IAA Website - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:01 AM

Currently the Recruitment Process of Student Air Traffic Controllers has 4 Stages.  Applicants will be required to pass each stage of the Selection Process in order to proceed to the next stage. Closing date for applications for this programme is 19th March with indicative timeline below.

Stage 1 - Screening Process

Screening of applications to determine eligibility against minimum requirements.

Stage 2 – Air Traffic Controller Computer Based Aptitude Tests

These tests comprise of two parts:

Part 1 – FEAST Test (First European Air Traffic Controller Selection Test)– To be held during April in Dublin, duration 2hrs 20mins. 

The Test Battery consists of a set of tests which examine a candidate's ability in regard to a number of items including the following:

  • Heading and Range Test
  • English Listening and Comprehension
  • Planning Ability
  • Sort Task
  • Alertness in Simple and Multi-Tasking Situations Test
  • Visualisation Test

Part 2 – DART Test (Dynamic ATC Radar Test) – To be held during June in Dublin, duration 2hrs 10mins.

Stage 3 – Work Strengths Profiling and Group Interview/Exercise

Part 1 – Work Strengths Profiling –
completed online

Part 2 – Group Interview/ Exercise - to be held during August in Shannon.

Applicants will be required to attend for a group exercise.  This is a simulation exercise that requires applicants to operate as a group to address a given set of circumstances.

Stage 4 - Final Interview - to be held during September in Dublin.

Interviews for the final stage of the recruitment process will be competency based. Applicants will be expected to have some basic knowledge of the Irish Aviation Authority and the Air Traffic Control Service and the various other activities in which it is involved.  Most of this information is contained on the IAA website. 

All applicants will be required to produce a Valid Passport for identification purposes throughout stages 2-4.  All applicants must also bring original certificates of educational requirements.

Medical Eligibility Requirements

Applicants who are deemed successful to participate in the Student Air Traffic Controller programme must undergo a comprehensive Medical Examination.  This will be carried out by IAA designated Doctors.  The medical criteria meet international civil aviation standards outlined here. The cost of the medical will be borne by the IAA.  

Security Clearances

Full Security Clearance will be carried out for all students who are offered a place on the student programme.

Reference Checking

Reference checking may be carried out on all those who are offered a student placement.

Note: The vast majority of correspondence for this competition will be carried out via email.  Please ensure you check your e-mail on a regular basis.
No travel or incidental expenses are paid to candidates for the SCP selection process.
No Test Material given to candidates during SCP selection process.
Please also check the IAA web-site on a regular basis for updates on the Selection Process schedule

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

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