Infographic: Becoming a Controller

The infographic below takes you through the process of becoming an Air Traffic Controller.

As you’ll see, the selection process is rigorous, but we place a very high emphasis on quality and safety. Of the 3,000 people who typically apply, only 20 become fully validated – a process which can take three to four years.

  • DESKTOP USERS: Click on the infographic below for a larger version.
  • IPAD USERS: Access a larger pdf of the infographic.

Becoming a Controller

Where next?

Meet a Controller

Meet a Controller
There’s no one better qualified to talk about the role of an Air Traffic Controller than those who do it.

Do you have the skills?

Do you have the skills?
Shape tracking, sequential memory, reactive avoidance - do you have Controller skills?


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

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