• Since 1 January 2021, the process for obtaining a UK ATCO licence for an EU member state ATCO licence holder has changed. 

    With the publication of UK Statutory Instrument 2019 No.645, the previous licence exchange process contained within EU 2015/340 Part ATCO, ATCO.A.010, has been withdrawn. This is to be replaced by a new UK process for a period of 2 years, enabling recognition of certain EU ATC licences and ATC training as detailed below.

  • Following EU withdrawal, EU ATCO licences issued under CR (EU) 2015/340, after 31 December 2020 are not recognised by the UK CAA.

    EU ATCO licences issued by an EU competent authority before 1 January 2021 will be able to be recognised by the UK CAA for the award of a UK ATCO licence, following a process of verification of such documents with the associated EU competent authority. Such recognition will be limited to the Ratings and Licence endorsements.

    Rating endorsements will not be included.

    The charge for the issue of a UK ATCO/Student ATCO Licences is shown in the CAA Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing).


    ATC training certificates issued by an EU 2015/340 certificated Training Organisation or Initial Training Organisation, before 1 January 2021 will be able to be recognised, following a process of verification of such documents with the UK CAA and the associated EU competent authority. 

    ATC training certificates issued by an EU 2015/340 certificated Training Organisation or Initial Training Organisation by an EU 2015/340 certificated Training Organisation or Initial Training Organisation post 1 January 2021, will only be able to be recognised if the course for which this certificate relates was approved by the relevant EU competent authority prior to 31 December 2020.

    Again, a process of verification of such documents and course approvals will be required with the UK CAA and the associated EU competent authority.

  • Inability to verify any submitted document

    Should the UK CAA be unable to verify the EU ATC training certificate, or EU ATCO licence with the associated EU competent authority, no UK recognition will be available in that regard.

    Previous UK ATCO licence holders 

    Previous holders of UK ATCO licences, who have exchanged such for that of another EU state will be able to apply to the UK CAA for the reinstatement of the UK ATCO licence. This new licence will include such ratings and licence endorsements verified by the CAA and the associated competent authority.

    If no such verification is achieved, the licence will include only those ratings and licence endorsements the UK CAA has on record for the individual, unless evidence of additional ATC training certificates, following the protocols above, can be provided for any additional ratings or licence endorsements obtained in an EU member state. The charge for the re-issue of a UK ATCO/Student ATCO Licences is shown in the CAA Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing).