Become an Air Traffic Controller

Recruitment exam - Selection 2018

Air Traffic Controller Recruitment exam 2018
The registrations for the recruitment exam of April 2018 are closed.


Candidate air traffic controllers are recruited by means of a competitive recruitment exam consisting of a number of eliminatory tests.

The exam is the first step in being admitted to the training for aspiring air traffic controller, which will be launched in 2018 and 2019.

  • Planning of the tests:
    • FEAST I – 23/04/2018 until 09/05/2018
    • FEAST II – 16/05/2018 until 31/05/2018
    • Interview panel and English oral – 03/09/2018 until 14/09/2018
    • Group assessment – 24/09/2018 until 28/09/2018
    • Medical exam – in October 2018
  • The dates above are for indication.

All information relevant to your registration can be found under the heading ‘FAQ'.

Where shall the training take place?

The Initial Training will take place in Steenokkerzeel.

Important documents :

For more details on the participation conditions for the recruitment exam and on the job of Air Traffic Controller, please consult:

 Entrance Requirements

Medical Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions


Admission conditions and prerequisites

To participate in the recruitment exams, you must:

  • Be Belgian or citizen of the European Union;
  • Submit evidence of a clean criminal record in compliance with the requirements of the function;
  • Enjoy full civil and political rights;
  • Comply with the military service regulations (if available and if required);
  • Be at least 17 years old and maximum 25 years old at the end of the examination registration period. Be at least 18 years old on the first day of employment;
  • Be the holder of a higher secondary school diploma (or equivalent, such as a provisional certificate handed out in Belgian schools to recently graduated students);
  • Candidates who are not yet in possession of their certificate or a higher secondary diploma (or equivalent) and who are currently in the final academic year leading to this degree may apply as long as they can submit a certificate of the school as proof that they are following the last academic year.  In any case, the certificate or diploma must have been provided at the beginning of the training of aspiring air traffic controllers in training;
  • Candidates who obtained their diploma outside of Belgium and who have not yet obtained the certificate of equivalence for their diploma can register for the exam with reservation.  To be able to participate in the exam proof of the request for a certificate of equivalence must be submitted at the latest on the last day of the registration period.  The attention of the candidates is drawn to the fact that the procedure to obtain a certificate of equivalence is fairly lengthy.  Therefore, candidates are advised to contact the competent authorities without delay.  At least be holder of a higher secondary school diploma or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of English is an inherent part of the job of air traffic controller. Knowledge of French is recommended too;
  • Be prepared to undergo a medical examination. In order to give you an idea of the examination criteria, please consult the following document: -> 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.


The job


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.

The training

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.


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