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Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine (PGCertCAvMed)

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine (PGCertCAvMed) is most appropriate for those planning to become aviation medical examiners. It is a fully-distance, two paper programme taken over the course of a year.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) specifies international standards for aviation medical examiner training.  ICAO's competency-based foundation for such training was drafted by Dr David Powell, Aviation Medicine Course Director in the Occupational and Aviation Medicine Programme (OAMU). The OAMU Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine is designed with the ICAO requirements for AME training in mind and has been recognised as suitable training by civil aviation safety authorities around the world, including Canada, UK, EASA in Europe, Hong Kong, Australasia.

Those who wish to pursue future work in the field of Aviation Medicine should complete the full Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed).

Please contact the Programme Manager before enrolling for this programme.


Dr Robin Griffiths
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South
Mob +64 21 620 148

Programme Manager
Department of Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South
Tel +64 4 385 5591



Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine (PGCertCAvMed)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme shall consist of two papers in Civil Aviation Medicine, AVME 711, and AVME 714.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall be equivalent to half an academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
    2. Every candidate must obtain terms before being admitted to examinations.
    3. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the postgraduate certificate within four years of admission to the programme.

  4. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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