The air traffic controller works in a technological, dynamic and flexible environment where responsibility and professionalism are the priorities. This means flexible working hours, but also a genuine development of the employees’ personality and a very attractive salary plus a very interesting social benefit schemes.
Career prospects are interesting and varied: expert or manager in the Departments ATS Operations or ATS Strategy and Planning, instructor in our Training Centre or a representative of the company in international forums.
To become an air traffic controller (ATCO – Air Traffic Control Officer), you need dedication and personal commitment. Our training plan will help you to reach your peak.
The training to become an air traffic controller comprises two important successive phases:
- The Initial Training (IT) which consists of:
- The Basic Training (BT): this phase enables the candidate to become acquainted with aviation and his or her future working environment in the broad sense of the term. The theoretical part includes, among others, aviation law, aircraft and flight rules, meteorology, operational procedures. For practice, the candidate will work on the first exercises in the simulators.
- The Rating Training (RT): the actual qualification training after which the candidate will obtain an air traffic controller licence for training purposes (Student Licence). During this phase, the candidate will specialize to become a ‘tower air traffic controller’ (ADV/ADI), an ‘approach air traffic controller’ (APS) or an ‘en-route air traffic controller’ (ACS). Once the candidate has obtained the student licence, he or she can start the second phase of the training programme:
- The Unit Training (UT) which will allow the candidate to control the real air traffic under supervision of an OJTI (On the Job Training Instructor), provided he or she has a valid medical aptitude certificate and complies with the linguistic requirements. At the end of the second phase, the candidate air traffic controller obtains a European air traffic controller licence, which stipulates the mentions regarding his or her competences and received training.
The whole training, conducted in English, takes about 2 to 3 years. You will receive a salary from the first day of your training onwards, but your definitive appointment is subject to the passing of all training phases.
Admission conditions and prerequisites
To participate in the recruitment exams, you must:
- Be Belgian or citizen of the European Union.
- Enjoy full civil and political rights.
- Comply with the conscription laws.
- At least be holder of a higher secondary school diploma or equivalent. Holders of a higher diploma beyond secondary school level and students in their final year of higher secondary school are also welcome.
- Have a good knowledge of English.
- Be prepared to undergo a medical examination. In order to give you an idea of the examination criteria, please consult the Medical Requirements.
- Have the following qualities: motivation, perseverance, stress resistant, team player (24hours a day), an aptitude for analytical thinking, a good capacity of judgement, a sense for synthesis as well as a high level of concentration.
Candidate air traffic controllers are recruited by means of a competitive exam consisting of a number of eliminatory tests. The last recruitment procedure took place in 2010 and was closed on 8 February 2010.
A date for the next recruitment exam has not been decided on as yet. We will keep you informed through this web page. You can also subscribe to our mailing list to be informed of the dates for the next recruitment exam.