Please note that, in the event of UK participation in EASA and mutual recognition of licences and certificates ceasing, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term. These will be updated in due course following the outcome of the transition period negotiations on the long-term aviation relationship between the UK and the EU. In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid.
A Student Air Traffic Controller Licence permits you to provide an Air Traffic Control service at an aerodrome or
Area Control Centre, but only under the supervision of a fully qualified Air Traffic Controller who is an approved
on-the-job training instructor. The service being provided must be in the ATC discipline in which you have successfully
completed an approved course of initial training. You must commence unit training in that discipline within 12 months
of having completed the approved course. Licence holders who fail to do this will be required to complete an assessment
of previous competence as per an ATCO licence.
The Student ATCO licence is valid indefinitely unless it is suspended, revoked or relinquished.
Student ATCO licences are cancelled upon the issue of a full ATCO licence. The Student ATCO licence will be
exchanged for the ATCO licence upon successful completion of the initial issue of a unit endorsement by the ATS
You can apply for a Student ATCO Licence if you:
A Student ATCO Licence will be issued as soon as possible following receipt of the application providing the information provided by the applicant is complete and correct. Note that this process can take up to eight weeks.
Regulation 2015/340 AMC1 ATCO.AR.D.001(a) Procedure for the issue, revalidation and renewal of licences, ratings, endorsements and authorisations states that the CAA may allow the privileges of a licence to be exercised for a period of eight weeks after successful completion of the applicable examination(s) and assessment(s), pending the issue of the licence, rating or endorsement.
The CAA may allow this grace period to be used (which is only to allow the CAA processing time of the licence), however this will only commence once the applicant has received an acknowledgement of their application back from the CAA.
It is not to be assumed that this will automatically be given. CAP 1251 will be updated in due course.
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