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Certificate in Aviation Studies

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Take a ‘trial flight’ into university aviation studies

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

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

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 sixty 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 on existing courses from 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 Management will give you a solid platform to move into further tertiary study, if you so wish.

Internationally recognised qualification

Your qualification is internationally recognised, and accredited by the key New Zealand aviation authorities.

Massey University’s business and management studies are ranked in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Massey University's aviation management programmes to master’s level are also available to international students via distance study mode through our partnership with Singapore Aviation Academy.


A good fit if you:

  • Have an interest in aviation
  • Would like a formal qualification, but are time-poor
  • Are in the aviation industry, but do not have a tertiary qualification
  • Have your pilot’s license and are interested in more academic study
  • Would like to try some tertiary study before committing to a longer qualification


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

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