Overview

Study the Graduate Certificate of Aviation to gain specialised knowledge and practice critical to undertaking a management or leadership role within the aviation sector. The course is primarily designed for personnel currently involved in the industry who wish to upgrade their skills at a tertiary level and focus on aviation safety behaviours. Learn how human factors can result in aviation accidents and the correlation between these factors and advanced technology. Students will also learn the importance of safety reporting. 

View Graduate Certificate of Aviation course handbook
There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your postgrad study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

Upgrade your skills

  • Upgrade your skills at tertiary level
  • Your skills will span across industries including transport, supply chain and health
  • Focus on aviation safety behaviours
  • Gain advanced knowledge and practice that are critical in the industry

Stretch your career further

  • Aviation management
  • Airline or airport manager, flight or ground operator
  • Aviation safety authority
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Graduate employers include Qantas and Jetstar Airways

$30,000 aviation scholarship awarded annually

Aviation education leader for more than more than 30 years

Qualifications

Applicants are required to have one of the following:

  • A bachelor degree (or higher award) in a related discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent; OR

  • A recognised bachelor degree (Honours) in any of the following disciplines: Aviation, Engineering, Business, Economics, Management, Law, Marketing, Science, Technology, Psychology or Social Science; OR

  • A minimum of three (3) years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience* 
     

*Relevant professional experience and evidence of academic capability will be determined by the Head of Academic Unit (or delegate) with reference to School-determined guiding principles. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

Documents substantiating relevant experience are required, clearly detailing roles and duration, as well as evidence of formal and non-formal learning. Where relevant experience is used for the basis of admission, no further recognition for prior learning/credit can be granted on that basis.

Applicants are required to have one of the following: 

  • A bachelor degree (or higher award) in a related discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent; OR 
  • A recognised bachelor degree (Honours) in any of the following disciplines: Aviation, Engineering, Business, Economics, Management, Law, Marketing, Science, Technology, Psychology or Social Science; OR 
  • A minimum of three (3) years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience*
     

*Relevant professional experience and evidence of academic capability will be determined by the Head of Academic Unit (or delegate) with reference to School-determined guiding principles. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

Documents substantiating relevant experience are required, clearly detailing roles and duration, as well as evidence of formal and non-formal learning. Where relevant experience is used for the basis of admission, no further recognition for prior learning/credit can be granted on that basis.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Aviation, students must complete 50 credit points comprising: 

3
Core units
+
1
Elective units
=
Graduate certificate

Nested programs

The Graduate Certificate of Aviation forms the first stage in a nested suite of programs. Continue studying with the:

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Human Factors and Advanced Technology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
AVA80004
Aviation Industry Fundamentals
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
AVA80012
Marketing in Aviation
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
AVA80032
Safety in Operational Teams
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
AVA80003
Airline Revenue Management and Pricing
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
AVA80034
Leading High Performance Organisations
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
AVA80039
Economics
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ECO80001
Business Information Systems
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
INF60007
Strategic Project Management
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
INF70005
Governing Technology for Business Environments
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80042
Leadership for Innovation
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
MGT80005

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$15,360

Total fee* ($AUD)

$15,360

Commonwealth Supported Yearly Fee* ($AUD)

$4,150

Commonwealth Supported Total Fee* ($AUD)

$4,150

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$18,020

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

Two types of loans are available to assist with student study fees. Depending on eligibility, you’re able to apply for one of the loans outlined below.

  • FEE-HELP is a loan that’s available for full-fee paying higher education students. Depending on your eligibility, the Commonwealth Government can help pay all or part of your loan directly to Swinburne.
  • HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme that’s available if you’re enrolled in a Commonwealth-supported place. Depending on eligibility, a HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! 

Online and distance education courses are only available to international students who are studying in a country other than Australia.

Start dates
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Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 1
Location
External venue
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
External venue
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semester 1
Location
External venue
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
External venue
Start dates
29-July-2024
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