Basic Training Course (BTC)


Who should attend this course?

The UK Basic Training Course (BTC) is the starting point for anybody wishing to embark on a career in Air Traffic Control. The BTC is the prerequisite for all of the UK ratings courses including Aerodrome and Radar.

For more information about this or any other course please contact Andy Cameron (College & Course Manager).

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UK CAA Approved Courses


Basic Training Course (BTC)

This course has been specifically designed to meet the UK CAA and European requirements for ATCO Basic training. The training course provides a foundation for the theoretical knowledge and basic practical skills required for the career of Air Traffic Control.

This course is mandatory before undertaking any initial ATCO rating training course.

  • Have passed Global ATS’ aptitude test
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old on completion
  • A valid European Class 3 medical
  • A good command of written and oral English
  • Aviation Law
  • Equipment
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Human factors
  • Professional Environment
  • Aircraft
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  • Basic practical Aerodrome control
  • Basic practical Radar control
  • CAP 168
  • CAP 393
  • CAP 493
  • CAP 637
  • CAP 744
  • European Common Core Content
  • ICAO Doc 4444
  • Various European Legislation
Course Duration

9 Weeks

The UK Basic Training Course includes 9 weeks of practical training modules which must be completed before progressing to the other ratings courses

Group Size

4-8 Students per Course

Courses are run with groups ranging from 4 to 8 students per course. Courses remain 7 weeks regardless of group size

Course Dates

5 Courses per Year

Our Basic Training Courses run in February, April, June, September and November. Additional courses are run if demand necessitates