Commonly Asked Questions

What academic ability is required?

  • University Entrance
  • NCEA Level 3 Certificate, or equivalent, with a least 14 level 3 credits in an English-rich subject (English, History, Art, Geography, Biology, Classics, Art History, Journalism, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Physical Education), and at least 14 Level 3 credits in a numbers-orientated subject (Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Accounting, Economics, or
  • A Trade Qualification at Level 4, or above, or
  • A pass in all PPL subjects gained over a period of not more than 42 days

What are the Medical requirements?

A NZ CAA Medical Certificate Class 1.

Does my licence expire?

If you hold a New Zealand licence it is yours for life. You need a current New Zealand medical to be able to use it. New Zealand medicals may be done overseas by New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority approved doctors.

Is a New Zealand Licence recognised overseas?

NZCAA is recognised by ICAO. Most countries have a fairly simple conversion process but we recommend you ask your Aviation Authority for details.

How good does my English have to be?

International Students: Four years secondary schooling in a country where the first language is English or an IELTS overall score of 6.0, with no sub-part (reading, writing, listening, speaking) below 6.0 (or equivalent test). Click here to see equivalence table.

Domestic Students: Four years; secondary schooling where instruction and all learning activities have taken place in English, and at least 14 Level 3 credits in an English-rich subject (English, History, Art, Geography, Biology, Classics, Art History, Journalism, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Physical Education).

What is Fit and Proper Status and how could it affect me?

CAA requires you to hold fit and proper status at the time of your Licence issue and to continuously comply with this status. Click here to read more.

Students must provide an up to date Criminal Conviction Report showing a conviction free period of at least three years prior to the date on which training will commence and no more than one conviction for drunk driving. Students must also provide an up to date Demerit Points and Suspension History Report (Traffic Offence History) showing a maximum of 75 demerit points within the three years immediately prior to the date on which training will commence.

Do students at NAC wear a uniform?

Yes, all full-time students studying towards a professional licence at NAC are required to wear a uniform while they are representing the college. Students will be sent a uniform order form on acceptance to the course. Uniform costs range from $250.00 to $500.00, depending on what you need to acquire. This cost is not included in the course fees.