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Certificate IV in Aeroskills Package
(Avionics + Mechanical)

Australian College of Aviation’s popular Double Cert IV in Aeroskills delivers a Part 147 aligned qualification majoring in both Avionics and Mechanical. The programme provides the core theory and practical training required for the role of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. The course is delivered at the Archerfield Airport Tisdall Aviation Centre, providing a unique and immersive learning experience.

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Articulation Pathway

Graduates of our Cert IV are automatically eligible to gain entry into the 2 year Diploma Year with full academic credit for their first year. The Diploma Year builds upon the Cert IV skills and provides the training and assessments required for the Civil Aviation safety Authority (CASA) Aircraft Engineer’s Licence.

January / July
Tuition Fees
12 months
Study Mode
On Campus

Qualification Overview

Holding a Certificate IV in Aeroskills is the first step towards gaining work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Our custom-developed program is designed to provide the skills and experience demanded by industry, including relevant practical skills.

As a graduate engineer from Australian College of Aviation, you will have the knowledge and skills to start your career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, with the option to gain qualifications across the mechanical and/or avionics disciplines. Qualified engineers have incredibly diverse career paths, with the opportunity to working on everything from massive jets to private planes.

Plus, aircraft engineers can work in almost any location – from the biggest cities, to the smallest outback towns. With most commercial aircraft ‘cycling’ multiple times a day, the airframe, avionics, and mechanical components need to be inspected and maintained at regular intervals, with even the smallest components being tracked, checked, and repaired when necessary. Engineers are tasked with troubleshooting complex issues across the electrical, fuel, hydraulic and propulsion systems, to help keep flight operations to complex schedules.

Throughout the course, you will undertake learning across the fundamentals of maths and physics, the principles of flight, plus workshop and hand skills to enable maintenance of individual aircraft components.

Mechanical Stream

You will predominantly carry out examinations, maintenance and repairs of the mechanical components of aircraft such as gas turbine, jet and piston engines, frames, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel and other associated systems.

Avionics Stream

Avionics Aircraft Maintenance Engineers carry out work that involves the maintenance and repairs of the electrical components of aircraft such as on board computers, radio, radar and GPS directional equipment.

Additional Information & Options

The Cert IV is available for both avionics and mechanical majors, or both through our Double Cert IV. If you aren’t sure which major suits you, just get in touch and we can help guide you first hand!

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Meet your Instructors

Andrew Barnes

Head of School
Andrew Barnes is a UK Air Force engineering veteran, with more than four decades of engineering and education experience. Andrew has been heavily involved in developing much of the contemporary learning resources in Aeroskills globally and was instrumental in the founding of Australian College of Aviation's CASA approved Aeroskills training programme.

Donal Barber

Aeroskills Instructor
Donal Barber brings extensive Aeroskills engineering experience spanning more than four decades, and nearly every continent. Donal is an aircraft mechanical/structures technician and professional aviation technical instructor, with extensive aviation maintenance and technical training experience.

John Little

Maths, Physics and Electronics Instructor
Professor John Little is a highly experienced educator with a Master of Science in Applied Physics and a passion for aviation. John is head lecturer for Australian College of Aviation's Aviation Electronics programme and never fails to brings maths and physics to life with his infectious enthusiasm and extensive knowledge.

Course Details

Course Details

Course Details

Qualification MEA40618 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) +
MEA40718 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
Training Provider Australian College of Aviation (RTO 45165)
Training Location Archerfield Airport, Brisbane

Australian College of Aviation has the privilege of being a CASA certified Maintenance Training Organisation. (Certification number CASA.147 MTO.0048.) This industry certification allows us to deliver theory and practical training and assessments toward the Australian Aircraft Engineer Licence. As part of the Tisdall Aviation Group, Australian College of Aviation has a unique capacity to provide students with the opportunity to undertake all the required practical learning, integrated right into the course, providing opportunities to complete the qualification prior to entering the industry.

Theory and hand-skill training is conducted primarily in a classroom environment co-located with our Archerfield Airport aeroskills workshop. To address the practical requirements of the qualification, students will receive the opportunity to undertake practice-based activities recorded in a Log of Industrial Experience and Achievement. Students may complete their logged practical training during the course or alternatively, in another aviation workplace.

Australian College of Aviation’s Cert IV programmes are designed to provide foundational learning across a range of aircraft maintenance concepts and prepare graduates to directly enter the industry as an Aircraft Engineer (unlicenced).

Students will learn how to supervise maintenance activities, remove and install advanced aircraft components, and learn how to troubleshoot a wide range of complex aircraft systems.

Leveraging the wider Tisdall Aviation Group’s MRO facilities, we have designed the course to provide students with the opportunity to benefit from engagement with our in-house live aircraft maintenance environment, providing every trainee the best possible learning experience.


The course includes formal aeroskills theory training aligned to the knowledge requirements within the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 66 Modules, and assessments that are delivered under our CASA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation Approval Certificate (CASA.147 MTO.0048). When combined with our extensive practical training, this structure empowers our graduates and prepares them to seize career opportunities as they arise.

To be eligible to apply for a CASA Aircraft Engineer Licence, graduates must undertake a further Diploma Year and also meet CASA’s stipulated employment experience requirements but will not need to undertake further training or assessments.

The expected outcomes of this course, subject to demonstrated competencies, are:

  • MEA40618 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
  • MEA40718 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  • Log of Industrial Experience and Achievement

Training & Assessment Arrangements

Training is conducted at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia, via face to face classroom learning by experienced aviation trainers utilising authentic aircraft engineer training equipment, tools and aircraft components to supplement the quality theory training.

Assessments for this programme are conducted and invigilated in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Assessments may include, but are not limited to, multiple choice, short answer, short essays, group work under observation and practical aviation assessments.

Recognition For Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants with well documented previous training and/or experience may be eligible for Recognition for Prior Learning toward Units of Competency included in this qualification. Please advise at the time of application if you are seeking RPL.

Delivery Mode

The course is delivered face to face on campus, supported by online learning facilities. The course runs 4 to 5 days per week during term and attendance is compulsory unless otherwise approved by the Head of School. Students undertaking this course are expected to wear the college uniform provided.

Double Cert IV

Australian College of Aviation offers engineering students the option of simultaneously undertaking both the Avionics and Mechanical streams through our unique Double Certificate IV in Aeroskills which comprehensively delivers theory training for the both the mechanical and the avionics streams.

The Double Cert IV programme involves a challenging workload, so trainees will need to demonstrate perseverance and diligence. The rewards however are significant, as the extended qualification develops a broader and more versatile skillset for graduates to offer potential employers.

Certificate vs Diploma

Australian College of Aviation has designed its Aeroskills Diploma programme to be undertaken as a combined qualification, because all the units contained within the Certificate IV are part of the Diploma. Completing the Certificate IV allows you to develop the skills you will need to work as a qualified Aircraft Engineer.

The Diploma, by incorporating the training and assessments required by CASA for a licence outcome , ensures that once you have met CASA’s other licence requirements (such as stipulated periods of employment) you will be fully prepared to obtain your Aircraft Engineer Licence.

In undertaking the combined programme, you will graduate with both a Certificate IV and a Diploma of Aeroskills, with either or both of your chosen specialisations. For diploma graduates, no further basic training or assessments are required before seeking a licence!


Domestic Student Tuition Fees

Certificate IV in Aeroskills Package (Avionics + Mechanical) Tuition Fee Information. All amounts are in Australian Dollars.

  • Total for this qualification you will need to pay: $20,140

VET Student Loans are not available for Certificate IV programmes.

Payment Plan

A Payment Plan is available for this course that allows tuition fees to be paid in scheduled instalments as follows:

 Month 1 $1,340.00
 Month 2 $1,300.00
 Month 3 $1,300.00
 Month 4 $1,300.00
 Month 5 $1,300.00
 Month 6 $1,300.00
 Month 7 $2,050.00
 Month 8 $2,050.00
 Month 9 $2,050.00
 Month 10 $2,050.00
 Month 11 $2,050.00
 Month 12 $2,050.00
 TOTAL  $21,140.00

Other Fees

There are no other fees associated with this diploma.


Units of Competency

ASQA Units of Competency that may be used in the delivery of the course include:

Common Core Units (required for both Avionics and Mechanical streams)

MSMENV272 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MEA154 Apply work health and safety practices in aviation maintenance

MEA155 Plan and organise aviation maintenance work activities

MEA156 Apply quality standards during aviation maintenance activities

MEA107 Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications

MEA157 Complete aviation maintenance industry documentation

MEA158 Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance

MEA118 Conduct self in the aviation maintenance environment

MEA148 Apply mathematics and physics in aviation maintenance

MEA201 Remove and install miscellaneous aircraft electrical hardware/components

MEA246 Fabricate and/or repair aircraft electrical hardware or parts

MEA296 Use electrical test equipment in aviation maintenance activities

MEA301 Perform aircraft flight servicing

AVIF0044 Marshal aircraft

Avionics Stream Units

MEA261 Use electronic test equipment

MEA202 Remove and install basic aircraft electrical system components

MEA204 Remove and install basic aircraft instrument system components

MEA206 Remove and install aircraft basic radio communication and navigation system components

MEA293 Remove and install aircraft electronic system components

MEA226 Inspect aircraft electronic systems and components

MEA229 Test and troubleshoot aircraft radio frequency navigation and communications systems and components

MEA208 Remove and install aircraft pressurisation control system components

MEA209 Remove and install aircraft oxygen system components

MEA225 Inspect fixed wing aircraft automatic flight control systems and components

MEA231 Inspect, test and troubleshoot rotary wing aircraft automatic flight control systems and components

MEA232 Test and troubleshoot aircraft pulse systems and components

MEA280 Inspect, test and troubleshoot flight management systems and components

MEA279 Inspect, test and troubleshoot full authority digital engine control systems

Mechanical Stream Units

MEA398 Remove and install aircraft hydro-mechanical and landing gear system components

MEA304 Remove and install non-pressurised aircraft structural and non-structural components

MEA303 Remove and install aircraft pneumatic system components

MEA305 Remove and install aircraft fixed wing flight control system components

MEA339 Inspect, repair and maintain aircraft structures

MEA318 Inspect aircraft hydro-mechanical, mechanical, gaseous and landing gear systems and components

MEA328 Maintain and/or repair aircraft mechanical components or parts

MEA362 Maintain aircraft vapour cycle air conditioning systems

MEA306 Remove and install engines and engine system components

MEA313 Inspect, test and troubleshoot piston engine systems and components

MEA319 Inspect gas turbine engine systems and components

MEA307 Remove and install propeller systems and components

MEA308 Remove and install rotary wing rotor and flight control system components

MEA366 Perform borescope inspections

Note: Provided as a guide only. Actual units delivered at the discretion of the Head of School. Prerequisites may apply to some units.

Entry Criteria

Academic Criteria

  • Australian Year 12 (Senior High School) Certificate of Education; or
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) diploma; or
  • successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), or at a level in a framework that preceded the AQF that is equivalent to level 4 or above in the AQF or;   that has been assessed by a Federal, State or Territory government agency which assesses overseas qualifications (or an organisation contracted by such an agency to undertake such assessments) as equivalent or comparable to a qualification referred to in the VET Student Loans Rules; and the course for the qualification was delivered in English.
  • If you cannot provide the above documents, you will be required to display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy. We will assess your competence using the Australian Government approved assessment tool — LLN Robot, or other approved tool of our choice.

English language Criteria

All applicants, unless exempt, must present an IELTS Certificate (Academic Module) no more than 1 year old.

For direct entry, the IELTS result must be at least 6.0 overall with no band score below 5.5. English pathway options are available for applicants who have not attained this minimum level.

Please note: You may be exempt from the English language entry criteria if you are a citizen of Australia, or studied for the last 2 years in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada or the United States of America enrolled in a formal qualification. Exemptions are assessed case by case. The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that individuals from non-English speaking backgrounds seeking an Australian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence must present an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band score below 6.0 prior to being issued a licence.

English language packaged pathways are available for this course but a formal test result may still be required.

CASA English Language Criteria

Aircraft maintenance trainees should also be aware that, according to CASR Part 66 AMC CASR 66.025 /GM CASR 66.025, all personnel wishing to hold an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence will be required to provide evidence to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority that they have achieved a suitable English language proficiency level.

An applicant for a maintenance certification licence must be able to read, write and converse in English to a level that CASA is satisfied is sufficient to enable the applicant to safely exercise the privileges of the licence applied for. The level of knowledge would be such that the licence holder is able to:

  • read and understand the instructions and technical manuals in use within the organisation;
  • make written technical entries and any maintenance documentation entries, which can be understood by those with whom they are normally required to communicate;
  • read and understand the maintenance organisation procedures; and
  • communicate at such a level as to prevent any misunderstanding when exercising certification privileges.

Approved English language evidence that may be required for Non English Speaking Background (NESB) engineers:

  • International English Language Testing System with an overall grade of six on condition no single test area has a score of less than six on either the academic or general training module;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) score of 78;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based (TOEFL PB) score of 547; and
  • Test of English for International Communication Secure Program (TOEIC Secure Program/Public Testing Centre) score of Listening 350; Reading 330; Speaking 160 and Writing 160.
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