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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Air Traffic Services (Level 7) with strands in Aerodrome Control, Approach Control Procedural, Approach Control Surveillance, Area Control Procedural, and Area Control Surveillance
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 7
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Aerospace Engineering and Technology » Air Traffic Control
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the air traffic services sector of the aviation industry with individuals who have advanced specialist knowledge and skills to operate as licenced and rated air traffic controllers.

Graduates will be qualified to operate as air traffic controllers within a specialist area, and will be accountable for the continuous decisions they make, under the appropriate Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules, and aligned with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulatory requirements for air traffic services.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Integrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a professional Air Traffic Controller in a variable, dynamic surveillance, or aerodrome environment to provide for safe air travel and be accountable for decisions made.

Graduates of the Aerodrome Control strand will also be able to:
- Assume the privileges and limitations as defined in CAA Rule Part 65.307(a)(1) for making informed decisions based on situational awareness, relating to the safe management of air traffic situations, critically analysing traffic situations for potential conflict, and communicating timely instructions and/or information to ensure a safe, orderly, and expeditious traffic flow is maintained by the application of aerodrome control procedures in non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under real conditions.

Graduates of the Approach Control Procedural strand will also be able to:
- Assume the privileges and limitations as defined in CAA Rule Part 65.307(a)(2) for making informed decisions based on situational awareness, relating to the safe management of air traffic situations, critically analysing traffic situations for potential conflict, and communicating timely instructions and/or information to ensure a safe, orderly, and expeditious traffic flow is maintained using approach control procedural in non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under real conditions.

Graduates of the Approach Control Surveillance strand will also be able to:
- Assume the privileges and limitations as defined in CAA Rule Part 65.307(a)(3) for making informed decisions based on situational awareness, relating to the safe management of air traffic situations, critically analysing traffic situations for potential conflict, and communicating timely instructions and/or information to ensure a safe, orderly, and expeditious traffic flow is maintained, using approach control surveillance procedures in non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under real conditions.

Graduates of the Area Control Procedural strand will also be able to:
- Assume the privileges and limitations as defined in CAA Rule Part 65.307(a)(4) for making informed decisions based on situational awareness, relating to the safe management of air traffic situations, critically analysing traffic situations for potential conflict, and communicating timely instructions and/or information to ensure a safe, orderly, and expeditious traffic flow is maintained, using area control procedural in non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under real conditions.

Graduates of the Area Control Surveillance strand will also be able to:
- Assume the privileges and limitations as defined in CAA Rule Part 65.307(a)(5) for making informed decisions based on situational awareness, relating to the safe management of the flight plan system, critically analysing traffic situations for potential conflict, and communicating timely instructions and/or information to ensure a safe, orderly, and expeditious traffic flow is maintained, using area control surveillance in non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under real conditions.
Education pathways
This qualification leads on from New Zealand Diploma in Air Traffic Services (Level 6) with strands in Aerodrome Control and Approach Control Procedural, Area and Approach Control Surveillance and Area Control Procedural, and Automatic Dependent Surveillance [Ref: 2231].
There are no further Air Traffic Services qualifications.
Entry Requirements
In order to meet all of the outcomes of the graduate profile, a programme of study or programme of industry training leading to the award of this qualification can only be offered through the holder of an air traffic service organisation certificate issued under CAA Part 172, where the certificate authorises the holder to conduct that training; or the holder of an aviation training organisation certificate issued under CAA Part 141, where the certificate authorises the holder to conduct that training.

The trainee must:
- be at least 20 years of age,
- have a Civil Aviation Authority Class Three Medical Certificate,
- be proficient to at least Level 4 (Operational) of the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale, and
- hold a valid NZCAA Air Traffic Trainee Licence.
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By ServiceIQ
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3764
Status Current
Created October 2017
Next Review December 2020

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