The Japanese government treats the processes involved on how to become an air traffic controller differently. For one, it only has one dedicated training center which was built in 1964 for interested individuals. The training center was named Aeronautical Safety Institute in 1967 before it became Aeronautical Safety College (ASC) in 1971.
Today, providing air traffic controller training courses is just one of the responsibilities of ASC. As it devotes itself to developing air traffic controllers, ASC is manned by operational experienced and qualified instructors. These instructors regularly visit airports and towers and centers so that they will remain updated on the latest and actual air traffic control operation.
Among others, the instructors are using projectors, VTRs and control simulators as modes of instructions. ASC is also equipped with language laboratories and other computer-aided learning systems to help the instructors in their goal to mold future air traffic controllers.
ATC training requirements
While ASC requires no previous aeronautical experience, the College requires that all applicants are between 21 and 29 years old. If the applicant is below 21 years old, he or she must have already graduated from technical high school or junior college or that he or she is expecting to graduate by March of the following year. The applicant may also qualify if he or she holds recognition from the National Personnel Authority that he or she has an equal academic status.
ASC offers the air traffic controller training course for 1 year. However, the College only accepts up to a maximum of 80 students per year. The competition to become an air traffic controller is obviously high although the College gives fair and competitive exam for the interested applicants nationwide. The National Personnel Authority administers the examination. As such, upon completion and passing of all the necessary air traffic controller requirements including the entrance exam, a student becomes a government official.
ATC course students are required by ASC to stay at the in-campus dormitory for the entire duration of the training. After completing the course, the student will undergo an on the job training (OJT) at a facility. The student will be rated after the OJT and this will be the basis of a specialization to pursue. ASC offers two specializations known as en route control and aerodrome control. The specialist training will take place in Iwanuma Training Center, a modern branch of the air traffic control school. After training for the specialization, the student is required to complete another OJT at a facility. The student will be also rated based on his or her performance while at the facility.
Students are educated in terms of theories and application. Definitely, students are required to take examinations and passed them to obtain their rating and their air traffic controller licenses. The Civil Aviation Bureau administers the examinations.
Evidently, there are so many processes involved before you may become a full pledge air traffic controller. Good thing the Japanese government and through the ASC is conscientious in providing only the best ATC courses.