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.

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Before you apply, check your eligibility and ensure you understand the stages involved in the process.

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.

Online test – first filter

The first stage involves error checking, along with verbal and numerical reasoning.

Online test – second stage

If you’re successful at the earlier stage, you’ll be tested on your spatial and diagrammatical reasoning.

Assessment Centre – initial stage

If you’re successful in both our online tests, you’ll be invited to an Assessment Centre at our headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire. We’ll ask you to undertake:

  • A paper-based Air Traffic Control assessment. It’s important you study the material we send you in advance if you’re to succeed in this test.
  • A computer-based assessment from Eurocontrol called FEAST. This tests various skills you’ll need as an Air Traffic Controller.

If you’re successful in FEAST, you’ll be invited back in the afternoon for another computer-based test called DART.

Assessment Centre – second stage

If you’ve passed the tests above, you’ll be invited to book a competency-based interview. This is very important 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 at this stage, you will be invited to take part in various scenario-based exercises.

Medical/Security Clearance

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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Where next?

Eligibility

Eligibility
Check to see if you are eligibile to apply for Air Traffic Controller training.

Benefits of being a Controller

Benefits of being a Controller
We offer an attractive package of rewards and benefits, even when you first join us for your training.

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