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Graduate Certificate of Aviation

Graduate Certificate of Aviation (GCAV)

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  • Online
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  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May


  • Ready to take your career to new heights? Develop the skills needed to advance your career in the aviation industry with UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Aviation.
  • Explore topics such as managing operations in aviation, human factors, international aviation, and safety culture.
  • Learn from lecturers who are experts in their field and are among the most qualified in Australia for the development and delivery of aviation education programs.
  • Experience contemporary and industry-relevant courses that draw on current research and industry best practice.
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What is Graduate Certificate of Aviation?

A Graduate Certificate of Aviation is a UniSQ postgraduate aviation qualification ideal for those who already hold an aviation bachelor degree and are wanting to explore topics such as managing operations in aviation, human factors, international aviation, and safety culture.

Aviation graduate certificates are an ideal professional development opportunity for professionals working in the aviation field who wish to build upon their existing knowledge to enhance career opportunities both within Australia and globally.

What you will learn when studying a Graduate Certificate of Aviation at UniSQ will vary depending on the specialisation you choose:

Aviation Human Factors - learn about the capability and limitations of human performance and the important social and personal skills that complement technical aviation systems.

Aviation Management - Gain the skills needed to lead in contemporary aviation strategy and aviation safety. Research critical information and analyse elements in aviation management decision-making, while practicing critical thinking skills in complex situations.

Why study a Graduate Certificate of Aviation at UniSQ?
  • Learn in state-of-the-art flight simulators - UniSQ is Australia's only university with both the Boeing 737 and A320 flight simulators.
  • Benefit from superior industry experience with highly trained staff including current and recent Airline, Australian Defence Force and Instructor Pilots and managers.
  • UniSQ’s aviation graduate certificates are industry-relevant courses that draw on current research and industry best practice. 
What is the difference between a certificate and a bachelor's degree?

A graduate certificate is often the first step into postgraduate study. It’s a perfect way to get started in further study, add to your resume to gain a competitive edge in your workplace, or enjoy stretching your brain into something new. Most aviation graduate certificates will take approximately half a year to complete. Because the amount of courses you’re required to study are less than a bachelor’s degree, the duration is significantly less.

A bachelor degree is an undergraduate qualification which is the most chosen option for first-time uni goers. To get an undergraduate degree, you typically need to complete around 120 credit hours of coursework which can take up three to four years to complete, depending on what you choose to study.  

What are my career prospects after completing a Graduate Certificate of Aviation?

All of our degrees focus on developing your ability to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained into a career of your choice. Graduating with an aviation graduate certificate from UniSQ opens up many career prospects. The jobs you may be interested in with vary depending on the specialisation you choose to study. Some career opportunities include roles in the areas of:

  • Aviation operations
  • Scheduling
  • Airports
  • Airline operations
  • Aviation regulation
  • Accident and incident investigation
  • Human factors facilitation. 
What are the entry requirements for a Graduate Certificate of Aviation?

The entry requirements to study aviation graduate certificates will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

To study a Graduate Certificate of Aviation at UniSQ, there are several ways you can meet the entry requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in the area of aviation, management and/or psychology, or equivalent. 
  • A minimum of five years’ professional work experience equivalent to a bachelor degree.

For further information on the entry requirements of aviation graduate certificates at UniSQ, please view the entry requirements section of your chosen specialisation.

Still have questions? Get in touch with one of our iconnect support staff to talk through your options. 

Is there an entry pathway if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

Yes! At UniSQ we understand everyone’s journey to studying a university degree is different, which is why we offer a range of pathway programs.

University pathway programs provide students with an entry point to their chosen uni degree without an ATAR score. At UniSQ, our pathway programs will help you reach your individual study goals. Whether you haven’t studied for some time, have completed a TAFE or VET qualification, have not completed high school, or your goals have changed, we have a program to suit your needs.

We offer the following pathway programs to help you gain entry into our aviation graduate certificates.

Would you like to talk through your study options? Get in touch and we can provide you with the personalised support and advice you need. 

Can I study the course part-time or online?

This will vary from uni to uni but at UniSQ, yes, you can generally study aviation graduate certificates part-time, full-time or online, allowing you to balance study with your work and life commitments.

Work towards your aviation degree at your own pace with our flexible learning options. Discover the different ways you can study at UniSQ. 

How long does a Graduate Certificate of Aviation typically take to complete?

The duration of aviation graduate certificates will vary depending on where you choose to go to uni, but at UniSQ it will take you approximately half a year to complete.

Some students choose to study part-time which will increase the time it takes to finish the required courses. 

Are there any scholarships or financial aid options available for this program?
We know that cost can play a big part in your decision to study. Learn about the fees related to university and the financial support options we have available during your aviation graduate certificate studies on our fees and scholarships website