What Are the Requirements to Become an Air Traffic Control Specialist?
Requirements to become an air traffic controller include a bachelor’s degree from an aviation school, at least three years of work experience in the industry, or a combination of both. This is a highly competitive field, so Candidates must be invited to take the FAA air traffic pre-employment tests and score highly to be considered for positions. Those who are selected to become air traffic controllers are trained at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. The training is rigorous to ensure the staff understands the importance of accuracy and diligence on the job. Other qualifications include being an American citizen who is 30-years-old or younger when the application process is complete and passing a medical exam and a background investigation. You must be able to understand and speak English clearly so that your message is easily understood through various communications equipment. Relocation to a Federal Aviation Administration facility may be required. Once placed, you receive more training on the job.
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