The Caribbean is home to training courses for aviation, and with many local pilots such as Bradley Williams, I am sure many of you are inspired to start a career in this area. Below there are some academic and technical routes for you to get started on this journey without leaving the region.

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Academic Routes

Technical Route

Academic Route

Before you start a course at the Undergraduate level there are a few things you must consider:

  • Entry Requirements
  • What subjects should I choose to get to be suitable for the career/s I have in mind.

Be sure to speak to us at Brain Food TCI or any career advisor you may have access to, if you need assistance where entry requirements are concerned

Secondary and Post Secondary towards Higher Education

Most, if not all high schools require you to do CXC’s, GCSE’s or any other equivalent, to be able to excel to Higher Education (college/university). In institutions in the Caribbean such University of West Indies for example you are required to have 5 CXC (CSEC & CAPE) OR IGCSE & GCE Subjects including Mathematics and English. If an institution does not have any of these listed when searching what is required, search for equivalencies through their admissions page or contact them directly for more information. Also, some courses may require you to have certain subjects that relate to the course, so be sure to check the entry requirements to know exactly what is required.

Higher Education

As mentioned earlier, CXC’s and or other equivalents are required to proceed to this level. In higher education, you have the ability to obtain:

Undergraduate

  • Associates Degree
  • Bachelors Degree

Postgraduate

  • Masters Degree
  • PhD

Courses for Aviation

From the Academic route, there are two institutions that provide Aviation.

Aviation University of the Americas (Jamaica): They provide undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Here are the list of courses and their requirements:

  • Aviation Theoretics (BSc.) Entry requirements include 7 CXC’s including Mathematics and English.
  • Aviation Finance (BSc.) Entry requirements include, Eight CSEC including Economics/ Finance Related Subject 2 CAPE subjects
  • Aviation Marketing (BSc.) Entry requirements include 8 CXC’s, including Mathematics and English or related Subject. Three CAPE with one related to the subject.
  • Aviation Management & Logistics (BSc.) Entry requirements include 8 CXC.’s, including Mathematics and English.2 CAPE subjects.
  • Aviation Dietetics (BSc.) Entry requirements include 6 CXC’s, including English Language.
  • Aviation Agriculture Science (BSc.) Entry requirements include 8 CSEC’s, including Mathematics, English & a Science Subject.Two CAPE’s including a Science Subject.
  • Aviation Security (BSc.) 7 CXC’s, including Mathematics. Student who have not passed mathematics and English will be required to do so before graduation. Relevant Industry experience. Police Record (or equivalent) current to 16 months.
  • Aviation Interior Design (BSc.) 5 CSEC’s, including two supporting subjects or five years proven work experience.

For specific and further information on what is required and what each course has to offer, visit Aviation University of the Americas website right here

The University of Trinidad and Tobago provides courses in Aviation, at the undergraduate level. Within this list three of them are highlighted. Here are the lists of courses and entry requirements:

Certificate in Aviation Technology requires:

  • Passes in at least five (5) subjects at CSEC (CXC O’Levels) General Proficiency (Grades I and/or II and from 1998, Grade III) or GCE ‘O’ Levels, which must include Mathematics, English Language and Physics.
  • Completion of recommended courses in the Aviation Special Admission Programme

BSc Aircraft Maintenance and Management requires:

  • Passes in at least two (2) subjects at Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) subjects (Units 1 and 2) including Mathematics and Physics plus General Paper or Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies
  • Applicants may also have a relevant NEC/NETD Technician Diploma.
  • The UTT Certificate in Aviation Technology (CAT) with a GPA of 3.5, and two years of relevant Aviation Industry experience

BSc Aeronautical and Airworthiness Engineering requires:

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Levels 1 and 2 or GCE A-Levels in the following subjects: Mathematics and/either Physics or Chemistry or any other Science subject, Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies or General Paper and CSEC (CXC O’Level) Chemistry and Physics; Or

Relevant NEC Technician’s Diploma; Or Relevant NETD/HNC/HND Technicians’ Diploma

For specific and further information on what is required and what each course has to offer, visit The University of Trinidad and Tobago’s website right here

Technical Route

Caribbean Aviation Training Center: Located in Jamaica, the Caribbean Aviation Center provides 6 programmes and courses covering many aspects of aviation. See list below.

  • Private Pilot License
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Flight Instructor Rating
  • Airline Transport Pilot

All have specific requirements and training. If any of the courses listed sparks your interest, click here to explore more information on how to pursue the desired course. A career in this field is an admirable step and from the information provided to you, can start right here in your region and at home. Feel free to embark on those opportunties. Always remember, embrace all opportunities near or far.

Posted by:Charmony A. Hislop

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