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 produce commercial pilots that can 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 offers a full-time two year training course. Successful completion of this course earns the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation.


Entry Requirements


The requirements for entry into the NZ Diploma in Aviation Instructor stream are:

  • Be at least 18 years of age before the date of CPL flight examination or ATPL subject examinations; 
  • Students must hold a Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate before acceptance on to the programme;
  • Be a fit and proper person, meeting the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand;
  • Prospective students must complete the ADAPT Trainee Pilot Pre-Screening Test and;
  • Achieve NCEA Level 2 including 14 credits or more in each of English, Maths, Science and a further supporting subject or complete 
  • PPL Theory subjects or equivalent.
  • Students need to be competent in spoken English and meet the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

Program Outline


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


Selection Process


The selection process consists of the following steps:


Please note applicants should meet the requirements of an Aviation Class 1 Medical,
a pre-requisite for enrolment, however time will be available after selection to the
programme and prior to programme start date to achieve this.

We are currently accepting applications and conducting interviews for 2017.



New Zealand Diploma in Aviation - Instructor stream


The NZ Diploma in Aviation (Level 6) provides flight training up to a Commercial Pilot Licence with an Instrument Rating and a NZQA Level 6 Diploma including the qualification required to become a C-Category Flight Instructor.


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
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
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