An apprenticeship is a learning pathway that combines on the job training and formal training in a qualification with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Aviation Australia is an RTO that holds funding approval across various states to deliver training to apprentices and trainees in qualifications including:
- Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance – MEA20518
- Certificate III in Aircraft Surface Finishing – MEA30118
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) – MEA40618
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical) – MEA40718
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Structures) – MEA41318
- Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics) – MEA50118 *
- Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical) – MEA50218 *
* Diploma includes additional CASA Licence outcome for eligible trainees
How to sign-up
You need to be employed to become an apprentice or trainee. If you are not yet employed, take a look at the ‘I want to become an Australia Apprentice’ information here.
- The employer should contact the Australian Apprentice Support Network (AASN) provider (a list can be found here);
- The Australian Apprentice Support Network (AASN) will visit your workplace to arrange the Training Contract to register the apprentice/trainee. Here you select the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) you want to deliver the training;
- If Aviation Australia is nominated, we will then be notified by the AASN;
- Aviation Australia will then contact the employer and apprentice/trainee to discuss the workplace and any previous experience the apprentice/trainee has (see ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ below);
- The apprentice/trainee will be required to complete an online enrolment;
- Once enrolled, an individual Training Plan will be developed for the apprentice/trainee. This will be discussed during an onsite induction visit conducted by an Aviation Australia staff member.
Roles and responsibilities
All parties signed into the Training Contract have roles and responsibilities:
- Participate in signing the Training Contract and Training Plan
- Attend scheduled training to work towards achieving the qualification
- Pay any required tuition / co-contribution fees (your employer assist with this)
- Pay any required travel and/or accommodation expenses related to attending scheduled on campus training (travel and/or accommodation support may be available – select your state below for more information).
- Participate in signing the Training Contract and Training Plan
- Pay the apprentice/trainee as an employee as per the appropriate workplace award/agreement (including whilst the apprentice/trainee is attending scheduled training on campus)
- Ensure the workplace has suitable qualified employees to train and supervise the apprentice/trainee
- Ensure the workplace has appropriate resources to complete on the job (practical) training towards the qualification
- Allow the apprentice/trainee to attend scheduled training to work towards the qualification
- Support the apprentice/trainee with payment of the tuition/co-contribution fees
Supervising Registered Training Organisation (Aviation Australia)
- Negotiate the Training Plan with apprentice/trainee and employer
- Provide training and assessment to the apprentice/trainee to fulfil the requirements of the qualification
- Conduct onsite workplace visits to ensure progress of on the job training
- Issue qualifications once all requirements met
Some useful information can be found here.
Recognition of Prior Learning
If the apprentice/trainee is starting their career in the aviation industry, no evidence is required.
If the apprentice/trainee has any existing industry training and/or experience –evidence will need to be provided of any previous qualifications, skills and/or experience. This will be assessed to determine any recognition that can be applied against the qualification.
Evidence may include:
- Any previous Airworthiness examination results (CAR 31 CASA Basics or CASR Part 66 Basic Knowledge Modules);
- Any non-airworthiness/soft skills theory training completed (i.e. OHS/Environmental/Leadership);
- Any relevant Certificates / Results for previous Aeroskills training.
Aviation Australia will then determine the theory and practical training required. Once a Training Plan and Induction has been completed, training can commence.
There may be online training required for the selected qualification/s. If this is required, the apprentice/trainee will be provided with a login to our Online Learning Management System and access to the required online course/s.
The theory training comprises of face to face training via block release at an Aviation Australia campus. The training schedule is based on the Training Plan and available classes for the required modules.
The practical training is conducted in the workplace and logged in a Journal of Experience (JOE) – which documents the apprentice/trainee tasks and evidence of competency. The JOE is signed by the supervising LAME and maintained throughout the apprenticeship/traineeship.
Tuition / Co-Contribution Fees
Tuition fees are the apprentice/trainee’s contribution to the cost of training and are required to be charged in most cases as a contribution to the Government funding. Apprentices/Trainees are liable for all tuition/co-contribution fees – however fees can be paid by the employer.
Each state and territory has varied funding and tuition fees – select your state below for more information.
Aviation Australia’s Refund Policy can be found here.
Incentives and financial support
There may be incentives available for both employer and apprentice/trainee. More information on the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Program is here.
Each state/territory may also offer varied financial support – select your state below for more information.
Once all parties (employer, apprentice/trainee and Aviation Australia) agree that the apprentice/trainee has completed all training and assessment required under the Training Plan – then the apprenticeship/traineeship can be deemed as complete. Aviation Australia will notify the appropriate Department of the completion of an apprenticeship/traineeship.
Diploma level – Aviation Australia offers an additional outcome for CASA licencing for eligible Diploma level trainees. Where the trainee meets all the CASA licencing requirements (including time in industry), the required documentation will then be submitted to CASA for the issue of an initial Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence. The trainee must then apply to CASA, forwarding the required documentation for the applicable Licence.
Select your state below for more information: