Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)

UNDERGRADUATE

Take flight and prepare for a career as a pilot.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

ATAR 70.70*

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Next intake:
February
Location:
Point Cook
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

ATAR 70.70

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Point Cook
Melbourne City

Overview

Conducted on both the City campus and at the RMIT Flight Training School at Point Cook Airfield, this degree will give you a broad, coherent and detailed body of knowledge and theory related to the global aviation industry, preparing you for a successful career in the skies.

Study aviation at RMIT

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With the RMIT Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training), you'll build the skills to critically review and analyse all aspects of the aviation industry, and learn how to work both individually and in teams to solve real industry issues.

You will graduate with a vast array of tools and knowledge to communicate to a diverse range of stakeholders, and manage industry-specific projects.

In addition to extensive theory work, this degree includes flight training. This training will assist you to gain a Recreational (RPL), Private (PPL), and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), which enables you to fly commercially within Australia.

You'll learn to fly at the RAAF Williams base at Point Cook, which boasts 4,500 feet of airspace over the airfield. Here, you will benefit from space for unrestricted training manoeuvres, and various types of airspace, terrain and urban development to maximise variety in navigational experience. As the only operator at Point Cook, this minimises circuit congestion and delays, and enables more take-offs and landings per hour than many other airfields, improving training efficiency.

Flight crew on the tarmac with plane

Qantas Future Pilot program

Qantas and RMIT have partnered to offer an exciting career path to aspiring pilots.

Details

Your classes and tutorials in this degree will be held on two campuses, the City campus and at the RMIT Flight Training School in Point Cook, and may, where appropriate, allow for remote learning.

You will benefit from a range of learning and teaching methods. These include lectures and seminars, field trips and work-integrated learning, problem-based tutorials, simulations, intensive workshops, and potentially some online and distance learning. 

Your assessment may come in the forms of assignments and projects, written reports and reflective writing, work-integrated learning subjects, a major project which addresses and solves an industry-relevant project, and practical flying.

As a student of the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training), you will undertake and be assessed on various structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice.

In this degree, you will complete specific subjects that focus on work integrated learning (WIL). You will be assessed on professional or vocational work in a workplace setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from those involved in your industry. 

Work integrated learning has been incorporated into the following compulsory (core) subjects: 

  • AERO2467 Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence
  • AERO2470 Flying to Private Pilot Licence
  • AERO2431 Aviation Industry Project
  • AERO2586 Flying to Commercial Pilot Licence.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This degree equips you with both practical flying skills and highly useful and transferable theoretical knowledge, allowing you to work either as a pilot or in aviation management.

You will complete 17 subjects devoted to aviation management, and 7 subjects in practical flying training.

In the capstone subject AER02431 Aviation Industry Project, you will undertake a project focusing on a real-world aviation industry problem or issue and where you are able apply your critical thinking, judgement, problem-solving skills, and industry knowledge. The project will be supervised by an RMIT staff member and/or an industry-based expert. 

Through your flight training, you will be prepared to obtain the relevant licences to fly recreationally, privately and commercially within Australia.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)
Program code: BP345

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)
City Campus
Three years (six semesters) of full time study
BP345
108797E
Location
City Campus
Duration
Three years (six semesters) of full time study
Plan code
BP345
CRICOS
108797E

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP345 - 3200532931

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

As a graduate of this degree, you will be prepared for employment in a range of operational management and planning roles. These include roles in areas such as: 

  • airline operations planning and management
  • airline maintenance management and supervision
  • airport landside operations
  • airport airside operations
  • airport planning and management
  • aviation safety management
  • airline strategies, finance, and traffic data
  • human factors concepts and applications.

Your flight training includes Recreational, Private, and Commercial pilot licences (RPL/PPL/CPL). These are CASA licences and enable you to fly commercially within Australia.

Qantas and RMIT have partnered to offer an exciting career path to aspiring pilots.

The Qantas Future Pilot Program provides aviation students with access to experienced pilots during their degree, and selected students will be invited to complete an intensive twelve-week airline transition course.

Upon successful course completion, graduates will transition to employment with QantasLink and complete their training under the supervision of QantasLink's experienced training team and become qualified as First Officers flying the airline's Dash 8 200/300 or Q400 fleet.

To be eligible to be considered for the program, students will need to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) or Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilot) and be actively undertaking flying training in one of these degrees. Students also need to have an equivalent GPA score of 4.0 (based on a seven point scale) or above for the duration of their degree and Australian work rights.

For further information, contact RMIT Flight Training by email: flight.training@rmit.edu.au, tel: +61 3 9925 0050 or visit qantas.com/careers.

Admissions

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL and units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any Mathematics, or equivalent studies.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection criteria by applicant type

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

Applicants whose highest level of education is recent secondary education are not eligible to apply for this program in the July/midyear intake.

Midyear/July intake is only available to applicants who:

  • have completed AD023 Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots); or
  • are commercial airline pilots; or
  • are RAAF pilots, air combat officers, air traffic controllers or similar, with experience working with aircraft.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., level of TAFE qualification completed (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your highest completed qualification:

  • Advanced Diploma: 81
  • Diploma: 72
  • Certificate IV: 54

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Midyear/July intake is only available to applicants who:

  • have completed AD023 Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots); or
  • are commercial airline pilots; or
  • are RAAF pilots, air combat officers, air traffic controllers or similar, with experience working with aircraft.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., GPA (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. Previous fail grades in similar courses may affect your eligibility.

You must have satisfactorily completed at least four courses (subjects) (0.5 EFTSL) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent). You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your GPA.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

Personal statement

If you have been excluded from a program due to academic progress you are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining the strategies you will adopt to ensure academic success.

If you are applying to RMIT through VTAC you can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via your online VTAC account.

If you are applying direct to RMIT you can upload your completed personal statement via your online direct application.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Midyear/July intake is only available to applicants who:

  • have completed AD023 Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots); or
  • are commercial airline pilots; or
  • are RAAF pilots, air combat officers, air traffic controllers or similar, with experience working with aircraft.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score (including any adjustment factors).

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites. 

Work and life experience does not provide any additional consideration for entry to this program. You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Additional information

If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.

Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP)

Students will be required to meet English language requirements to use an aeronautical radio to receive their various levels of licence. The Aviation English language proficiency (AELP) assesses verbal proficiency in English and aviation terminology. For more information about the AELP assessment, visit CASA.

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

Students will be required to hold a valid aviation medical certificate to progress through the various licencing level tests throughout the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training).

It is recommended that students apply for a CASA Class 1 Medical Examination prior to commencing the degree to ensure there is no existing ailment which might prevent them from completing the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training or continuing their flying career to a higher level.

Students are expected to source and arrange their own Aviation Medical through a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).

RMIT University does not accept responsibility for students who enrol but cannot complete the program due to an inability to receive a CASA Class 1 medical certificate.

Visit CASA for more information and the location of your nearest DAME.

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent Year 12 applicants.

RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options. Find out more about RMIT’s commitment to admissions transparency.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 65% (see 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.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

Mathematics; or Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4 in Mathematics (any), with a study score of at least 25.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Additional information

If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.

Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP)

Students will be required to meet English language requirements to use an aeronautical radio to receive their various levels of licence. The Aviation English language proficiency (AELP) assesses verbal proficiency in English and aviation terminology. For more information about the AELP assessment, visit CASA.

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

Students will be required to hold a valid aviation medical certificate to progress through the various licencing level tests throughout the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training).

It is recommended that students apply for a CASA Class 1 Medical Examination prior to commencing the degree to ensure there is no existing ailment which might prevent them from completing the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training or continuing their flying career to a higher level.

Students are expected to source and arrange their own Aviation Medical through a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).

RMIT University does not accept responsibility for students who enrol but cannot complete the program due to an inability to receive a CASA Class 1 medical certificate.

Visit CASA for more information and the location of your nearest DAME.

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

When you successfully complete this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

You are guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Aviation (Piloting Training) with 2 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points) when you successfully complete the AD023 Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots).

Alternatively, you can gain entry from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

Annual student contribution 

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*.

See Commonwealth Supported Places below for more detail.

Flight training tuition fees

Students will complete their flight training under the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots), RMIT program code AD023. This program is full-fee paying only, however, eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover their tuition fees up to the HELP loan limit.

Total flight training course fees for 2022 is $88,320. See below for a detailed breakdown of these fees.

Material and other fees and expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and handbooks, uniforms, equipment, standard and additional flying hours and licences. See below for a detailed breakdown of these expenses.

Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees, or a FEE-HELP loan to defer payment of your tuition fees up to the HELP loan limit.

You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

Students will complete their flight training under the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots), RMIT program code AD023. This program is full-fee paying only, however, eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover their tuition fees up to the HELP loan limit.

You will be charged a specific fee for each course, with practical flying-oriented courses attracting higher fees and theory-oriented courses attracting lower fees. The fee charged will depend on the year you take the course (e.g. if you take a course in 2022 you will be charged the 2022 course fee, and if you take a course in 2023 you will be charged the 2023 course fee).

Each flying-oriented course includes the standard number of flying hours required to gain competency. Note, the cost of additional flying hours to gain competence cannot be deferred to FEE-HELP.

Eligible Associate Degree of Aviation (Professional Pilots) students can access a HELP loan limit of $156,841 (2022 indexed rate).

A 20% loan fee applies to associate degree students, which does not count towards the HELP loan limit.

For more information, contact RMIT Connect.

Plan AD023A (Point Cook) course code

Plan AD023BN (Bendigo) course code

Course name

Semester*

2022 fee

Credit points

Flying hours - dual

Flying hours - solo

AERO2466

AERO2625

Theory to Recreational Pilot Licence

4

$3,840

12

N/A

N/A

AERO2467

AERO2619

Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence

4

$23,040

12

26.6

10

AERO2469

AERO2624

Theory to Private Pilot Licence

5

$3,840

12

N/A

N/A

AERO2470

AERO2618

Flying to Private Pilot Licence

5

$14,400

12

20

6

AERO2576

AERO2627

Intro to CPL

5

$9,840

12

10

15

AERO2587

AERO2617

Commercial Pilot Licence Theory

6

$3,840

12

N/A

N/A

AERO2586

AERO2616

Commercial Pilot Licence Flying

6

$29,520

12

27

39

 

 

Total flight training course fees

 

$88,320

84

83.6

70

*Based on standard full-time program progression.

Equipment

RMIT Code

Item

2022 fee

M1499 David Clark Headset (H10 13.4). $630
M1498 ASA Circular Flight Computer - $70, Protractor - $13, Scale Ruler 180 NM - $16. $99
M1518 Knee-board (RPL, PPL, CPL). $79

Textbooks and handbooks

Textbooks and handbooks are required at the start of each licensing level: Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

Some materials can be used across multiple licensing levels. 

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1496

Avionics Manual - Cessna 172S POH Glass (172SIMBUS)

$111

M1497

Avionics Manual - Cessna 172S POH Analogue (172SIM)

$111

M1495

Manual of Aviation Meteorology

$79

M1514

The Human Being Pilot - book

$87

M1515

Victorian Country Airstrip Guide (PPL & CPL)

$65

M1516

Avionics Manual - Cessna 182T POH Analogue (182TIM) (PPL & CPL)

$97

M1517

Avionics Manual -Cessna 182T POH Glass (182TIMAUS) (PPL & CPL)

$97

M1519

Instrument Rating Study Guide (Bob Tait)

$110

M1781

Avionics Manual - Seminol PA44 POH Glass

$115

Uniforms

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1502 Ladies long sleeve epaulette shirt $30
M1612 Replacement RMIT branded epaulette $40
M1616 Replacement RMIT branded tie $40

The uniform items below are available directly from the supplier. Contact RMIT Flight Training for more information.

Item

2022 fee

Short sleeve shirt, white epaulette (men's and women's) $29
Long sleeve shirt, white epaulette (men's and women's) $30
Epaulette jumper (unisex) $77
Trousers, navy (poly/viscose) (men's and women's) $57-$65
Trousers, navy (poly/wool) (men's and women's) $110
RMIT branded bomber jacket (unisex) $86
RMIT branded softshell jacket (women's) $106

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.

Each fee is for one additional hour of flying time. It will only be charged if additional hours above the standard number of flying hours are required.

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1444 C172S solo hire $281
M1445 C182T solo hire $468
M1446 PA-44 solo hire $536
M1447 Aero 8KCAB solo hire $333
M1520 Flight Simulator dual hire $270
M1521 C172S dual hire flying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $468
M1651 C182Tdual hire flying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $655
M1652 PA-44 dual highflying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $723
M1653 Aero 8KCABdual hire flying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $520

Flight instructor hourly rate

This fee is for one additional hour of flying time. It will only be charged if additional hours above the standard number of flying hours are required.

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1448 Flight Instructor Hourly Rate $187

These fees are paid to bodies outside of RMIT but will be necessary for students wishing to pursue the program. The prices given below are indicative only. Students should ensure they remain up to date with current pricing.

Licences

Item

2022 fee

Class 1 Medical Exam (First Issue only)

Approx $500

Processing of medical exam results (Civil Aviation Safety Administration – CASA)

$75

Aviation Security Identity Card (CASA)

$257

Private Pilot Licence – licence issue, processing and consideration of application (CASA)

$61

Private Pilot Licence – exam (CASA and ASL)

$190

Commercial Pilot Licence – 7 exams (CASA and ASL)

$1,140

Commercial Pilot Licence – licence issue, processing and consideration of application (CASA)

$81

Air Transport Pilot Licence – 7 exams (CASA and ASL)

$1,145

Instrument Rating Examination (CASA and ASL)

$190

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$58,680.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$176,040.

Standard flying hours

Plan AD023A (Point Cook) course code

Plan AD023BN (Bendigo) course code

Course name

RMIT code

2022 fee

Semester*

Flying hours - dual

Flying hours - solo

AERO2467

AERO2619

Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence

M1572

$17,880

4

26.6

10

AERO2470

AERO2618

Flying to Private Pilot Licence

M1433

$9,240

5

20

6

AERO2586

AERO2616

Commercial Pilot Licence Flying

M1434

$24,360

6

27

39

AERO2576

AERO2627

Intro to Commercial Pilot Licence

M1750

$4,680

5

10

15

* Based on standard full-time progression.

Equipment

RMIT Code

Item

2022 fee

M1499 David Clark Headset (H10 13.4). $630
M1498 ASA Circular Flight Computer - $70, Protractor - $13, Scale Ruler 180 NM - $16. $99
M1518 Knee-board (RPL, PPL, CPL). $79

Textbooks and handbooks

Textbooks and handbooks are required at the start of each licensing level: Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

Some materials can be used across multiple licensing levels. 

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1496 Avionics Manual - Cessna 172S POH Glass (172SIMBUS) $111
M1497 Avionics Manual - Cessna 172S POH Analogue (172SIM) $111
M1495 Manual of Aviation Meteorology $79
M1514 The Human Being Pilot - book $87
M1515 Victorian Country Airstrip Guide (PPL & CPL) $65
M1516 Avionics Manual - Cessna 182T POH Analogue (182TIM) (PPL & CPL) $97
M1517 Avionics Manual -Cessna 182T POH Glass (182TIMAUS) (PPL & CPL) $97
M1519 Instrument Rating Study Guide (Bob Tait) $110
M1781 Avionics Manual - Seminol PA44 POH Glass $115

Uniforms

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1502 Ladies long sleeve epaulette shirt $30
M1612 Replacement RMIT branded epaulette $40
M1616 Replacement RMIT branded tie $40

The uniform items below are available directly from the supplier. Contact RMIT Flight Training for more information.

Item

2022 fee

Short sleeve shirt, white epaulette (men's and women's) $29
Long sleeve shirt, white epaulette (men's and women's) $30
Epaulette jumper (unisex) $77
Trousers, navy (poly/viscose) (men's and women's) $57-$65
Trousers, navy (poly/wool) (men's and women's) $110
RMIT branded bomber jacket (unisex) $86
RMIT branded softshell jacket (women's) $106

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.

Each fee is for one additional hour of flying time. It will only be charged if additional hours above the standard number of flying hours are required.

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1444 C172S solo hire $281
M1445 C182T solo hire $468
M1446 PA-44 solo hire $536
M1447 Aero 8KCAB solo hire $333
M1520 Flight Simulator dual hire $270
M1521 C172S dual hire flying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $468
M1651 C182Tdual hire flying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $655
M1652 PA-44 dual highflying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $723
M1653 Aero 8KCABdual hire flying cost for per 1 hour for students who withdraw before the census date $520

Flight instructor hourly rate

This fee is for one additional hour of flying time. It will only be charged if additional hours above the standard number of flying hours are required.

RMIT code

Item

2022 fee

M1448 Flight Instructor Hourly Rate $187

These fees are paid to bodies outside of RMIT but will be necessary for students wishing to pursue the program. The prices given below are indicative only. Students should ensure they remain up to date with current pricing.

Licences

Item

2022 fee

Class 1 Medical Exam (First Issue only)

Approx $500

Processing of medical exam results (Civil Aviation Safety Administration – CASA)

$75

Aviation Security Identity Card (CASA)

$257

Private Pilot Licence – licence issue, processing and consideration of application (CASA)

$61

Private Pilot Licence – exam (CASA and ASL)

$190

Commercial Pilot Licence – 7 exams (CASA and ASL)

$1,140

Commercial Pilot Licence – licence issue, processing and consideration of application (CASA)

$81

Air Transport Pilot Licence – 7 exams (CASA and ASL)

$1,145

Instrument Rating Examination (CASA and ASL)

$190

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Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.