Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)


Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
12 months (approx)
from AU$85,000
January | April | July | October
Gold Coast (Australia)


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The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is the licence you need to work as a pilot. Training for this licence includes basic training (similar to recreational and private licence training), plus more complex training to ensure that you are able to safely handle a broad range of situations. The CPL also includes additional theory knowledge and additional flying hours.

Aviation licenses and qualifications received in Australia are considered among the highest standard in the world. Most relevant qualifications are transferable among ICAO member states and usually require only a local law exam and flight test. It is important, however, that you contact your local aviation authority before booking your training to ensure that you understand the procedures for converting your qualifications if relevant. We do not make any guarantees in relation to the cost and practicalities of licence conversion.

The CPL programme can be packaged with the MEAIR – Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) for enhanced employability. The MEAIR is highly recommended as it qualifies you to fly aircraft with more than one engine in a wide range of conditions including night flying and poor weather flying. Ultimately this will make you more competitive in your job hunting.


This course is delivered over approximately 46 weeks of training in three phases as follows:

Phase I:Recreation Pilot Licence (RPL) 12 weeks
Phase II:Basic Navigation (PPL) 10 weeks
Phase III: Commercial Pilot Licence 24 weeks


  • Deposit on booking: $15,900 + OSHC
  • week 1: $14,000
  • week 10: $14,000
  • week 15: $14,000
  • week 20: $14,000
  • week 30: $14,000 >> Completion of CPL
Also Note:
  • Non-refundable enrolment fee of $250
  • Course fees are valid at the time of publication but are subject to change.
  • Course fees for international students are government protected .
  • Full terms and conditions provided with formal Letter of Offer to successful applicants.


  • Group, pre-flight and post-flight briefs
  • 80 dual flying hours
  • 70 solo flying hour
  • 6 hours in simulator
  • All theory courses – Basic Aeronautical
  • Knowledge, Private Pilots’ Licence,
  • 7 Commercial Pilot subjects
  • Air services and landing charges
  • All text books and supplies
  • Initial issue of pilot uniform
  • Class 1 Medical
  • Aviation Security Identification Card
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority exam fees
  • Approved Testing Officer flight test fees
  • CASA licence fees


This course can be taken at the Gold Coast Airport in Australia as an Australian Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane).

Further Training and Pathways

This course can be packaged with the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEAIR) - please see Airline & Commercial Pilot Programme.

Study Units

Following are indicative units of study undertaken throughout the Commercial Pilot Licence course. The exact units are dependent on the provider and your own choices throughout the course. Please note that some units are repeated throughout the programme but at a more advanced level.

English communication in the aviation environment

  • Communicate effectively face to face using clear and precise English
  • Communicate effectively in voice-only R/T communications using standard aviation phraseology

Manage Pre and Post Flight Actions

  • Complete pre and post flight actions
  • Perform pre-flight inspection

Operate Radio

  • Use R/T equipment
  • Maintain R/T equipment
  • Operate transponder

Manage Fuel

  • Plan fuel requirements
  • Manage fuel system
  • Refuel aeroplane

Manage Passengers and Cargo

  • Brief passengers
  • Aid and assist passengers
  • Manage cargo

Manage Flight

  • Maintain effective lookout
  • Maintain situation awareness
  • Assess situations and make decisions
  • Set priorities and manage tasks
  • Maintain effective communications and interpersonal relationships

Threat and Error Management

  • Recognise and manage threats
  • Recognise and manage errors
  • Recognise and manage undesired aircraft state

Navigate Aircraft

  • Prepare chart and flight plan
  • Comply with airspace procedures
  • Conduct departure procedures
  • Navigate aircraft enroute
  • Navigate at low level and in reduced visibility
  • Perform lost procedure
  • Perform diversion procedure
  • Use radio navigation aids
  • Execute arrival procedures

Control Aeroplane on theGround

  • Start and stop engine
  • Taxi aeroplane

Take-off Aeroplane

  • Carry out pre-take-off procedures
  • Take-off aeroplane
  • Take-off aeroplane in a crosswind
  • Carry out after take-off procedures.

Control Aeroplane in Normal flight

  • Climb aeroplane
  • Maintain straight and level flight
  • Descend aeroplane
  • Turn aeroplane
  • Control aeroplane at slow speeds
  • Perform circuits and approaches
  • Comply with airspace requirements.

Land Aeroplane

  • Land aeroplane
  • Land aeroplane in a crosswind
  • Perform mishandled landing procedures.

Execute Advanced Manoeuvres and Procedures

  • Enter and recover from stall
  • Recover from incipient spin
  • Turn aeroplane steeply
  • Sideslip aeroplane
  • Execute short take-off and landing.

Manage Abnormal Situations

  • Manage engine failure after take-off
  • Manage engine failure elsewhere in circuit
  • Perform forced landing
  • Conduct precautionary search and landing
  • Manage other abnormal situations.

Perform Full Instrument Panel Manoeuvres

  • Determine and monitor serviceability of flight instruments and instrument power sources
  • Perform manoeuvres using full instrument panel to re-establish VFR.

Perform Limited Instrument Panel Manoeuvres (CPL only)

  • Recognise failure of attitude indicator and/or stabilised heading indicator
  • Perform manoeuvres using limited instrument panel
  • Recover from unusual attitudes using limited flight instrument panel
  • Re-establish visual flight following inadvertent entry into IMC.

Recover from Spin (optional)

  • Recover from spin.


  • 18 years of age
  • Senior high school certificate
  • Upper intermediate English level equal to 5.5 IELTS or higher
  • Good health and eye sight (required to pass aviation medical examinations)
    Colour Deficient Vision (CDV):
    Australia permits CDV pilots to train for and achieve CPL and ATPL qualifications. Some conditions may apply, so please check with us for advice on your specific circumstances.
  • No criminal record (required in order to get Australian aviation security card)

How To Apply

1. Is this the course for you?
Check the course details to make sure this is the course for you. We recommend that you also consult with your local aviation authority to ensure that you understand the cost and procedure for converting your overseas aviation qualifications upon your return home.

2. Are you eligible?
Check the Requirements section to make sure you meet the criteria to enter the course. If you need to upgrade your English or your academic background, no problem, we can package these in.

3. Can you get a visa?
You need to make sure you are eligible to get a student visa so visit the website of the Immigration Department here>> to check the requirements for getting a student visa.

4. Do you have sufficient funding?
In most cases, you will need to demonstrate that you have plenty of money to afford the course and the cost of living. Aviation training is a major financial investment so please do not undertake the course if this will cause you financial hardship. You should have at least enough money to cover the full cost of the course plus travel and the cost of living and insurance for your entire stay. Please visit our FAQ section for more guidance on this.

5. Apply online
If you are eligible to join this course and you have your funding ready, applying is easy! Our simply online application form includes a Quick Guide section. Please read the guide first so you have everything correctly prepared before applying. After reading the guide, just contact us if you have any questions. Click the "Apply Now" button below to go to the application form and guide.