North Shore Aero Club - Diploma in Aviation

Diploma in Aviation

We are proud to offer New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) certified Diploma Course Level 6.  This course, as well as conforming to Civil Aviation Authority pilot licenses, offer our students a nationally recognised qualification under the Ministry of Education quality framework.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and North Shore Aero Club is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.

For detailed information, including entry criteria, application process, unit standard allocations, IELTS minimums, course costs, etc, please email [email protected]

Some brief outlines of the course are listed below.

New Zealand Diploma in Aviation

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (aeroplane), level 6, was developed by ServiceIQ in close conjunction with the aviation industry and education authorities.

It 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 aviation employers and students.

The new Diploma is:

New Zealand Diploma in Aviation – Aeroplane (with strands in Flight Instruction Level 6)

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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, 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. 
  • 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.

Pilot Training Programmes

Our NZ Diploma in Aviation – Aeroplane (with strands in Flight Instruction Level 6) 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 – Flight Instruction 

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

NZ Diploma in Aviation Level 6 - Entry Requirements

Further Information

Further information about the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation and Unit Standards and Credits, can be accessed here.

NOTE North Shore Aero Club Incorporated is a NZQA Category 1 Provider, last assessed at the External Evaluation and Review (EER) dated 10 November 2022. The EER report can be found here.

In accordance with The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021, our latest code self-review can be found here (Link 1, Link 2).

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