CQUniversity Australia

Graduate Diploma of Aviation - Flight Operations

CQUniversity Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00219C

The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) will provide graduates with the aeronautical experience required for a career as a commercial pilot.The course is designed to build skills as a pilot, starting with short flights constrained within the aerodrome training area and circuit area right through to commercial pilot licence level. Students will conduct long-distance flights, visiting multiple aerodromes in regional and outback Australia, and will develop critical reflection and self-analysis skills as well as analytic, communication and presentation skills. During study, students will gain the aeronautical experience required to apply for a Recreational Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence, Command Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot Licence.


7 units, 48 credit points


  • Aviation flight operations

Standard entry requirements

To enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation students must have successfully completed Term 1 of the first year of the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) or Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations), passed a Class 1 Aviation Medical, hold an Australian Security Identification Card, have the approval of the Head of Course and meet the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA's) requirements to hold a Student Pilot Licence. Students can also enrol in this course if they have completed a similar Bachelor of Aviation at another university and passed the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument rating examinations, and have the approval of the Head of Course, hold an Australian Security Identification Card, have passed a Class 1 Aviation Medical and hold a Student Pilot Licence.

Study pathways

The course allows the recognition of students' appropriate previous study and experience gained from working in industry, through 'Recognition of Prior Learning' (RPL). Students will be assessed for credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and will need to supply flight logbook; pilots licence; and flight provider

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
CQUniversity Cairns No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 3 years
Online Study No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

Students will be required to attend a flight training provider approved by the Head of Course in order to complete this course. This will include practical flight training of up to 220 hours. Some units require a compulsory residential school.

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