Aviation Map of Provision and Pilot Diplomas
The New Zealand Diplomas in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter), Levels 5 and 6, were developed by *ServiceIQ in close conjunction with the aviation industry and education authorities.
They were designed to address issues around the effectiveness and consistency of pilot training in New Zealand, by introducing a national standard that is well matched to the needs of aviation employers and students.
The new diplomas were registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) in July 2011. *ServiceIQ is now working with the industry to assist flight trainers to transition to offering the new Diplomas from the start of 2012.
The new diplomas are:
- New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter) (with strands in Agriculture, and General Aviation) – Level 5
- New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter) (with strands in Airline Preparation, and Flight Instruction) – Level 6
Each diploma includes ‘Common Core’ unit standards and unit standards specific to each strand. The ‘Common Core’ and Strand unit standards also differ between the helicopter and aeroplane diplomas at each level.
The below documents summarise the unit standards within each strand of the two diplomas, for both the helicopter and aeroplane options.
- Level 5 Diploma unit standard summary - Aeroplane
- Level 5 Diploma unit standard summary - Helicopter
- Level 6 Diploma unit standard summary - Aeroplane
- Level 6 Diploma unit standard summary - Helicopter
Please note that all practical components within the unit standards for the two diplomas align to relevant Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) flight test standard guides.
Background to the project
In 2010 *ServiceIQ (ATTTO) began working with the aviation sector to identify the ongoing training and workforce development needs of New Zealand’s aviation sector.
Findings and recommendations are summarised in the Aviation Strategic Training Plan and Map of Provision, which was completed in November 2010 (see link below). This report highlighted that changes need to be made to address issues around pilot training as a priority.
Delivery of pilot training in New Zealand is currently fragmented, with a large number of providers offering a range of different pilot qualifications. This has resulted in concerns about the consistency of training, disparate qualifications, and ineffective pathways into employment for graduates.
*ServiceIQ has been working closely with the aviation industry and education authorities to introduce a national standard for pilot training in New Zealand, through the development of two New Zealand Diplomas in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter).These were registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) in July 2011. ServiceIQ is now working with the industry to assist flight trainers to transition to offering the new Diplomas from the start of 2012.
As well as enhancing efficiency and employment outcomes of pilot training in New Zealand, the development of the two New Zealand Diplomas is also in line with Government objectives to streamline the number of tertiary qualifications on offer in New Zealand.
*ServiceIQ has been working throughout this process in consultation with a project Steering Group, made up of members from the Aviation Industry Association (AIA), the Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF), Air New Zealand, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other aviation industry stakeholders. In April 2011 this Steering Group was transitioned into a Qualifications Performance Monitoring Group (QPMG), which will have ongoing responsibility for governance of New Zealand's suite of aviation qualifications including the new pilot diplomas. (Download minutes from the QPMG meetings)
*1 January 2013 the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO), the Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) and Retail Institute (RI) merged, transforming into ServiceIQ - the service-based Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the aviation, tourism, travel, retail, wholesale and hospitality industries.