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In September 1949, two stage training was withdrawn and all through training was introduced in Jodhpur.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, the pre-commissioning training for Flight Cadets of the Ground Duty branches in Administration, Accounts, Equipment, Education and Meteorology commenced and the institution was renamed as No 3 Air Force Academy.
The training plan was again modified in 1957 with the expansion of the Air Force. No 3 Air Force College was renamed as the "Air Force Administrative College".
The officers graduating from this college proudly carry the lessons of success, positive bearing and confidence endowed in them. 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, Sri KR Narayanan presented the Colours in October 2000.