Secondary School Micro-credential in aviation ground operations - Take off!

20 Credits


Aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world. To resume operations safely, airlines and ground handling agents must comply with legal requirements and provide recurrent training to ensure the competence of employees.

NZQA accredited tertiary training provider JNP Aviation Training (JNPAT), is offering this package of learning for Year 11 to 13 students in the Bay of Plenty. Learn effective communication and two-way radio use in aviation, baggage handling and preparation for loading on aircraft, and health, safety and security in aviation. This micro-credential is also available to those already employed in the industry, and is stacked towards:

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

Entry requirements

Year 11 to 13, JNPAT will work with school teachers to ensure this is the right gateway for each interested learner.

Purpose statement

The purpose of this micro-credential and gateway programme is to provide learners with an introduction to the aviation ground operations industry.

Graduate profile

Graduates of this gateway will be able to:

* use terminology related to two-way radio communications and carry out radio communications at an airport

* communicate effectively in a team in the aviation industry

* apply health, safety and security rules relevant to a role in aviation ground operations

* interpret baggage label information and process baggage for loading

* check and prepare aircraft baggage trolleys for baggage loading

* apply knowledge of dangerous goods in an air cargo environment

Career opportunities

Holders of this micro-credential will have the skills and knowledge to continue to train as ramp operators in the aviation environment. Ramp operators may progress to become aircraft loading leads, push back operators, or load controllers or ramp services managers and team leaders and training managers.

Regularity requirements

To achieve this micro-credential, trainees must at all times comply with the relevant aviation regulatory authority, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Key Dates

First Intakes: February 2024 and run consecutively throughout the year according to enrolment numbers (1 day a week for 10 weeks). Generally 9am to 2:30pm and run Tuesdays and Wednesdays (this may change according to enrolment numbers)

Further training or study

TAKE OFF is also stacked towards the following:

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

We invite you to join JNPAT and the opportunity to Take Off on your journey in a career in aviation. This industry offers so many unique career paths for you to pursue. We guarantee your experience will be both challenging and enjoyable.

Start date

Week of the 12th February 2024. Intakes run consecutively throughout the year to meet learner demand.

Course duration

10 weeks (1 day / week)

Study Location

Tauranga Airport onsite and JNPAT classrooms, Hangar 8, Aerodrome Road. Not available to international students

Days on site per week

1 day per week



Delivery method

1d/week face to face onsite practical with JNPAT. 1d/week face to face school pathways/gateway teacher classwork using JNPAT LMS (Moodle) and all JNPAT resources. Each 20 credit micro-credential is taught across a total of 10 weeks (1/d a week). Intakes commence within New Zealand Secondary School terms (10 max students per intake).

Course and assesSment type

The Course is competency based with unit standard - JNPAT Moodle activity assessments and JNPAT onsite practical observations.


$700pp (excl gst)

Costs to students

School funding dependent. 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.


20 Credits

youth guarantee

Gateway programme


Micro-credential and NCEA credits

Are you Interested in this course?

If you're interested in taking part in this course we'd love to hear from you.


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