New Zealand Certificate in Aviation

Ground Handling (Level 3) Ramp Operations Strand

61 Credits


The aviation industry needs Ramp Operators who are capable of working with minimal supervision within a team. With this New Zealand qualification, JNP Aviation Training will prepare you for employment in a highly regulated and safety critical work environment. This unique and exciting qualification is delivered on site in both classroom and ‘on the job’ environments.

Already working in an airport ground-based role?  This ground handling programme can provide you with the skills, knowledge and qualification to support your current role and future aspirations.

Entry requirements

Open entry for domestic students. There are no specific entry criteria that need to be met to enrol on this programme. However, after receiving your application we will arrange a meeting with you, to ensure you are picking the right programme for you.

Purpose statement

The purpose of this qualification is to recognise individuals who have attained the skills required; and provide the education for new learners to be able to safely perform aviation ground handling operations in air cargo or ramp. The aviation industry will benefit by having Ramp Operators who are capable of working with minimal supervision within a team.

Graduate profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
• Communicate effectively to contribute to group performance.
• Comply with health and safety rules relevant to their role in ground operations.
• Handle dangerous goods and hazardous items as required by international aviation regulations.
• Comply with security rules applicable to airports when performing ground operations.

Graduates of the Ramp Operations strand will also be able to:
• Carry out safe and appropriate loading and off-loading from various aircraft types, ensuring correct load distribution on an aircraft, the preparation of rolling stock, and operating of necessary Ground Support Equipment (GSE) in support of the ramp operation.

Career opportunities

Holders of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work as Ramp Operators. Ramp operators may progress to become Aircraft Loading Leads, Push Back Operators, or Load Controllers or Ramp Services Mangers.

Regularity requirements

To achieve this qualification, trainees must at all times comply with the relevant aviation regulatory authority, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), or New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) security vetting standards.

Key Dates

Please contact to find out more. For those already working in ramp, contact us about workplace learning.

Further training or study

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Start date

2024 Intakes start in February, and in July. Start dates to be confirmed. For those already working in ramp, contact us about workplace learning.

Course duration

Provider-based (new learners) 22 weeks (includes 2 weeks study break). Work-based (employees in aviation ground operations) 44 weeks - learning and practical on-job timetable will be planned with JNPAT Instructor and Industry Training Facilitator, to allow for full-time work and study to be completed.

Study Location

JNP Aviation Training, Hangar 8, Aerodrome Road, Mount Maunganui. Not available to international students

Days on site per week

Approx 4 days per week—for new learners (Provider-based). For Work-based learners, class time and assessments will be timetabled with your Training Facilitator, Assesor/Verifier and workplace schedule.


Level 3

Delivery method

On the job and in the classroom

Course and assesSment type

Unit Standards / Competency-based


See cost to student.

Costs to students

$3500 (plus gst) (PPE and all course related equipment included) Already been enrolled as a JNPAT learner? Speak to us about your enrolment and fees.


61 Credits

youth guarantee

May be future inclusion



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