Our Courses

Explore our complete range of courses and aviation related services.  From specialised ICAO Aviation English programs to general English and IELTS English courses as well as practical ATC Communications programs with qualified industry professionals.

Combine our professional Aviation English based courses with the flying programs offered by our Partners then you and your employees will have access to a leading range of Aviation training programs that caters for all career requirements.


Aviation English Programs

ICAO English Preparation Certificate - 12 week online program
- Professional 12 week online study program
- Weekly lectures using our state-of-the-art video conferencing systems
- Large range of multimedia based training material and exercises
- Based on ICAO guidelines
- All work administered, taught and graded by trained and qualified instructors
ICAO English Preparation Certificate - 18 week class based program
- Professional 18 week class based study program
- Extensive lectures and course material
- Large range of multimedia based training material and exercises
- Based on ICAO guidelines and directives
- All work administered, taught and graded by trained and qualified instructors
The Crew Lounge
The Crew Lounge is our specialised ongoing English program designed to maintain and further develop the English ability for each student. With a focus on both Aviation English and General English, students undertaking this course will maintain and further build their communication skills in a continual learning environment. No longer will students suffer from not regularly practicing their English. This ongoing course is subscription based and students participate in this course as long as their subscription is valid.

IELTS & General English Programs

IELTS Preparation 8 week class based Course - (Includes official testing)
Study towards your IELTS exam at our Canberra based teaching location - and also sit the official IELTS exams at our certified testing facilities. With a qualified, trained and professional teacher, you will gain specialised training and practice before you sit the actual exam.
IELTS Preparation Course - Online (with dedicated Teacher)
Study towards your IELTS exam in the security and comfort of your office or home - and have your own teacher. By using our state-of-the-art learning technologies and methods, our professional English learning online courses feature media rich content and quality learning material that will assist you in your learning and career needs.
Online IELTS Preparation - Academic (Self Paced)
The perfect IELTS Preparation course for anyone. Over 50 separate multimedia lessons covering 5 separate modules - IELTS Grammar, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Plus certified IELTS exercises, quizzes and feedback from a qualified Native English speaking teacher. Great for students who are unable to attend our classes.
Online IELTS Preparation - General Practice (Self Paced)
The perfect IELTS Preparation course for anyone. Over 50 separate multimedia lessons covering 5 separate modules - IELTS Grammar, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Plus certified IELTS exercises, quizzes and feedback from a qualified Native English speaking teacher. Great for students who are unable to attend our classes.

Recruitment Tests

English Test for Aviation Professionals - Online Test
On the completion of your order, you will receive an email that contains a link to the ETAP Registration form. Complete this registration and you will then be sent a link to the actual examination.To obtain a bulk discount, simply select "Order Item" below and then enter the number of tests you'd like in the quantity box on the order form.

 

Flying Programs

Commercial Pilots Licence - Aeroplane (AVI50215)
This qualification allows you to work in the aviation industry and is the first step for those who wish to work as a professional pilot. Successful students will be able to apply to become a pilot for regular passenger transport flights, charter and freight operations, agricultural positions and also employed in aerial surveying projects. Students undertaking this course have the option of also studying towards their IELTS and ICAO Aviation English qualifications.This study program is offered by our Partner Flying School - Fly Oz.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Our online courses are designed to run on any current desktop or mobile computing device.  This means you can have either a Windows, Apple or Linux based desktop and still be able to study any of our online courses.

You can also study on a portable laptop and/or iOS or Android tablet.

Your computer or device will need to be connected to the Internet though and you will also need to be able to watch videos and listen to audio recordings.

Finally, you will also need to have a Skype account and be able to communicate using Skype.  It is your choice on whether you want to use a headset while communicating with Skype.

CASA-logo-stackedThe Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) has promulgated two different English language proficiency standards for flight crew, namely, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation language proficiency standards for operational flight crew and the CASA general English language standards for student pilots.

ICAO language proficiency standard for operational flight crew (ELP)
ICAO has directed its member states, including Australia, to assess and certify that all operational flight crews (and air traffic controllers) are competent in radiotelephony communications as well as proficient in the language used in aviation including ICAO approved phraseologies. Hence it is about aviation language.

This ICAO language proficiency standard became effective on 05 March 2008. CASA has fully implemented the ICAO standards to enhance safety in flight operations.

The aviation language used in Australia is aviation English; aviation English is also the standard international aviation language. Therefore the language used by CASA to assess flight crew aviation language proficiency is aviation English.

In Australia, the ICAO required aviation English language proficiency is commonly known as or referred to by the abbreviation ELP.

ELP is a mandatory prerequisite for the issue of an operational licence, namely, the Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and Flight Engineer Licence (FEL).

CASA general English language proficiency standard for student pilots (GELP)
CASA has promulgated an Australian standard on general (or everyday) English language proficiency for student pilots undertaking flying training in Australian airspace.

The standard is commonly known as or referred to by the abbreviation GELP.

GELP is a mandatory prerequisite for the issue of a student pilot licence (SPL).

Important note: As ELP and GELP are different, an achievement in one standard cannot be used as a substitute to satisfy the other standard.

General English test criteria

CASA sets a minimum standard of general English language proficiency for applicants of the Student Pilot Licence (SPL).

The aim of requiring student-pilots to have a minimum proficiency to communicate orally in general English is two-fold, to enable the SPL holder to safely conduct flying training operations as well as have a practical prospect of attaining the required minimum ICAO language proficiency standards by the time the training is completed.

The requirement for SPL applicants to produce documentary evidence of general English language proficiency came into force with effect from 1 January 2009.

If SPL applicants are unable to demonstrate they have been schooled in English or employed for a defined period in a specified English speaking country, they must have their English proficiency proven through a general English language test acceptable to CASA, and to the required minimum standard.

CASA has nominated IELTS or TOEFL or TOEIC as the acceptable general English language test. These international general English tests are delivered by commercial companies which are completely independent of CASA.

Some authorities in English speaking countries rely on a pass in one of these tests as admission requirement for non-native English speakers to their colleges and universities, or for those applying to migrate, etc. Therefore applicants should not assume the company administering these tests would automatically know they require a pass to satisfy CASA language criterion for issue of a SPL.

For example, as in the case of TOEIC, SPL applicants should note that the required test to meet the CASA SPL criterion would consists of two separate sittings with the associated fees, one for Listening & Reading and another for Speaking & Writing.

The applicants are personally responsible for informing the test centres exactly what test or tests they wish to take.

Additionally, like all exam sittings, prior arrangements would be essential as there is considerable demand for such general English language testing. CASA advises candidates to lodge their applications as early as possible.

CASA requires the minimum scores for the respective English language tests for the issue of a SPL:

Test typeMinimum score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General or Academic training moduleOverall grade of 5.5 with no paper lower than 5
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC-Secure Program/Public Testing Centre)(a) listening – 350;
(b) reading – 300;
(c) speaking – 160;
(d) writing – 140
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based test (TOEFL IBT)71
Test of English as a Foreign Language computer based test (TOEFL CBT)197
Test of English as a Foreign Language paper based test (TOEFL PB)530

Validity of general English language test when applying for SPL
The test taken by applicant shall not be older than 2 years on date of application for the SPL.

There is no single answer to this.  If you an Australian citizen and have a good command of English then you can enrol in a flying program when you are 16 years old.

However, if you are an international student and wanting to come to Australia to learn to fly (and to study IELTS and ICAO Aviation English) then you need to be at least 18 years old.

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