Policy Number: POL-D.020
Responsible Officer: Pine Pienaar (Director/CEO)
Date of Approval: July 2014
Scheduled review: 12 monthly
Cross References: Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA); VET Provider Guidelines; VET FEE HELP Guidelines; VET Administration Guidelines; VET Provider Handbook
Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) strives to meet the needs of individuals through fair treatment and equal benefits and opportunities for staff and students. Operational areas include enrolment, participation, curriculum development, training delivery and assessment, student support services, and include elimination of harassment and victimisation. This policy is based on providing and maintaining training services that reflect fair and reasonable opportunity and consideration for all students and staff, regardless of race, colour, religion, socio-economic status, disability, gender, literacy, numeracy and language.
To ensure that the student recruitment and admission process is bias-free and non-discriminatory, FTA:
a. Provides applicants with adequate information and support to enable them to select the most suitable program for their needs.
b. Assesses and processes all applications and enrolments into a VET course of study at FTA equitably and with transparency.
c. Treats applicants with fairness and courtesy and will keep applicants informed of their application and enrolment.
d. Bases admission on courses and programs solely on availability of places and the applicant satisfying course entry and regulatory requirements; and
To ensure that the learning environment is free from harassment, discrimination and victimisation, FTA specifies standards of behaviour expected from students and staff in it’s Code of Conduct and Cadet Standing Orders and has policies in place for preventing harassment and discrimination.
FTA provides an assessment process that is fair, valid, reliable and consistent through:
a. Recognition of previously acquired skills and knowledge;
b. Adequate information on course and subject assessment prior to enrolment in the course;
c. Giving students the right to appeal an assessment or recognition decision; and
d. Giving all students an equal opportunity to demonstrate competence.
FTA is committed to providing a fair environment for all students, with due consideration to the context of the circumstances applicable to that individual. FTA will consider each application on a case by case basis and will not apply inflexibility policies that prevent suitable applicants from having their application to enrol in the VET unit of study being considered.
It must be noted that all students must meet all legislative and regulatory requirements such as, but not limited to, a CASA Class 1 or 2 medical licence, as appropriate, ability to obtain an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC) card and any other such legislative requirements, regardless of any disadvantages.
FTA is committed to providing support services and equal access for students and will always respect a student’s right to privacy and confidentiality in relation to their disability and be sensitive to the needs of students with a disability.
Entry Requirements / Selection of Students
Students must meet certain criteria to enrol in the Diploma of Aviation as shown below.
Cadets – Airline
For full fee paying cadets training towards a program in association with an airline, selection of the cadets is jointly conducted by FTA and the associated airline. Airlines have different selection processes and admission criteria, however in general selection is based on a two or three tier selection program as detailed below:
Tier 1 selection module assesses the cadet’s academic results achieved as part of their tertiary education with particular focus on maths and physics.
Tier 2 selection module shall determine a number of aviation related competencies such as hand to eye coordination, spatial awareness, memory retention and level of mathematical knowledge. These tests are computer based.
Results from the tier two tests are summarised in a report showing recommendations to the associated airlines as to which cadet should be considered for training.
The use of the tiers provides the most robust predictive outcome to ensure success on the flight training course.
In some cases, airlines may insist on a 10hr flight grading program that further enhances probability of passing the flying phase which will be based on Tier 3 selection.
Tier 3 selection module is only required by certain airline customers and is what is referred to as the flight grading component of selection. The program consist of a number of flight exercises used to determine the cadet’s learning potential, basic handling skills, retention and communication skills as well as understanding and interpretation of instructions.
There are two levels of flight grading programs depending on the cadet’s previous flying experience.
Cadets – Non Airline
For non airline associated cadets, Tier 2 of the above selection process applies.
Cadets – Helicopter
For helicopter cadets associated with helicopter operators, Tier 1 and 2 of the above selection process applies.
The policy will be reviewed every 12 months or more often due to legislation or circumstantial change.