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What’s involved in a course screening?

TVSA offer the following Diploma courses:

  • AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
  • AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)
  • AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)

Potential students wanting to enrol in a Diploma course at TVSA will be required to undertake a pre-training review (screening).

What does the pre-training review (screening) involve?

The pre-training review (screening) will generally take approx. 2 hours to complete however it may take a little longer. It really depends on you and how you progress through the stages.

The pre-training review (screening) includes the following:

  1. Introduction and tour (with Business Development Coordinator)

2. Completion of the following tests:

  • Simulator test or flight assessment¹
  • English test
  • Math test

3. Discussion with the RTO General Manager (or delegate)

¹If you are seeking enrolment in the AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) or AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) you may be required to undertake a flight assessment to confirm if you meet the competency standard in accordance with CASR 61.385. If you need to complete a Flight Assessment, you will incur out-of-pocket costs. The actual cost incurred will be dependent on you – how many flights you need to meet the required competency standard, the duration of flights and the type of aircraft.

Introduction and tour

When you first arrive for your screening appointment you will have a brief discussion with our Business Development Coordinator. If you haven’t been to TVSA previously, you will also be taken on a tour of our facility.

This discussion is primarily used to get to know a little more about you, including your ambitions and goals.  

The Business Development Coordinator will also confirm which course and intake you are interested in enrolling in.

Completion of tests

All potential students will complete the following tests:

  1. Simulator test – this determines your aptitude for flying and your ability to respond to instructions and interact with the instructor. You must achieve a minimum score of 11 in this test.
  2. English and Math tests – these are conducted online using bksb® and will assess your competence in English (reading, writing, spelling etc.) and Math. You must achieve a minim result of ACSF Exit Level 3 for both assessments. For more information about what that means, click here.


If you have recently completed a flight with us, either a Trial Introductory Flight (TIF) or a regular lesson, this can be used in place of the simulator test.

You are welcome to book a TIF for either the same day as the rest of your screening appointment or another day close to it. Please note that while the simulator test is free, you will be charged the current rate for a TIF or lesson, even if it’s part of a Diploma application.

Discussion with RTO General Manager (or delegate)

At the end of your appointment, you will have a discussion with the RTO General Manager (or delegate).

The RTO General Manager (or delegate) will determine your suitability to the course, assess your verbal communication skills, as well as identify any potential issues that may be in the way of you completing the course successfully. You must demonstrate a sound interest in aviation and a willingness to learn.

For those wishing to apply for VET Student Loans (VSL), the RTO General Manager (or delegate) will take you through the requirements of VSL, including the Fee Schedule and census dates.

For more information about VSL, please click here.

For more information about our Diploma courses, please find the relevant course page on our Nationally Accredited Training page.