About the course

EASA Part 147 Approved Basic Training Course (B1.1 or B2)


Christchurch Campus


Classroom lectures with workshop and hangar based practical lessons, followed by 8 weeks of on job training with Air New Zealand Engineering and Maintenance.


82 training weeks over 23 months with semester breaks. 

EASA Part 147 Approved Basic Training Course (B1.1 or B2)
New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering
New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering


New Zealand Qualifications Authority
European Aviation Safety Agency 147.0048


Pre Requisites:

Domestic Students
16 years of age 
Placement Test

International Students
18 years of age
Placement Test
English language level of IELTS 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0, or approved equivalent.

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Fee Structure

Tuition Fee (including GST)
Domestic - 
International - NZD$62,100.00

Additional Course Costs
Text Books $78.00
Personal Protective Equipment $390.00
Student ID $15.00 per year
Industry visits $30.00

Related Costs for International Students
Visa application
Medical and Travel Insurance
Living Expenses including accommodation

Student Handbook

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When do courses start?
Courses typically start 3 times per year, in January or February, May or June, and September or October.

What is a Placement Test?
A Placement Test is a written test to confirm your suitability for taking this level of training. The current test includes an English language paper of 60 minutes, and a Math, Physics, Engineering knowledge paper of 90 minutes. 

Where can I take a Placement Test?
There are a number of ways to take a Placement Test. If in New Zealand these are held regularly at the Auckland or Christchurch campus. If located internationally we can offer the Placement Test online, or at one of our Education Agents offices or other location. Once we receive your application we will work with you to establish the best means to make the test available to you. 

Is there a fee for the Placement Test?
No, we currently do not charge a fee to take the Placement Test. 


Graduate Information

On Job Experience
When both qualifications are completed students will receive their EASA approved basic course certificate. Current regulations advise graduates they will need to demonstrate 2 years of relevant experience in an EASA Part 145 organisation prior to making their application for an aircraft maintenance engineers licence. 

Graduates of this course will typically look to seek employment with an aviation maintenance company to build experience before applying for their aircraft maintenance engineers licence.

Alternatively students may remain in study and complete a degree qualification. The Aviation Institute has established pathways to two international universities. 

Post Study Work Visa - Open
Graduates of this course can apply for a Post Study Work Visa to work in New Zealand for 12 months. During this time graduates may work for almost any employer and if this employment is related to their qualification, then a further work visa may be applied for. For more information visit the New Zealand Immigration website.

Module Structure

Reference        Qualifications Hours B1.1 Strand Hours B2 Strand  
PE3200       New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - Level 3, plus 1080 1080  
PE6100       New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5 - Mechanical strand, or 1350 n/a  
PE6200       New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5 - Avionic Strand n/a 1362  
        Total Training Hours 2430 2442  

For specific modules contained in the New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, use the links above to view the corresponding qualification page.