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Diploma in Aviation Flight Instructor Program

New Zealand Diploma in Aviation Flight Instructor Program

Entry Criteria

  • 17 years of age at the date of application


  • Achieve NCEA Level 3 overall
  • NCEA Level 2, 12 or more credits in English, Mathematics and Science – ideally physics


  • Passed PPL theory subjects


  • Have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand
  • Be fluent in English (verbal and written)*
  • Hold a NZ CAA Class 1 Medical Certificate (prior to commencement of training)
  • Consent to a criminal record check


In support of your application you will need to provide a criminal record and driving record which can take up to 8 weeks to obtain. Once you receive these documents please colour scan these to pilotcareersnz.cts@L3T.com and request for these to be added to your file by using your application ID number for the team to correctly identify you. You can request your criminal record by visiting https://www.justice.govt.nz/


To request your New Zealand driving record visit http://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/getting-a-licence/confirming-your-licence-details/


Your medical is due prior to commencement of training, however for information on the requirements of obtaining a New Zealand CAA class 1 medical please refer to http://www.caa.govt.nz/medical/medical-home/


For non-native English speakers, you will be required to present a certificate prior to training commencement demonstrating you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an equivalent of at Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.   


Any non-native English speakers will need to undertake an assessment at a CAA approved ELP Testing Organisation (see CAA Standards Document No. 31) for a formal assessment of their English language Proficiency level prior to license issue.


If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment day. During the morning you will complete a maths and aptitude test using the world's leading pilot assessment tool – PILAPT. You will then take part in various exercises designed to assess your interpersonal team skills through group discussion.


For those who pass the initial phase, the afternoon of your assessment day involves a mini-lesson and an interview with our selection team. The interview is designed to assess your motivation and understanding of the airline industry and the role of a flight instructor.


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