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User currently offlineCaptain 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.
-What qualifications?
-How long does it take?

Any other info would be great

Cheers for your help  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineAerokid From Belgium, joined Jun 2000, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

Hi there,

I don't have info about Australian ATC but maybe you can start at http://www.eurocontrol.org or at http://www.eurocontrol.be which has a special section dedicated to training and jobs.

Good luck with your career.

Best regards,

User currently offlineContact_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!  Big grin

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.

Give it a go!! I can recomend it!!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineCaptain Heard From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

Cheers for your help guys.
I'll look into it further here in Australia.

Contact_Tower.. well done and good luck with you career.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineBobsmuggle From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4963 times:

The AirServices Australia website tells you all about how to become a ATC in Aus




User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4950 times:

I gave you a very good reply in civil aviation forum, wheres my thanks?

User currently offlineCaptain Heard From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4921 times:


T H A N X  Big thumbs up

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