COMMERCIAL PILOT TRAINING

 

We educate and inspire pilots to become world class. Our professional staff and resources create an environment focused on excellence which empowers students to Go Beyond. 

We train commercial pilots to apply their skills across the entire aviation sector. The holistic experience we provide trainees means more one on one time with our experienced pilots, smaller class numbers and access to world-class instructors and resources.

Waikato Aviation is a Category 1 registered training provider with New Zealand Qualifications Authority, with accreditation to offer training programmes towards the relevant NZ qualifications: see our page on the NZQA website here.

 
 
 
 

How to apply

 

Waikato Aviation is an ideal place to start your career in aviation. Based at the busy Hamilton Airport (NZHN) you will be exposed to the airline operating environment every day. You will learn to manage radio communications and the Air traffic controlled environment preparing you for flying anywhere in the world. 

The Waikato is the gateway to several of New Zealand's most famous tourist attractions including Hobbiton and the renowned surf breaks of Raglan.

Hamilton City is a student town with a vibrant and safe social scene.

Read through the information and contact us to start your flying adventure. 

Click here to learn more about the Waikato and Hamilton Airport.

 

International prospectus

 

Download the PDF below to find out more about the programme outline and 2017 Application process

 
 
 
 
 

PROGRAMME AIMS AND PHILOSOPHY

 

The aims of the Waikato Aviation training programmes are:

·         To provide students with a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) qualification,
·         To support students to achieve the necessary flight experience to gain employment with in the aviation industry,
·         To ensure that pilots have a broader range of skills that will equip them for working as a pilot in different situations.

PROGRAMME PHILOSOPHY

Waikato Aviation’s training programmes are based on the philosophy of training pilots who must exercise professional skill in both flying an aircraft and managing resources such as:

·         The aircraft cockpit
·         Flight and cabin crew
·         Air Traffic Services (ATS)
·         Engineering support crew
·         Passengers
·         Health and safety

This involves developing skills in problem-solving, decision-making and judgement.

Waikato Aviation’s training Programme is based on the principle that there are real opportunities in the aviation industry for pilots who understand relevant principles beyond just being able to fly an aircraft. 

The qualification therefore provides a pathway for student pilots to gain recognition for their skills and their studies in aviation and thus increase their employment options in the aviation industry.

The employment pathways are for graduates to work as commercial pilots of an aeroplane in general aviation or under the relevant CAA Rules, or in the associated support industries of flight planning and scheduling.

The education pathways are for graduates to progress to the Level 6 Diploma towards becoming a Flight Instructor, or enrol in a university bachelor degree in aviation management.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

International students must attend the scheduled 20 hours of training with Waikato Aviation as a condition of their student visa. We aim to offer the most appropriate teaching and learning for every student in a college that is most like the professional and industry environment we are preparing graduates for.

The Waikato Aviation educational philosophy is to provide courses which meet CAA qualification requirements in a manner which is flexible, to meet the varying educational and financial needs of students, pilot trainees and those working in New Zealand aviation companies, who want to gain the qualifications required to advance their career.

The Programme operates with the belief that students learn best when they can link theoretical knowledge and the practical application of this knowledge, together.

The courses chosen for the programme teach useful, practical and up-to-date skills for aviation flight deck managers and pilots of the future. 

 

We're looking after you

 
 

Waikato Aviation understands how demanding aviation training is, we understand that moving overseas, finding accommodation, learning social skills in a new Country, City and Culture can be demanding as well as exciting. We are here to ensure your time with us is enjoyable, safe and successful. Waikato Aviation has a team of Student Support Experts ready to look after you.

    Click here for more information on the Waikato Aviation Student Care programme.

When students come to study in New Zealand, education providers have an important responsibility to ensure that those students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

To support this, the New Zealand government has developed the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. Waikato Aviation has agreed to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

We offer support specifically for international students through our Student Support coordinator Edna Tyler and Pastoral Care Administrator Malcolm Gordon who you can approach anytime about any issues to do with study, work or life in Hamilton, New Zealand.

          Click here for more information on the Education Code of Practice 2016.

  

 

TRANSPORT

Bus

There are reliable bus services around Hamilton as well as to other towns and cities. Buses run by the Hamilton city council go from the city centre frequently to other suburbs as well as the ‘Orbiter’ that circles the main centres of Hamilton. You can pay cash on the bus or save about 25% if you buy a concession ticket from the bus driver or Transit Centre. Check out a timetable on

http://www.busit.co.nz

For more info on buses between major towns and cities see https://www.intercity.co.nz or https://www.busbud.com.

Shuttle Bus

For shuttle service to Auckland International Airport you can expect to pay about $80 one way. For more info go to
Minibus Express          0800 646 428             www.minibus.co.nz
Roadcat                      (07) 823 2559            www.roadcat.co.nz

 

Accommodation and Food costs

Accommodation in Hamilton varies depending on location and type of property, the total cost including power usually ranges from $150-$200 (NZ dollars) per week. Food ranges in cost greatly but a budget of between $NZ80- $NZ120 per week depending on quality, amount and type of food is a good start. We estimate that you will need approximately $12,000-$18,000 per year to cover the cost of living while studying with us in Hamilton. For more info on the cost of living in NZ, see the Education NZ website at https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/live-work/cost-of-living

To view current accommodation options, we recommend the following internet sites:

http://www.realestate.co.nz/rental

http://www.studentrent.co.nz/

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-me-property/

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

There is a range of community organisations offering free support. You can check these websites and/or call these organisations for any reason.

http://www.cab.org.nz/Pages/home.aspx

https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines/

 

Information for your application

 
 
 

Immigration

All international students require a student visa from Immigration New Zealand. Waikato Aviation can assist you with your application for a student visa.

All applications need to be made electronically at:

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/our-online-systems/applying-for-a-visa-online/immigration-online

For further assistance contact your local New Zealand Embassy

Click here for more information on Immigration and Student Visas.

 

Educational Requirements

Flight training has both practical and theory based components. In order to ensure your best opportunity for success, we have set some educational benchmarks. These are based around the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement Standards.

Click here for more information on the Educational Benchmarks for Entry.

 

English Language

English is the international language of Aviation. The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority requires all applicants for a NZ pilot licence to be able to fluently read, speak and effectively understand the English language. All class teaching and flight instruction is given in English.  When English is a second language, applicants are required to meet a minimum of Grade 12 with English scores of IELTS 6 and TOEFEL (paper based) 550 or (iBT) 80.

Click here for more information on the Educational Benchmarks.

 

Pilots Medical Certificate

It is a condition of acceptance to the Waikato Aviation - International Pilot Training Course that students must hold a Class 1 New Zealand Civil Aviation Medical Certificate before confirmation of your place on the training course. Wearing glasses should not prevent you from gaining a medical certificate or restrict your licence in any way, providing you can meet the vision standard when wearing them.

Click here for more information on Pilots Medical Certificates.

 

Travel and Medical Insurance

All international students must have comprehensive Medical and travel Insurance for the length of their visa in New Zealand. Waikato Aviation will check that this is appropriate before a student can enrol and study at Waikato Aviation. This is a requirement of the New Zealand Government under the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students.

There are many insurance options/policies available and students may already have appropriate insurance but must provide certified English translation for Waikato Aviation to accept it, and it must include medical evacuation. Waikato Aviation recommends the Student Plan from Uni-Care International Travel Insurance or its equivalent: https://www.uni-care.org

Click here for more information on Travel and Medical Insurance.

 
 
 

The Next steps

Complete our Enrolment Application Form and provide all the required documentation. 

  • Upon meeting all entry requirements, we will send you an "Offer of Place" in the programme of your choice and an Invoice for your tuition fees.  
  • You should then pay the Invoice issued to you and we will issue you with a Receipt and Confirmation of Enrolment. Students from China, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Turkey and the Middle East are recommended to apply for ‘Pre-visa Assessment’ at the appropriate New Zealand Immigration Office before paying programme fees. 
  • In order to obtain your Student Visa, you will need to show our Receipt and Confirmation of Enrolment.  
  • Take your passport, the official Confirmation of Enrolment, Receipt, and other documentation required to the nearest New Zealand Embassy/High Commission to apply for a Student Visa. 
  • After receiving your passport with your Student Visa issued, please inform the Waikato Aviation International Team (contacts on the Confirmation of Enrolment letter) and fax a copy of your passport details. We will then re-confirm the start date of your course.
  • Upon your arrival in Auckland, you must contact our International Team arrangement of your orientation and course enrolment. 

For international students enrolling at Waikato Aviation, an international assistance fee is included in the tuition fees.

 
 
 
 
 

About us

 

Waikato Aviation has been training pilots since 1933.

We provide a professional flight-training programme designed to meet the needs of both leisure and career focused pilots. Waikato Aviation is a Category 1 registered training provider with New Zealand Qualifications Authority, with accreditation to offer training programmes towards the relevant NZ qualifications: see our page on the NZQA website here.

 

 

 

What our graduates say

 
 
My time at Waikato Aviation provided me with the practical training and learning techniques which have allowed me to branch in to many areas of aviation including parachute dropping and bush flying, right through to my current role as First Officer at Cathay Pacific. There are many methods and environments to learn aviation but I found Waikato suited me perfectly and they consistently turn out pilots of an extremely high calibre. The friendly atmosphere allows newcomers to chat with veterans of the industry without judgement and form connections which can come in handy when you are looking for that all important first job.
— Greg van der Meulen
 
 
 
 
 
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I have always wanted to be a pilot and living in Cambridge made Waikato Aviation the obvious choice. Training at Waikato was fantastic, the quality of the air instruction, the modern capable aircraft and the interesting people that I meet, made my flight training relevant and prepared me for work in the aviation industry. My flight experience has varied from instructing to a role as Captain with Air New Zealand’s Eagle Air. I am now flying with the Air New Zealand Boeing 777 fleet. My training and experiences at Waikato Aviation have prepared me well.
— Marie O’Neill
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Waikato Aviation really took care of my training, there was awesome attention to detail and I didn’t become a number lost in the system. My training was tailored to suit my progression. I found the funding was easy to deal with and I was updated fortnightly, where it’s going, how much is remaining and what is left in terms of flying hours and how that lines up with the club syllabus, so there was no nasty surprises.

At Waikato I enjoyed the social element, its a group of genuinely enthusiastic flyers from recreational pilots to current airline pilots. This creates a great environment to share experiences and learn within. I also gained valuable experience from the fly away trips, involving other clubs, competition flying to hone the skills and social events at the club which really built a sense of camaraderie between students.
— David King
 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions:

International Student Care

We care about you. Waikato Aviation is committed to your success. We are here to support you in your study programme. We are also here to ensure you have a great time living in a new place. Waikato Aviation has a team of support people available to you, they are here to discuss and answer your questions on subjects from Study to Health and Living arrangements. We have a 24 hour phone line you can contact to provide help if and when you need it. 

Our Commitment to The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016

When students come to study in New Zealand, education providers have an important responsibility to ensure that those students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

To support this, the New Zealand government has developed the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, which replaced the 2010 Code of Practice.

The new Code of Practice was released in March 2016, and applied from 1 July 2016.

Waikato Aviation has agreed to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. Copies of the Code are available on request from Waikato Aviation or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international

What Is the Code?

The Code is a document that provides a framework for service delivery by educational providers and their agents to international students.  The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of educational providers with respect to international students.  The Code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only and not to academic standards.

Who Does the Code Apply To?

The Code applies to all education providers in New Zealand with international students enrolled.  The Code is mandatory to these providers and must be signed by them.

What Is An “International Student”?

An “international student” is a foreign student studying in New Zealand.

How Do I Know If an Education Provider Has Signed the Code?

The New Zealand Ministry of Education maintains a register of all signatories to the Code.  This is available online from www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international If the education provider that you are seeking to enrol with is not a signatory to the Code, you will not be granted a permit from New Zealand Immigration Service and you will not be able to study at that institution.

What Do I Do If Something Goes Wrong?

If you have any concerns about your treatment by your education provider or by an agent of the provider, the first thing you must do is contact the chief pilot, the international student director, or another person who has been identified to you as someone that you can approach about complaints at your institution.  The Code requires all institutions to have a fair and equitable internal grievance procedures for students and you need to go through these internal processes before you can take the complaint any further.  If your concerns are not resolved by the internal grievance procedure, you can contact Fairway Resoloution Services Limited: https://www.fairwayresolution.com/got-a-dispute

Withdrawals and refunds

Withdrawal up to the end of the tenth working day will incur an administration fee of up to 25% of the fees paid by the student. Waikato Aviation policy is that any student withdrawing from a course after 10 working days from the commencement date is not entitled to fee refund will not be eligible for a fee refund.

However, the fees for flying hours will be reimbursed in the case of practical flying courses.

Student fee Protection

Student fee protection covers all payments made to Waikato Aviation by or on behalf of, a student. These include Course Fees (including flight hours) and Course Related Costs.

NZQA's Student Fee Protection Rules protect the interests of domestic and international students, especially if a PTE stops offering a course in which students have enrolled.

 Waikato Aviation has an audited and New Zealand Qualifications Authority approved, Student fee protection scheme in place. International Students fees are protected via the Public Trust.

 Public Trust
(Trusts – Bond, Static and Standard)

Phillipa Chapman
09 985 6806
0800 494 733
www.feeprotect.co.nz

Grievance Procedures

Students can raise any issues about academic or student services with a range of staff, including the Chief Pilot, or the Training Manager, or they can seek advice about the most appropriate next step from our Enrolments Officer if they are not comfortable doing that.

Students who are not satisfied with the outcome will be encouraged to make a formal complaint in writing and will be advised of the decision within 10 working days.

Students will be encouraged to take the matter to NZQA as the Code Administrator if they are still not happy or the Dispute Resolution Scheme administered by iStudent Complaints if it is a financial or contractual complaint. For more info visit the NZQA website at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/education-code-of-practice/student-complaints/

Waikato Aviation grievance procedures will be on the Waikato Aviation website, and in the International Student Handbook as well as on posters and/or flowcharts around the premises: these will all be reviewed in July each year as part of Waikato Aviation’s self review of the Code. The Code of Practice pamphlets will be available around our premises in appropriate languages where available from www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/education-code-of-practice/code-of-practice-resources-languages.

Waikato Aviation staff are familiar with the Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS) rules through our professional development.

Attendance requirements

Waikato Aviation attendance policy is fit for purpose with Immigration NZ and intended to help students become work ready, developing the skills and attributes of a world class air operator. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes, training events and other educational activities unless they produce a medical certificate. The only exception is approved leave where students notify Waikato Aviation in advance of events or circumstances beyond their control such as attending medical exams. Attendance is recorded at every class and students not attending will be followed up immediately by phone

 

 
 
 

Immigration

All international students require a student visa from Immigration New Zealand to enable them to study in New Zealand. Our enrolments team are well versed in the student visa and immigration requirements for international students and can assist with their application.

All applications need to be made through your local New Zealand Embassy. The visa process usually takes between 6 – 8 weeks, please allow enough time to for this to be processed.

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at: www.immigration.govt.nz

 
 
 

Education

All international students must meet the equivalent of New Zealand NCEA level 2. Please visit the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website for more information:  

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/international-qualifications/#whatsneeded

 
 

English

English is the international language of Aviation. The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority requires all applicants for a NZ pilot licence to be able to fluently read, speak and effectively understand the English language. All instructions are given in English.

When English is a second language, applicants are required to meet a minimum of Grade 12 with English scores of IELTS 6 and TOEFEL (paper based) 550 or (iBT) 80.

Visit these websites to find your nearest testing location for assessment:

www.ielts.org   IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.

www.ets.org/toefel   The TOEFL® test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 8,500 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries.

 
 
 

Pilots Medical

It is a requirement of the NZ CAA for all pilots in New Zealand to hold a current Class Medical certificate appropriate for the licencing they hold.

Students at Waikato Aviation training to be a professional pilot are required to obtain a Class One Medical certificate before enrollment is finalised.

Medicals can only be completed with an accredited Aviation Medical Examiner(AME). Medicals are valid for one year for commercial operations if you are under 40 years old.

Wearing glasses should not prevent you from gaining a medical or restrict your licence in any way, providing you can meet the vision standard when wearing them.

A listing of approved overseas medical examiners is located on the CAA website: www.caa.govt.nz

 
 
 

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand.  If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment.  Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website at www.health.govt.nz

 
 
 

Insurance

All international students must have comprehensive Medical and travel Insurance for the length of their visa in New Zealand. Waikato Aviation will check that this is appropriate before a student can enrol and study at Waikato Aviation. This is a requirement of the New Zealand Government under the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students.

here are many insurance options/policies available and students may already have appropriate insurance but must provide certified English translation for Waikato Aviation to accept it, and it must include medical evacuation. Waikato Aviation recommends the Student Plan from Uni-Care International Travel Insurance or its equivalent: https://www.uni-care.org