Studying aviation at CQUniversity provides students with the opportunity to experience valuable real-life industry practices so they are set up to succeed in their careers when they complete their qualifications making our graduates highly employable*.
We have strong strategic partnerships with flight providers in QLD, NSW, VIC, WA and SA so you can study almost anywhere in Australia. Benefit from a unique course structure that will see you graduate with a degree in aviation with CQUni while completing flight training at your nearest CQUni approved flight provider.
You will graduate with over 200 hours in flight training and your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) plus the option to satisfy requirements to a pathway into the airlines.
We have partnered with the below Flight Training organisations so you can study aviation with us in most locations across Australia.
* Undergraduate Full-Time Employment - The Good Universities Guide 2021
- Airways Aviation
- Cairns Flight Training
- Flight Standards (Archerfield)
- MAF International
- Townsville Flight Training
New South Wales
- Flight Standards (Darwin)
* The above flight partners list is correct as of September 2023.
Flight Partner Events
We see you launching your career in Aviation. CQUniversity is proud to provide students with the opportunity to experience valuable industry placements throughout their studies thanks to partnerships with our flight partners across the country. If you would like to know how to get your career in aviation off the ground head to an Aviation Open Day near you where you can:
- Tour the flight training facilities
- Check out hangers and aircraft fleet
- Chat with flight training instructors and CQUniversity representatives
- Find out how you will achieve your flight hours with our Flight Partners
Alternatively, join us at an Aviation Information Evening where you will have an opportunity to discover more information about CQUniversity's suite of aviation courses, and exciting career opportunities, in addition to hearing about our strong relationship with our flight partners and how many flight hours you will achieve.
Find an event nearest to you:
- Aeroglen: Saturday, 12 November 2023, 9 am - 3 pm
Bachelor of Aviation
This course will help you to launch a successful aviation career. Our versatile degree features a choice of two majors to suit your interests and career goals.
Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)
This course will provide you with the aeronautical experience required for a career as a commercial pilot.
Study Aviation at CQUni
I was four years of age and I was invited by the captain of a Boeing &717 aircraft to go to the cockpit and I just stood there as a four-year-old in awe looking at all the buttons and switches and 20 years later pursuing that dream of my childhood dream of becoming a pilot. You're sitting up there at 35,000 feet with a magnificent view outside of your armchair and it's it's it's a really good feeling. My name's Steve Thatcher and I'm the foundation professor for aviation at CQUni.
I chose CQUni because of their flexibility and the fact that they were based in Cairns. I like the lifestyle up here the coastal lifestyle. My mission in life, or my passion if you like, is to promote aviation education and training. I have an immense respect for the lecturers they all bring a wealth of knowledge and it's fascinating to learn of their stories and their experiences in the pilot seat. One thing I've learnt from my flight training is that there is never a day where you're not learning something new. If you want to be an airline pilot this flight operations course is probably the best course available in Australia at the moment because it's totally focused on being an airline pilot.
Worldwide we're going to need eight hundred thousand pilots over the next 20 years so this tremendous scope for people entering the course to be able to exit with some you know very good job prospects. This course is highly geared towards becoming a commercial pilot so you should be able to walk into a pilot job at the successful completion of this degree. As you can see outside the windows we're sitting right between the domestic terminal and the international terminal at Cairns International Airport and that gives the students a great experience by becoming embedded in the industry.
We've also managed to acquire a 737 sim it's the most advanced simulator of any University in Australia. It's based on a 737ng which is the ones that you fly around in a with Virgin and Qantas in Australia. My goal is eventually to get into the big airlines that be the end goal I suppose – is flying for an Australian carrier. We are designed here to produce a student that the airlines need and want. I know that it's hard work now, but it will eventually pay off, there is nothing else that I can imagine myself doing other than being a pilot this is what I've been put on this earth to do.