AD023 - Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)

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Plan: AD023BN - Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)
Campus: RMIT Flight Training - Bendigo


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: Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)
Award abbreviation: AssocDegAvn(ProfPil)
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full time
Location: Bendigo and City and Point Cook Campus
Owning school: STEM College Office (110P)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031505
CRICOS code: 077041K

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Purpose of the Program

This program is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills that will enhance your value in the Aviation Industry environment and will also prepare you to undertake the CASA Commercial Pilot Licence Theory & Flight tests. In addition to your Commercial Pilot Licence training, you may elect to undertake courses in either Instrument or Instructor Ratings to further your employment opportunities as a pilot in the broader aviation industry.

The Associate Degree in Aviation provides a tertiary award in conjunction with a structured aviation training program on campus at Bendigo, and on RMIT City Campus where you will be required to attend classes for Aviation Theory. This program meets the requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority through the provision of theory and practical training at the Bendigo campus and the RMIT City campus where you will attend non-flying classes one day per week. The program contains relevant and appropriate courses to encompass cognitive, technical and communication skills required by the Aviation industry.

The program design and associated capability development has been endorsed by a range of Aviation industry experts, consisting of senior pilots and operations personnel from Australia's major airlines and aerospace organisations.

This program offers capstone projects in second year flying courses to gain higher level CASA pilot licences either at Air Transport Pilot Licence 1&2 AERO 2577 or Flight Instructor Rating AERO 2620 levels on the Point Cook Campus. These licences focus on Australian aviation requirements where you are able apply your critical thinking, judgement, problem-solving skills, and industry legislative knowledge as capstone goals. 

This program is available for on-campus study.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements enable you, on graduating from an RMIT program, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level RMIT program. The statements below provide you with information on articulation agreements that involve this program.

Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) program (AD023BN) are guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) program (BP070PL) with 144 credit points (= 1.5 years) of credit. For more information on this pathway and details on the courses for which credit is granted, refer to the BP070PL program guide.

You may also be eligible for credit into other RMIT programs after completing AD023BN – for information on this, check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Students who complete the first year of this program may choose to exit the program with the DP016 Diploma of Flying (Private Pilot Licence).

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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 .


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or at least 20 in any other English; and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any).

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents


Medical requirement: successful applicants must obtain a Statutory Class 1 Medical Clearance prior to course commencement.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilot) program conducted by RMIT University Flight Training meets all the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements

You will be prepared to undertake relevant CASA flying licences as well as the relevant CASA theory exams. RMIT will also facilitate the relevant CASA flight tests and the associated cost of the first attempt for each flight test is incorporated in the course fee. It is preferable that you sit the CASA tests during the program. All flying activities are conducted under RMIT University's CASA approved Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

This program is also support by a strong Industry Advisory Committee comprising of industry experts, BHP, Australian Defense Force, Airport exectutives and airline representatives to input into program training trends.

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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

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT  or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Aviation refer to

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Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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