Air New Zealand Academy of Learning



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Total: 150

International: 35%


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Air New Zealand is a private aviation training provider, offering real-world experience and high-quality learning programmes. The Academy strives to excellence and to delivering up-to-date knowledge and skills.

The training team at the Academy are top-professionals within the aviation industry, holding a long track-record of flight hours, experience, and mentoring knowledge. Passionate about sharing their expertise, in a real-life environment, connected 24/7 to a world-class airline.

The students at the Air New Zealand Academy of Learning are at the heart of everything. The programmes are developed to enable your success personally, with fully-equipped flight simulators facility.

The staff at the Academy are providing a world-class pre-employment practice to help graduates enter the aviation industry.

Aviation Engineering Professionals

The engineering professionals training programmes are provided in both Auckland and Christchurch campuses and include courses across the regulatory approvals of Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (Part 141), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Part 147, Australia), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (Part 147).  

Domestic (NZ citizens and PR) & International Engineering students

The Academy offers an international and national recognised Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (level 3). The programme is 36-weeks long, based in Christchurch, approved by NZQA, and is a pre-requisite qualification to applying for an apprenticeship with aviation industry companies, including Air New Zealand. 

The Certificate is developed to deliver the relevant skills and training, to meet the employer’s requirements. The training is taking place next to industry professionals in the same facilities, allowing more exposure to their expertise and guidance.

New Zealand citizens and PRs over 17 years age can apply for the programme after a placement test, which is available on both campuses between September to November each year. The placement test includes English level assessment, math and physical skills (based on Yr12 / NCEA Level 2), and an interview.

For international students, 18 years age and over, the online placement test will include English level test – IELTS 5 score is required (if the studying language was not English), and Math and Physics skills test.

Many of the international students are sponsored by their aviation companies in their home countries, and they are encouraged to get their qualification from the Air New Zealand Academy of Learning. Also, some of the Pacific students are eligible for the NZ AID programme, for a short-term training scholarship (STTS).   

Pilot training

The Academy is not providing pilot training to aspiring pilots and has selected four Flight Training Organization (FTO’s) to provide it. These providers were carefully selected, following a stringent process, to ensure that their training programmes and quality systems meet the required standards.    

The selected FTO’s are IAANZ (Christchurch) – fleet of 28 aircraft, Massey University (Palmerston North) – fleet of 14 aircraft, Nelson Aviation College (Nelson and Motueka), and Southern Wings (Ardmore and Invercargill).

Flight Simulator Hiring Service

 Air New Zealand hold a world-class flight simulators facility, operated 24/7, and located next to Auckland’s International Airport. There are seven simulators and briefing rooms, available for hiring for Professional Pilots and Partner Airlines. The facility includes A320 Full Flight Simulator, ATR 72-500 Full Flight Simulator, ATR 72-600 Full Flight Simulator, B777 FFS Dry Hour (1200+), B787 Full Flight Simulator, Flight Crew Type Rating, and Q300 Full Flight Simulator.

The Air New Zealand Academy of Learning is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (Part 141), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Part 147, Australia), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (Part 147). It is also a registered and accredited Private Training Establishment with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). 

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