Course Description

The Associate Degree of Aviation equips students for a professional career as a commercial pilot. Students undertake their professional pilot training program at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy (CAEOAA), located at Moorabbin Airport, and obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Multi-engine Aeroplane Instrument Endorsement. They also complete a Multi Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation Course, and the required theory for the Air Transport Pilot Licence.

The course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of aircraft management, their multi-crew skills and knowledge of Jetstar operating procedures to prepare them to become a First or Second Officer.

This program is for Jetstar cadets only - apply through Jetstar. Associate Degree of Aviation students accept that if they cannot access CAE Oxford Aviation Academy's Services for any reason (outlined in CAE Oxford Aviation's Training Services Agreement) they will be ineligible to graduate or get an award for Associate Degree of Aviation (AB-AV) from Swinburne. Graduates would also have met the competency requirements to be eligible for the vocational award of Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Aeroplane Licence) and Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations). Upon completion of the associate degree program graduates would either undertake a jet type rating before commencing line pilot operations with an airline or commence employment as a Grade 3 Flight Instructor (depending on the practicum elective chosen).

Please note that this course is only available to applicants who are accepted into either a pilot cadet training program with an organisation holding an internationally recognised Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of transport category aeroplanes, or a flight instructor cadet training program with an organisation holding a recognised Air Operators Certificate (AOC) with approval to conduct flight training.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $32,230 per year full-time, $48,345 total course cost


1.5 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 57.1% (national average 48.3%)
Improved skills: 86.3% (national average 83.1%)
Overall satisfaction: 81.3% (national average 74.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Swinburne University of Technology. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 74.9% (national average 76.8%)
Studying full time: 16.1% (national average 13.7%)
Median full time salary: $60,700 (national average $63,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Swinburne University of Technology Code: AB-AV

Entry Requirements