Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence)


A general qualification for the Aviation Industry. Successful completion will require competency in units that relate to work defined as aligned at Certificate 4. This qualification has been structured to align with applicable aviation licensing and regulatory requirements.

Note: additional requirements must be fulfilled in line with the current Civil Aviation Safety Regulations before a licence will be issued. These requirements include theory tests, flying hours and a flight test as well as 2 additional units for defence specific VFR.

Performance of a broad range of skilled applications including requirements to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedure for performing current practices, and provision of some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills

Occupations include:

Commercial Helicopter Pilot.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

To gain the Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence) a successful assessment outcome for the following 15 core units must be achieved:




Communication and Calculations

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Maintain aircraft radio communications


Safety Management

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Manage human factors in aircraft flight


Route Planning and Navigation

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Navigate aircraft - VFR


Customer Service

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Manage aircraft passengers and cargo


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic AVIW4001B

Manage pre- and post-flight actions


Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management

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Manage aircraft fuel

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Control helicopter on the ground

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Control helicopter in hovering flight

add topic AVIY4013B

Taxi helicopter

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Take off helicopter and approach to hover

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Control helicopter in normal flight

add topic AVIY4017B

Execute advanced helicopter manoeuvres and procedures

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Manage abnormal and emergency helicopter flight situations

add topic AVIY4019B

Operate helicopter at low level


Situation Awareness

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Manage situation awareness in aircraft flight


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

AVI40208C ertificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence)

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the Aviation Industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Establish and implement communication systems and procedures required for helicopter flight operations

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to helicopter flight operations

Read and interpret relevant regulations, instructions, signs and labels applicable to helicopter flight operations

Speak clearly and directly on diverse and complex matters related to helicopter flight operations

Write documents as part of duties, including completion of relevant forms, maintenance schedules and accident and incident reports

Negotiate complex issues with others in the course of helicopter flight operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment.


Provide leadership to helicopter flight personnel

Motivate others in the workplace

Collaborate with others in the course of helicopter flight operations

Manage the resolution of any interpersonal conflicts that may arise during helicopter flight operations

Manage the avoidance and prevention of harassment of others in the workplace

Manage persons of different ages, gender, race, religion, political persuasion, etc.

Problem solving

Identify and solve or report complex problems arising in the course of helicopter flight operations

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of helicopter flight operations including hazards and risks and take appropriate action to report or resolve the problems within limits of responsibility

Manage the control of hazards and risks in a range of complex and diverse situations that may arise during helicopter flight operations

Use mathematics to solve problems such as various calculations related to a wide range of helicopter flight operations.

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing helicopter flight situations and contingencies

Take appropriate initiatives in a diverse range of operational situations such as those above

Manage the response to any changes in equipment, standard operating procedures and the working environment.

Planning and organising

Implement and monitor operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures

Implement and monitor systems and procedures for maintaining compliance with regulations and codes of practice

Monitor the implementation of the workplace security and safety management systems (where applicable)

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect and interpret information needed when supervising helicopter flight operations

Organise and plan own supervisory activities

Manage time and priorities in the course of helicopter flight operations.

Self management

Interpret and apply relevant regulations and instructions

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate and monitor own work performance.


Organise learning and assessment activities for others in the workplace

Manage adaptation of others in the workplace to any changes in helicopter flight systems, equipment and procedures and the workplace operating environment

Instruct, coach or mentor others in the workplace as required

Contribute to the assessment of the competence of others in the workplace

Assist in creating a learning environment in the workplace

Adapt own competence in response to any changes in helicopter flight operations

Update own knowledge and skills required for helicopter flight supervisory activities.


Use complex equipment and systems required during helicopter flight operations

Implement and monitor operational and maintenance procedures and systems for equipment used during helicopter flight operations

Implement and monitor the application of OH&S procedures when using helicopter flight equipment and facilities.