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Graduate Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instruction)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Flight Instruction for your Graduate Diploma in Aviation at Massey

This 120-credit qualification acknowledges and recognises that having significant aviation experience has real value.

You may have an interest in working as a flight instructor. Or you are already working as a commercial pilot but want to share your experience with a new generation of budding pilots. If so, and you wish to gain your ‘C’ Category Flight instructor rating within a University framework, the Graduate Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instruction) is for you.

Share your passion for flying with the next generation.

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can train to become a flight instructor and gain a University diploma at the same time.

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instruction) draws on existing courses from the Bachelor of Aviation and the Bachelor of Aviation Management programmes giving an insight into the full undergraduate degree.

Topics covered include:

Flight Instruction Foundation Fundamentals

Introduction to Aerobatic Principles

Flight Instruction Human Factors

Flight Instruction Fundamentals 1

Two courses from the Schedule of the Bachelor of Aviation Management

Further study

After completing this qualification, you will have not only your ‘C’ Category Flight instructor rating but you could progress to complete the full Bachelor of Aviation Management degree.

A Graduate Diploma in Aviation in Flight Instruction is a good fit if you:

already hold a commercial pilot’s licence but wish to gain a flight instructor rating

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

This programme is a selected entry qualification. This means there are extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instruction) you will:

have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, or

have demonstrated equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience

hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) - Aeroplane (A)

hold a Class One medical certificate recognised by the CAA NZ

meet appropriate pilot aptitude selection criteria.

You will provide a copy of:

your CV including academic and work history

a copy of your Commercial Pilot's Licence. You can upload an electronic copy of this document, but please also supply a verified hard copy to the University

a copy of your NZCAA Class One Medical Certificate. You can upload an electronic copy with your enrolment.

You will need to attend an interview.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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