Attendance and Course Progress Policy

Satisfactory progress

Full Time Study – Duration of Study

Becker Helicopters must monitor the enrolment load of international students to ensure that at all times the student is in a position to complete the program within the duration specified on CRICOS.

Becker Helicopters monitors the progress of students to ensure they are maintaining sufficient progress so that they may complete the course within the required timeframe.

Students who fail to maintain sufficient progress will be made aware that they may be putting their student visa at risk.


Remedial Flight Training[1]

A Student may require remedial flying training for any of the following learning/performance shortfalls:

  • a grading of ‘1’ for a training sortie;
  • a grading of ‘2’ for three consecutive sorties in the same phase; or
  • a grading of ‘1’ or ‘2’ for any end of phase flying assessment.

Remedial is over and above planned course costs (unless built into the price, under contract conditions).  Therefore, before any Remedial is undertaken, the scope of the remedial, and the pricing must be agreed to, and signed off by the Student/Client Manager.


Intervention Strategy


Generally, an Intervention Strategy is recommended when a student has had more than:

  • 40% remedial hours in any one phase of their course (for example, if a phase contains 25 flying hours, the student has had 10 hours remedial flight training), and/or
  • 20% remedial hours over the entire course of study to date (for example, if the student has flown a total of 45 hours, and the student has had more than 9 remedial flight training).

The above conditions indicate the student is having problems progressing with the course, and may not be able to successfully complete the course in the timeframe allowed.


The Flight Program Director may instigate this process if it is felt there are significant motivational, emotional, and/or performance issues that warrant earlier intervention.

The Senior Flight Instructor and Flight Program Director will review previous records to identify the reasons for a student’s difficulties, and determine if the student would respond to an Intervention Strategy.


[2]When it is decided that an Intervention Strategy is required, the Senior Flight Instructor (and/or Flight Program Director depending on the severity of the issues) will arrange a meeting with the student (and/or the student’s manager/supervisor) to discuss the issue(s) and agree on an intervention plan (also referred to as a remedial plan).

On finalising the Intervention Plan, the student’s course schedule will be updated either with:

  • Recommended remedial flight training – for example, more advanced electives may be dropped from the course syllabus in favour for additional time on core skills.
  • Theory revision and board brief reviews – a student may be required to attend/repeat a theory subject(s).
  • A probationary period in which the student needs to show an improvement in their attendance and/or course progress.

Cost implications

The implementation of an Intervention Plan may result in an increase in the total course costs.  Therefore, the total flight hours, simulator hours and theory days required to implement the Intervention Strategy are to be detailed and pricing agreed prior to the implementation of the Intervention Plan.

Notice to the student

The student is also informed formally by LET-6004 – Student Intervention Advice that they have not achieving satisfactory course progress and that the student’s current position will be reported through PRISMS.  The student will also be advised that if they do not agree with the decision we have made, they can access our complaints and appeals process within 20 working days and formally challenge our decision.

[1] RTO 1.7  |  [2] NCS 10.6, NCS 10.4a, NCS 10.4b, NCS 10.4c