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Commercial Pilot Licence

What is a Commercial Pilot Licence?

A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) allows the holder to be employed as a pilot for the purpose of flying in commercial operations. Commercial operations can include jobs like flying scenic flights and mail runs, all the way up to flying for an airline. The knowledge and skill required to attain a CPL is much higher than that of the requirements of a PPL. Pilots holding a CPL will understand managing passengers, dealing with commercial pressures and other demands in a working environment. Being a Commercial Pilot can be a very rewarding career and can take people to exciting new places, flying exciting different types of aircraft.

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How long will it take to get a CPL?

The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence) takes approximately 42 - 44 weeks to complete full-time. The course is broken down into "Units of Study", each lasting four weeks. Each Unit of Study has a particular goal set to it, so that each student knows where they are up to in the course, and what the next milestone is.

For students studying part-time or casually, the amount of time to complete the CPL Course is dependent upon how often the student flies and the time taken to complete the seven CPL exams.

How much will it cost to get a CPL?

Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence):

Pricing for the Diploma of Aviation varies based upon the aircraft that are selected. Other options may also be available in the course and may affect pricing. Due to this, we issue each person looking at the Diploma of Aviation with a Letter of Offer (LOO). The Letter of Offer outlines the course in great detail and gives a much more in depth explanation of all aspects of the course, including cost. Students looking to enrol can return a signed Letter of Offer to start the enrolment process. This is also outlined in the Letter of Offer. If you are interested in applying for a Letter of Offer, please click here.


Casual Study:

Pricing for students looking to complete their Commercial Pilot Licence on a casual basis varies. This can be dependent on previous experience, theory knowledge and aircraft that wish to be flown during training. Due to this, we encourage people looking at completing their CPL casually to contact us to come in and discuss options. Different students may have different ideas on how they wish to complete their training or on what types of aircraft they would like more time on.

What training is involved in getting a CPL?

Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence):

For students looking to complete their CPL on a full-time basis, the course is broken down into three areas. These comprise of the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) curriculum. The course is designed to teach students with little to no previous flying experience all the required skills to enter the Aviation industry. It is also designed to equip them for their first aviation job. The course includes lectures on all aviation related topics and assists building the students knowledge to a higher standard.


Casual Study:

For students looking to complete their CPL on their own time/pace, you can complete the course casually. Generally this includes students either self-studying or coming in for one-on-one theory sessions with instructors. This theory is aimed at helping students to complete their seven CPL exams and build their knowledge base. During this time, students will be able to complete their own command flight time to build hours. This is also to assist towards the CPL minimum hours required and look at attaining other ratings such as Night VFR. Once exams are complete and a student is approaching the minimum hours, training will commence in more complex aircraft to prepare for the CPL Flight Test.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • A current Class 1 Australian Medical
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Successfully completed Year 12 (applicants will be required to provide a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education) or;
  • Successfully completed a Vocational or Higher Education qualification of at least a Certificate IV which was taught in English

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Additional Information

At the completion of this course, students will be eligible to apply for jobs within the industry. Students may also wish to continue training towards other Design Feature Endorsements or Ratings.

If a student requires a student visa, they are recommended to commence the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence) course. Overseas students that do not require a student visa are welcome to join this course.