Next Intake: 01/08/2022

AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Instructor Rating)

This Airflite Flying College course provides a recognised training pathway for a participant with an Australian CASR Part 61 Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) to achieve a Flight instructor rating (FIR) with a Grade 3 training endorsement (aeroplane) and the award of the following qualification:

  • AVI50419 – Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)

An FIR with Grade 3 training endorsement is an entry requirement to operate as an aeroplane Flight Instructor for a CASR Part 141 or CASR Part 142 flying training organisation.

The AFC course aims to impart the principal standards, methodology and practices to support a successful career progression as an effective professional flight instructor.

Who would select this program? – Participants wanting to progress their career as flight instructor and start conducting flight training for others for a recreational pilot licence, private pilot licence or commercial pilot licence in either an aeroplane or flight simulation training device (FSTD).

Flying Time: 35 Hours
Simulator Time: 21 Hours
Total Ground School Duration: 12 Weeks

Qualification Outcomes

Upon completing the course a participant shall satisfy the knowledge and flight standards in the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 61 Manual of Standards necessary to be granted the following by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA):

CASR Part 61 Pilot Licensing outcomes:

Licence Types

  • Nil

Aircraft Category ratings

  • Nil

Aircraft class ratings

  • Nil

Aircraft type ratings

  • Nil

Aircraft design feature & endorsements

  • Nil

Operational ratings

  • Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

Operational rating endorsements

  • Flight Instructor
    • Grade 3 training (G3)

In addition, this course follows a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Course of Study which includes levels of competency from the AVI Aviation Training Package developed by Australian Industry Standards (AIS). Successful completion of the study will result in an award to by AFC’s Registered Training Organisation (No. 52904) of:

AVI50419 – Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)

Delivery Mode and Duration

This is an intensive flying training program conducted continuously over 12 weeks requiring full-time attendance by a participant. Participants receive ground theory training with practical flight training within AFC’s approved CASR Part 142 flight training organisation to deliver integrated training courses, and approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO No.52904) to deliver VET services.

Training weeks nominally include five (5) days from Monday to Friday.

Ground, Simulator and Flight Training will typically be conducted between 0800 hrs and 1700 hrs, with the exception that night flying practical training will be conducted after dusk hours.

All training is conducted face-to-face, on-campus from Airflite training facilities located at 15 Eagle Drive, Jandakot Airport, Western Australia, 6164.

Tuition Fees include:

  • Aircraft hire and fuel for:
    Cessna Skyhawk C172S single-engine aircraft with the Garmin G1000® integrated flight instrument system
    Dual flying – 35 hours
  • Simulator training – 21.6 hours
  • Mass briefings
  • Pre-flight briefings
  • Flight instruction
  • Post flight briefings
  • Airport Landing fees
  • Ground Theory courses
  • CASA Ground Theory Exam fees
  • CASA Licence and testing fees

Students will be required to supply themselves the following outside Tuition Fees:

  • A laptop
  • An iPad with WiFi + Cellular.
  • Course prescribed text books and references
  • Aviation Headset
  • Travel Bag (carry on size)
  • Navigation equipment
  • Headset
  • Class 1 medical certificate
  • Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
  • Pilot uniform to comply with AFC Dress Code

A copy of the AFC Student Study and Training Program Information Guide for this program can be viewed here.


The following pre-requisites/entry requirements apply to this Training Program:

  • Hold either:
    • a current CASA Private Pilot’s Licence or a Commercial Pilot’s Licence.
    • a AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence).

Note. If the CPL licence held was NOT:

  • completed with an aeroplane category rating in an integrated training course or
  • passed via a flight test for the grant of the licence with an aeroplane category rating.

The following flight experience is required:

  • Have at least 200 Hours flight time as pilot.
  • Have 100 hours flight time as pilot in command.


  • Students must show evidence of:
    • a Class 1 medical certificate from a Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved medical examiner (DAME).
    • an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
    • An Aviation Reference Number issued by CASA.
    • Language, literacy and numeracy skills at the requisite Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level. Alternatively, undertake a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA)* assessment test to show student’s have the required level of literacy.
      * Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). The CSPA is an approved (by the Secretary under Subsection 2) set of online assessments used by AFC in measuring the literacy and numeracy skills of students. The assessment process is conducted with honesty and integrity and the CSPA Reading, Numeracy & Writing assessments produce valid and reliable data through comprehensive reporting against five levels of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
  • Completion of the DAMP Awareness for SSAA Employees – eLearning, conduction through AviationWorx (this has a two year currency).
  • Comply with the AFC RTO code of conduct requirements that include:
    • Directions on work, and health and safety matters.
    • Attend and participate in scheduled training and assessment.
    • Participate in learning tasks to the training staff expectations.
  • An interview with the Head of Operations (Airflite Flying College) will be required where the results of the CSPA assessment of any other tests taken will be reported/ reviewed and a general discussion on the student’s aspiration and the rationale behind wanting to enhance existing pilot qualifications etc. to determine suitability and acceptance of the pilot for the Training Program.
    Note. An aircraft handling check flight may be required as a result (Check flight will be at student’s expense)
  • Recent revision or up to date knowledge of CPL theory is recommended prior to course commencement.

Intakes and Schedule of Fees

View Airflite’s Schedule of Fees in accordance with intake dates here.

Units of Competency

The award of AVI50419 – Diploma of Aviation (Instructor Rating) requires completion of the 12 core units listed below plus 5 general elective units from the specialist elective units listed in accordance with AVI Aviation Training Package:

Core Units
AVIM0003 Conduct aeronautical knowledge training and flight training
AVIM0004 Conduct training for the issue of an endorsement
AVIM0005 Facilitate non-technical skills instruction
TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
TAEASS402 Assess competence
TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

General Elective Units
AVIF0026 (see Note 1) Implement aviation risk management processes
AVIF0027 (see Note 1) Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
AVIM0010 Conduct flight review
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction

Holders of a Diploma of Aviation – AVI50219 (Commercial Pilots Licence) shall be granted Credit Transfer for the following individual training package units’ of competency:
AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management processes.
AVIF0027 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes.