NZ Diploma in Aviation Level 5 (General Aviation)

North Shore Aero Club (NSAC) is proud to offer the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) certified, Diploma in Aviation Level 5 course. This course, as well as conforming with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) pilot licence and rating requirements, offers our students a nationally recognised qualification under the Ministry of Education quality framework.

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation Level 5 (General Aviation) was developed by Service IQ in close conjunction with the aviation industry and education authorities. As a Category 1 Provider*, last assessed at the External Evaluation and Review dated 10 November 2022, we guarantee exceptional outcomes.

The programme was designed to address issues around the effectiveness and consistency of pilot training in New Zealand, by introducing a national standard that is well-matched to the needs of students and the aviation industry.

Graduates will be qualified commercial pilots with aircraft type ratings, and an Instrument Rating, entitling the holder to legally operate a single or multi-engine aeroplane in New Zealand for commercial purposes.

New Zealand Diploma in Aviation Level 5 (General Aviation)

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  • Sit the ADAPT Pilot Pre-screening Test at
  • Start the medical, fit and proper person and PPL exam process if needed.
  • Come in for a trial flight with an instructor, and a one on one meeting with the CFI. Also needed on this day is PPL exam Results, medical, fit and proper person and C.V.

All applicants for the Certificate in Aviation must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for enrolment and 18 years of age to hold a CPL.

In order to apply for the Diploma in Aviation you must hold a Class 1 NZ Aviation Medical.

  • The medical requirements for a professional pilot are set by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.
  • The class 1 medical is an essential requirement to hold a CPL licence. For further information you may visit –
  • Applicants must have achieved 12 credits or better at Level 2 NCEA (or equivalent) and have good passes in English, Maths and Science.
  • Prior to enrolment all PPL exams must have been completed.
  • A pilot aptitude conducted by NSAC must have been completed.
  • A good understanding of English is required. You must be able to read, speak and write in English.
  • Where English is a second language a minimum level is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. IELTS & TOEFL are the core skills programmes that offer training in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. They prepare students to take IELTS or TOEFL tests. Refer –
  • Pass the English Language Proficiency Test provided by ASL.

CAA requires all pilots meet certain standards. The criteria for the fit and proper person test are:

  • The applicant’s conviction record for transport safety offences.
  • The applicant’s experience in the transport industry.
  • The applicant’s knowledge of aviation regulatory requirements.
  • The applicant’s history of compliance with transport safety regulatory requirements.
  • The applicant’s history of physical or mental health or behavioural problems.

NSAC requires all applicants to provide information for this test and also a CV and one personal reference.

  • Must be a permanent NZ resident or hold a student study visa.
  • Paid the applicable course fee, or have funds in place to meet course costs.
  • Produce criminal record history from the Ministry of Justice.

NZ Diploma In Aviation Level 5 – Stages

Our NZ Diploma in Aviation Level 5 (General Aviation) course is separated into three ‘stages’:

Stage 1:   NZ CAA Private Pilot Licence (A)

Stage 2:   NZ CAA Commercial Pilot Licence (A)

Stage 3:   NZ CAA – Single Pilot Multi-Engine Instrument Rating

As a NSAC student, you will be initially enrolled in the following training programme:

Further Information

Successful graduates will have:

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (with night privileges)
  • Single Pilot Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
  • 235 hours of total flight experience
  • 104 hours Pilot in Command flight experience
  • 43 hours Multi Engine flight Experience
  • 12 hours of Night flight experience

Career Pathways

Graduates of this qualification can work as commercial pilots, operating an aeroplane engaged in general aviation under the relevant Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) Rules or in the associated support industries, including flight planning and scheduling.

Note: Further information about the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation and Unit Standards and Credits, can be accessed via the following link:

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