TRAINING PROGRAMME

NZ Diploma in Aviation L6

Aeroplane Flight Instructor

278 Credits, 84 weeks full-time

Auckland Pilot Training Group (APTG) is proud to offer New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) certified Diploma Course Level 6. This course, as well as conforming to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) pilot licenses, offers our students a nationally recognised qualification under the Ministry of Education quality framework.

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation Level 6 (Aeroplane Flight Instructor), was developed by Service IQ in close conjunction with the aviation industry and education authorities and will be delivered by NZQA Category 1 Provider.

The programme was 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.

Graduates will be qualified commercial pilots with aircraft type ratings, an Instrument Rating (entitling the holder to legally operate a single or multi-engine aeroplane in New Zealand for commercial purposes) and a Category C Flight Instructor rating.

Start your Training in Aviation L6 with us:

Instructor-student Ratio

Benefit from personalized attention and mentorship with our low student-to-instructor ratio. This allows for tailored training plans to fit your unique learning pace and style.

Hands-On Learning

Experience a balanced curriculum with a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, designed to prepare you for the real-world challenges of an aviation career.

Flexible courses and timings

We understand your commitments. That’s why we offer flexible course schedules, allowing you to balance your training with other personal or professional obligations.

Alumni Network

Join a thriving network of successful alumni who are making their mark in the aviation industry worldwide.

Details of the programme:

Entry Requirements


  • Be 18 years of age or over;
  • Successfully complete the ADAPT Trainee Pilot Pre-screening Test;
  • Hold NCEA Level 3, PPL Theory subjects or Equivalent;
  • Hold an Aviation Class 1 medical certificate;
  • Meet the ‘Fit & Proper Person’ requirements of CAANZ;
  • Be competent in spoken English to meet CAANZ requirements;
  • International students and students for whom English is a second language must have evidence within two years of enrolment of achieving an IELTS academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or meet other requirements under Rule 18 in the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules and;
  • Have passed the English Language Proficiency Test provided by ASPEQ.
  • Pass an interview with Chief Flying Instructor (CFI).

Successful graduates will have:


  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (with night privileges)
  • Single Pilot Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
  • C-Category Instructor Rating
  • ATPL Human Factors and Law examination credits
  • 313 hours of total flight experience
  • 150 hours Pilot in Command flight experience
  • 30 hours Multi Engine flight Experience
  • 10 hours of Night flight experience

Career pathways


One of the immediate roles you can enter is as a flight instructor. In this role, you would provide training to student pilots and help them develop the skills necessary to earn their own pilot licenses. With experience as a flight instructor and having met the additional flight hours required by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ), you can transition to the role of a commercial pilot. This can include piloting for commercial airlines, corporate jet operators, or charter services.

Upcoming full-time ground course intakes

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