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Add a new dimension to your commercial pilot’s licence
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.
- Graduate, NZQF Level 7
- 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
- Selected entry programme.
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
Careers and further study
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.
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.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
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.
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.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
Courses and planning
- Courses from one of the endorsements – 120 credits
Not more than 45 credits at 200 level
At least 75 credits at 300 level
Courses for this specialisation
|190282||Introduction to Flight Instruction||15|
|190285||Aerobatic Aircraft Handling||15|
|190301||Flight Instructor Human Factors||15|
|190315||Flight Instruction Fundamentals I||15|
15 credits at 300 level from 190 prefix (Aviation)
15 credits at 200 or 300 level from the 190 prefix (Aviation).
Planning your programme
If you study full-time you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.
Becoming a flight instructor
You will need to complete the necessary competencies to achieve a CAA NZ 'C' Category Flight Instructor Rating, a night instructor endorsement removal and an aerobatics instructor endorsement removal and pass the following integrated courses:
190.282 Introduction to Flight Instruction
190.285 Aerobatic Aircraft Handling
190.301 Flight Instructor Human Factors
190.315 Flight Instruction Fundamentals I
190.335 Flight Instruction
Integrated courses comprise two components: academic and practicum. You must pass both the academic component and the practicum component to obtain a pass in the course.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
A good fit if you:
- already hold a commercial pilot’s licence but wish to gain a flight instructor rating
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. You can go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
There is a webpage with information on changes that took place in 2020, which may affect you if you are a current BSc student.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.