Helicopter Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL-H)

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AVl50315 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter)
9 months (approx)
January | April | July | October
Redcliffe Airport, Brisbane, Australia


The Helicopter Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL-H) is the licence you need to work as a helicopter 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-H programme isdelivered by one of Australia's leading advanced helicopter training organisations, Aeropower at professional facilities located near Brisbane, Australia



  • Group, pre-flight and post-flight briefs
  • 105hrs flight time
  • Instruction
  • Theory training

Not included:

  • transport
  • accommodation
  • meals
  • aviation medical and CASA fees
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)



The Australian Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter) - AU$66,760
  • Deposit AU$16,550
    The deposit (required to accept of offer) is refunded in the event of visa failure.
    The Letter of Offer will have the full terms and conditions.
  • Instalment 1 - AU$10,070
  • Instalment 2 - AU$20,070
  • Instalment 2 - AU$20,070

Please note:

  • Course fees are provided for guidance purposes only and are subject to change.
  • Fees do not include Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance.
  • Course fees for international students are government protected .
  • Full terms and conditions provided with formal Letter of Offer to successful applicants.


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Study Units

Following are indicative core units of study undertaken throughout the Helicopter Commercial Pilot Licence course. The exact units are dependent on the provider and your own choices throughout the course.

  • Maintain aircraft radio communications
  • Implement aviation risk management processes
  • Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
  • Implement threat and error management strategies
  • Manage safe flight operations
  • Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
  • Manage human factors in aviation operations
  • Plan a flight under visual flight rules
  • Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
  • Licence to operate a commercial helicopter
  • Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
  • Manage pre- and post-flight actions
  • Operate and manage aircraft systems
  • Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
  • Operate in controlled airspace
  • Operate in Class G airspace
  • Operate at non-towered aerodromes
  • Operate at a controlled aerodrome
  • Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
  • Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
  • Taxi helicopter
  • Manage aircraft fuel
  • Control helicopter on the ground
  • Control helicopter in hovering flight
  • Take off helicopter and approach to hover
  • Control helicopter in normal flight
  • Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures
  • Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations
  • Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight


  • 18 years of age
  • Senior high school certificate
  • Upper intermediate English level equal to 6.0 Academic IELTS with no band score below 5.5
  • 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?
Please visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website  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.