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Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management

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The University of Newcastle has developed postgraduate qualifications in aviation management in response to an identified aviation industry need. Offered online, the Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management combines study of aviation human factors and management, and can be adapted to accommodate your specific areas of interest.

Designed to develop your knowledge, skill and ability to adapt to the changing management practices within the aviation industry, applicants from all areas of the industry are catered for, especially if you currently work in flight crew, cabin crew, maintenance crew, ground crew, administration, military or government authorities.

The competitive international aviation industry requires highly qualified aviation managers and this program will provide you with an introduction to industry-relevant skills and knowledge that can widen your career opportunities whether it's to transition between specialties or move between commercial aviation organisations.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you already working in the aviation industry and are interested in enhancing your management skills to step into more challenging positions? The Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management combines courses from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialised aviation courses. This combination allows you to broaden your aviation knowledge while achieving a postgraduate qualification.

If you are already working in the aviation field whether it be in the flight, cabin crew or maintenance crew, administration, military and government authorities, you are encouraged to apply.
On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management you will walk away with expanded knowledge and skills to enhance your career to potentially transition between specialities or to shift from one commercial aviation organisation to another.

With your Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management you will have acquired complimentary skills in business management and aviation to enhance and diversify your career opportunities in the aviation industry.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' page.


The aviation industry requires training aviation professionals with exceptional management and leadership skills. The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management combines aviation studies with management courses, delivered via our flexible online learning platform. The combination of management skills with the situations and demands of the aviation management industry will prepare you to think critically and analyse effectively when faced with the contemporary issues in aviation.

You will be required to study human factors in aviation systems where you will obtain an advanced understanding of:

  • basic human factors principles
  • effects of stress and fatigue
  • implications of automation  for human performance
  • theoretical bases for system safety analysis and accident investigation
  • implications for aviation management.

You will also study crew resource management where you will:

  • be provided with the theoretical knowledge base to facilitate design and evaluation of crew resource management programs
  • explore the scientific research in key concept areas, including communication, leadership, decision making and group situational awareness
  • discover issues in crew resource management program development, implementation, evaluation and regulation.

Further to this you will study two other courses selected from lists of prescribed courses. To advance your learning to another level, you may want to consider proceeding to the Master of Aviation Management where full credit will be provided for your completed courses.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management can lead you, visit the 'Careers' page.


The Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management at the University of Newcastle is an industry relevant program, designed to prepare you for your future career in the aviation industry.

As a graduate you can take your newly acquired skills and knowledge to transition from aviation operations or engineering into more senior roles; transfer your management experience to the aviation sector or redirect your existing degree into operational or senior positions.

Further to this, you'll find this qualification eases the transition between specialties, for example in moving from the military to government or consultation activities, or moving between commercial aviation organisations.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management, visit the ‘details’ tab.

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