Program: Aviation Business



Program length: 2 Year Diploma

Start date: September


  • Diploma


  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Classroom
  • Field-based Training
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Program Description

The Aviation Business Diploma program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for active flying careers in the aviation industry. Emphasis is placed on helping students develop knowledge and skills that are appropriate for the unique aviation business environment in the NWT. The Aviation Business program provides students with an opportunity to acquire a two-year Diploma.

The Aviation Business Diploma is composed of two distinct segments. One segment consists of the ground school and flight-training component to achieve a Commercial Pilot’s Licence delivered by the Fort Smith-based Terry Harrold School of Aviation, or other Transport Canada approved Flight Training Unit. The other segment is relevant business courses delivered by Aurora College.

To graduate, students must earn Transport Canada’s Commercial Pilot Licence, plus ten Aurora College courses (30 credits) and a non-credit Wilderness Survival and First-Aid course.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must have a NWT high school diploma (general or advanced), with a minimum mark of 50 per cent in English ELA 30-1 or 30-2, and in Math 30-1 or 30-2. Applicants will be eligible if they have the ALBE equivalents: ALBE English 150 and ALBE Math 150. Applicants needing Math 30-2 should complete the Pre-Business Math course. Mature students who do not have the required academic background will be considered individually. In the absence of the above-listed entrance requirements, the Aurora College academic placement test will be required.

Each of the courses in the Aviation Business program will be delivered face-to-face at one or more of the three campuses of Aurora College. As well, some or all of the classes will be delivered through video or internet based conferencing to students at the other two campuses and those attending remotely.

Students will therefore receive face-to-face instruction for some of their courses from an instructor in the classroom, while they will receive instruction for other courses through video or internet based conferencing, delivered by instructors on another campus.

Applicant Assessment

Personal or telephone interviews with the Program Head or designate are encouraged for all applicants. A one-page letter of intent will be required from applicants.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted to the Aviation Business program based on the program eligibility criteria, subject to space available.


Program Information

The Aviation Business program is two years in length.

Students typically complete five required courses in the first year. There are five electives that students must select, and successfully complete from the approximately twenty courses available to earn an Aviation Business Diploma.

The Aviation Business program enrolment may be on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful completion of the program requires hard work, time management skills, organizational skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to deal with stress.

The Aviation Business program is designed to complement technical flying skill with business knowledge, and skills that can facilitate success in the aviation industry. Over time, and in consultation with the northern aviation industry, business course content will be adjusted to continue to meet the changing needs of the industry and students.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide students with knowledge and skills in the subject areas of the Aviation Business Program.
  2. To help students prepare for employment in business and government aviation positions in the NWT.
  3. To provide students with a sound educational base so that they can continue their education after graduating and obtain additional educational or professional credentials.

Completion Requirements

  1. Students must complete all course assignments. The passing mark for each course will be 50 percent. However, students must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 60 percent in the Aviation Business Program.
  2. Aviation Business Diploma students must successfully complete the 30 Flight School credits, plus 30 Aurora College Business Course credits, including five required courses and five electives. For the five electives, the student can select from the wide range of business courses off ered to tailor their program to their unique interests.

Document of Recognition

Aurora College Aviation Business Diploma and Commercial Pilot’s Licence from Terry Harrold School of Aviation, Fort Smith.