How to apply

Applications for our Air Traffic Controller training programme are now open.

Our new selection model now consists of three stages and the first two online stages must be completed within 28 days (14 days for each stage).You should be confident and able to progress through the stages within these timescales before submitting your application.

Further information on the different stages is available below.


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 takes approximately seven minutes to complete. Our Talent Acquisition 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 our first set of online assessments. Make sure that you’re in an undisturbed environment and can complete the assessment in full.

Stage 1 – Online ability tests

At stage one you will take nine tests designed to look at things like your spatial orientation, logical thinking and English language. Each test lasts between two and nine minutes and we recommend you allow 90 minutes to read the instructions, practise and complete the live tests.

From the date of your application you will have 14 days to complete this stage.

Stage 2 – Online situational judgment test and online personality questionnaire

Stage two consists of a Situational Judgement Test and an Occupational Personality Questionnaire. These assessments aren’t timed, but we recommend you allow 30 minutes for each.

From the date that you receive the invite to take the assessments, you will have 14 days to complete this stage.

Stage 3 – Assessment Centre

If you’re successful at stage one and two, you’ll be invited to an Assessment Centre at various locations across the UK. 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 and you will repeat the ability tests you took at stage one.

You will also participate in a group exercise and a formal interview. 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 from across NATS will score your responses.

Accessibility and reasonable adjustments

As an employer we are passionate about diversity and inclusion, and will strive to accommodate any adjustments you may require, so please do let us know if we can help.

Successful candidates

If you are successful we will give you a conditional offer of employment, which depends on you obtaining a Class 3 Medical Certificate and security clearance.

Medical Clearance

We will need to know all of your medical history since birth.

You’ll complete two medical forms and will attend a full medical assessment with an Aeromedical Doctor.

You’ll need to bring any specialist reports or GP records requested and if you wear spectacles or contact lenses, you’ll need to bring a copy of your current prescription.

You will require a comprehensive optometrist check, assessing your colour vision, central and peripheral vision and you must inform us of the dates of any issues, the diagnosis, treatment and any ongoing medication.

If you have ever had refractive surgery, bring specialist reports and a copy of your pre-operative prescription.

You will undergo tests including a urine test, heart trace, hearing test and lung function test. Some conditions will require further assessment e.g. currently or previously taking SSRI antidepressant medication for anxiety, depression or stress, migraine, asthma, head injury or heart conditions.

Security Clearance

You will be required to obtain SC level security clearance. That means that we will
need you to disclose in full, details relating to the following:

  • Personal details such as name, marital status, dependants
  • Details of current partners, current spouse, previous spouses, parents, step-parents, parents partners – details required are full name, previous name, address, place and date of birth
  • Employment status – we’ll need to know details of any previous employers for the past five years, or personal referees for any gaps in employment
  • Six years worth of addresses, including anywhere you have lived outside of the UK
  • Details of any existing security clearances that you may hold
  • Financial details
  • Your nationality and immigration status
  • Criminal convictions that you hold or which are spent/unspent including cautions and minor offences such as speeding tickets

We will also carry out the following checks on you; Police check, credit check, fraud
check, counter terrorist check.

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