Domestic Students (NZ Citizens/Residents)

 NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering(Level 3)

Our NZQA approved, 36-week, Level 3 Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering,  is a pre-requisite qualification to then apply for an apprenticeship with Air New Zealand Engineering & Maintenance and other general aviation industry employers including Christchurch Engine Centre, Defence Force, Rocket Lab, Dawn Aerospace, Salus Aviation, Hamilton Jet & Mission Aviation Fellowship.

Course Fees 2025 Fees TBC ($11,000 approx) plus course related costs(approx $450.00)  Eligibility Fees Free/Studylink 

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, compact 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 a New Zealand Citizen or Resident over 17 years of age the first step is to register for a placement test held at both Auckland and Christchurch Learning Bases. Placement testing consists of assessments in English, Maths and Physics and an Interview. 


Mandatory prerequisite 

Successfully passing the placement test is the first step towards being offered a place on the 36 week, New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - Level 3.  You will be tested on your English, Maths/Physics (based on Yr12/NCEA Level 2) and there is also an Interview. Placement Testing is conducted from at both AKL & CHC Learning Bases. 
Please check that you meet the following criteria 

  • New Zealand Citizens and Residents:  17 years and over.

Once all placement testing is completed, successful applicants will be offerred a place on the following years programme. 

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New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - Level 3
(Domestic 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. Many employers including Air New Zealand only employ those who have NZ Citizenship or Residency.

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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)