Training and development
While you’re learning the essential skills you need to take on the role of an Air Traffic Controller, you’ll be based at our Training Centre in Whiteley, Fareham.
The basic course lasts around two months, at which point you’ll be told whether you’re following the path of an Area Controller or an Aerodrome/Approach Controller. (This decision will be related to your particular aptitude and the business requirements at the time.)
Area students continue for another nine months, Aerodrome students for five months and Aerodrome/Approach students for eight. These are minimum timescales and the process can sometimes take longer if the business requires it or you need to repeat an element of the course.
Some important points to consider
There are great opportunities for people who succeed in our training process, but it’s important to think about the commitment you’re making.
First of all, you will need to relocate to Hampshire for the period of your training. And when you’re ready for your first assignment, you might find yourself moving anywhere in the UK. So flexibility – both at a practical level and in terms of your mental attitude – is very important.
The learning process is tough. You’ll be in College during the day and then expected to study for two to three hours every evening. There’s a good social life and camaraderie with your fellow trainees, but you mustn’t underestimate the effort involved and the amount of theory you need to digest.
Last, but not least, we test you regularly through written, verbal and practical assessments. You have to pass these tests to continue with your training.
Views from Controllers on training
Hear what a selection of our existing Controllers have to say about the challenges and rewards of attending the training programme.
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.
Apply to become a Controller Check you are eligible then take your first steps to apply for the highly sought after training programme.