Diploma Questions and Answers

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New Zealand Diplomas in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter) - Questions & Answers

How are the new qualifications structured?

  1. How are the Diplomas structured?
    The two Diplomas offer four elective streams. The Level 5 Diploma offer electives in agricultural aviation and general aviation. The Level 6 Diploma offers electives in airline preparation and flight instruction.

  2. How will the commercial pilots' licence (CPL) fit into this new qualification?
    The CPL will be completed as part of the qualification. However, the Minister of Tertiary Education is reviewing whether students will have access to student loans for the solo flight hours required for their CPL. For information about proposed changes, please see the Ministry of Education's website.

  3. Can people still pay for themselves to do a commercial pilot’s licence, without doing the rest of the qualification?

  4. What stops people leaving the full qualification once they have their CPL?
    Completion of the full diplomas will make graduates more employable than those who only complete their CPL. With four different streams, graduates will complete training with the specialist skills needed for employment in each of these areas, making it easier for them to find work.

  5. Will completing a particular stream guarantee graduates a job?
    No, but they will have the right skills needed to obtain employment in their chosen field.

  6. NEW26Aug I’m trying to ascertain where the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flying component is under the Airline Preparation Strand? (refer qualification details, Level 6 diploma)
    This is incorporated as part of the requirement “knowledge and readiness for airline multi-crew flying operations, demonstrate night flying and flights where IFR are required”. Extra credits have been allowed for (160 credit requirement for this strand Aeroplane). See the qualification unit standard summary documents for a break-down of unit standards within each stream.

  7. NEW26Aug Looking at the qualification details for the diplomas, some of the content has unit standard numbers alongside it, and some does not. Why is this?
    The content with unit standards alongside it relates to specific unit standards covering theory subjects required for each specialisation. The practical aspects of the diplomas do not have unit standards associated with them in the qualification documents, in order to give providers the flexibility to match their existing programmes against these aspects of training, and show how they meet qualification outcomes.

    When applying for programme approval, training schools will need to provide this information in a matrix that outlines how their programme to deliver the diplomas aligns to these practical requirements. See "How and When Will the Qualifications Roll Out" below for more information regarding qualification matrixes.

  8. NEW26Aug What is the credit allocation for Instrument Rating and ATPL within the Airline Strand?
    Credit allocation for Instrument Rating is 41 credits – 31 theory and 10 practical.  This leaves a balance of 119 credits to make up the total 160 credits for the strand.  It should be noted that these values are over and above the base CPL that precedes the Airline Strand (130 credits ).See the qaulification unit standard summary documents for a break-down of unit standards within each stream.

  9. NEW26Aug What is the credit allocation for Instrument Rating and Instructor Rating within the Instructor Strand?
    Credit allocation for Instrument Rating is 41 credits – 31 theory and 10 practical.  This leaves a balance of 79 credits to make up the total 120 credits for this strand. It should be noted that these values are over and above the base CPL that precedes the Instructor Strand (130 credits). See the qaulification unit standard summary documents for a break-down of unit standards within each stream.

  10. NEW7Oct Why does the qualification document for the Level 6 Diploma state there are 230 credits required for the Flight Instruction strand when 250 credits is required for the Aeroplane Flight Instruction strand?
    The qualification document structure is written to NZQA guidelines and their practice is to list the minimum credits required. The qualification matrix developed by *ServiceIQ shows the difference between the credit values for the Flight Instruction strands for Helicopter (230) and Aeroplane (250).

Will there be entry criteria?

  1. Will there be entry criteria?
    A common online pre-screening assessment tool is being developed, which will need to be completed by all potential trainees prior to their application for enrolment at a flight training school. Read more about this process here.

  2. NEW26Aug How do I register to link my flight training school (as a training provider) to the online pre-screening tool?
    Flight training schools should email *ServiceIQ on pilot.diplomas@ServiceIQ.org.nz to register as a qualifications provider on www.nzskillsconnect.co.nz. This will ensure that they are included in this list of training schools made available to candidates.

How and when will the new qualifications roll out?

  1. When will the new qualification come into effect?
    The two new diplomas have now been approved and registered by NZQA. From 1 January 2012, anyone enrolling to train as a pilot in New Zealand will need to be enrolled in an NZQA-approved programme to deliver the New Zealand Diplomas in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter), or the Massey University Bachelor of Aviation programme.

    Flight training schools are asked to submit programmes to deliver the new diplomas to NZQA for approval before 31 October, along with applications for Consent to Assess against the unit standards. Click here for details about the programme approval and Consent to Assess process.

  2. NEW26Aug Flight training schools are being asked to develop a matrix that maps qualification outcomes against what is delivered by the schools’ programmes. Is an example template available that training schools can use?
    There is no specific template for these matrices. Providers may have existing documents that they already use.  If not, an excel spreadsheet or similar showing all the links would suffice. This could include one column for modules, one for ASL exams and one for unit standards, with the commonalities shown horizontally with colour or similar .
    For more information please contact moderation@ServiceIQ.org.nz.

  3. What about students who are part of the way through training when the new qualification is introduced?
    Current students will be able to complete training towards local provider programmes, as long as they were registered before 1 January 2012. Students may also choose to transition to one of the New Zealand Diplomas.

  4. How will the new qualifications be governed going forward?
    As the standard setting body for aviation qualifications, *ServiceIQhas put in place a Qualification Performance Monitoring Group, whose primary focus will be oversight of qualifications-related systems and performance. This will ensure qualifications standards remain relevant to industry and that any issues relating to qualifications and the development of best possible graduates can be independently and proactively managed with the appropriate stakeholders.

Which providers will offer the new qualifications?

  1. Who will be able to offer these qualifications?
    Any flight training provider in New Zealand will be able to offer this qualification, provided they gain programme approval and Consent to Assess from NZQA, and funding from the Tertiary Education Commission to conduct this training.

  2. How does this link in with Air New Zealand’s plans to work with a network of preferred flight training providers?
    Air New Zealand has supported the development of the airline stream of the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter) as an industry standard and has been closely involved in this process. The airline has decided to work with a small group of preferred flight training providers to ensure it has a pool of potential future pilots that are trained to the standard expected by the airline. Students who complete training with an Air New Zealand preferred provider will rank higher in the airline’s recruitment and selection processes than those who complete the New Zealand Diplomas through a non-preferred provider.

  3. How will the diplomas complement the degree programmes on offer from providers like Massey?
    The diplomas provide an educational pathway into Bachelor Degree study, such as the Massey University Bachelor Degree in Aviation.

Why a national qualification?

  1. Why do we need national qualifications for pilots?
    The current training model, which sees a range of different qualifications being delivered by different providers, means that pilot training is inconsistent, difficult to monitor and does not effectively channel students into employment. The two new national qualifications will ensure a consistent national standard is set for pilot training in New Zealand, which is clearly linked to employer needs. This project also aligns to New Zealand Government objectives to streamline the number of tertiary qualifications on offer in New Zealand (see the NZQA's website).

  2. What are the benefits of national qualifications, compared with the regional qualifications currently offered by flight training providers?
    National qualifications are quality assured and registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). These qualifications fit the needs of industry employers and set a national, industry-wide standard. They are nationally recognised because national industry representatives design them.

  3. How have these qualifications been developed?
    The New Zealand Diplomas in Aviation (Aeroplane and Helicopter) were designed by *ServiceIQ qualifications development experts, in close consultation with senior aviation industry representatives, the Aviation Industry Association Flight Training Division and the NZQA.

  4. Who is ServiceIQ and what’s their role?
    *ServiceIQ is the industry training organisation for the aviation sector. Under our agreements with the Tertiary Education Commission, it is our role to liaise with industry to develop nationally-recognised aviation qualifications that meet the needs of employers and trainees. We also have a leadership role within the aviation sector, and led the initial project that identified the need for this qualification (the Aviation Strategic Training Plan and Map of Provision project).

Do you have more questions about this project? Email us on pilot.diplomas@ServiceIQ.org.nz

*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.