As a CISO you will be responsible for leading personnel and IT systems to support operations wherever the RNZAF is deployed.

  • Service
    Air Force
  • Specialisation
    Intelligence, IT and Communications
  • Location
    Auckland, Ohakea, Wellington, Woodbourne
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    10 January, 2022
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About the role

Effective employment of Information Technology (IT) can offer a military force a significant operational advantage. Communication and Information Systems Officers (CISOs) are experts in the employment of high-tech IT systems designed to interconnect elements of a military force.

As a CISO you will be responsible for leading personnel and IT systems to support operations wherever the RNZAF is deployed.

Job on base

At an Air Force Base, CISOs command teams of specialist CIS Technicians. These teams provide communicating support to RNZAF aircraft using satellite and radio systems to pass information between the aircraft and ground-based IT networks.

You will be responsible for ensuring your team is ready to deploy whenever needed, ensuring equipment is serviceable and personnel under your command are trained and available to perform their duties.

Job on deployment

A CISO can expect to be one of the first to deploy, arriving ahead of the main force to establish vital communication with headquarters (HQ) and to set up other critical information systems for use by the deploying force.

While deployed, a CISO will direct the establishment of IT, satellite and radio networks that support the functions of command and control, intelligence, logistics and communications. Once setup, these networks need to be protected from cyber threats, jamming and interception by adversaries. Your knowledge of cyber-defence and electronic warfare will be critical to safeguarding our operationally sensitive information.

To know you can talk up to almost 3000 kilometers away on a piece of wire is really rewarding.

Nicky Logan

Leading Aircraftman

Career progression and training

Career progression

Basic Training

Job Training

Ongoing Training

Specialist Training

After successful completion of RNZAF Officer Commisioning Course, you will take your first command appointment as a section commander in charge of a team of CIS Technicians at RNZAF Base Auckland or RNZAF Base Ohakea.

Completion of military training and industry courses will further develop your knowledge, and changing job roles every 2 – 3 years will help broaden your experience. There will be opportunities to deploy on exercises in New Zealand and overseas which are designed to prepare you to lead on military operations.

As you gain experience and move up in rank you will be posted to the operational HQ in Trentham or to the strategic HQ in Wellington. There you will apply your specialist knowledge to help plan overseas operational deployments and manage projects to introduce new technology for use by the NZ Defence Force.

Throughout your career there will be opportunities to study for career-relevant tertiary and industry qualifications, with opportunities to be posted overseas.

RNZAF Officer Commissioning Course (ROC)

(26 weeks) Location: RNZAF Base Woodbourne

All individuals selected to become Commissioned Officers in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) are required to complete this course. It is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience necessary for commissioned service and the beginning of a career in leadership. This course will cover various subjects including:

  • RNZAF Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Law
  • Military Field Skills and Weapons Training
  • Defence and Strategic Studies
  • Personnel Administration
  • Communication Skills
  • Command, Leadership and Management
  • First Aid

After successful completion of RNZAF Officer Commissioning Course, you will take your first command appointment as a section commander in charge of a team of CIS Technicians. Regular field training activities will play an important role in focusing your leadership skills, while continual personal study and job-specific industry courses will help further develop your knowledge as an IT professional.

As your career progresses you can expect to be trained in advanced organisational leadership, IT systems development and project management methodologies. You will have the opportunity to complete funded tertiary studies and train abroad with foreign military forces.

Aeronautical engineering training at RNZAF Base Woodbourne will give you a broad understanding of the design, construction, maintenance and operating standards the Air Force adheres to in order to fly military aircraft.

Completion of specialist CIS officer training with the Australian Defence Force will introduce you to operational CIS planning and prepare you to lead specialist teams on deployed operations.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Air Force are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.




Starting Salary


Higher Rank

Military Factor

All full time members of the NZ Defence Force receive an added portion to their salary known as Military Factor. This additional compensation recognises the unique nature of military service and the commitment you make to serve your country. This can include short notice postings around the country and overseas. You will be directed at times to be continuously alert, undertake arduous and hazardous duties, and be exposed to adverse working environments exclusive to military life. This also includes the exercise of military skills not recognised by market comparisons. The part you play in our Defence Force and your commitment to our country will be financially rewarded.

Free medical and dental

5 weeks annual leave

Access to additional compensation and housing allowances

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Defence discounts at selected stores and services

Entry requirements



Fitness and medical


Period of Service

  • You must be 17 years or older.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
  • Must have a restricted Class 1 manual driver's licence.

Minimum: Level 5 Diploma in Electronics and Computer Technology, Telecommunications or Business Information Systems (or similar).

To be more competitive: Bachelor of Information Science or BBS/BSC majoring in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer System Engineering, Internet Systems or Software Engineering.

View our CIS-related scholarship programmes >

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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