Entry Requirements (NZ Students)

The following prerequisites are the minimum entry requirements applicable to NZ domestic students wishing to study towards the NZ Diploma in Aviation:

  • Based on the information you provide to NAC, you may be invited to a Selection Board to determine your suitability for training. There are no entry requirements for the completion of a Private Pilot Licence course.


English Level

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, Chemistry, Economics, Biology, Physics, Classics, Art History, Journalism, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Physical Education).

Aviation Experience

Some experience of being around aircraft, or provides evidence of self-motivated efforts to educate themselves about aircraft and the profession of being a pilot.

Cognitive Capacity

  • NCEA Level 3 Certificate, or equivalent, with a least 14 level 3 credits in an English-rich subject (English, History, Art, Geography, Biology, Physics, Classics, Art History, Journalism, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Physical Education), and at least 14 Level 3 credits in a numbers-orientated subject (Calculus, Statistics, Accounting), 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.

Appropriate Level of Health

A CAANZ Medical Certificate Class 1. Applicants who are advised they have successfully completed the selection process must present their Class 1 medical to the flight training organisation before they commence training.

Fit and Proper Person

The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand requires all prospective licence holders to meet a Fit and Proper Person Assessment prior to licence issue. You are therefore required to provide both criminal conviction and transport offence history on application for a New Zealand licence. This information will need to be obtained from the country or countries which you have spent more than six months in within the last five years.

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.

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.

ADAPTĀ© Pre-screening Assessment

Students must achieve a Medium, Above Average or High result in the online ADAPTĀ© Pre-screening Online Assessment to be considered for enrolment. The cost of this test is NZD$100 plus GST ($115.00) and must be completed prior to enrolment. To complete this assessment or for more information go to: www.nzskillsconnect.co.nz.

  1. All applicants must prove competence in spoken and written English. Candidates who are unable to prove an adequate level of English during the selection process will not be successful.
  2. In the event the successful applicant does not hold a Class 1 medical by their nominated course commencement date, they may transfer their enrolment to the next available course. Such a transfer of enrolment may occur more than once provided that the student is able to commence training within a period not greater than 180 days from the completion of the selection process. If the period will exceed 180 days, the applicant must re-sit the entire application process.
  3. Applicants will be made aware that a conviction for drunk driving (or other serious offence or serial offending) while on the course breaches the fit and proper person criteria, and their training will be terminated.