Why choose to study a VCE or VET Commercial Flight Training Course?

This is a great opportunity to start your flying career as a pilot whilst completing Year 12. The VCE and VET Commercial Flight Training program is drawn from a national training package, offering portable qualifications that are recognised throughout Australia. These qualifications provide students with a broad range of knowledge and skills to pursue further training and a career in the aviation industry. What an chance - to learn to fly a plane whilst completing Year 11 and 12!


Flexible training options


This course involves individual (face to face-one on one) training. As RVAC Flight Training is open 7 days a week, training can take place in or out of school hours.  The only classroom attendance requirement is for the two courses of theory (BAK – 36 hours – 6 x 6 hour sessions –/ PPL Theory – 48 hours – 8 x 6 hour sessions). The theory training is conducted during the end of first term school holidays.

To receive one Unit 3 / 4 sequence, each phase must be completed prior to the end of October of the school year.

Please note that flight training is weather dependent so it is not possible to provide a concise timetable, only a guideline.

*Note: (The credit into the VCE and ATAR contribution are both subject to the volume and level of training completed by the student and will be confirmed upon issuance of VCE results by the VCAA and calculation of the ATAR by VTAC).

Study to become a pilot in VCE


An exciting possibility for High School aged students is to study Aviation. If you know that a career in aviation is what we want to do then why wait until after school? Learn from the best right here in Shepparton without having to travel to Melbourne! Our courses have both practical flight training as well as theoretical exams which may also attribute to your final ATAR score. 


Can my studies contribute to my ATAR score?


Completion of the RPL (Recreational Pilots Licence) & PPL (Private Pilots Licence) units of study in the Aviation diploma may contribute to 2 of your unit 3 and 4 sequences towards the satisfactory completion of your Victorian Certificate of Education. In addition to the Primary 4 VCE studies, it may also contribute to the ATAR in the form of at least one 10% increment (10% of the averaged scaled score).

Further information regarding this is available on the VCAA website:  Block credit recognition.


Secondary school and career’s counsellor notes


Students may undertake two years of study, or one year only. Please note that the student’s secondary school has the responsibility for forwarding details to VCAA regarding student unit enrolments delivered by us. It is the student’s responsibility to submit their enrolment details to us and we will then forward details to your school once enrolment details have been submitted.

Age restrictions

Please note that there are age restrictions regarding pilot licensing. These are enforced by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Students must be 16 years of age to achieve the RPL and 17 years of age to complete the PPL.