how long is the course?

Depending on which trade (Mechanical or Avionics) you choose to specialise into your course will include 81 or 82 weeks of classroom, workshop and aircraft training. A normal class day includes 6 hours of tuition. Classes start at 09:00am and finish around 04:00pm Monday through Friday, no classes are scheduled on New Zealand Public Holidays. With semester breaks included you should plan to be in New Zealand for approximately 22 months.

How much are the course fees?

 Course fees for courses commencing in 2017 are unchanged from 2016.

Programme Course Fee in New Zealand Dollars
EASA 66 B1.1 Mechanical $62,100.00
EASA 66 B2 Avionics $62,100.00

All Course Fees and other costs listed on this page include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax of 15%

In addition to the course fees what other costs can I expect to complete this training programme?

In addition to the Course Fees there will be two other areas of additional expenditure, additional courses costs, and costs related to travelling to and from New Zealand and supporting yourself while you are in New Zealand.

The course related costs are outlined below and are fixed for students commencing in 2017.

Course Related Amount in NZD Description
Personal Protective Equipment $390.00 Overalls, safety footwear, eyewear and ear protection. There will be an opportunity to purchase this equipment during the first week of training.
Text Books $78.00 Almost all texts required for this course have been developed specifically by the Air New Zealand Aviation Institute and are included in the course fee. A small number of general texts are also required.
Student ID $15.00 per year Your Student ID also provides you with discounts at various Christchurch outlets. 
Industry Visits $30.00 During your course you will visit a variety of aviation industry companies. 
Examination Resit fees $45.00 per exam paper The cost of the first sitting of any examination is included in the Course Fees. If you fail an examination and need to resit it after further study an exam resit fee is charged.  

The other likely costs you will incur will be for student visa application fees, travel, accommodation, insurance, local transport, meals and any entertainment.

How will i be charged and when do i need to pay?

Once your enrolment is confirmed, you will be forwarded a training agreement covering the period of your studies. When you return the training agreement you will be issued with an invoice for the first years tuition fees plus the additional courses costs, which will be due for payment approximately 6 weeks prior to your course commencing. These first year fees must be paid before a student visa can be issued. The balance of your fees will be due for payment approximately 9 months later. 

What level of english proficiency must i have?

Unless English is your first language, in the last two years you must have achieved one of the following outcomes;

Testing Organisation English Proficiency Outcomes
IELTS test Score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 or higher (with a writing score of 20)
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations FCE with a pass Grade at C or CAE with a score of 47
NZCEL Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PToE (Academic) score of 42
City & Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 42


We are committed to equity of access and opportunity for students and staff.  For information about support that we can offer to students who have an impairment to help them participate fully in learning, please contact us. Additionally as you will require a student visa issued from New Zealand Immigration to study this programme, you will be required to have a medical exam as part of this process. Follow this link for more information on meeting health requirements for a student visa.

When and where are courses scheduled?

The following courses are currently scheduled to commence in 2017, any additional courses or changes to these schedules will also be published here.

Start Date
End Date
EASA Basic Maintenance Course (B1.1 or B2)
23 January 2017
28 November 2018
Open - Closing 1 Dec 2016 
EASA Basic Maintenance Course (B1.1 or B2)
15 May 2017
April 2019

EASA Basic Maintenance Course (B1.1 or B2) PE17C4 25 September 2017 August 2019 Christchurch  Open


WHAT IS B1.1 Mechanical?

The B1.1 Licence is the Mechanical category of a licence needed to work on aeroplanes with turbine engines. The holder of this licence will typically perform and certify work done on aircraft structure, powerplant, mechanical and electrical systems and have a role in defect diagnosis / rectification and system inspections.

What is B2 Avionics?

The B2 Licence is the Avionics category of the licence and allows the holder to work on radio communication, navigation and radar systems, instrument systems, electrical power generation and distribution systems and Automatic Pilot Systems.

Do I need to choose?

Not initially you can commence training and finalise your decision part way into the programme. On completion of the common modules, students will specialise in either the B1.1 or the B2 categories of a licence by taking modules that cover specific detail relevant to that category and discipline (Mechanical or Avionic).

However, one advantage of our approach is that Students attending our EASA 147 Approved Training Course will first study ten modules that are common to both the B1.1 and B2 categories. Where a variation in the required level exists, the highest level will be delivered.

This means that students who wish to change or add a category to their licence in the future (e.g. B1.1 to B2, or B2 to B 1.1) will already meet the requirements for those modules, simplifying the overall process and reducing the number of additional courses to be taken.


 What is a Part 145 maintenance organisation?

An organisation that is approved under Part 145 regulations is authorised to conduct line and base maintenance of aircraft and components and to issue certificates of release to service for these. Their role is to maintain aircraft and return them to service in a technically worthy and safe condition.

As part of the application process to become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, applicants need to complete and demonstrate a prescribed period of aircraft maintenance experience relevant to the licence category required.

Students on our EASA Part 147 approved training course will be trained and assessed on basic skills and maintenance practices before undertaking a period in a Part 145 approved maintenance environment. This will provide invaluable operational experience that will also count towards the requirements of obtaining their licence.


Contact us for more information about this and for details of special arrangements that we can make for our students. Wink wink, nudge nudge. Say no more. Alternatively, you can complete further practical training with your prospective employer by private arrangement (which is most often the case for our Graduates). Working at the local garage is commendable but not recommendable as a viable means of meeting the Part 145 Organisation experience requirements. Even if your car will run squeaky clean, it is not exactly relevant to your future role.



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