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What qualifications do I need to be considered for the Student Controller Programme?

You need a Leaving Certificate with 5 passes (including Maths) with Grade C in at least two Higher Level Papers. The educational standard required is a minimum of Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).  An equivalent second level qualification may be acceptable (must include Mathematically based subjects).  The National Framework of Qualifications is the single structure mechanism for recognising all education and training in Ireland. Further details are available on www.nfq.ie.

The Irish Education System Changed in recent years, please see the chart in Additional Information to assist with clarifying your eligibility for application purposes.

When and where do you advertise for student Air Traffic Controllers?

We advertise throughout the year on our website. In addition on occasion we advertise in the national media.

How do I apply to become a Student Air Traffic Controller?

You must complete the online application form. The Authority will review all applications received on a periodic basis, and based on the number of applications we will invite those applicants who meet the minimum requirements to begin the selection process.

Is there an age limit in becoming an Air Traffic Controller?

There is no upper age limit. However, you must be 21 years of age to be a licensed Air Traffic Controller and because the training takes up to 2 years an applicant must be at least 19 years of age when applying.

Where does IAA Air Traffic Control training take place?

The initial training takes place in the Authority's Training Centre at Ballycasey Cross, Shannon, Co Clare. Students are then assigned to any of the three state airports (Cork, Dublin or Shannon) for practical training.

Do I have a choice of which airport I will be assigned to for the practicle training?

No, students are assigned to Stations based on the needs at the time.

Do I get paid while participating in the Student Controller Programme?

With effect from 19 May 2022 our Student Controller Programme 17 Class (SCP17), students will receive a student allowance of €300 per week for the duration of training, until the commencement of OJTI.

Do the Authority pay any travel or incidental expenses during recruitment process for SCP Programme?


Does the Irish Aviation Authority provide living accommodation for the students training as Air Traffic Controllers?


How does the selection process for Student Air Traffic Controllers work?

The Selection Process is outlined here

The Authority reserves the right to change the selection process and add or delete stages as determined by the IAA.

Please see separate details on the selection process


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