Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter)
TAFE Queensland - Townsville (Bohle)

Course outline

This course will provide students with the specialised knowledge and skills required to work as a commercial helicopter pilot. As a qualified pilot graduates can find themselves working in a range of different areas. Graduates may pilot scenic flights in the tourism industry, work in rural operations mustering livestock, conduct transport charter operations, or work with State Police or the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) operating search and rescue missions. TAFE Queensland has partnered with leading aviation training provider Townsville Helicopters to deliver this course. The course provides all the theoretical and practical skills required to be issued with a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licence to operate as a commercial pilot. Students learn about aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, radio communications, and operating in controlled and non-controlled airspace. Students will also get to execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and learn how to implement threat management strategies. Applicants to this course will have the option of choosing R22, R22-R44, R22 Turbine.


VET Student Loans and payment plans may be available to eligible applicants for study in the diploma, refer to tafeqld.edu.au/courses/18136/diploma-of-aviation-commercial-pilot-licence-helicopter for all important information.

Fee notes

For information regarding TAFE Queensland course fees, VET Student Loans, FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP visit tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html or telephone 1300 308 233. For combined TAFE Queensland/university courses, refer to entry under university for higher education component.


Applicant must be 18; CASA requirements

Additional entry requirements

Commercial or military pilot entrants to this qualification should check requirements with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) or Defence Aviation for specific pilot entry standards. To be eligible for an offer in this course applicants must supply documentary evidence of the following to TAFE Queensland, Townsville (Bohle) by the nominated date: current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC), an Aviation Reference Number (ARN), current Aviation Class 1 Medical Certificate carried out by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME), be able to demonstrate English language proficiency with Townsville Helicopters to meet the minimum requirements set by CASA and hold or be eligible to hold an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate. TAFE Queensland will contact applicants directly regarding document requirements and submission. Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age prior to the completion of this qualification.

Assumed knowledge

English (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C) or equivalent.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2024 information is not available.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2024 information is not available.

Career opportunities

Commercial helicopter pilot.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

3 Oct 2024
9 Jan 2025
23 Apr 2025
5 Jun 2025


Fee *See notes

Level of Qualification
Study Area
Engineering and Technology
Study Mode
On campus
Course Duration

1/2 years On campus