Domestic Students (NZ Citizens/Residents)

Level 3 Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering

Looking for higher education or a change into an exciting industry?  The Air New Zealand Academy of Learning's nationally and internationally recognised aircraft maintenance programme is a great place to start.

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 and other aviation industry employers.

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, which are held at both Auckland and Christchurch Learning Bases. Placement testing consists of assessments in English, Maths and Physics and an Interview.  

Placement Test

Mandatory prerequisite 

Successfully passing the placement test is the first step towards enrolment in 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 before registering for a placement test. 

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

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

Register Here

Courses & Qualifications

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