Student Information

This page is full of information for any potential students who are considering making an application to train as a pilot with MAF.

There is also a course information booklet available. This can be requested on the contact page.


Initial enquiries should be addressed to Julie Grey, the administrative assistant in the MAF Training Centre, either using the contact details below or filling in the form on the contact page.

Postal Address: MAF Training Centre, PO Box 2296, Mareeba, QLD, 4880, Australia

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (07) 4092 2744 (International: +61 7 4092 2744)

Fax: (07) 4092 1555 (International: +61 7 4092 1555)

If the application is for a Mission Pilot role, the student will be directed to their closest MAF Resourcing Group who will provide them with a Flight Course Application Form, otherwise the student will receive it directly from the MAF Training Centre.

Entry Requirements

Students enrolling in the aviation flight course Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) AVI50215, must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Educational: Minimum educational requirement of Year 10 or equivalent. Applicants will be evaluated with respect to maturity, aptitude and motivation, in an interview, as part of the assessment process.
  • Capacity: Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to develop the skills required to safely operate aircraft in a commercial environment. This will be determined during the assessment process.
  • Age: CASA has a stipulation that under the Civil Aviation Regulations, a Commercial Pilot Licence holder must not be less than 18 years old.
  • Medical: Applicants must possess a current Australian Class 1 aviation medical certificate issued by an Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved medical examiner.
  • Financial: Applicants must be able to meet the financial requirements.
  • Issuance of pilot licences and ASIC: CASA issue of pilot licences and ASIC (Australian Security Identification Cards) issued by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, will be subject to; a criminal record check by CrimTrac, a background check by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and an unlawful non-citizen check by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Students who possess a Commercial Pilot Licence and seek to apply for Instrument Rating or Advanced Flying should contact us directly for information on specific training and entry requirements.

Application Procedure

Once you have requested and completed an application form, these together with an up-to-date CV and appropriate accompanying documents should be returned to either the relevant MAF resourcing group or to the Training Centre, as advised.

Following initial receipt of a student’s application, reference forms will be sent by MAF to the nominated referees. Once these have been returned and all details of the application are complete, students should receive a decision on their application within 4-6 weeks.

A satisfactory intial decision will lead to the applicant being asked to complete an Australian CASA Class 1 Medical at their own expense. For MAF candidates only, an additional Global Pilot Selection System (GPSS) test will be required, also at their own expense. The cost of these two requirements is a significant but necessary step in maximising the chances of success.

A satisfactory result at this stage will lead to the applicant being booked in the MAF Training Centre for technical and non-technical assessment. This includes a maths test, group exercises, a competency interview and a simulator/flight technical assessment. The focus of at these assessments are to make sure that adequate levels of knowledge, skills and professional attitude are present and developable. Overseas applicants may be able to conduct these assessments at a MAF preferred provider closer to home.

An applicant with a satisfactory assessment will be advised by MAF and their details will be forwarded to Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C) who will begin the enrolment process.

Please note: Enrolments close 8 weeks prior to course commencement for overseas students and 1 week prior for Australian students.

To ensure placement, suitable accommodation and time to complete aptitude and medical tests, earlier application is advised. Due to accommodation restrictions and immigration processing, overseas married couples and married couples with children should apply by mid-May for a start in the following year.

Applicants wishing to undertake only specific elements of the pilot training course (e.g. instrument rating, night rating, etc.) may apply at any time, however places may be limited.

Enrolment Procedure

After obtaining a satisfactory assessment by the MAF Assessment Centre, the applicant’s details will be passed onto Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C), who will contact them and help them to enrol.

Upon acceptance of the enrolment application at Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C), the student will be provided with a ‘Letter of Offer’ containing further information, including the ‘Enrolment Terms and Conditions – Written Agreement’.

The ‘Letter of Offer’ will need to be accepted of declined by the student. A ‘Confirmation of Enrolment’ will then be issued by Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C).

International students who accept the ‘Letter of Offer’ will be issued with a ‘Confirmation of Enrolment Form’, which is necessary to submit with a visa application to the Australian Embassy in the applicants home country. Visa applications from some countries can take up to 11 weeks to process.

Course Commencement Dates 2018

The flight training courses commence in January, April/May and August each year. There will be an orientation day at Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C) on the Friday preceding each start date. For 2018, the dates are as follows:

  • January 2018
    • Aviation Australia Orientation – 25 January
    • Flight Training Course Commences – 29 January
  • April/May 2018
    • Aviation Australia Orientation – 27 April
    • Flight Training Course Commences – 30 April
  • August 2018
    • Aviation Australia Orientation – 17 August
    • Flight Training Course Commences 20 August
Weekly Programme
  • Training is programmed Monday to Friday between the hours of 7:45am and 4:30pm
  • Weather may dictate that flight training has to be scheduled on some Saturdays and outside normal hours
  • On occasion, students will be required to start earlier to complete pre-flight inspections of the aircraft prior to class commencement
  • Flight training is conducted at the Mareeba Airport and the surrounding area.
  • Other weekly activities which may require a students’s attendance/involvement will include, cleaning of aircraft and other duties related to gaining operational experience.

Students are expected to attend all classes. A minimum overall attendance of 85% is required for a pass.

Ground school is comprised of classroom education up to the completion of the Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL) and then supervised self-study and tutoring for the remainder.

In the case of anything less than the required 85%, the student will not pass their subject and will be notified of that risk.

Fees 2018

The Pilot Training Programme Fee for 2018 is $85,800.

AVI50215 – AUD $70,500 (ex GST) per student – 12 instalments of $5,875

AVI50414 – AUD $15,300 (ex GST) per student – 2 instalments of $7,650

PLEASE NOTE that all fees shown are for the current year only. Students should expect normal annual increases in future years.

Fees and costs listed have been prepared with as much accuracy as possible, however some costs are not directly controlled by MAF or Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C) and may be subject to change at short notice.

Other costs incurred on behalf of the students, but not included in the course fees, will be invoiced directly to the student by the party incurring the costs. For example accommodation or additional flying hours.

International Students

International students should note the following information:

  • Students for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate proficiency by either forwarding a transcript of their Year 12 or tertiary studies undertaken in English, or by completing the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination.
  • Student visa information can be found at with visa application forms at Please note that visa medicals are normally required. For visa application purposes, Aviation Australia (RTO: 30770; CRICOS: 02425C) is the Registered Training Organisation.
  • If the student will be moving here with their family … education of children is compulsory in Australia between the ages of 6.5 and 16. Families intending to home school will need to register their children shortly after arrival and demonstrate use of an approved Australian curriculum.
  • International students are responsible for Health Insurance while in Australia and are required by DIAC to have cover. You will need to obtain this insurance before you will be able to obtain your visa. An alternative is for Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C) to arrange your health insurance on your behalf, please nominate this option on the enrolment form.
  • International students and spouses may work up to 20 hours per week during term time. During semester we recommend no more than 10 hours. Over breaks students may work unlimited hours.
  • Spouses of international students wishing to study full-time for more than 3 months must obtain their own student visa.
  • MAF has no scholarships available for international students. Financial aid may be available through AusAid, the World Bank or philanthropic organisations. You should check with your nearest Australian Embassy or High Commission about the availability of the above in your home country.