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This program is only available for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in Australia and who also meet the eligibility requirements.

This program is only available for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in Australia and who also meet the eligibility requirements.

Course Type
Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)


Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) is required to be held by Commercial Pilot Licence holders to be employed as a Flight Instructor for the purpose of delivering training to students.

The CAE Melbourne FIR course content meets CASA requirements described in the Part 61 Manual of Standards – Instructor Ratings (FIRC).

At successful completion of the syllabus of training (including two individual flight tests and the CASA Flight Instructor Rating exam) the student will obtain a Flight Instructor Rating (Grade 3) and Night Teaching Endorsement. The required paperwork will be submitted to CASA for processing the rating and endorsement on the student’s pilot licence.

Course Outline

Course duration:

  • 10 to 12 weeks full-time

Teaching methods:

  • Classroom teaching
  • Pre and Post-flight briefing
  • Practical Flight Instruction in aircraft and classroom
  • Role-play of simulated flight and ground instructional sequences


Course Content:

  • Ground school: 12 hours on the Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI).
  • 80 hours of flight mass brief instruction.
  • 33.2 hours of dual flight instruction and 12 hours of instructional practice (6.0 hours PIC) covering flight instructional techniques and principles.
  • Additionally, there are 32 hours of pre-flight and post-flight briefings associated with the dual flight instruction sequences.
  • 5 hours of pre-licence briefing.
  • 2 flight tests of 4.0 hours ground theory and 1.5 hours flying each.
    Note: participants will require their own maps and charts, headsets and other equipment required to plan and prepare for a flight.

More Information

For more information on the Flight Instructor Rating course delivery under the Part 61 CASA Regulations please visit the link below:

Investment & funding
Flight Instructor Rating $22,500.00 GST exempt
Assessment & Selection

Throughout the training all applicants must demonstrate competency in specified elements and performance criteria. Progressive assessment is recorded.

The Flight Instructor Rating and Night Teaching Endorsement are granted on successful completion of two flight tests.

Type Individual or Group Task Weighting
Flight Tests Individual 100%
Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to enroll in this FIR course, the CASA pre-requisites must to be met which includes;

  • Hold a valid CASA Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Hold a valid CIR or NVFR
  • Current ASIC
  • Current CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Must have at least 13.8 hours night experience accumulated prior to course commencement

CAE Melbourne may be able to offer student accommodation for the duration of the course, dependent on availability. If you would like to enquire about available accommodation please email [email protected].


All FIR courses are limited to 10 students, to allow for efficiency of course delivery and quality outcomes.

All course enrolments must be finalised 4 weeks prior to course commencement date.

Please ensure that you upload all required documentation to your application as listed below;

  • Photo identification
  • CASA Pilot Licence
  • ASIC
  • CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Last 3 pages of logbook

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted by a member of the Student Services team to discuss your enrolment.

If you require to contact a member of the Student Services team to discuss the course details further please email [email protected] or call (03) 8587 3900.

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