Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) Course

ICAO Training


3 days


Brisbane, Australia




(07) 3103 6870

Helicopter Landing Officer – INTRODUCTION

In this Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) course you will learn to:

  • Prepare a helicopter landing site for the arrival and departure of a helicopter;
  • Communicate effectively with the pilot;
  • Manage the safe movement of passengers and cargo; and
  • Coordinate refuelling.

You will leave the Institute with fresh knowledge, confidence and competence.

is this course for me?

Helicopter Landing Officers (HLO) keep passengers and ground personnel safe.  This three-day course is essential for anyone who works with helicopters, or is responsible for the safe management of a heliport, or remote helicopter landing site.  This course is recommended for:

  • Heliport service providers;
  • Helicopter ground crew;
  • Medical rescue personnel;
  • Safety managers; and
  • Mine or construction site safety crew.


course objectives

Helicopter Landing Officers (HLO) will learn to keep passengers and ground personnel safe.  Given a surface-level heliport or landing site, you will prepare the site for use by a helicopter, and conduct the duties of a HLO in accordance with published company procedures manuals and relevant legislation.



Workshop 1: Helicopter Landing Officer (3 days)

Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) prepares the landing site for the landing and take-off of helicopters, controls passengers and cargo, and communicates vital information to the pilots – but the heliport is a dynamic and dangerous workplace, and you need to know what the dangers are so you can manage them, keep yourself and other safe, and work effectively.

The following seven units are included in the course:

  • Helicopter fundamentals
  • Passenger safety and control
  • Helicopter landing site preparation and maintenance
  • Hazards of helicopter opeartions
  • Hot refuelling
  • Emergency response
  • Communications and weather reporting

Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) course is delivered over one three-day workshop in a face-to-face classroom setting.

The course is structured with lectures in the morning, tutorials in the afternoon and evening sessions of self learning.  ASSET Aviation Institute is open after class each evening to allow students to complete their exercises or study in a friendly environment under the supervision of an instructor.

The classes commence at 08:30 and conclude at 17:00, with breaks throughout the day.  

See the workshop dates section to enrol in a workshop.


To participate in this Helicopter Landing Officer Course  you must have:

  • A sufficient level of English language.  To demonstrate your English language competency you can provide us evidence of: English language proficiency (Year 10 English or equivalent) or contact us to schedule a language, literacy and numeracy assessment.
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Regular course fee is $1,490 

This price is all-inclusive and encompasses:

  • Tuition and assessment fee
  • Learning material and textbooks
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea

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ASSET Aviation Institute prices courses competitively, providing you with qualified instructors and the most up-to-date materials and resources for a valuable learning experience.

We offer discounted rates for charity organisations.

Discounts are calculated at the time of registration. Payment must be made at time of registration by credit card or bank transfer.


Our Institute is located in the heart of beautiful Brisbane’s CBD. All 2016 workshops are delivered at our training rooms at Level 5, 10 Market Street Brisbane, Australia.


This course is delivered in a classroom environment over a period of three days in Brisbane.  You will be required to study material and practice exercises that we will provide to you.



Industry career pathways are available to students who complete this national skill set:

Skill SetCertificate
AVISS000053 – Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill SetAVI Certificate III in Aviation (Aerodrome Operation)
  • Aerodrome Reporting Officer
  • Works Safety Officer
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The purpose of the Diploma qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning. Diploma qualifications are located at level 5 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Our diploma qualifications are designed and accredited to enable graduates to demonstrate the learning outcomes expressed as knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills specified in the level 5 criteria and the Diploma descriptor. Diploma qualifications allow pathways to higher education.

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It’s important that you understand our policies, your rights and obligations.  Please download your student handbook.


ASSET Aviation Institute has several options for accommodation, but we recommend the Oaks-on-Felix serviced apartment.  This hotel complex is four-star and is walking distance (3 mins) from the Institute.  The rooms have a place to study and also a small kitchenette.  You can see the rooms here: http://www.minorhotels.com/en/oaks/oaks-felix

  • We can make the booking for you and get you a preferential rate.
  • The cost of accommodation is invoiced separately from the course fee.
  • You can choose any of Brisbane’s hotels and we can assist with your booking.

Q: What do I need to bring to the course?

A: You don’t need to bring anything. You will be provided all learning material upon arrival.

Q: What if I fail the course?

A: Our goal is to teach you so you are a competent specialist.  If you cannot demonstrate competence, you will be given all reasonable support to ensure that you meet the required standard.  If you cannot pass an assessment, you will be given a certificate of attainment, rather than a certificate of completion.  Please see our student policies for more information.

Q: What I will learn?

A: The aerodrome reporting officers (AROs) are the gatekeepers to thousands of runways across Australia. How to inspect runways, report on the safety of the aerodrome, mark movement areas and facilitate repairs of these critical aviation facilities is what you will learn.

Q: Is this course for me?

A: You will patrol runways, preserve security and continuously monitor critical operational equipment and infrastructure.  Without your protective eye, intuition and action, runway safety may be compromised.  Our Aerodrome Reporting Officer Skill Set is for people who enjoy working ourdoors in a complex operational and regulated environment.  You should enjoy following rules and procedures and have a healthy respect for safety management.

Q: Can I do the course part-time or via correspondence?

A: No, the course is designed as an intensive practical workshop.


We offer the highest quality of training in Aerodrome Operations, Aviation Safety Management Systems and Leadership to both individuals and industry personnel. We will teach you how to perform your tasks efficiently.   We will coach you along through the program as you develop your skills and ensure that you are competent and confident, before you leave the Institute. You will be ready to work.

Our professional instructors are carefully selected respected experts, with considerable experience and knowledge in their field. Our instructors are all international safety practitioners, managers and leaders with decades of operational experience for some of the world’s largest organisations. But most importantly, our instructors are teachers: their role is to help you learn and build your competence. They do this by sharing with your their years of operational history and experience and offering a guiding hand to get you through the program.

We share your passion for further advancing your professional development within the aviation industry. Our courses are designed in consultation with industry experts in accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (AC139) Standards, Australian Skills and Qualifications Standards, and ICAO principles.

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