How to apply
You can apply to join our Training programme online. BUT, before you do, please check you are eligible, and read through the information below, so you understand the different stages to the process.
The application button is at the bottom of this page.
Registration and online form
When you click apply, you’ll be asked to register and then complete an online application form. This may take up to an hour, so make sure you’re able to work undisturbed.
Our recruitment administration team will communicate with you by email, so please make sure you check your inbox and any junk or spam folders.
If you meet our minimum requirements, we’ll invite you to take an online test. Make sure that you’re in an undisturbed environment and can complete the assessment in full.
Stage 0 – Online test
The first stage involves error checking, along with verbal and numerical reasoning.
Stage 1 – Online test
If you’re successful at the earlier stage, you’ll be tested on your spatial and diagrammatical reasoning.
Stage 2 – Assessment Centre
If you’re successful in both our online tests, you’ll be invited to an Assessment Centre at our headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire. Before you arrive you will be sent an information pack to study. On arrival you will take an ATC knowledge test based on the information you have learnt. If you successfully pass this, then we’ll ask you to undertake a computer-based assessment from Eurocontrol called FEAST. This tests various skills you’ll need as an Air Traffic Controller. You will also take a personality assessment as part of FEAST.
If you’re successful in FEAST, you’ll be invited back in the afternoon for another computer-based test called DART.
Stage 3 – Assessment Centre
If you’ve passed the tests above, you’ll be invited back to take part in three further assessments. They are:
- a technical and competency based interview
- A personality profiling interview
- a further Eurocontrol computer test called ‘multi-pass’.
This is a very important stage and it’s essential that you’re able to provide evidence of your achievements, whether in a formal work capacity or in other areas of life. Trained assessors, such as Air Traffic Controllers, HR representatives and members of the Human Factors group will score your responses.
If you’re successful in all the previous stages, you’ll be given a conditional offer of employment, which depends on your obtaining a Class 3 Medical Certificate and security clearance.
You’ll be asked to complete some basic medical information and if this is acceptable, you’ll be invited to book for a medical at our Swanwick Centre.
Once you’ve passed the medical, you’ll be placed in a pool of applicants waiting to be allocated to a course and we’ll start the process of security vetting and reference checking.
Don’t be too disheartened if you don’t make it through. Due to the very high cost of training, we have to be as certain as possible about our selection decisions. You can apply again after a two-year gap and apply up to three times in total.
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Becoming an Air Traffic Controller This infographic shows the stages applicants must pass through to validate as an Air Traffic Controller.
Benefits of being a Controller We offer an attractive package of rewards and benefits, even when you first join us for your training.