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CL06 - Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations)


At a glance

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.

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Study modes On-Campus, Online
Rank OP: 17 SR: 62 ATAR: 53.35
Units/credits 13/96
Availability Bundaberg; Cairns; Online Study
Duration 2 years FT/4 years PT
Recommended study English (4,SA) and Maths A or B (4,SA) and Physics (4,SA)
Intake dates March
QTAC Code BDG: 812251; CNS: 822251; Online: 852255
VTAC Code Apply direct to CQUniversity
UAC Code Online: 160913

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from main round offers for Term 1 2018. They represent the minimum competitive rank that applications were considered for entry to a course. Entry to a course is competitive and a cut off score lower than the minimum competitive rank may have been needed to gain entry to a particular course. Entry ranks vary from year to year so are provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Career opportunities

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.



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 be come 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 Student Pilot Licence and Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).

Why Study at CQUniversity

Innovative Course Design

CQUniversity has developed an innovative suite of Aviation (Flight Operation) courses that combine academic and aeronautical knowledge with the necessary flight training to enable students to apply for various licences and ratings.

Graduate Work Ready

At CQUniversity, we provide the right mix of theory and practical experiences to ensure you graduate work ready. We achieve this via a work integrated learning approach with flight training included as part of the curriculum.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You  are required to complete a total of 13 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.

Information on CL17 Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) is available here.

Course information

For example courses you could study as part of the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) program please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this program, call 13 27 86.

Articulation arrangements

The Associate Degree in Aviation (Flight Operations) reprseents the first two years of the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) . Credit will be given for units studied within the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) if you continue onto the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations).

Residential Schools

Compulsory residential schools will be held on CQUniversity Cairns campus for the laboratory and presentation components in some units. Information on residential schools is available here.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Entry requirements

OP: 17 , SR: 62 , ATAR: 53.35

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, although a pass in year 12 Mathematics, Physics and English is recommended.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations), please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

30 APR
Online Chat Session
23 MAY
Online Chat Session