Associate Degree of Aviation - CL06
If you are looking for a career as a commercial pilot, the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) is the qualification you need to achieve that goal. This degree will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to satisfy requirements for a Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating.
On Campus, Online
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Bundaberg, Cairns, Online
No pre-requisite subjects required
English, Maths, Physics
The Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) provides the academic and aeronautical knowledge that is required to become a commercial pilot. To gain the flight training required to become a commercial pilot you will need to also complete the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). All practical flight training components after your first solo flight are delivered in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).
You will initially enrol into the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) and upon successfully completing your first term of study in the course you will then be enrolled into the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). From that point on you will be enrolled in both the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) and the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).
You will be required to gain a "Class 1" medical certificate at your expense during the first term of your studies. You will also be required to obtain at your expense, a CASA Aviation Reference Number (ARN) and Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
|Core Units||8||Major Units||7|
Course structureYou are required to complete a total of 12 core units. In the first year of your study, you will fly solo in the circuit area of the training aerodrome. You will learn about unmanned aerial vehicles as well as the physics of aviation and basic aeronautics. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming as well as the laws that are relevant to aviation. During your second year, you will learn the aerodynamics, aeronautical knowledge, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, and weight and balance required by a commercial pilot. You will learn about the human factors that impact commercial pilots. You will also cover flight planning and navigation both visually and using instruments.
Unit informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Explore our suite of aviation courses that prepare you for a career as a pilot or working in the airline industry. As an aviation student, you will learn from experienced lecturers and be supported by the latest in learning technology. Through simulations, and a range of flight training opportunities you will graduate with the skills, knowledge and experience to reach your aviation career aspirations.
Greater choicesAt CQUniversity, our aviation courses are designed as a suite offering you the knowledge and practical skills needed to gain a range of pilot licenses.
Study the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) alongside the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) to gain a Commercial Pilot Licence or Command Instrument Rating. This combination equips you with the required academic and aeronautical knowledge and practical skills.
The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) prepares you for a career as a professional airline pilot, managing a multi-crew environment. When studied alongside the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) you will satisfy the knowledge requirements to apply for your Air Transport Licence.
The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) represents the flight training aspect and is available for you to study alongside our Associate Degree or Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) after you have completed your first term of study.
Your flight trainingThe Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) includes a total of 227.3 hours of flight training. This is broken into 207.3 hours of flight time and 20 hours simulator time. Within your flight time, you will have 100 hours of pilot in command time and 46 hours of instrument time. Upon successful completion of your flight training, you should meet the academic requirements to obtain your Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR).
State of the art facilitiesThe CQUniversity Cairns Aviation Centre is located at the Cairns International Airport. The facility imbeds CQUniversity students within the dynamic aviation industry in North Queensland. Our students have access to a twin jet airliner flight simulator located at the Cairns Aviation Centre.
Industry partnershipsAs an aviation student you will benefit from CQUniversity’s industry partnerships that broaden not only your career opportunities but your connections and networks.
Our partnership with Aviation Australia provides you with the opportunity to undertake a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) in the third year of your Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). A CASA-approved MCC course is a requirement to operate as a pilot in a multi-crew flight.
You will also benefit from our partnership with Hinterland Aviation that provides a pathway from a pilot career with a regional airline to a major national airline within two years of graduating. Our agreement with Cairns’ regional airline, provides opportunities for you to apply for a position with Hinterland Aviation after graduating from your aviation study with CQUniversity. Then after a period of two years, you will have the opportunity to apply for a position with Virgin Australia.
|Term 1 - 2023||Bundaberg, Cairns|
|Term 2 - 2022||Bundaberg, Cairns|
|Term 2 - 2023||Bundaberg, Cairns|
|Term 1 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
|Airline and Airport Operations||8|
Airline and Airport Operations major is available to International students at the Cairns campus.
After successfully completing Term 1 of Year 1 you will be interviewed to determine your suitability to apply for the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).
The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.
The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0
Student profileIf you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2021.
Institute profileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.
When applying, you must demonstrate that you have met the listed Entry Requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements.
After you have applied and enrolled in this course, you will need to be able to meet the Security and Health Requirements as these generally relate to work-integrated learning activities that form part of your course. You will be provided with more information about security and health requirements after enrolling in the relevant units that these relate to.
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
- a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
- tertiary diploma level qualification, or
- bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
- An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
- Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
For the Flight Operations major, students must be eligible to hold an Australian Security Identification Card.
For the Flight Operations major, Students must be eligible to hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical.
Essential Mathematics, Physics, English
The Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations), in conjunction with the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations), prepares graduates for aviation careers in the air transportation industry as a commercial pilot. Graduates will have all the aeronautical knowledge and flight training required to hold a Commercial Pilot Licence with Command Instrument Rating. Graduates may be eligible to apply for cadetship or traineeship offered by some airlines. Graduates may also be eligible to apply for Australian Defence Force positions.
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$8,018.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?|| You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|What is my Student Contribution?||
Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees. The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1, 3 and/or 4.
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.|
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|Queensland||CNS: 822251; BDG: 812251; ONL: 852255|
|New South Wales||ONL: 160913|
|Western Australia||PER: 150916; ONL: 150913|
If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.
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What’s the best way to apply?
- Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
- Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre
View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.
|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
|New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory||Apply via UAC|
Apply via VTAC
|South Australia; Northern Territory; Western Australia||Apply via ApplyCQUNI|
*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.
Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
- A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.