Qualification details

AVI50510 - Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by AVI50516 - Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)This qualification replaces but is not equivalent to AVI50510 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor). Aligned to Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) 1998 Part 61 Flight Crew Licensing Schedule 2 and Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. Updated to align with the Standards for Training Packages. 29/Feb/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Jul/2008

Units of competency

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TAEDES402A - Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needsUse training packages and accredited courses to meet client needsSupersededN/A
TLIL507D - Apply conflict/grievance resolution strategiesApply conflict/grievance resolution strategiesSupersededN/A
BSBLED401A - Develop teams and individualsDevelop teams and individualsSupersededN/A
AVIM5001A - Operate a simulatorOperate a simulatorSupersededN/A
AVIM5003A - Conduct flight trainingConduct flight trainingSupersededN/A
TLIF6307A - Administer the implementation of fatigue management strategiesAdminister the implementation of fatigue management strategiesSupersededN/A
TAESUS501A - Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programsAnalyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programsSupersededN/A
TAEASS402A - Assess competenceAssess competenceSupersededN/A
BSBMGT401A - Show leadership in the workplaceShow leadership in the workplaceSupersededN/A
TAEDEL301A - Provide work skill instructionProvide work skill instructionSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 231113 Flying Instructor 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2541-19 Flying Instructor 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0315 Aerospace Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Aviation,Training 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Flight Instructor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 231113 Flying Instructor 18/Jul/2008 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2541-19 Flying Instructor 18/Jul/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0315 Aerospace Engineering And Technology 18/Jul/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 18/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


Rationale :

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 .

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Summary for 

AVI50510 Diploma 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.

Packaging Rules

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 


Conduct aeronautical knowledge training


Conduct flight training


Conduct training for the issue of an endorsement


Conduct flight review


Make a presentation


Provide work skill instruction


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


Assess competence

Elective Units 




Safety Management 


Apply fatigue management strategies


Administer the implementation of fatigue management strategies


Resource Management 


Apply conflict/grievance resolution strategies


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Training and Assessment 


Operate a simulator


Facilitate training in a synthetic environment


Plan assessment activities and processes


Participate in assessment validation


Design and develop assessment tools


Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs


Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills


Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs


Leadership and Supervision 


Develop teams and individuals


Show leadership in the workplace


Lead a work team or group