Duration Fees Next intakes Location  
  2 Years $66,480 to $71,760 (2021 annual) N/A Parafield Airport, SA  

The Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) provides accredited training to people looking to develop the skills and experience necessary to gain employment as a professional pilot. The program combines academic and practical training to achieve completion of a tertiary qualification and CASA Pilot Licenses and Ratings.
You will be trained to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) standards to gain the skills required for a Commercial Pilots Licence.
This program also offers electives that allow you to obtain your Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating or Flight Instructor Rating

Possible career outcomes

The Commercial Pilots License is the minimum standard required for employment as a pilot. Every professional pilot, including Hartwig Air Instructors, possesses a Commercial Pilot License. Combined with a tertiary qualification, the AD023HA offers students a reliable gateway and progression into a career as a pilot.
The addition of the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating and Flight Instructor Rating qualifications serve to enhance and improve a students ability to progress as a professional pilot.
The career options for pilots are many, and varied. They can include:
– Airline Pilot
– Corporate/Charter Aviation
– Flight Instructor
– Medical/Air Ambulance Pilot
– Search and Rescue Pilot
– Aerial Survey Pilot

RMIT University
Train with one of the highest ranking universities that offer a pilot program. RMIT was ranked 22nd in the world of universities under 50 years old. (4th in Australia). Making it the top university offering a pilot program in Adelaide!
RMIT has obtained a 5-star QS ranking accreditation.
RMIT partnered with Hartwig Air in 2018 to deliver the Associate Degree in Aviation in Adelaide to offer a university program that not only awards a university degree but also an CASA outcome (pilot license or rating) in every semester.
RMIT RTO: 3046 

How you will study
The full AD023HA qualification can be completed without leaving Adelaide, through a combination of on-site learning at Hartwig Air (Parafield Airport) and online theory delivery from RMIT.
The flight training program surpasses the requirements of the CASA Part 61 Flight Crew Licencing and involves a combination of both classroom theory and practical flight training.
You will be trained in the following single- and multi-engine aircraft:
– Cessna 172 “ RPL/PPL/CPL/FIR
– Cessna 206 – CPL
– BE55 Beechcraft Baron – MECIR
*Please note that changes to aircrafts may occur due to availability.
Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and interactive sessions. You’ll have access to online resources through the Universitys student portal. Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, and practical assignments. All theory and practical training to the completion of the AD023HA qualification, including ATPL theory subjects, can be completed without leaving Adelaide.

Industry connections
Training with Hartwig Air means your not just with a flight school but a charter company that does everything from scenic flights up to government contracts serving the community.

Study Load
Full-time study of this course typically comes to approximately 35 hours per week.
This includes two or three days of theory classes and two to three days for flight lessons at Parfield Airport.
Weekend flying days are also available.
Students should also budget three hours of independent study each night.

Program Structure

Semester 1 “ Recreational Pilot Licence
AERO2589 Theory to Recreational Pilot Licence
AERO2590 Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence
AERO2602 Introduction to Aircraft
MATH2389 Mathematics

Semester 2 – Private Pilot Licence
AERO2591 Theory to Private Pilot Licence
AERO2592 Flying to Private Pilot Licence
AERO2595 Introduction to Commercial Pilot Licence
AERO2601 Human Factors

Semester 3 – Commercial Pilot Licence
AERO2597 Commercial Pilot Licence Theory
AERO2596 Commercial Pilot Licence Flying
AERO2471 Aviation Industry Environment
AERO2472 Aviation Quality Systems

Semester 4 – choice of Instructor or Instrument stream
Instrument rating
AERO2593 Theory to Instrument rating
AERO2594 Flying to Instrument rating
AERO2577 Air Transport Pilot Licence 1 & 2
Instructor rating
AERO2637 Instructor Theory
AERO2638 Flying to Instructor Rating
University Elective


Refer to RMIT’s Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) page for information on admission information for this program here

Entering with year 12
Entry requirements for this course on the RMIT website will refer to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). The following SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) subjects are deemed equivalent and are required for entry into the program. You require at least 1 (one) English and 1 (one) Maths/Physics out of the following

2ESH20 – English
2ELS20 – English Literary Studies

2MHS20 – Mathematical Methods
2MSC20 – Specialist Mathematics
2PYI20 – Physics

Not meeting the English Requirement
For applicants that don’t meet the year 12 English requirement above can sit a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) with a minum pass score of 150.
See the following links for more information
RMIT STAT Information
STAT Test Information in South Australia

Not meeting the Math Requirement
For applicants that don’t meet the year 12 Math requirement can sit one of the following courses. A pass in one of these courses will be considered as meeting the math’s requirement
Fundamentals of Mathematics “ MAS110 “ Open Universities Australia
Applied Mathematics – MAS120 “ Open Universities Australia
Senior Mathematics – UNL32 “ UniLearn
Calculus and Probability Online – University of Melbourne

Further Study

On completion of this course students can conduct further study in the following suggested courses:
Programs offered by RMIT:
Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aeronautical)
Associate Degree in Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)/Bachelor of Business (Management)

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.


Tuition Fees

Refer to RMIT’s Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) page for information on the tuition fees for this program here

Overfly Fees

In some situations, students who require training above the maximum allotted flight hours for their course may be charged for any additional flight hours to achieve the required competencies

Aircraft FeePrice per hour
C172 (R, S, SP)$253
BE55 (Multi Engine Clock Time Hour)$671
Red Bird FMX Sim$90
Instructor fees 
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ItemApprox. Fee
White Epaulette Shirt$39.95
Corporate Trousers, Black$69.00
Black Dress Shoes
HiVis Vest$16.95
Epaulette Jumper (No Logo)$85.00
Epaulette Jumper (With Logo)$105.00
Text Books


ItemApprox. Fee
Headset “ ASA/David Clark/Bose$379 – $1795
E6B Circular$69.95
Ruler (180 NM)$16.00
Licence Holder$49.95
Pilot Logbook *Not required if purchasing ATC Student Kit*$31.50
Other Additional Fees

CASA Exams

ItemApprox. Fee
Class 1 Medical Exam (First Issue only)Approx. $400.00
Processing of medical exam results (CASA)$75.00
Aviation Security Identity Card ASIC (CASA)$200.50
Recreational Pilot Licence / Private Pilot Licence “ Licence Issue, Processing, and Considerations of Application (CASA)$60.00 per licence
Recreational Pilot Licence Cyber Exam / Private Pilot Licence Cyber Exam$165.00 per exam
Commercial Pilot Licence “ 7 Exams (ASPEQ)From $175.00 per exam
Commercial Pilot Licence – Licence Issue, Processing, and Considerations of Application (CASA)$80.00
Air Transport Pilot Licence “ 7 Exams$1,040.00
Instrument Rating Examination (ASL)$175.00
For up to date fees and charges of CASA and ASPEQ exams see

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