Air Traffic Controller Licence

Guidance on applying for an ATCO Licence

Applications regarding the grant of an ATCO Licence, Rating, Rating Endorsement, Unit Endorsement, Unit Licence Endorsement or English Language Proficiency Endorsement, expiry or withdrawal of Unit Endorsement or to notify they CAA of a change of personal details should be completed and submitted on form SRG 1411 Air Traffic Controller Licensing.

The requirements and guidance associated with ATC Licensing can be found in CAP 744 Air Traffic Controllers - Licensing.

Gaining an Air Traffic Controller Licence

To be granted an Air Traffic Controller licence you must:

  • be the holder of a valid Student Air Traffic Controller licence;
  • have successfully completed the Unit Training Plan;
  • have successfully completed Training in Unusual Circumstances and Emergencies (TRUCE);
  • pass the rating examination;
  • be at least 21 years of age (in some circumstances the CAA may accept applications from applicants who are 20 years of age); and
  • hold a current medical certificate of the appropriate class.

Licence Details

Your ATCO licence will be issued for your lifetime unless it is revoked by the CAA. It will contain:

  • Details of your name, date of birth and nationality
  • A record of the ratings, rating endorsements and licence endorsements you hold
  • Your current unit endorsements

You must sign the licence in ink to enable the CAA to identify you as the holder of the licence.

Ratings and Rating Endorsements

Ratings indicate the type of Air Traffic Control service you may provide, while their associated rating endorsements indicate specialist tasks within those ratings and, where appropriate, the surveillance equipment used to provide the service.


The charges for the granting and renewal of ATCO licences can be found in the CAA’s Scheme of Charges, ORS5 No. 281 Personnel Licensing.