Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control)


A specialist qualification for the aviation industry. Successful completion will require competency in units that relate to work defined as aligned at AQF Level 5. Qualifications should be structured to align with licensing and regulatory requirements applicable to Air Traffic Controllers.

The self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others. Applications involve participation in the development of strategic initiatives as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams, including those concerned with planning and evaluation functions. Group or team coordination may be involved.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of at least 8 units comprising:

all 7 units from the core units listed below


at least 1 elective unit from the elective units list.

Core Units




Communication and Calculation

add topic AVIE5002B

Apply air traffic control communication procedures and services


Safety Management

add topic AVIF5003B

Manage human performance and team resources during air traffic control operations

add topic AVIF5013A

Provide SAR alerting and emergency control



add topic AVIG5001B

Work professionally in an air traffic control workplace


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic AVIW5013B

Operate air traffic control equipment and workstations


Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management

add topic AVIY5022B

Manage traffic flow


Situation Awareness

add topic AVIZ5049A

Manage situational awareness in the air traffic control environment

Elective Units




Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management

add topic AVIY5048A

Provide approach control services

add topic AVIY5049A

Provide area control services

add topic AVIY5050A

Provide aerodrome control services


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

AVI50308D iploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control)

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:


Communicate effectively with managers, staff, clients and suppliers in the course of air traffic control

Listen to and interpret complex verbal information related to air traffic control including the clarification and confirmation of work requirements and the receiving of operational feedback

Read and interpret applicable regulations, policy documents, strategic plans, technical data, signage, labels, safety management systems, tenders, contracts, project plans, etc.

Speak clearly and directly on diverse and complex matters related to air traffic control including sharing data, requirements and procedures relevant to operations, issuing clear and timely instructions, communicating operational details to internal and external stakeholders, and providing support and feedback to staff

Write complex documents including communicating with internal and external stakeholders and preparing reports, project plans, specifications and technical reports

Responsibly negotiate complex issues with others in the course of air traffic control including resolving conflict, obtaining resources necessary to achieve objectives and negotiating processes and procedures appropriate to statutory and legal requirements

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Establish and implement the organisation's communication systems and procedures

Establish and use networks including active involvement in business or professional networks and the building of relationships to provide benefits for the team and organisation

Use numeracy effectively to understand operational and data, perform calculations, forecast resource requirements, and audit performance.


Provide situational leadership in appropriate circumstances

Manage the resolution of any interpersonal conflicts that may arise in the course of air traffic control

Motivate self and others

Provide opportunities for staff to achieve and maintain competence

Coach, mentor and give feedback to colleagues

Provide information, instruction, training and supervision where required

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

Ensure the active participation of team members in meeting goals and objectives

Collaborate with staff and others in the course of air traffic control

Work collaboratively with stakeholders in the context of air traffic control

Work with staff and other persons of different ages, gender, race, religion, political persuasion, etc.

Problem solving

Develop practical solutions for problems arising in the course of air traffic control including assessing hazards and ensuring there are plans or processes to manage identified risks, monitoring issues which arise in the course of operations and creating, implementing and applying risk management systems

Manage hazards and risks in complex and diverse situations that may occur in the course of air traffic control

Solve problems in teams including responding to changes in environment or circumstances, coordinating requirements and issues, and evaluating and monitoring performance

Show independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them.

Problem solving (continued)

Test assumptions taking the context of data and circumstances into account

Audit and review systems and plans

Use applicable mathematics to solve complex problems related to air traffic control.

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing work situations and contingencies

Take appropriate initiatives in complex and diverse situations such as those above

Recognise and respond to changes in internal and external operating environments

Contribute to and manage continuous improvement processes

Be creative in approaches to change and innovation, in response to conflicts in coordination and allocation of resources

Translate ideas into action including applying consultative processes, developing plans, applying new technologies and concepts

Value input from colleagues

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

Planning and organising

Implement operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures for the organisation

Establish and implement systems and procedures for maintaining compliance with applicable regulations and codes of practice

Establish and implement workplace security and safety management systems (where applicable)

Contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on operational performance and compliance

Collect, analyse, interpret and organise information needed during air traffic control activities

Planning and organising (continued)

Prepare scope of work and work plans for self and team members where required

Be resourceful in planning for and assessing risk

Ensure feedback and other data contribute to improvements in operational effectiveness

Manage time and priorities in the course of air traffic control

Ensure feedback and other data contribute to improvements in operational effectiveness.

Self management

Interpret and apply relevant regulations and instructions

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate and monitor own work performance

Take responsibility for meeting own objectives

Have confidence in own vision and goals

Develop trust and confidence in staff and other stakeholders

Maintain effective networks.


Adapt to any changes in systems, equipment and procedures and the workplace operating environment

Be open to new ideas and change and in particular facilitate and support change processes with staff and apply previous experience and feedback in formulating improvements to practice

Provide opportunities for instruction, coaching and mentoring others in the workplace as required

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

Identify personal training needs

Adapt own competence in response to any changes in air traffic control processes

Update own knowledge and skills required for air traffic control activities.


Use complex equipment and IT systems required during air traffic control activities

Apply a range of IT skills

Use IT to organise and access data including the monitoring of air traffic control processes, including the tracking of aircraft and the recording and reporting of system status

Applying IT as a management tool to store and organise data

Implement and monitor operational and maintenance procedures and systems for equipment used during air traffic control activities

Implement and monitor the application of OH&S procedures when using IT and office equipment and facilities.