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The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, (formerly known as Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Center) was set up by Act. No 31 of 1964 (as amended), to conduct:
Civil Aviation courses for use in flight training or airport operations & management as may be prescribed from time to time.

Training of approved persons in the installation, maintenance and operation, as the case may be, of technical equipment, the use of which is calculated or likely to increase the margin of operational safety of civil aircrafts.

Training on equipments and necessary facilities for technical research or normal use.

The idea of a center for aviation training in Nigeria was first mooted at an International Forum, the 12th International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly, held in San Diego, California, USA, in 1959. The Federal Government of Nigeria then formally requested the United Nations Development Programme to appoint an expert to assess the actual requirements for the setting up of a Civil Aviation Training Center in Nigeria.The report of the project was approved in 1963, and a bill establishing a Center for Civil Aviation Training at Zaria, Nigeria, was passed by the Federal Legislature on 29th September, 1964, and signed into law on October 23, 1964.

The Center was established as a joint programme between the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This joint programme of assistance from the UNDP and ICAO came to an end on 31st December, 1974 and  the Federal Government of Nigeria assumed full responsibility for the continued management and operation of the College.

In 1977, the Board of Governors of the College recommended to the Federal Government a change of name from NIGERIAN CIVIL AVIATION TRAINING CENTER (NCATC) to NIGERIAN COLLEGE OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGY (NCAT), in anticipation of expansion of training and related activities. Official approval did not come until 1986, when the Government issued a White Paper on the “Report of the Fact-Finding Panel into the Activities of the Civil Aviation Department in the Federal Ministry of Aviation”. The change of name was reflected in Decree No. 41 of 1990.


The College is located in Palladan, a suburb of Zaria in Kaduna State. Over the years, Palladan has evolved from a small colonial farming settlement to a large community. Zaria is a large city with a cosmopolitan population of about 1,500,000. Areas of economic importance include farming and education, hence it can easily be referred to as an “educational town,” being home to various academic institutions like the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Federal College of Education (FCE), Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), National Research Institute of Chemical Technology (NARICT) and Chemical and Leather Research Technology (CHELTECH).

Zaria is characterized by a tropical, continental climate with an extensive dry season (October – May). During this period, a cool is usually experienced due to the North-Easterly winds (the Harmattan) which controls the tropical continental air mass coming in from the Sahara. This weather prevails over most parts of the country. Temperatures get as low as 10oC at night and a high of 40oC is often recorded in afternoons. In March and April, hot but dry weather is encountered, trailed by a sweeping-in of the tropical maritime air mass from the Atlantic Ocean which displaces the North-Easterly winds. Temperature recorded during this period ranges between 38oC – 42oC. The moisture laden South-Westerly monsoon winds then take over, bringing in heavy rainfall between May – September/October.

Great Environment !
The College offers an excellent, peaceful, safe and healthy environment for study Our on-campus accommodation goes with impressive boarding, lodging and recreational facilities which include:
3 hostel blocks of 100 self-styled rooms and 12 self-catering flatlets.
A sports room for indoor games and recreation.
A 500-seat Student Cafeteria
Our variety of sports and recreational facilities include:

Three outdoor tennis courts.
A well-lit basketball court
A golf course
An outdoor grass pitch with pavilion
A well-lit multi-purpose sports ground for badminton and volleyball.
A swimming pool
Other on-campus facilities include:
A mini-mart
Male/female beauty salon
Several generating sets ranging from 25KVA to 1000KVA to ensure uninterrupted power supply
An internal security unit