Air Traffic Controller School - Nav Canada.

Nav Canada - Air Traffic Controller School in Canada

NAV CANADA is the private sector, non-share capital corporation that owns and operates Canada's Air Traffic Services (ATS).

NAV CANADA co-ordinates the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of aircraft in Canadian domestic airspace and international airspace assigned to Canadian control. Through its coast-to-coast operations, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information, airport advisory services, and electronic aids to navigation.

Canadian F-18 Hornet

ATS/ATC facilities include seven area control centres and 41 control towers. Nav Canada also operates 60 flight service stations and eight flight information centres. These facilities are supported by a network of over 1,000 ground-based aids to navigation located across the country.

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) air traffic controllers coordinate the safe, efficient and orderly flow of air traffic through specific zones of airspace called Flight Information Regions from seven Area Control Centres (ACCs) across the country. NAV CANADA Area Control Centres are highly advanced technological environments outfitted with the very latest radar, tracking, communications and information systems.

From on high in one of the 41 Airport Control Towers across the country, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) air traffic controllers keep watch and direct over every approach, every departure, and movement on all taxiways around an airport.

Flight Service Specialists work in Flight Service Stations (FSS) and Flight Information Centres (FIC). Flight Service Stations provide local weather information and airport advisory services. The country’s seven FICs deliver in-depth interpretive weather information for flight planning as well as en route advisories to aircraft operating in Canadian airspace.

If you’re a team-oriented person who likes taking on new challenges and managing fast-changing situations, a career in air traffic services may be right for you. Nav Canada owns a state of the art air traffic controller school in Cornwall, Ontario.


Take Charge as an IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Air Traffic Controller

Seven area control centres across the country. An airspace that stretches from the east coast to the west coast to the Arctic Circle. Responsibility for thousands of flights every day.

As a NAV CANADA IFR air traffic controller, you’re at the controls of the world’s second-largest air navigation system. Your top priority: ensuring the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of each and every flight. Each ACC is responsible for air traffic in a large section of Canadian airspace known as a Flight Information Region. Flight Information Regions are further broken down into smaller “sectors” and handled by controllers who know that airspace. Using radar and advanced flight data management systems, you track all flights within your sector, give pilots en route instructions, and give terminal clearances at certain airports. When your job is done and a plane leaves your airspace, you’re the one who hands off to your colleague in the next centre, or at an air traffic control tower.

What’s in your toolkit? Top air traffic control training from Canada's leading air traffic controller school. Leading knowledge and finely honed skills. And some of the most advanced technology in the world.

Air Traffic Control Tower

Take CHARGE as a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) Air Traffic Controller

NAV CANADA VFR air traffic controllers see it all. From on high, in one of the 41 air traffic control towers at airports across the country, you keep watch over every approach, every departure, and all the taxiways—keeping it safe no matter how much traffic you’ve got on the go.

You’re the conductor. The orchestrator. You’re the one who gives taxi, take-off and landing instructions. And once you’ve guided a flight safely into the skies you hand it off to your Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) colleague in the appropriate airspace.

To do your job effectively, you depend on the expert training you’ve received from NAV CANADA's air traffic controller school, advanced technology, and the team around you.

Take CHARGE as a Flight Service Specialist

Every decision a pilot makes has consequences—for themselves, for their passengers and crew, and for everyone else in the skies. From the fliers of single-engine Cessnas to the specialized Medevac flight crews, what they need first and foremost is reliable, dependable, up-to-the-minute information.

That’s where you could come in. As a NAV CANADA Flight Service Specialist, you:

  • Provide pre-flight weather briefings after interpreting charts, reports and satellite imagery.
  • Assist with flight plan filing.
  • Provide information to help pilots to safely land and take-off from uncontrolled airports.
  • Stay in contact with pilots during their flights.
  • Communicate safety updates.
  • Provide hourly weather reports to Environment Canada forecasters for their predictions.
  • Trigger search and rescue activities for missing or overdue aircraft.

Canadian CF-18's In Germany

Flight Service Specialists work in Flight Service Stations (FSS) and Flight Information Centres (FIC). Flight Service Stations provide local weather information and airport advisory services; while the country’s eight FICs deliver flight planning, in-depth interpretive weather information and en route advisories to aircraft operating in Canadian airspace. Join us at Nav Canada's Air Traffic Controller School and become part of the team.

You don’t need aviation-related experience or knowledge to apply for a career with NAV CANADA, but there are some basic prerequisites. All candidates must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • High school graduate
  • Available for training within the next 18 months
  • Willing to relocate
  • Willing to undergo a medical exam
  • Prepared to undergo a Secret Level security check
  • Willing to train intensively
  • English-speaking, or fluently bilingual (French and English)

What we look for:

Our job at NAV CANADA is to give you the knowledge and skills you need to do the job right — to be among the best in the world. What we look for in you are the qualities it takes to be a top-notch air traffic services professional:

  • Sharp judgment
  • Strong motivation
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities
  • A clear voice
  • Keen hearing
  • A good memory

How you train to become a NAV CANADA air traffic services specialist depends on the career best suited to your skills. Our air traffic specialists receive the best training in the industry—in classroom, in simulation and on the job. Bring your game to Nav Canada's air traffic controller school, apply yourself, and you’ll have great chances of success.

Flight Service Specialist Training

Flight Service Specialists receive initial training at regional training units located at our seven ACCs. This initial training may last up to six months. Tuition is $1,000. After initial instruction, you move to on-the-job training at a Flight Service Station or Flight Information Centre. This is when you start earning a training salary. It may take up to six months of on-the-job training until you fully qualify as a Flight Service Specialist.

IFR Air Traffic Controller Training

The IFR Controller training program is delivered at each of NAV CANADA’s seven Area Control Centres. Initial training lasts seven to 14 months, and is followed by paid on-the-job training of six to 12 months. The tuition for the IFR Controller training program is $3,500. Students usually complete their initial and on-the-job training at the Area Control Centre in their region.

IFR Control

VFR Air Traffic Controller Training

VFR Air Traffic Controllers receive initial instruction at regional training units located at our seven ACCs. Lasting four to six months, it is followed by paid on-the-job training of another four to 12 months at an air traffic control tower. Tuition for the VFR Controller training program is $2,500.

IFR and VFR Air Traffic Controllers

Air Traffic Controllers are a skilled and knowledgeable group of professionals. The salaries and benefits we pay reflect this. As an Air Traffic Controller, you can earn between $57,000 and $123,000 per year depending on your position, facility type and location, and your level of experience. You’ll also enjoy comprehensive health coverage and excellent pension benefits.

We also pay for on-the-job training following the initial training program. Your on-the-job training salary is approximately $33,000 per year.

Flight Service Specialists

Flight Service Specialists are professionals providing an important information service to pilots across the country. As a NAV CANADA Flight Service Specialist, you’ll receive a competitive salary with a range that offers room for growth—between $42,000 and $86,000 per year depending on your facility, location and years of experience on the job. You’ll also enjoy comprehensive health coverage and excellent pension benefits.

We also pay for on-the-job training after initial classroom instruction. Your training salary is approximately $30,000 per year.

Last Canadian CF-18 Leaving Germany For more information on working for Nav Canada please visit their website. The information used on this page was obtained from Nav Canada's website. They are the sole owners of the intellectual property.

Source for information can be found here: Nav Canada You can also apply to become a student at the air traffic controller school through this website.

Nav Canada's Air Traffic Controller School in Cornwall, Ontario is a state of the art facility. They have a 360 degree VFR simulation for training purposes. As well the Canadain Forces Air Traffic Controller School is co-located with NCTI. You will always find a diverse group of students attending Canada's only air traffic controller school.




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