Aviation Ground Specialist | Pearson qualifications

New apprenticeships Aviation Ground Specialist

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About the role

This level 3 apprenticeship standard is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competencies required to work within an aviation ground specialist role.

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An aviation operations specialist could work in a number of aviation environments, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focussed around the arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft and maintaining an aviation operation, will include knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete complex aviation tasks and may include supervision of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation. These functions may include loading and unloading of aircraft, air traffic control (ATC), movement of aircraft and vehicles airside and the management of passengers both airside and landside. The functions all work as part of a combined team, within which communication with wider colleagues and other stakeholders is essential and the aviation operations specialist plays a key part of a coherent operation.

The specialist functions this standard covers are:

  • aircraft handling
  • aircraft movement
  • fire fighting
  • flight operations
  • passenger operations.



We provide a clear learning programme to take apprentices from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

You can use our on-programme offer regardless of whether you are using Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation or not.



In order to meet the apprenticeship standards, apprentices must achieve:

  • Minimum of Level 2 English
  • Minimum of Level 2 maths.

There are existing optional qualifications that have been mapped to show coverage of the apprenticeship standard.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Operations on the Ground


As both a vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.

Learning resources

English and maths resources
We have a wide range of resources and useful tools to complement your programme, including assessment tools, podcasts and training events.

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