Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)Entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% average (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
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).
Mathematics; or VCE Units 3 and 4 in Mathematics (any), with a study score of at least 20.
If successful, you must obtain a Statutory Class 1 Medical Clearance prior to course commencement. Fees include all flying tuition and theory delivery. Additional practicum may be required to meet regulatory standards. Fees exclude books, ancillary equipment and CASA exams.
CASA Class 1 Medical Examination
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.
Please refer to VTAC for full details on semester 1 selection requirements.
Note: In most cases having minor vision problems, such as those requiring you to wear glasses, will not prevent you getting a licence. The medical examination ensures that there are no conditions that prevent you from operating an aircraft safely.
Students are expected to source and arrange their own Aviation Medical through a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner.
Although not required at the commencement of training, the student must hold a valid aviation medical certification in order for them to progress through the various tests associated with different licence levels and in order to exercise the rights and privileges associated with certain licences.
There are two levels of aviation medical certification applicable to pilots. These are:
- Class 1 – required for the issue and the exercising of rights and privileges of the Airline Transport Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot Licence
- Class 2 – required for the issue and the exercising of rights and privileges of the Private Pilot Licence and the Flight Radio Operators Licence. This class of medical is also required to exercise the rights and privileges of the Student Pilot Licence at certain levels of training, but is not required for initial issue.
A valid aviation medical certification is obtained by undergoing a medical examination performed by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). You must specify to the DAME which class of medical certification you are applying for. The DAME will advise you of tests etc required to complete the examination.
Students are expected to source their own medical examiner.
In RMIT’s Aviation program, we recommend that students apply for a Class 1 medical, prior to commencing the program.
Obtaining this level of certification will give the student confidence that there is no existing ailment that could prevent them from completing their Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training or continuing their flying career to a higher level.
More information and the location of your nearest DAME go to the CASA web page.
Statutory Class 1 Medical Clearance
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 550 (TWE 4.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 19 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 50 (with no communication band less than 42)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 169 with no less than 162 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates are guaranteed entry with credit of 12 courses (equivalent to 144 credit points) into the pilot stream of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation).
Previous flying experience may be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. You’ll need to supply an up-to-date log-book once you begin training for review.
Students with international pilots licences can request to have these converted to Australian equivalents. The Chief Flight Instructor will evaluate your licence and current flying experience against CASA regulations and make an assessment of any additional training required before a conversion can take place.
When you successfully complete the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) you are guaranteed entry in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) Piloting major with 3 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points).
Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.