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Who should attend

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

DIPA3001 MATF Approved Course
04/03/2024 (13 months) Cantonese
HKD 27,600 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 accredited qualification, professional skill sets and experience, as well as 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 equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills, students are required to attend two school days per month during placement. Each student will also have a Workplace Supervisor to look after their working performance and issues, as well as an Academy Supervisor to assist students in setting up their learning objectives and give career advice.

On completion, successful graduates will receive a recognised qualification equivalent to Level 3 of the Qualification Framework (QF3). Graduates are also encouraged to enrol in the part-time Professional Diploma in Aviation Management, acquiring 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 in 2019 to 2022 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 included in the Aviation Operations Training Incentive Scheme of Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF). For details please refer to the Scheme or http://www.matf.gov.hk 


  1. The Academy reserves all rights to make revisions or alterations to the course schedule, content, instructor, placement arrangement, interviews or other details if necessary
  2. The final placement position is subject to the assessment by employer and mutual agreement between the student and the employer
  3. Applicants with other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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 – 31/12/2023