New Zealand Education - Think New Logo


Massey University
Massey University logo

Certificate in Aviation Studies

This course is available


Level of Study



1 semester

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Get a taste of tertiary study before committing to a longer programme.

A unique qualification

Massey University’s Certificate of Aviation Studies is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Massey is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a tertiary qualification.

We are an internationally-recognised pilot training facility, but we also give you a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry.

You will learn communication, management and administrative skills that will broaden out the range of careers open to you in the aviation industry.

The qualification consists of 60 credits (four courses). You can either stop here, or continue studying towards a bachelor’s degree like the Bachelor of Aviation Management. Should you choose to continue studying, the credits from your certificate study will be credited towards this degree.

Get a taste of an aviation qualification

The Certificate in Aviation Studies draws from teaching in the Bachelor of Aviation Management, giving you an insight into what studying towards this qualification may be like.

Key skills for progressing your career

You will gain knowledge of specialist aviation subjects to assist your professional development. You will also learn some of the essential skills necessary to move into senior roles and those that are hallmarks of tertiary study:

  • self-directed and independent learning
  • high-level oral and written communication skills
  • basic research skills.

The Certificate of Aviation Studies will give you a solid platform to move into further tertiary study, if you so wish.


This programme enables busy aviation professionals to gain a taste of university study. Successful completion of the Certificate of Aviation Studies can then be your pathway to enrolling in Massey’s Bachelor of Aviation Management (BAvMan).

Entry criteria

  • Entry requirements vary from country to country.
  • Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA. For more details, please visit university website.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

Share this course

Share this course