Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)


Diploma of Aviation + Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)
3 months (approx)
$8,500 per month (approx)
2 intakes per year
Brisbane, Gold Coast


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The Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) course is the qualification is required for those wishing to seek work as a flying instructor.

Becoming a Flight Instructor not only opens the door to a busy professional lifestyle, it also helps you work as a Commercial Pilot, building up the valuable hours required by industry recruiters. Along the way you’ll also continue to develop your professional attitude and experience greater levels of responsibility.

Aviation licenses and qualifications received in Australia and New Zealand 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 FIR programme can be packaged with the CPL under a single visa. For those who have a genuine passion for teaching, the FIR is highly recommended as it qualifies you for entry level employment in the aviation industry. Ultimately this will make you more competitive in your job hunting.

Study Units

Following are indicative units of study undertaken throughout the 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.

Core Units

  • Conduct aeronautical knowledge training
  • Conduct flight training
  • Conduct flight review
  • Plan assessment activities and processes
  • Assess competence
  • Participate in assessment validation
  • Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • Design and develop learning programs
  • Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

Elective units

  • Implement aviation risk management processes
  • Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
  • Plan and conduct multi-crew cooperation training
  • Operate a simulator
  • Facilitate training in a synthetic environment
  • Conduct training for the issue of an endorsement
  • Participate in a quality audit
  • Make a presentation
  • Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • Develop a workplace learning environment
  • Contribute to assessment
  • Design and develop assessment tools
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Mentor in the workplace
  • Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Maintain training and assessment information
  • Apply conflict/grievance resolution strategies


Hold a valid and acceptable Commercial Pilot Licence

  • 18 years of age
  • Must hold a valid and acceptable Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • 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 of your selected location and check the requirements for getting a student visa. Here are the links:

Australia: Click here>>

New Zealand: Click here>>

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.