Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to fly an aircraft as pilot in command or co-pilot in commercial operations.

This licence authorises you to fly as the pilot in command or co-pilot in any operation except for the following:

  • Multi-crew aircraft in charter or regular public transport operations;
  • An aeroplane certified for single pilot operations with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of more than 5700kg in regular public transport operations; or
  • Turbojet aeroplanes with a MTOW of more than 3500kg in regular public transport operations.

You may receive a licence for the following aircraft types:

  • Aeroplane (A);
  • Helicopter (H);
  • Gryoplane (G);
  • Airship (AS);
  • Powered lift (PL); and
  • Glider (GL).

You may receive a class rating for the following class of aircraft:

  • Single-engine aircraft;
  • Multi-engine aircraft; and
  • Single-engine helicopter.

You are only permitted to operate the type and class of aircraft that is listed on your licence. You receive class and type ratings according to the competency based training units that you have undertaken at approved flight training organisations or under the authority of an Air Operator Certificate.

Please be aware that there are comprehensive design endorsements, operational ratings, operational endorsements and flight activity endorsements that must be listed on your licence before you can undertake certain activities.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to receive this licence you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older;
  • Learn all relevant theory.
  • Pass a Commercial Pilot Licence theory exam and flight test;
  • Complete flight training with an approved flight training organisation; and
  • Hold a class 1 or 2 medical certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the licence.



Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Industry Permissions

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, CASA Licensing and Registration Centre (CLARC)
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Industry Permissions

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


1300 737 032


02 6217 1449


1300 737 187

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