Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)


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 Flight Instruction.

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 12 units comprising:

8 core units listed below


4 elective units. At least 2 of the elective units must be selected from the elective units list below. Up to 2 elective units with appropriate contextualisation may be selected from any currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course. Where the choice of a unit from another currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course is made, this unit must come from a qualification or course at Certificate IV or above and must contribute towards the vocational outcome of the qualification.

Core Units




Training and Assessment

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Conduct aeronautical knowledge training

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Conduct flight training

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Conduct training for the issue of an endorsement

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Conduct flight review

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Make a presentation

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

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Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

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Assess competence

Elective Units




Safety Management

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Apply fatigue management strategies

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Administer the implementation of fatigue management strategies


Resource Management

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Apply conflict/grievance resolution strategies

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Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Training and Assessment

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Operate a simulator

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Facilitate training in a synthetic environment

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Plan assessment activities and processes

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Participate in assessment validation

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Design and develop assessment tools

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Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

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Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

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Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

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Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs


Leadership and Supervision

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Develop teams and individuals

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Show leadership in the workplace

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Lead a work team or group


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

Entrants to the Diploma must have either the AVI40108 Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence) or AVI40208 Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence) or be able to demonstrate equivalent competence.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

AVI50510D iploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)

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 others while in flight and conducting flight instruction

Utilise a range of communication skills such as: listening, questioning, reading, interpreting and writing documents

Use effective facilitation and interpersonal skills including verbal and non-verbal signs, signals and behaviours

Provide feedback to students and colleagues

Listen to and interpret complex verbal information related to flight training including the clarification and confirmation of work requirements and the receiving of operational feedback

Read and interpret applicable regulations, policy documents, flight plans, training plans, safety management systems, charts, etc.

Responsibly negotiate complex issues with others in the course of flight training including obtaining information necessary to achieve training objectives and negotiating processes and procedures appropriate to statutory and legal requirements

Use networks including active involvement in professional networks and the building of relationships to provide benefits for the individual, the team and organisation

Use numeracy effectively to understand operational flight data, perform calculations, forecast requirements and measure performance.


Provide leadership in appropriate circumstances

Motivate self and others

Coach, mentor and provide feedback to colleagues and students

Provide information, instruction, training, assessment and supervision where required

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

Collaborate with colleagues to compare, review and evaluate assessment processes and outcomes

Manage work relationships and seek feedback from stakeholders on professional performance

Work with others of different ages, gender, race, religion, culture etc.

Actively participate in assessment validation sessions.

Problem solving

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

Identify and manage hazards and risks in complex and diverse situations that may occur in the course of flight training

Respond to changes in environment or circumstances, coordinating requirements and evaluating and monitoring ongoing performance

Show independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them

Use applicable mathematics to solve complex problems related to flight training.

Initiative and enterprise

Interpret the learning environment and select delivery approaches which motivate and engage learners

Modify activities dependent on differing work situations and contingencies

Monitor and improve work practices to enhance inclusivity and learning

Take appropriate initiatives in complex and diverse situations

Recognise and respond to changes in internal and external operating environments

Contribute to continuous improvement processes

Be creative in approaches to change and innovation

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

Value input from colleagues

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

Planning and organising

Develop training and assessment plans and procedures that maintain compliance with applicable regulations and codes of practice

Contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of training performance and compliance

Research, read, analyse, interpret and organise information needed during flight training activities

Interpret collected evidence and make judgements of competency

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

Be resourceful in planning for and assessing risks in training

Manage time and priorities in the course of flight training

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

Self management

Interpret and apply relevant regulations and instructions

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Adhere to ethical and legal responsibilities

Evaluate and monitor own work performance

Take responsibility for meeting own objectives including the planning, delivery and review of training

Have confidence in own vision and goals

Be a role model for inclusiveness and demonstrate professionalism

Develop trust and confidence in staff and other stakeholders

Maintain effective networks.


Undertake self evaluation and reflection

Research and adapt to any changes in systems, equipment, policies and procedures to maintain currency of knowledge and skills

Be open to new ideas and change and in particular promote a culture of learning in the workplace including seeking feedback in formulating improvements to practice

Provide instruction, coaching and mentoring of staff and students

Assess the competence of others in the workplace

Identify personal, staff and student training needs

Adapt own competence in response to any changes in operational environment

Facilitate individual and work based learning.


Use technology to enhance outcomes i.e. online delivery, synthetic training devices, research using the web

Apply a range of IT skills

Use complex equipment and IT systems required for flight training

Use student information management systems to record assessments

Use IT to organise and access data including the monitoring of flight training

Applying IT as a management tool to store and organise data

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

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