International Student Programmes

The Airline Academy of Australia is owned and operated by the Royal Queensland Aero Club (RQAC), one of the oldest flying schools in the world. With over 100 years of proud history the Academy is internationally renowned for excellence in safe, comprehensive flight training.

We warmly welcome international students aboard and greatly value their contribution to the Academy community and to the international aviation industry. The Academy has trained students from many overseas destinations including China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Colombia to name just a few of the diverse locations.

Our International Education Services unit provides comprehensive guidance and support throughout the enquiry, application and enrolment stages and is able to assist students to coordinate visas and accommodation. We warmly welcome our valued international students and invite you to email us for further assistance: international@airlineacademy.com.au.

The following courses are available to international students.

 

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEAIR)
  • Packaged CPL + MEAIR (single visa)

Please note that aircraft maintenance training will be available this year. Enquiries can be directed here>>.

International Student Booking Office

Manager: Jonathan Hoole  |  Mob: +61 409 227 337  |  Email: manager@aviationstudycentre.com

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Academic Requirements

Country Year 12 Equivalent
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (Minimum CGPA is 3.5 or 60% in HSC/First Division pass) GCE A-Level (3 passes)
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Medio
Cambodia Diploma of Upper Secondary Education/Baccalaurate
Canada High School Graduation Diploma
Chile Tecnico Media
China Senior High School Graduation Certificate
Colombia Bachillerato
Egypt Thanawiyya al-A’aama (General Secondary Education Certificate)
Fiji Fiji Form 7 Examination/Fiji School Leaving Certificate (FSLC)
France Baccalaureat
Hong Kong Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Indonesia Senior Secondary School Certificate of Completion (ijazah/ STTB SMA/ STTB SMK/ STTB MA)
India All India Senior School Certificate Indian School Certificate Senior Secondary (Year 12 Examination, GCE A-Level)
Iran National High School Diploma (4 year program)/ Pre-University Certificate
Iraq Baccalaureate Ilmiya (Science) or Baccalaureate Adabiyya (Humanities) or Baccalaureate Mihniya (Vocational)
Israel Teudat Bagrut (Matriculation Certificate)
Italy Diploma di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) Diploma di Maturita (Diploma of Matriculation) Secondary School State Exam
Japan Kotogakko/ Upper Secondary School Certificate/ Shomeisho
Jordan General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi)
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
Republic of Korea General/Academic Senior High School Certificate/ Diploma (Kodung Hakkyo Choreupchang)/HS Diploma
Lebanon Baccalaureat Libanaise (Baccalaureat 2) or Baccalaureat Technique/Technicien or Certificat Professione/de Maltrise/Technicien
Malaysia Sigil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) or GCE A-Level (2 passes)
Mauritius GCE A-Level or equivalent including at least two subjects at GCE A-Level
Mexico 2-3 year Preparatoria or Bachillerato program
Myanmar Basic Education High School Examination Matriculation, GCE A-Level
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Board Certificate (Grade 12)
Pakistan Higher Secondary School Certificate/ Intermediate Certificate
Peru Secundaria Comun Completa/ Bachiller Professional
Philippines Two years of university
Saudi Arabia General Secondary Education Certificate (3 years) (any stream)
Singapore GCE A-Level
South Africa National Senior Certificate/ Senior Certificate
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE A-Level (3 passes) or British GCE A-Level (2 passes)
Syria General Secondary School Certificate (Al Shahada Al Thanawiya Baccalaureate) Technical or Vocational Secondary School Certificate Technical Baccalaureate
Taiwan Senior High School Leaving Certificate (Diploma)
Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education/ M6
Turkey Lise Diplomasi (Secondary School Diploma) Technical or Vocational School Diploma (Teknik or Meslek Lise Diplomasi)
United Arab Emirates Tawjihiyya or Thanawiyya Al’aama (Secondary School Certificate)
United Kingdom General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE) or a GCE A/S Level (2A level + 2 As Level)
United States of America High School Diploma
Vietnam Upper Secondary Education Graduation Diploma (Bang Tot nghiep Trung hoc Pho thong)
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe GCE A-Level (minimum 2 subjects at A Level (Grade E or above), and minimum of 5 subjects passed in the Zimbabwe GCE O Level

English Requirements

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) sets English level criteria for pilots flying in Australia. There are two levels of approval:

1. GELP (General English Language Proficiency)

GELP approval allows you to undertake flying training at pre-PPL stages with approval from the Academy Chief Instructor. To get a GELP approval, you MUST provide evidence that you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Australian equivalent Senior High School Certificate from an institution where the principal medium of instructions was English, in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Canada or the USA;
  • Worked in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Canada or the USA for 3 of the previous 5 years;
  • ELTS General or Academic with a minimum test score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0
  • TOEIC- listening – 350 / reading – 300 / speaking – 160 / writing – 140
  • TOEFL- iBT 71 / CBT 197 / PB 530
2. ICOA Official Aviation English Language Proficiency Rating

This is the official Aviation English test that all students must take (in Australia) before they can progress to the private or commercial pilot stages of training. The test is taken at an official testing centre at Archerfield. Students must meet the minimum standards or they will not be able to progress their training.

The minimum standard is approximately equivalent to the above GELP criteria. It is therefore recommended that ALL students meet one of the GELP criteria.

If you are below this level, we can package your programme with one of our English pathway partner colleges. Please advise us if you require additional English training when you apply.

If you believe you are at or above these levels but do not meet any of the listed criteria, you may be eligible to apply for special consideration provided you do not require the score for your visa application. However, if you do not have one of these scores, you MUST pass a formal Aviation English test prior to flying solo.

Please note that students from some countries may be required to present evidence of their English level to gain the Australian 572 student visa. The English requirement for the visa is very similar to the requirements for the GELP but not identical. For detailed information, please visit the visa page here: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/572-

How To Apply

As a next step, you should prepare your supporting documents for upload and then complete our International Student Online Application Form.

You will need to prepare scanned copies of your passport, academic certificates and results and any English level evidence you have. If you have flight experience, please add a copy of all flight documentation and summary of log. All documents should be CERTIFIED copies carrying the stamp of an official Notary Public or lawyer. (See below for more information about certifying documents.)

Upon receipt of your documentation, we will issue you a formal Letter of Offer which contains the course and fee details for your consideration.

Document Certification

certcopy

What is a Certified Copy?

A certified copy is a special photocopy of an original document. The certified photocopy has an official stamp on it that means the photocopy is taken of the ORIGINAL document and therefore is genuine. This process ensures that applicants are presenting accurate supporting documents. Australian institutions and the Australian immigration authorities are very strict about documents and cheating or presenting fake documents can lead to serious problems or rejection of an application. Certification ensures that all applications are treated fairly and students cannot gain an advantage by cheating during the application process.
What does a certified document look like?

There are a wide range of certification stamps but the important point is that the stamp/s must: (a) Verify that the copy is true and (b) Identify the certifier so they can be approved and contacted if necessary Fake or fraudulent documents have been edited or changed, for example in photoshop to appear like a real, legitimate document. To prevent fake documents, our assessment team contact the certifier and the document issuer (eg: your high school) to VERIFY the authenticity of the document.
Who can certify a document for me?

Document photocopies should be certified by a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or equivalent. Please refer to the following link for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notary_public. Most cities have a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace or other official scrivener or certifier – please ask your local government office for details. If this is inconvenient, we can also accept certification by a lawyer or solicitor or by your school / college. IMPORTANT: You must tell us the full name, position and contact details of your certifier. Please include this information in your email when you send your certified copies or include a scan of their business card.

Living in Brisbane

Brisbane is Australia’s New World City, a multi-cultural hub of creativity and invention that provides students with forward-thinking educational environment and world-class lifestyle, all in a sub-tropical climate ideal for aviation industries – especially flight training!

The city also strives to make international students feel at home via a range of international student events including the City Welcome Festival and the series of Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremonies.

Accommodation

Brisbane has hosted international students for many years and enjoys a mature, broad range of accommodation options for international students. The Academy International Office is able to assist students by introducing homestay and other accommodation options.

For more details, please visit our accommodation page here>> (www.airlineacademy.com.au/international/accommodation).

Agent Information

The Academy warmly welcomes bookings from reputable overseas and on-shore education agents and can pay reasonable commissions for successful bookings on an ad-hoc basis to agents representing eligible international students. If you are interested in booking an international student with us for pilot training, please email your agency profile and expression of interest to international@airlineacademy.com.au

If your agency is known to us or verifiable, we will be able to immediately process the application. If not, we will need to undergo basic quality assurance assessment of your agency. To avoid delay, if you are not well known among Australian institutions, please include in your email relevant detailed information about your agency, staff, facilities and background along with references. Please let us know if you have any questions, otherwise, we look forward to welcoming your students aboard!

Currently, agents are only able to book international students into our pilot training course options. We hope to make our aircraft maintenance engineer programme available to international students later this year due to popular request.
A Subclass 572 Student Visa is available for the following main courses:

  • AVI40108 Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence) CRICOS Course Code 080122E
  • AVI50408 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations) CRICOS Course Code: 065685F
  • AVI50510 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) CRICOS Course Code: 089493E

International students studying at other institutions or in high school in Brisbane may join any course on a part time basis.

All applications must be lodge via the online application form along with certified copies of the following documents clearly and neatly scanned as PDF files.

  • Passport
  • High school / college graduation certificate
  • High school / college academic transcripts of results
  • Flight training experience / log books if relevant
  • Evidence of English ability (academic or general IELTS 5.5 with no band below 5.0 or equivalent)

Please note that the Academy does not have appointed education agents and we are not currently seeking to engage education agents on a contract basis.

The ESOS Act sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa. The Australian Government, through the Department of Education, administers the ESOS Act and its associated instruments. The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 (current) governs:

  • the registration process and obligations of registered providers
  • the Tuition Protection Service; and
  • enforcement and compliance powers

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2001 support the implementation of the ESOS Act 2000 by setting out in detail requirements including:

  • information that must be entered on the register about the provider and each course by location
  • student details that providers must include on the Provider Registration and International Students Management System (PRISMS), including information about tuition and non-tuition fees
  • information about students that providers must give related to student visa conditions
  • penalties and infringement notices
  • student records that a provider must keep.

The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (the National Code) provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers and the registration of their courses. The standards set out specifications and procedures to ensure that registered providers of education and training courses can clearly understand and comply with their obligations under the National Code.


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The following courses are available to international students.

 

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEAIR)
  • Packaged CPL + MEAIR (single visa)

Please note that aircraft maintenance training will be available this year. Enquiries can be directed here>>.

+ Contact Details

International Student Booking Office

Manager: Jonathan Hoole  |  Mob: +61 409 227 337  |  Email: manager@aviationstudycentre.com

applyboutton

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Academic Requirements

Country Year 12 Equivalent
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (Minimum CGPA is 3.5 or 60% in HSC/First Division pass) GCE A-Level (3 passes)
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Medio
Cambodia Diploma of Upper Secondary Education/Baccalaurate
Canada High School Graduation Diploma
Chile Tecnico Media
China Senior High School Graduation Certificate
Colombia Bachillerato
Egypt Thanawiyya al-A’aama (General Secondary Education Certificate)
Fiji Fiji Form 7 Examination/Fiji School Leaving Certificate (FSLC)
France Baccalaureat
Hong Kong Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Indonesia Senior Secondary School Certificate of Completion (ijazah/ STTB SMA/ STTB SMK/ STTB MA)
India All India Senior School Certificate Indian School Certificate Senior Secondary (Year 12 Examination, GCE A-Level)
Iran National High School Diploma (4 year program)/ Pre-University Certificate
Iraq Baccalaureate Ilmiya (Science) or Baccalaureate Adabiyya (Humanities) or Baccalaureate Mihniya (Vocational)
Israel Teudat Bagrut (Matriculation Certificate)
Italy Diploma di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) Diploma di Maturita (Diploma of Matriculation) Secondary School State Exam
Japan Kotogakko/ Upper Secondary School Certificate/ Shomeisho
Jordan General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi)
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
Republic of Korea General/Academic Senior High School Certificate/ Diploma (Kodung Hakkyo Choreupchang)/HS Diploma
Lebanon Baccalaureat Libanaise (Baccalaureat 2) or Baccalaureat Technique/Technicien or Certificat Professione/de Maltrise/Technicien
Malaysia Sigil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) or GCE A-Level (2 passes)
Mauritius GCE A-Level or equivalent including at least two subjects at GCE A-Level
Mexico 2-3 year Preparatoria or Bachillerato program
Myanmar Basic Education High School Examination Matriculation, GCE A-Level
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Board Certificate (Grade 12)
Pakistan Higher Secondary School Certificate/ Intermediate Certificate
Peru Secundaria Comun Completa/ Bachiller Professional
Philippines Two years of university
Saudi Arabia General Secondary Education Certificate (3 years) (any stream)
Singapore GCE A-Level
South Africa National Senior Certificate/ Senior Certificate
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE A-Level (3 passes) or British GCE A-Level (2 passes)
Syria General Secondary School Certificate (Al Shahada Al Thanawiya Baccalaureate) Technical or Vocational Secondary School Certificate Technical Baccalaureate
Taiwan Senior High School Leaving Certificate (Diploma)
Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education/ M6
Turkey Lise Diplomasi (Secondary School Diploma) Technical or Vocational School Diploma (Teknik or Meslek Lise Diplomasi)
United Arab Emirates Tawjihiyya or Thanawiyya Al’aama (Secondary School Certificate)
United Kingdom General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE) or a GCE A/S Level (2A level + 2 As Level)
United States of America High School Diploma
Vietnam Upper Secondary Education Graduation Diploma (Bang Tot nghiep Trung hoc Pho thong)
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe GCE A-Level (minimum 2 subjects at A Level (Grade E or above), and minimum of 5 subjects passed in the Zimbabwe GCE O Level

English Requirements

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) sets English level criteria for pilots flying in Australia. There are two levels of approval:

1. GELP (General English Language Proficiency)

GELP approval allows you to undertake flying training at pre-PPL stages with approval from the Academy Chief Instructor. To get a GELP approval, you MUST provide evidence that you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Australian equivalent Senior High School Certificate from an institution where the principal medium of instructions was English, in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Canada or the USA;
  • Worked in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Canada or the USA for 3 of the previous 5 years;
  • ELTS General or Academic with a minimum test score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0
  • TOEIC- listening – 350 / reading – 300 / speaking – 160 / writing – 140
  • TOEFL- iBT 71 / CBT 197 / PB 530
2. ICOA Official Aviation English Language Proficiency Rating

This is the official Aviation English test that all students must take (in Australia) before they can progress to the private or commercial pilot stages of training. The test is taken at an official testing centre at Archerfield. Students must meet the minimum standards or they will not be able to progress their training.

The minimum standard is approximately equivalent to the above GELP criteria. It is therefore recommended that ALL students meet one of the GELP criteria.

If you are below this level, we can package your programme with one of our English pathway partner colleges. Please advise us if you require additional English training when you apply.

If you believe you are at or above these levels but do not meet any of the listed criteria, you may be eligible to apply for special consideration provided you do not require the score for your visa application. However, if you do not have one of these scores, you MUST pass a formal Aviation English test prior to flying solo.

Please note that students from some countries may be required to present evidence of their English level to gain the Australian 572 student visa. The English requirement for the visa is very similar to the requirements for the GELP but not identical. For detailed information, please visit the visa page here: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/572-

How To Apply

As a next step, you should prepare your supporting documents for upload and then complete our International Student Online Application Form.

You will need to prepare scanned copies of your passport, academic certificates and results and any English level evidence you have. If you have flight experience, please add a copy of all flight documentation and summary of log. All documents should be CERTIFIED copies carrying the stamp of an official Notary Public or lawyer. (See below for more information about certifying documents.)

Upon receipt of your documentation, we will issue you a formal Letter of Offer which contains the course and fee details for your consideration.

Document Certification

certcopy

What is a Certified Copy?

A certified copy is a special photocopy of an original document. The certified photocopy has an official stamp on it that means the photocopy is taken of the ORIGINAL document and therefore is genuine. This process ensures that applicants are presenting accurate supporting documents. Australian institutions and the Australian immigration authorities are very strict about documents and cheating or presenting fake documents can lead to serious problems or rejection of an application. Certification ensures that all applications are treated fairly and students cannot gain an advantage by cheating during the application process.
What does a certified document look like?

There are a wide range of certification stamps but the important point is that the stamp/s must: (a) Verify that the copy is true and (b) Identify the certifier so they can be approved and contacted if necessary Fake or fraudulent documents have been edited or changed, for example in photoshop to appear like a real, legitimate document. To prevent fake documents, our assessment team contact the certifier and the document issuer (eg: your high school) to VERIFY the authenticity of the document.
Who can certify a document for me?

Document photocopies should be certified by a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or equivalent. Please refer to the following link for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notary_public. Most cities have a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace or other official scrivener or certifier – please ask your local government office for details. If this is inconvenient, we can also accept certification by a lawyer or solicitor or by your school / college. IMPORTANT: You must tell us the full name, position and contact details of your certifier. Please include this information in your email when you send your certified copies or include a scan of their business card.

+ Living
Living in Brisbane

Brisbane is Australia’s New World City, a multi-cultural hub of creativity and invention that provides students with forward-thinking educational environment and world-class lifestyle, all in a sub-tropical climate ideal for aviation industries – especially flight training!

The city also strives to make international students feel at home via a range of international student events including the City Welcome Festival and the series of Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremonies.

Accommodation

Brisbane has hosted international students for many years and enjoys a mature, broad range of accommodation options for international students. The Academy International Office is able to assist students by introducing homestay and other accommodation options.

For more details, please visit our accommodation page here>> (www.airlineacademy.com.au/international/accommodation).

+ For Agents

Agent Information

The Academy warmly welcomes bookings from reputable overseas and on-shore education agents and can pay reasonable commissions for successful bookings on an ad-hoc basis to agents representing eligible international students. If you are interested in booking an international student with us for pilot training, please email your agency profile and expression of interest to international@airlineacademy.com.au

If your agency is known to us or verifiable, we will be able to immediately process the application. If not, we will need to undergo basic quality assurance assessment of your agency. To avoid delay, if you are not well known among Australian institutions, please include in your email relevant detailed information about your agency, staff, facilities and background along with references. Please let us know if you have any questions, otherwise, we look forward to welcoming your students aboard!

Currently, agents are only able to book international students into our pilot training course options. We hope to make our aircraft maintenance engineer programme available to international students later this year due to popular request.
A Subclass 572 Student Visa is available for the following main courses:

  • AVI40108 Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence) CRICOS Course Code 080122E
  • AVI50408 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations) CRICOS Course Code: 065685F
  • AVI50510 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) CRICOS Course Code: 089493E

International students studying at other institutions or in high school in Brisbane may join any course on a part time basis.

All applications must be lodge via the online application form along with certified copies of the following documents clearly and neatly scanned as PDF files.

  • Passport
  • High school / college graduation certificate
  • High school / college academic transcripts of results
  • Flight training experience / log books if relevant
  • Evidence of English ability (academic or general IELTS 5.5 with no band below 5.0 or equivalent)

Please note that the Academy does not have appointed education agents and we are not currently seeking to engage education agents on a contract basis.

+ Legal

The ESOS Act sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa. The Australian Government, through the Department of Education, administers the ESOS Act and its associated instruments. The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 (current) governs:

  • the registration process and obligations of registered providers
  • the Tuition Protection Service; and
  • enforcement and compliance powers

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2001 support the implementation of the ESOS Act 2000 by setting out in detail requirements including:

  • information that must be entered on the register about the provider and each course by location
  • student details that providers must include on the Provider Registration and International Students Management System (PRISMS), including information about tuition and non-tuition fees
  • information about students that providers must give related to student visa conditions
  • penalties and infringement notices
  • student records that a provider must keep.

The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (the National Code) provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers and the registration of their courses. The standards set out specifications and procedures to ensure that registered providers of education and training courses can clearly understand and comply with their obligations under the National Code.

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What our students say about the Airline Academy of Australia

I am currently training toward my commercial pilot licence. I plan to use VET FEE-HELP to add my instrument and flight instructor rating next year. Through the Academy, I secured a part time job as an instructor with Flight Experience in the Academy Simulator Centre. Fantastic!

Sotiri, CPL Student, Flight Experience Instructor

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