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.