BP345 - Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)

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Plan: BP345P23 - Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)
Award abbreviation: BAvn(PilotTran)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time or part time equivalent
Location: RMIT City, Point Cook and Bendigo Campuses
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/engineering
ASCED code: 031505
CRICOS code: 111190K

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Purpose of the Program

The objectives of the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) program are to:

  • provide you with a broad, coherent and detailed body of knowledge and theory related to the global aviation industry;
  • develop your skills to critically review and analyse all aspects of the aviation industry;
  • prepare you to work individually and in teams to solve aviation industry problems;
  • produce graduates that can communicate professionally to diverse aviation industry stakeholders.

The program will prepare you for employment in a range of operational management and planning roles. These include roles in areas such as:

  • airline operations planning and management;
  • airline maintenance management and supervision;
  • airport landside operations;
  • airport airside operations;
  • airport planning and management;
  • aviation safety management;
  • airline strategies, finance, and traffic data;
  • human factors concepts and applications.

The Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) gives you a choice of a major, up to two minors or program option courses. You can choose from the Major in Professional Aviation or Minors in Professional Aviation, Introduction to Psychology, Business Analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, Data Insights, and Managing Global Teams. You can also choose a selection of program option courses from any of these major and minor lists.

The program will give you a general awareness of the aviation industry, enabling you to comprehensively appreciate the environment in which you are working. The program enables you to bring together the knowledge and skills developed, to demonstrate breadth and depth of thinking and capacity to solve real problems in the aviation workplace.

The learning activities and experiences in this program are designed to foster your development as an independent learner so you will be able to extend your capabilities once you graduate. The teaching methods may include lectorials, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical and laboratory sessions, site visits and the provision of online materials. Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) includes flight training. This training will assist you to gain a Private Pilot License (PPL), then subsequently a Commercial Pilot License (CPL).

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program. The capstone course AERO2431 Aviation Industry Project, is intended to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a project focusing on a real-world aviation industry problem or issue, and where you are able to apply your critical thinking, judgment, problem-solving skills, and industry knowledge. The project will include supervision by an industry based expert.

This program is delivered in blended mode, which includes a combination of online, self-directed and face-to-face activities at the City campus. The flying component of the flight training is delivered face-to-face at the Point Cook or Bendigo campuses.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT programs enable students graduating from an RMIT qualification to achieve advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

Current articulation and credit agreements for BP070PL Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) will be honoured into BP345P23 Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training).

Graduates from the AD023 Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) program can articulate into BP345P23 Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) with 192CP of advanced standing credit. Credit will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University Credit Policy.

Advanced Standing for Students with Relevant Prior Qualifications:
If you have prior qualifications gained from institutions other than RMIT you may be eligible for advanced standing, allowing you to enter this program with some credit and thereby complete in a shorter period.

  • Students who have commercial pilot qualifications recognised by the Australian Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) will gain credit for 96 credit points equivalent to one complete year of the program.
  • Students who are commercial pilots working overseas who have not yet had their qualifications recognised by CASA will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis.
  • Students who have completed a recognised and relevant Diploma, or Advanced Diploma, may be eligible for credit transfer of up to 96 credit points of the first year of the program considered on an individual case-by-case basis.
  • Students who have other educational backgrounds and work experience may be eligible for advanced standing. Students in this category will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis.

If you are applying for the BP345P23 Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) and you hold one of the following qualifications (listed in the table below), you will be awarded advanced standing (as indicated in the table).


Credit Awarded

Recreational Pilot License (RPL)

  • AERO2466 – Theory to Recreational Pilot Licence
  • AERO2467 – Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence

Professional Pilot License (PPL)

As above, plus,

  • AERO2469 – Theory to Private Pilot Licence
  • AERO2470 – Flying to Private Pilot Licence

Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

As above, plus,

  • AERO2576 – Introduction to Commercial Pilots Licence
  • AERO2587 – Commercial Pilot Licence Theory
  • AERO2586 – Commercial Pilot Licence Flying

Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL)


As above, plus,

  • AERO2376 – Introduction to Aircraft

Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

As above, plus,

  • University Elective (#1)

Note: Completing all theory exams in preparation for a licence does not mean you hold that licence. You must have an official licence granted by a recognised body, such as CASA in Australia. RMIT is approved under the CASA 142 training system, so any credits can only be granted if your previous training was with an integrated training organisation and subject to a review flight. 

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. As a successful graduate of this program, you may (upon application) be eligible to proceed MC264 Master of Science (Aviation), or related fields. Outstanding graduates from this program may be able to proceed to a research degree including Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Acceptance into these programs would be subject to each programs' entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Information around applying for credit and recognition of prior learning (RPL) can be found on the RMIT website, here: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/enrolment/apply-for-credit.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education, or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.

Non-Year 12 applicants should be able to demonstrate appropriate experience and/or ability to meet the demands of the program. Qualified commercial pilots and others with experience in the aviation industry are particularly encouraged to apply.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics, or equivalent studies, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English. 

English language requirements
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

Inherent requirements.
Please find information on the inherent requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) here.

Successful Applicants

  1. You must undergo a CASA Class 1 Medical Examination by a medical practitioner known as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).
  2. You will also need to attend a mandatory interview at our Point Cook site prior to enrolment.
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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) is not subject to external accreditation however, the pilot training component of this program plan is conducted by RMIT University Flight Training. All flying activities conducted by RMIT University take place under the University's CASA-approved Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

The flight training component prepares you for examinations by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). As the national aviation regulator CASA assesses pilot-related competencies and is the sole authority for issuance of pilot licenses.

Industry Links

This program has an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). Membership is diverse and drawn from external industry and professional institutions. This committee helps inform program development and ensure that program content and student learning outcomes remain closely aligned with the needs of future employers. In addition, academic staff maintain connections with industry to develop and deliver work integrated learning experiences as well as offer advice on professional careers.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers and group study rooms are available at each Library. One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service.

For recommended texts and databases relevant to your discipline, refer to https://rmit.libguides.com/Aviation

Find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

IT and Wireless

If you have a laptop or other wireless-enabled device you can connect to RMIT’s fast Wi-Fi. While on campus, no matter how you work or where you work, you’re able to connect, collaborate and create using this secure network.

In addition, with myDesktop, you can access your RMIT desktop and applications from home or wherever you have an internet connection.

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal https://www.rmit.edu.au/students.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • Equitable Learning Services can facilitate learning support for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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