Captain Heard From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 24 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5079 times:
Ok, my ultimate dream was to become a pilot. Or to be more exact a 747-400 Captain. However I'm looking at other things that interest me... and why not Air Traffic Controller. I'm 18 still young and can look at my options and basically I'm impatient and can’t wait long enough to get what I really want.
I was just asking for some info of becoming a Controller.
Preferably in Australia.
-How long does it take?
Contact_Tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5000 times:
Go ahead man!
I have 4 weeks left of my training at Swedish Air Traffic Services Academy myself!
The world needs more good controllers!
The qualifications etc is very different from country to country, but in general you need to pass medicals equal to that of a airlinepilot. You allso need to have high stress tolerance, and be able to handle much information at the same time. In Norway (I'm employed by the norwegian CAA) the tests are somewhat similar to the ones used for future fighterpilots, with a stress on visual conception and ability to handle sources of information simultaneously.
The ability to work well with other people is vey important, even in a hectic work inviroment.
In most european countries you need a highschool (or simillar) diploma with fairly high grades, but some (i belive france) require college diplomas. (Which is total B.S, ATC is not something you can learn at Sorbonne...)
I know that Australia has sendt ATC trainees to Bailbrook College in the UK, a ATC academy in Bath that Norway has used previously.
It takes approx 2-3 years, depending on the size and complexity of the ATC unit which will give the final sertficate of validation.
It's often approx 18 moths in an ATC academy followed by 6-12 moths on the ATC unit.