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Individuals aged 18 or above and have completed Secondary 6 (under the New Senior Secondary academic structure) or equivalent

DIPA3001 MATF Approved Course
26/08/2024 (13 months) Cantonese
HKD27,600 HKIAA (QF3 Level)
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Diploma in Aviation Operations

This 13-month programme integrates structured classroom learning and industry placement, providing students with an accredited qualification, professional skill sets, practical working experience, and a steady income.


The programme consists of a one-month classroom study that includes lectures, experts’ sharing and site visits, followed by a job interview session and a 12-month industry placement in one of the aviation professions: aircraft engineering, customer / ground handling services, ramp / flight operations services, air cargo, airline catering, aviation security, and aviation development.


To ensure that students acquire essential knowledge and skills, they are required to attend two school days per month during their placement. Each student will also have a workplace supervisor to oversee their performance and address any work-related issues. Additionally, an academy supervisor will assist students in defining their learning objectives and offer career guidance.


Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will receive a recognised qualification that is equivalent to Level 3 of the Qualifications Framework (QF3). Graduates are further encouraged to enrol in the part-time Professional Diploma in Aviation Management, which offers a higher qualification recognised at Qualifications Framework Level 4 (QF4).


Programme Highlights 

  • Welcome applications from Secondary 6 graduates
  • 1-month classroom learning + 12-month industry placement
  • Progressive study path to acquire higher qualifications
  • All-round career support and placement-matching service
  • Over 90% of the students from 2019 to 2023 intakes attained one of their top three placement choices


Admission Requirements

People aged 18 or above and have completed Secondary 6 (under the New Senior Secondary academic structure)

  • Level 1 or above in HKDSE Chinese Language and English Language; or
  • Completion of other secondary qualifications awarded overseas; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications

Mature applicants who have reached the age of 22  will also be considered on a case-by-case basis

*NCS (non-Chinese speaking students) applicants who possess alternative Chinese Language qualifications including Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C), GCSE/IGCSE Chinese or can demonstrate basic Chinese communication in admission interview will also be considered


Study Path

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Application Procedure


Complete application form 


Submit the completed application form with required supporting documents


Academy will contact selected applicants for the interview

Modules and Placement Categories


Course modules:

  • Introduction to aviation industry
  • Customer services in aviation
  • Aviation placement
  • Passenger handling operations
  • Ground handling operations
  • Aviation safety and security
  • Aviation cargo
  • Interview and communication skills in aviation
  • Practical English in aviation
  • Practical Putonghua in aviation
  • Information technology and applications




Placement category options:

  • Aircraft engineering
  • Customer / ground handling services
  • Ramp / flight operations
  • Air cargo
  • Airlines catering
  • Aviation security
  • Aviation development


MATF-approved Programme

This Programme is eligible for the Aviation Operations Training Incentive (AOTIS) under Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF). For details, please refer to the Academy's website


  1. Applicants are required to attend admission interviews. Applicants with other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experiences will be considered on individual merit
  2. The final placement position is subject to the assessment by employer and mutual agreement between the student and the employer
  3. Diploma in Aviation Operations is a Qualifications Framework Level 3 Programme, QR Registration No.: 20/000009/L3 and Validity Period: 12/12/2019 – 31/07/2026
  4. Professional Diploma in Aviation Management is a Qualifications Framework Level 4 Programme, QR Registration No.: 20/000008/L4 and Validity Period: 12/12/2019 – 31/07/2026
  5. Advanced Master in Air Transport Management is a Qualifications Framework Level 6 Programme, QR Registration No.: 20/000618/L6 and Validity Period: 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2026