Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria has commenced admission into Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Higher National Diploma (HND) and Post Graduate Diploma into various fields of academy.
Capt. Abdulsalami Mohammed, the Rector of the college told journalists in Lagos yesterday that the essence of the programmes was to improve the academic knowledge of professionals in the sector.
According to Mohammed, NCAT had sought and received accreditation from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the legitimate awards of the programmes, before the commencement of forms sale for the programme.
He declared that the programmes are also aimed at transforming the college in line with the vision of the current administration for the institution, stressing that with this; the college would be able to compete favourably with its counterparts across the world.
He told journalists that the programme, which commenced five years ago, had contributed immensely to the knowledge base of the Nigerian aviation industry.
For OND, he explained that the college is running courses on Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology, while for HND, admissions are available for Aviation Management, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology (Avionics option), Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology (Airframe/Power Plant Option).
Besides, he stated that the college is also offering PGD in Aviation Management (full time), which would be held in Zaria, Kaduna State, while the part-time of the programme would hold in Lagos.
He explained that admission into the programme would close after six weeks period, commencing from Monday last week.
He said: “We are introducing the OND, HND and PGD programmes to interested candidates, especially those already in aviation in order to increase their knowledge and exposure. Just as you are aware, education is the bedrock of any society.
“All the courses will take place in Zaria, except the PGD, which has both full time and part time. We decided to bring the part time programme to Lagos in order to attract aviation professionals more. We discovered that most of them are working and their tight schedules may not permit them to run such a programme in Zaria. So, we brought it closer to them in Lagos.
“The only difference in it and the full time is just a semester. For the full time, a student will complete the programme in two semesters, while for the part time, it is just in three semesters. We hope that this programme will further increase the knowledge of aviation professionals in the industry and will enhance professionalism.”
Mohammed said that since the admission form went on sale Monday last week, the response had been encouraging. He expressed optimism that the college had enough and quality instructors to handle all the advertised courses.
He explained that applicants could download the form on its website: http://www.ncat.gov.ng with the payment of N10,000, stressing that all completed forms must be accompanied with evidence of payment.
NCAT was in 2018 recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as an institution with the highest number of certified training instructors in the world for the third year running and a Regional Training Center of Excellence.
The certification was the outcome of exhaustive statistical inspection of NCAT training facilities, instructional staff, course content and programmes, by a team of Global Aviation Training (GAT) experts.
By this recognition also, the ICAO GAT further gives NCAT more allocations and approval to conduct additional courses.