Take Off! Introduction to aviation ground operations

20 credits

Micro-credential for school leavers and industry employees.

Are you a secondary school learner year 11 to 13? Please check out the Secondary School Micro-credential

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is designed for anyone who wishes to assess against standards or standard operating procedures in their workplace or for a training provider. Please contact us pre-enrolment through our Expression of Interest form and we will ensure that this is the right Course for you and/or your organisation.

Purpose statement

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with the following knowledge and skills in an aviation environment; to use a two-way radio; communicate effectively in teams; apply health and safety and security rules and to complete baggage preparation for loading in ground operations.

Graduate profile

Graduates will be able to apply health, safety and security rules in an aviation environment; communicate effectively in their team at work, use a two-way radio and prepare baggage for loading using trolleys in the ground operations environment.

Career opportunities

There are many different job opportunities in the aviation ground operations industry. Marshalling, baggage handling, aircraft cleaning and airport front of house staff are a few examples. Chat further with us today!

Regularity requirements

All onsite PPE, delivery resources, workbooks (including LMS content) and assessment material will be provided by JNPAT and issued to students at the JNPAT Induction. Time has been left between each intake to allow for student catch ups or additional assistance, credit reporting, all administration, teaching preparation and academic and stakeholder meetings. It is preferable that students BYD (bring your own device), however there are desktop computers available at the JNPAT classrooms.

Key Dates

Courses available from February 2023. Contact admin@jnpat.ac.nz for more information

Further training or study

New Zealand Certificate in Ground Operations, Ramp Handing (Level 3) •  New Zealand Certificate in Airport Operations (Levels 4 and 5)

Start date

This Micro-credential is currently Work-based, and is arranged with JNPAT and Industry Training Facilitator. Open for applications / expression of interest now. Email admin@jnpat.ac.nz or register your interest now

Course duration

10 weeks - 20 weeks. For those employed in industry dates will be arranged to suit learner and JNPAT, but can carry across 20 weeks to fit into full-time employment.

Study Location

JNPAT Training rooms, Hangar 8, 142 Aerodrome Road, Tauranga (located next to the Tauranga Airport). Not available to international students

Days on site per week

20 weeks of industry / workplace training and JNPAT classroom theory



Delivery method

Each 20 credit micro-credential is taught across a total of 20 weeks. For those studying while at work, this micro-credential can be taught across a total of 20 weeks. Intakes commence with the coordination of industry and JNPAT.

Course and assesSment type

Micro-credential of competency based unit standards. Assessment type uses both moodle activities and practical observations.


$1615.00(excl GST)

Costs to students

$1615.00 (excl GST). For secondary schools, please contact admin@jnpat.ac.nz and view (https://www.jnpat.ac.nz/pathways)


20 credits

youth guarantee

Gateway available: https://www.jnpat.ac.nz/pathways



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