IFATCA Policy is:

Applicants will be required to possess the academic qualifications required to enter a recognized post-secondary educational institution in their country.

Applicants must pass the selection standards. (Brussels 79.C.6 edited Istanbul 07)

The ICAO medical requirements shall apply to all candidates for selection and other tests considered appropriate by respective Governments should be employed. The final selection of prospective controllers should be made by trained ATC personnel together with professional assessors.

There should be no discrimination in the selection of air traffic controllers. (Toronto 80.C.15 amended Conchal 19).

Member Associations should co-operate with those responsible for the selection of air traffic controllers in their country and obtain agreement on:

a) the composition of the selection board, including representation by the Member Association where appropriate;

b) a definite list of criteria which would be sought by the selection board;

c) the procedures of the selection process. (Toronto 80.C.16)

Aptitude tests specifically designed for air traffic controllers shall be included in the selection process for air traffic controllers. (Amsterdam 82.C.22)

The selection board shall include a psychologist trained in, or familiar with, all aspects of ATC and a controller trained in selection methods and procedures. (Amsterdam 82.C.23)

Member Associations, in consultation with their Administrations, shall encourage the development of suitable static and dynamic aptitude tests for the selection of air traffic controllers. (Amsterdam 82.C.24)

Team Resource Management as a concept should be considered in the selection of ATCOs. (Geneva 01.C.6)

See: WP 49 – Brussels 1979, WP 38 – Toronto 1980, WP 25 – Amsterdam 1982, WP 171 – Geneva 2001, WP 164 – Istanbul 2007 and Resolution C11 – WP 157 – Conchal 2019


Last Update: October 2, 2020  

November 5, 2019   269   Jean-Francois Lepage    TRNG    

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