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Graduate Diploma in Aviation - Flight Instruction

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

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Build on your previous degree or aviation industry experience. This programme enables you to wrap a university qualification around your hard-won and hands-on aviation background.

This 120-credit programme 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


You could go on to become a flight instructor.

The graduate diploma is also a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to further study in aviation.

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.

Entry criteria

This programme is a selected entry programme. 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.

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

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