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Qualification Title 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
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 120 - 180
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 attained sufficient operational and theoretical knowledge and practical skills to undertake on-job training to become licenced and rated air traffic controllers. The content recognises the theoretical knowledge and practical operational skills, and is aligned with, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulatory requirements for air traffic services.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Integrate the theoretical, practical and interpersonal components that underpin the practice of the CAA Air Traffic Controller requirements

Graduates of the Aerodrome Control and Approach Control Procedural strand will also be able to:
- Be responsible 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 and approach control procedures in non-radar non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under simulated conditions

Graduates of the Area and Approach Control Surveillance and Area Control Procedural strand will also be able to:
- Be responsible 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 surveillance, and area and approach control procedures in non-radar non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under simulated conditions

Graduates of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance strand will also be able to:
- Be responsible 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 automatic dependent surveillance procedures in non-complex, complex, abnormal and/or emergency situations under simulated conditions
Education pathways
This qualification leads on from the New Zealand Certificate in Air Traffic Services (Air Traffic Services Theory) (Level 5) [Ref: 2230]
Employment pathways
On completion of this qualification a graduate will have the skills and knowledge to be employed as a licenced air traffic control trainee in one of the following contexts:
- Tower Control Trainee - undertake training to control traffic visually within the Control Zone. Control towers may also have a radar screen to assist in the provision of visual control (to provide confirmation of the position of aircraft)
- Radar Control Trainee - undertake training to control in an approach or area surveillance unit
- Oceanic trainee - undertake training at a unit where ADS is a requirement
Entry Requirements
In order to meet all of the outcomes of the graduate profile, a programme of study 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.

Trainees must:
- Hold exam credits for the CAA Air Traffic Controller theoretical subjects in Air Law, Operational Procedures, Meteorology, Air Navigation, Principles of Flight and Aircraft Performance, and Human Performance
- Be at least 20 years of age
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By ServiceIQ
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2231
Status Current
Created September 2013
Last Reviewed August 2015
Next Review December 2020
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