Composition of the ATCO Training
The duration of the initial training provided by Integra Aviation is scheduled to approximately five months, depending on the number of students per course. The training modules alternate between theoretical and practical training in simulator. The student will, however, spend most of his/her time at a unit where the operational training is done, eg in a control tower.
All ATCO students must receive training where they obtain the basic knowledge, skills and practical experience required for all controllers. This training is called ‘Initial Training’ and it comprises ‘Basic Training’ and ‘Rating Training’. The initial training covers the following subjects:
- Aviation law
- Air traffic management
- Human factors
- Equipment and systems
- Professional environment
- Abnormal and emergency situations
Rating Training includes the theoretical and practical training that is needed to obtain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to specific ratings. After having completed the initial training successfully, the ATCO candidate will be awarded a student ATCO license.
The student ATCO license allows the student to proceed with the next phase, which is the ‘Unit Training’. The unit training, which also takes approximately a year and a half, is designed to provide the ATCO candidate with the experience he or she needs to obtain the ATCO license with appropriate rating and unit endorsements. This phase is a mix between exercises in simulator and operational training at a unit which is designed to allow the trainee to acquire and consolidate the specific routines and procedures that are specific to the unit.
After the successful completion of the Unit Training, the student will be awarded an ATCO Licence.
The validation of the ATCO Licence depends on the results of the following refresher training, competence assessments and medical checks which are to be taken every 6 or 12 months.