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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2009, 09:16:42 PM »

glad i searched the forums before asking the same question... all of the info so far has been really helpful

i was talking to someone that did the atc program back in the 80s and he was telling me that it was a <1 year training program in Oklahoma, is this still an option or did the CTI make all atc training a mandatory two college excursion (i already have a 4 yr degree in an unrelated field so it wouldnt make sense for me to go for another 4 years)

basically my question is what is the quickest option for training
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« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2009, 10:20:43 PM »

The entire process has changed since the 1980s; everything from hiring to training.  First, though, you have to be hired by your 31st birthday.  If you are very close or over that age, then, you can't get into the controller arena. 

There are a few ways to apply.  You can apply as an off-the-street applicant with no required experience (you spend a longer time in Oklahoma if you are able to make it that far).  You can also go to a CTI school and as long as you do well, you are placed onto a "direct hire" list, which is basically a recommendation by the school to the FAA that you are "well qualified" for the job.  You can go to a few 2 year schools and get this completed. 

Or, if you want, you can enlist in the Air Force or Navy and get similar training with a good bet you'll also have either a CTO or radar qualification (or both).  And the FAA takes military personnel quicker than the other two, especially if you have experience.
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2009, 11:07:29 PM »

thanks for the info im 22 so that wont be an issue, how do i sign up under the "off the street" option?
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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2009, 11:10:49 PM »

thanks for the info im 22 so that wont be an issue, how do i sign up under the "off the street" option?

Keep on eye on the FAA's ASAP website.  You'll need to register and make a resume and profile.  The address is https://jobs01.faa.gov/asap/default.asp?WCI=p_Home     In the job listings, you want to look for job number 2152, with the word "PUBNAT" in the title.  The next Pubnat is going to be Pubnat8, rumoured to be released this July.  Keep in mind, the hiring process, from time of application to start date at the academy, will be almost 2 years.
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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2009, 11:12:29 PM »

Also, there is a wealth of information, just about any question you could ask has already been answered, over on the Stuck Mic forums at http://www.stuckmic.com/atc-employment-forum/
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