fee place

The Associate Degree in Aviation is only offered as a full-fee paying program.

If you are offered a full-fee place you are required to pay a tuition fee that covers the full tuition costs of your program.

The 2015 annual program fee for the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) is $62,400 which includes: tuition in practical and theory courses, all landing fees, internal testing officer fees, Air Traffic Navigation Service fees, and both pre-brief and de-brief costs.

For students who commenced prior to 2014, there is a set fee per course taken. For students commencing in 2014 and later, each course attracts a specific fee with practical, flying-oriented courses attracting higher fees and theory-oriented courses attracting lower fees.

FEE-HELP can cover up to $96,000 of program fees over the course of a student’s total tertiary education. FEE-HELP is subject to annual government indexation.

Full listing of tuition fees for Australian fee paying students for the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilot).


FEE-HELP is an optional loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay all or part of their tuition fees. Associate Degree in Aviation applicants who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible to apply for a FEE-HELP loan.

Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Other fees

In additional to the program fees, students for this program will also attract additional costs including: Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) theory exams (administered through Assessment Services Pty. Ltd), headsets, textbooks, RMIT Flight Training uniforms, medical tests etc. For most students, these costs can run up to approximately $5,300 over the course of the two-year program (excluding extra flying hours).

Full listing of material and other fees for the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilot).

In some situations, students who require training above the maximum allotted flight hours for their course may be charged for any additional flight hours to achieve the required competencies. These hours are charged at a rate published as per the Material Fees for the Course.

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.


Graduates may be eligible to apply for exemptions from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation).

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Contact details

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