International Students

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering(Pre-employment Skills)(Level 3)

The Air New Zealand Academy of Learning's aircraft maintenance engineering programme is a great place to gain an internationally recognised qualification and/or build on your existing skills.  Based at our Christchurch Learning Base, students study our NZQA approved, 36-week, New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills)(Level 3)  Many of our International Students are sponsored by their aviation employer in their home country to get their Qualification and training from us.  Many Pacific students are also eligible to apply under the NZ AID Programme for a Short Term Training Scholarship (STTS).  Contact your NZ High Commission or Consulate for an application form. 

What do we do?
Air New Zealand Academy of Learning provides world-class pre-employment training for people looking to enter the aviation industry. We leverage learnings and innovation from the Air New Zealand  operational environment which transfer to our training programmes, ensuring they are best fit for industry.
What will you do?
You will undertake an aviation specific, 36 week course that is designed to deliver high quality, hands on aviation training. You will train alongside industry professionals, in the same facilities as Air New Zealand's own professionals. Click on the button below to learn more about the course.
Getting Started
If you are an international student 18 years and above, the first step is to register for an online placement test.  You will be assessed on your Maths/Physics and English. (IELTS 5 is required if your schooling was not in English)
DUE TO COVID-19 and NZ Borders currently closed, we are not Placement Testing International Students.

Placement Test

Mandatory prerequisite 

Successfully passing the placement test is the first step towards enrolment in New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering. Placement Testing for International Students contains assessments in Maths/Physics and English.  You will need a good internet connection and a computer with webcam.  You will receive instructions to sit the assessment prior to your assessment.
Check that you meet the following criteria.

  • International Students: 18 years and over
  • Current Passport Holder


Register Here

Courses & Qualifications

Maintenance Practices
(Domestic + International Students)

A 36 week introduction to basic aircraft maintenance (delivered over 39 weeks which includes two semester break/work experience opportunities) On successful completion, graduates can apply for an apprenticeship in the industry with employers including Air New Zealand, Christchurch Engine Centre, Hamilton Jet, RocketLab and other General Aviation employers. Note for International Students - Many employers including Air New Zealand only employ those who have NZ Citizenship or Residency.

Find out more
The Aviation Institute holds the following regulatory approvals

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand - Part 141, European Aviation Safety Agency - Part 147
Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Part 147 (Australia)