AVISS00053 Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set

Aerodrome Management Services (RTO 52413)

About the Course

Our Nationally Recognised AVISS00053 Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set course has been designed to provide students with the confidence to perform the role of Aerodrome Reporting Officer and Works Safety Officer at an aerodrome. Our courses are held regularly around Australia, alternatively we can deliver the course at your aerodrome.

This course is mapped to the AVISS00053 Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set units of competency as well as key ARO industry requirements from CASA Advisory Circular AC139.C-02 Aerodrome Personnel. Our course is designed to equip course participants with the confidence, skills and knowledge to:

  • Plan for and conduct serviceability inspections on infrastructure, obstacles, and lighting,
  • Complete standard ARO/workplace documentation,
  • Operate an aeronautical radio,
  • Facilitate the safety of aerodrome works and works site access,
  • Report on hazardous situations via NOTAM.

AROC training and assessment will be offered as a complimentary option with our Skill Set course. CASA has approved AMS trainers to conduct this training, carry out the required assessments, and submit the application on your behalf. Please refer to the course brochure for FAQ relating to AROC applications.

Before the Classroom Session

This course is competency-based.  This means to be deemed competent in the units of competency, participants are required to do more than just attend the classroom component. There are self-guided pre-class and post-class learning/assessments to complete either side of the face-to-face training modules.

To ensure our students are ready for their classroom session we:

  • provide a suitability survey to all students to ensure this course is the right choice for them, and also so we are aware of our student’s preferences,
  • require pre-classroom learning opportunities be completed (this includes an assessment),
  • phone our students to ‘check in’ and see how they are progressing with their pre-class learning activities and assessment,
  • where possible, offer flexible transfer options to alternative classroom sessions should students need more time to complete their pre-class assessments, and
  • we do not accept enrolments less than 4 business days prior to the upcoming classroom session.

Equipment Requirements

Potential ARO course participants will need to have access to:

  • a computer or tablet with reliable internet, and
  • their own email address.

If you do not have access to this equipment, please contact AMS to discuss alternative course options.

Course Learning & Assessment Activities

Pre-Class Learning Activities+ Assessment (Theory Assessment)

Prior to the face-to-face classroom session, students must complete self-guided learning and assessment activities. The pre-class component ensures students are brought up to speed with important, foundation knowledge that relates to their journey of becoming an ARO. We recommend students allow approximately 8 hours to:

  • work through the Pre-Class Learning Activities, and
  • complete the application activities contained within the Pre-Class Learning Guide, and
  • complete the Pre-Class Assessment.

Classroom Learning Component (Theory + Revision Assessments Each Day)

Whether you are completing assessments online or in paper form, the classroom training component will always be face-to-face.  Our classroom training modules build on the introductory topics we covered in the pre-class component. Each student will receive a copy of the AMS ARO Handbook, which is theirs to keep.

Theory and group activity assessments are completed over the duration of the classroom days, and there will be some revision assessments to complete each day (classroom + revision assessments will be approximately 8 hours over the classroom session duration).

Practical Assessment

The practical assessment is completed over 1-day, under the supervision of an AMS Trainer. Course participants will spend the day conducting various activities and assessments on a live aerodrome including (but not limited to) serviceability inspections, operating a radio, and driving on the airside (approximately 8 hours in duration).

Course participants must hold a current driver’s licence to complete the assessment requirements for AVIC0001 Drive on airside.

Post-Class Assessment (Workplace Exposure + Theory Questions + Evidence of Practical Demonstrations)

Participants must be able to demonstrate over a period of time that they have the ability to apply the skills and knowledge learnt in the classroom within an aviation workplace. For this reason, we ask all students to complete a Post-Class Assessment Portfolio. This component is also designed to cement their knowledge and further build their skill set as an ARO/WSO.

The post-course component involves spending time at an aerodrome to become familiar with the procedures and practices for that aerodrome. We recommend spending as much time as possible on the aerodrome – a few weeks is perfect, but the more time the better. The post-course assessment will need to be verified and co-signed by a qualified workplace supervisor/ARO, and two serviceability inspection forms need to be completed (at least a week apart).

It is the responsibility of the student to reach out to industry and organise post-course workplace exposure – we recommend confirming placement dates for post-course assessments prior to enrolling into this course. AMS is happy to provide suggested contacts if you are experiencing difficulty finding placement.

Taking all assessment requirements and timeframes into account, a certificate for the AVISS00053 ARO Skill Set could be issued within 3 months.

Assessment Support

AMS take a “no-surprises” approach to each of our assessment activities. Our trainers can provide additional training and support where required, as per the AMS Student Agreement.

For more information relating to our assessments for this course please get in touch with our training department by emailing [email protected] or calling (08) 9221 6777.

Course Suitability

Language, Literacy, Numeracy (LLN) Skills

Language, literacy and numeracy skills are critical to almost all areas of work. This is particularly true in many vocations where language, literacy and numeracy skills influence the performance of workplace tasks.  This course will be trained and assessed at AQF Level 3 (Certificate III Level).

As a guide, course participants must be able to:

  • complete self-guided learning and assessment activities,
  • conduct online research to locate legislative information, forms and advisory information,
  • read, interpret, and complete workplace documentation and forms (online and paper-based),
  • complete course theory work, including written answers and basic drawings (e.g. placing lines on a map),
  • complete routine physical activities of an ARO,
  • perform basic math calculations, and
  • communicate in small groups and understand verbal information and cues.

Digital Skills

Digital literacy is an important skill for all Aerodrome Reporting Officers in the 21st century. While AMS has endeavored to ensure accessibility for all course assessments, a significant portion of our theory assessment is conducted online through a reliable, user-friendly platform.

Digital requirements for the ARO course:

  • basic computer skills,
  • familiarity with navigating the internet, and
  • access to the digital equipment specified in equipment, above.

Student Support Services

AMS want to make sure this course is the best possible “fit” for our potential students. If you are considering this course but are unsure if you will be able to carry out some of the above tasks, this course may not be the right one for you at this point in time. You may need to undergo some additional training prior to attending this course. We encourage you to speak with someone from the training team if you wish to discuss course options.

All course participants are required to complete a suitability survey at enrolment.  AMS are also available via phone to help potential students identify course suitability prior to enrolment.

Please refer to our Student Handbook, available here for more information relating to our approach to access and equity, flexibility in assessments, and student support options.


Upon successful completion of required assessments, course participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

  • AVIB0002 Inspect and report on aerodrome serviceability
  • AVIB0003 Inspect and report on serviceability of aerodrome lighting systems
  • AVIB0004 Inspect and report on obstacle limitation surfaces
  • AVIZ0003 Maintain basic situational awareness in an aviation workplace
  • AVIE0005 Complete a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
  • AVIC0001 Drive on the airside
  • AVIE0003 Operate aeronautical radio
  • AVIF0045 Facilitate the safety of aerodrome works and works site access

Student Handbook

Our Student Handbook is available in the Student Information section of our website.

Course Fees, Payment and Refunds

A formalised quote will be provided upon request. At the beginning of your learning journey, you will be issued an invoice for payment. Credit card payments can be made over the phone on (08) 9221 6777. A 1.5% CC surcharge applies for credit card payments. AMS reserves the right to withhold certification until full course payment has been made.

For information on our Cancellation and Refunds Policy please visit our Student Information section here.

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AVISS00053 Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set