A journey of discovery

Take your career to new heights when you study at the Academy of Learning. Currently there are students from 18 different countries studying at our world-class facilities in Christchurch towards a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer. Why don't you join us, and launch your aviation career.
 

Why choose us

Internationally Recognised

The Academy of Learning's aircraft maintenance programme is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which is regarded amongst the aviation industry as the highest international standard.  

The programme is also approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as the New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5. 

Successful graduates receive an academic qualification, an industry qualification and can add to their CV that they have trained with one of the worlds most recognised award winning airlines. 

Airline Training Centre

Train alongside industry professionals. Our domestic and international students train in the same facilities with the same professional facilitators as Air New Zealand's own staff. Lessons learnt and innovation from the operational environment transfer to our training programmes, ensuring they are best fit for industry.

In addition to learning from industry professionals, the opportunities to network with a wide range of aviation personnel are unparalleled. 
World Class Facilities

Currently all International students studying aircraft maintenance are based out of our new purpose built engineering base at Christchurch 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 
providing excellent opportunities for field trips and on job training. 

International Student Information

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

New Zealand Ready
Check if youre New Zealand ready with this great online tool

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 

Eligibility for Health Services
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

Accident Insurance
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 ANZAI 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

Living Expenses
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.

Accommodation
Being an airline training centre 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 will help you to locate suitable accommodation prior to your arrival in New Zealand. 
 

Success stories

Daniel Cornwall - RNZAF

I attended the Air New Zealand engineering school in Auckland 2011. 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.

Joel Tomasi - Canterbury Aero Club/IAANZ

I was a student at ANZAOL in 2012. 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 ANZAOL to anyone looking to pursue a career in Aircraft Engineering.

Kanawi Wanma - Air Niugini Licenced Engineer

Spending two years at the Air New Zealand Academy of Learning (ANZAOL) 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 at ANZAOL made everyday exciting and most informative. Being an international student from Papua New Guinea, I found the culture at the school of engineering to be somewhat of the special kind and I can honestly say my colleagues and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Mekdim Tesfaye - Air New Zealand Trainee

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.

Oliver Compton - Air New Zealand Trainee

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 Aviation Institute 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 Aviation Institute, 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.

Scott Samuels - Air New Zealand Trainee

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.

Tengku "Ika" Zulaikha - International Student - Malaysia
My best reasons for recommending the program are the experience of the instructors, the diversity of the students and the quality of the course materials as well as the training aids. I can honestly say that I have gained more knowledge and skills than I expected when I first enrolled. While the curriculum of program is not easy, it is structured very well, not only to introduce students to the aviation industry but also to prepare them for the work environment.
Tyler Nelson - Air New Zealand Trainee

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 Zealand. The instructors were professional and knew their topics with extensive experience including some shared funny moments. Above all I found them very helpful and encouraging. My group was a mix of international and domestic students and I made many friends that I still keep in contact with all over the world and at home. During the course, your group becomes like a family away from home and I can honestly say that it was one of the best families you could wish for. Without my time at the Academy of Learning, I would not be in my current position of Apprentice at Air New Zealand and I would not be the person I am without it.