ATCO Medical Information

Medical Certification for Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs)

UK Class 1 ATCO

All medical certificates issued to ATCOs on or after 1 September 2009 are European Class 3 Medical Certificates.
 
Any UK Class 1 medical certificates issued to ATCOs prior to 1 September 2009 will be valid until the expiry date on the certificate. Thereafter, these ATCOs shall undertake medical examinations to European Class 3 renewal/revalidation standards.

European Class 3

Initial
The initial medical examination must be carried out at the UK CAA Aeromedical Centre (AMC) at Gatwick, NATS Swanwick or NATS Prestwick (use find an AME for contact details).  The whole examination takes half a day and includes:

  • a full physical medical examination by a doctor
  • detailed eyesight tests, including colour vision assessment
  • a resting electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart
  • spirometry to assess your lung function
  • an audiogram to evaluate your hearing
  • urine testing
  • blood tests, to check haemoglobin

The minimum age for the initial issue of a European Class 3 Medical Certificate is 17.


Revalidation/Renewal
Renewal examinations can be carried out by UK Aeromedical Examiner with a "Class 1" approval number, eg 10001

Validity Table
The requirements and validities can be found in  the European Class 3 (ATCO) validity table.

Change of State of Licence Issue (SOLI)
An applicant wishing to obtain a European Class 3 medical certificate who holds an ATCO licence and valid medical certificate issued by another EU member state, should follow our algorithm.
Applicants will be required to complete a SOLI form and our payment form is also available online

Non-EU states
An applicant wishing to obtain a European Class 3 medical certificate who holds an ATCO licence and valid medical certificate, issued by a non-EU member state, shall have his first European Class 3 medical examination undertaken at an AMC.

Returning to certification after illness
Guidance on a return to work following illness can be found under the "Ill Health and your Licence " section of this site.

 

 

 

November 2011