• 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

    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


    • 12 Hours of classroom tuition 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 license 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.

    Course duration:

    • 10 to 12 weeks full-time

    More Information

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

    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 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

    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%

    Investment & funding

    Flight Instructor Rating: $22,500.00 GST exempt


    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 studentservices@caemft.com.


    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.

    If you meet the eligibility criteria please submit an application for the FIR course via the CAE Melbourne web portal at this link - https://coaa.rtomanager.com.au

    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 studentservices@caemft.com or call (03) 8587 3900.