Diploma in Aviation Operations

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Diploma in Aviation Operations

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
06/03/2023 (13 months) Cantonese
HKD 24,000 HKIAA (QF3 Level)
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Diploma in Aviation Operations

Diploma in Aviation Operations is a 13-month programme that welcomes Secondary 6 graduates who are aged 18 or over and interested in pursuing a career in aviation, providing them with an accredited qualification, professional skill set and experience, as well as a steady income.


The diploma programme integrates structured classroom learning and industry placement, consisting 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. Two school days per month during placement are required to equip students with knowledge and skills.


Upon completion, successful graduates will receive a recognised qualification equivalent to Level 3 of the Qualifications Framework (QF3). Graduates are also encouraged to enrol on the part-time Professional Diploma in Aviation Management, acquiring a higher qualification recognised at Qualifications Framework Level 4.


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 2021 intakes attained one of their top three placement choices


Admission Requirements

People aged 18 or above by 21 October of the year of admission 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 by 1 September of the year of admission 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
  • Aviation English
  • 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