Graduates receive an industry qualification and can add to their CV that they have trained with one of the worlds most recognised award winning airlines.
Airline Learning Centre
In addition to learning from industry professionals, the opportunities to network with a wide range of aviation personnel are unparalleled.
International students studying aircraft maintenance engineering are based at our purpose built engineering learning base at Christchurch International Airport. This facility is fully equipped with a variety of dedicated training aircraft, workshops and classrooms.
The base is located alongside
- Air New Zealand Engineering and Maintenance, and
- Christchurch Engine Centre
Fees, Code and Immigration
Student Fees Protection
The Air New Zealand Academy of Learning is a registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This government certification acts in the interests of domestic and international students to ensure that programmes are industry relevant, quality assured and that student fees are fully protected.
Code of Practice
The Air New Zealand Academy of Learning has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. It is available to read in a number of languages here.
Immigration New Zealand
Immigration New Zealand has launched ONLINE-Student, a visa application service that allows you to apply for your student visa, pay visa fees and upload supporting documents online.
Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website.
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NOTE: Air New Zealand employment policy requires all applicants to have permanent New Zealand residency in order to be considered for positions with Air New Zealand.
Health and Insurance
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website.
The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website.
Medical and Travel Insurance
International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. This is a requirement under The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Insurance can be arranged through Southern Cross under its Student Max Plan. If you wish to purchase your insurance elsewhere, you will need to provide the Academy of Learning with a copy of the insurance certificate and policy wordings so we may determine whether the insurance provides sufficient cover for the your medical, travel and potential repatriation needs.
Accommodation and Transport
Accommodation costs and other living expenses will depend upon individual choices, but it is expected that most international students will need to allow for around NZD$15,000 per year.
The Academy of Learning does not have any onsite accommodation, although there are many offsite options to suit students individual needs and budgets. International students generally reside in homestays, hostels or rented accommodation. After enrolment our Student Support Co-ordinator will help you to locate suitable accommodation prior to your arrival in New Zealand.
'...I found the course to be very enjoyable and it helped me learn a whole lot about the industry of which I had zero experience in. This then helped me to decide what paths I wanted to head down and kick started my career in aviation. The instructors were very knowledgeable in their subjects, and also provided a lot of guidance for when it came to job hunting. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting to get started in the Aviation industry, and you end up with some good mates along the way too."
"During the 36 week course, I gained knowledge and hand skills that prepared me for the next step in becoming an Aircraft Engineer. With world class facilities and passionate tutors, my learning experience was second to none. The subjects covered, both theory and practical, were structured in an effective way that made learning not only fun but captivating. I would highly recommend Air New Zealand Academy of Learning to anyone looking to pursue a career in Aircraft Engineering.
The Air New Zealand Academy of Learning is a part of my life I will never forget. Not only do they have an excellent learning environment and world class facilities, you get to be part of a family that goes out of their way to make sure you are headed in the right path ensuring your future in aviation. The endless knowledge and humour of the instructors made everyday exciting and most informative. Being an international student from Papua New Guinea, I found the culture to be somewhat of the special kind and I can honestly say my colleagues and I enjoyed every moment of it.
My time at the Air New Zealand Academy of Learning was both exciting and challenging. I found that the engineering skills and knowledge I gained was not only useful in the aviation industry but could also be adapted to a wide range of other industries.
Firstly, I’d just like to highlight that being part of an organisation that train’s it’s own people and invests in their future from day one is something extraordinary. If you’re considering joining the Academy of Learmning for your studies, in my opinion there is no competition when it comes to beginning your exciting career in Aviation. The people I met and spent time with through my course, I would consider lifelong friends and the support from instructors has continued right through into my traineeship.
Most if not all things in life are a result of the environment that you put yourself in and your attitude. The instructors went over and above to ensure I was on the right track and I feel it is this that I appreciate most. The training and guidance I received from the Academy of Learning geared me well for the job interview and subsequent full time traineeship I find myself in now.
I have no hesitation in the advocacy of the Air New Zealand Academy of Learning, for it is hands down the best place to start for not only the world of opportunity that is Air New Zealand, but any aviation based career.
The Academy of Learning was an excellent experience for me. The Instructors are second to none, combining their personal industry knowledge with the learning syllabus, as well as having access to aircraft onsite made for a really fun hands on learning environment. Being able to disassemble, inspect and reassemble a functioning air cooled engine was a highlight for me, as well as working in teams with my peers who become great friends over the course duration. I've been able to apply a lot of the things I learnt over the course in the industry and feel it was an awesome foundation to prepare me for my traineeship and building my career.
My time at the Academy of Learning was an adventure. The course covered a wide variety of topics and each has helped me to progress further with my career at Air New