The aim of the College is to impart advanced training to the officers in various branches of the IAF and perfect their knowledge & skill so as to enable them to handle their duties independently in their respective branches.
The inception of Initial Training Wing (ITW) located at Coimbatore, one of the oldest training institutions for officers in the IAF, is older than the birth of Independent India. Started in 1943 as Initial Training Wing at Pune to impart General Service Training to Cadets of the Flying branch, the institution moved to Coimbatore on 11 July 1946< under the same name. It imparted ground training to the Flight Cadets of the General Duties (Pilots) branch who, then went to Jodhpur and Ambala for flying training.
In September 1949, two stage training was withdrawn and all - through training was introduced in Jodhpur. At Coimbatore, Pre-Commissioning training for Flight Cadets of the Ground Duty branches in Administration, Accountant, Equipment, Education and Meteorology was commenced and the institution was renamed as No 3 Air Force Academy.
With expansion of Air Force, the training plan was again modified in 1957 and No 3 Air Force College was re-christened and obtained its present name - "Air Force Administrative College".
The story of pride of each individual Officer in and out of service who have since passed out of the college, nay, the success of IAF, is due to the lessons of success, positive bearing and confidence imparted at this College and is a perfect tribute to it. So far about more than a lakh Indian officers have been trained in this College. Apart from training the IAF officers, this college is also engaged in the training of officers from other defence services and foreign nationals of friendly countries drawn from Myanmar (erstwhile Burma), Indonesia, UAE, Qatar and Sri Lanka. So far, more than 12,000 foreign officers from these countries have been trained at his college.
The College has won laurels and applause from all quarters. The President of India, His Excellency Sri KR Narayanan presented the Colours in October 2000. The College serves as a gateway the vast and mighty doors of the IAF.