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Become a Commercial Helicopter Pilot

TAFE Queensland Brisbane has partnered exclusively with Airwork Helicopters to deliver this program to prospective helicopter pilots. Airwork Helicopters Flight Training School is widely regarded as one of the best helicopter pilot training schools in Australia. Caboolture Airfield is located outside controlled airspace, which provides reduced time waiting for air traffic clearances and no transiting to flight training areas, making it an ideal location for pilot training. Airwork’s team of flight instructors have extensive flying experience from diverse backgrounds which means participants will get the best tuition from relaxed, patient and highly competent instructors.

This 26 week full-time training course provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge that will enable you to achieve your Commercial Pilot Licence. Course details

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After travelling throughout Australia Wah decided to settle in what he considers Australia’s most liveable city, Brisbane. After pursuing his love of hospitality at TAFE Queensland he plans on returning to Bali to run his own café and share the knowledge he’s learnt with others.

Key dates

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
Caboolture Airfield Full Time Classroom  

Entry requirements

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.

  • 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.


Caboolture Airfield
Lear Jet Drive
Caboolture Qld 4510

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location;

All relevant resources will be provided by Airwork Helicopters.


Your timetable will be confirmed upon enrolment. Airwork Helicopters will advise your required attendance days and times.


To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 30 units:
Core Competencies: 29
Elective Competencies: 1

Core and Elective Units
AVIF0004 Implement aviation risk management processes Core
AVIF0005 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes Core
AVIF0007 Implement threat and error management strategies Core
AVIF0008 Manage safe flight operations Core
AVIF0011 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo Core
AVIF0014 Manage human factors in aviation operations Core
AVIH0002 Plan a flight under visual flight rules Core
AVIH4001 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules Core
AVILIC0002 Licence to operate a commercial helicopter Core
AVIO0002 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation Core
AVIW4001 Manage pre- and post-flight actions Core
AVIY0001 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments Core
AVIY0002 Operate in controlled airspace Core
AVIY0003 Operate in Class G airspace Core
AVIY0004 Operate at non-towered aerodromes Core
AVIY0005 Operate at a controlled aerodrome Core
AVIY0008 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations Core
AVIY0009 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations Core
AVIY0020 Taxi helicopter Core
AVIY4007 Manage aircraft fuel Core
AVIY4011 Control helicopter on the ground Core
AVIY4012 Control helicopter in hovering flight Core
AVIY4014 Take off helicopter and approach to hover Core
AVIY4015 Control helicopter in normal flight Core
AVIY4017 Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures Core
AVIY4018 Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations Core
AVIZ4001 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight Core
AVIE4001 Maintain aircraft radio communications Core
AVIW5018 Operate and manage aircraft systems Core
AVIY0021 Operate helicopter at low level Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses.

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Caboolture Airfield, Brisbane $120,000 6 Months

Additional costs

The student is required to cover any costs related to meeting the entry requirements of this qualification. There are fees associated with obtaining the Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) and Class 1 Medical Certificate required to enter this qualification.


AVI50315 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter) 092398M

Job prospects

  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot

Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Home Affairs (HA) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the HA website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only 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. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the HA website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. 

Last updated on 9 February 2018

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