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 course participants 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.

The AVISS00053 Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set 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-course and post-course learning/assessments to complete either side of the classroom modules.

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

Key Considerations

  • The course begins prior to the classroom component.  Students must complete Pre-Course Learning activities to prepare for their classroom session; we recommend planning to work on the pre-course for at least 8 hours (self-guided learning and completing assessments). This is outlined further in Assessments section below. To ensure our students are ready for their classroom session we:
    • offer flexible transfer options in case they need more time to complete their pre-course work,
    • regular “classroom” sessions, and
    • we do not accept enrolments less than 4 days prior to the upcoming classroom session.
  • A summary of the Course Learning & Assessment Activities have been outlined below.
  • A summary of the Course Suitability Considerations have been outlined below.

Course Equipment Requirements

  • A computer or tablet
  • Access to reliable internet

Course Learning & Assessment Activities

Online Pre-Course Learning + Assessment (Theory Assessment)

Prior to the face-to-face classroom component, students must complete self-guided learning and assessment activities. This component will provide students 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-Course Learner Guide
  • complete the application activities contained within the Pre-Course Learner Guide, and
  • complete the Pre-Course Theory Assessment questions.

Classroom Learning Component (Theory + Homework Assessments Each Day)

The face-to-face classroom component builds on the introductory subjects we covered in the pre-course component.  The classroom component is delivered over 3 full days in a classroom environment.

Course participants will receive their own comprehensive ARO Handbook to reference, 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 at the end of each day online (classroom + revision assessments will be approximately 30 hours in duration over the 3 days).

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-Course Assessment (Workplace Exposure + Online Theory + Online Evidence of Practical Demonstrations)

Participants must be able to demonstrate 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-Course 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 as much time as possible on the aerodrome – a few weeks is recommended, but the more time the better. The post-course assessment will need to be verified by a suitably qualified workplace supervisor/ARO.

It is the responsibility of the course participant to consider if they can obtain work placement prior to enrolment, and to organise this work placement accordingly.

Taking all assessment requirements and timeframes into account, a certificate 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 Learner 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

It is important to note that the AVISS00053 Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set will be trained and assessed at AQF Level 3 (Certificate III Level). All course participants are required to complete a suitability survey at enrolment.  AMS are also available to assist students identify course suitability if required before they enrol.

As a guide, course participants must:

  • complete self-guided application, 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 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 will be available online through a reliable, user-friendly platform.

Digital requirements for the ARO course:

  • a computer, tablet or smartphone to complete online assessments,
  • access to the internet to access the platform,
  • time to complete revision assessments after each course day (no more than 1-hour each day).

If course participants do not have access to a computer or tablet we recommend contacting AMS to discuss our alternative learning options.

AMS want to make sure this course is the best possible “fit” for our potential learners. 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 other training prior to attending to prepare more and ensure you’re ready. We encourage you to speak with someone from the training team if you wish to discuss training 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

For more information relating to AMS training policies (including our student handbook) please visit the Student Information section of our website.

Course Fees and Payment

A formalised quote will be provided upon request. We do not collect enrolment fees in advance where a purchase order can be supplied.  For private students an enrolment fee is payable in lieu of a purchase order to secure your enrolment. Credit card payments can be made over the phone on (08) 9221 6777. A 2% CC surcharge applies for credit card payments. AMS reserves the right to withhold certification until full course payment has been made.

Funded training for older workers

The Australian Government is providing up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund training to help mature age Australians update their skills and remain in the workforce longer through its Skills and Training Incentive. If you are looking to re-enter the workforce, change careers and get started in the Aviation industry, we encourage you to approach Busy at Work to find out if the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program is a suitable option for you.

Please note: AMS cannot accept your enrolment until you have written confirmation that your funding has been approved and finalised with Busy at Work.

Upcoming Courses & Locations

AMS trainers are also available to travel to your site if you have a group that needs training.

December 2023

12-15 December | Perth 

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AVISS00053 Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set