Scholarships for Air Traffic Management Officers now open to applicants

Scholarships for Air Traffic Management Officers
Sixty successful applicants will be accepted into the Comprehensive Air Traffic Service Course Batch 15. Credits to CAAP.

Are you job hunting or searching for new career opportunities? Have you thought of having a career in the airline industry? The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is looking for 60 applicants that will be given free training in the Comprehensive Air Traffic Service (CATS) Course.

The CAAP’s Comprehensive Air Traffic Service Course Batch 15 (CATS 15) is looking to recruit young and competent men and women who aspire to be part of the country’s elite line of Air Traffic Management Officers (ATMOs).

The program is conducted in support of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) New Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) initiative, which has spurred the country’s civil aviation authority to work towards ensuring that there are enough qualified and competent professionals that will maintain the future of the country’s air transportation system.

ATMOs or Air Traffic Controllers are not as glamorous-sounding as pilots, stewards, and stewardesses. In fact, the job is the hardest and most challenging in the airline industry. It can be fairly stressful, so it is not suitable for everyone. The men and women ATMOs are the ones who make sure that flights take off, know if each plane is on their right path, and that they land safely without any problems.

The job can be very rewarding once you are in, gained experience, and have proven yourself – a lot of opportunities will be available to you. There are high international-demand types of jobs that are high-paying and loaded with benefits that are always waiting out there.

Accepted applicants, who must also pass a panel interview and physical examinations, will undergo training at the CAAP’s Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) in Pasay City. Once licensed, successful trainees will become Air Traffic Controller (ATC) assistants and then ATMOs, once rated.

CAAP’s Human Resource and Management Division (HRMD) has released the list of qualification and documentary requirements for the aspiring ATMOs, which include the following:

A. Qualification Requirements
– Natural Born citizen of the Philippines
– Single
– Not more than 26 years old as of January 18, 2020
– Physically, mentally, and psychologically fit
– Of a good moral character
– Has a good command of the English language
– Has not been convicted of a criminal administrative case
– Has not been dishonorably separated from government or private service
– Baccalaureate degree holder of any course
– Computer literate
– With 20/20 vision, without corrective lenses, and not color blind

B. Documentary Requirements
– Duly accomplished application forms
– Diploma (authenticated copy) or Certification from School Registrar that they completed the course (original copy)
– Transcript of Records (authenticated copy)
– Birth Certificate (original photocopy)
– NBI Clearance (original copy)
– 2 pcs. 2”x2” photo (colored picture with white background)

Application forms are available at CAAP’s website or at the HRMD office, located at CAAP Central Office in MIA Road, Pasay City.

Accepted applicants, who must also pass a panel interview and physical examinations, will undergo training at the CAAP’s Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) in Pasay City. Credits to CAAP.

The deadline for application submissions is on December 20, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Applications may be submitted in person or via mail/courier addressed to the Human Resource Management Division (HRMD), CAAP Central Office in MIA Road, Pasay City or in any CAAP Testing Centers.

Nationwide qualifying examinations will be held simultaneously at the Civil Aviation Training Center in Pasay City and in designated testing centers in Lipa, Baguio, Tuguegarao, Puerto Princesa, Legazpi, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan De Oro and Davao on January 18, 2020.

You will need to meet the basic pre-employment requirements and pass “The Test” to be one of the 60 accepted applicants.

For further inquiries, applicants may send an email at

How to Prepare for the Examination?

Always be prepared for the unexpected. You will probably be given an aptitude test designed for air traffic controller applicants that will help assess your abstract, spatial, and numerical reasoning. The questions are probably associated with speed, time and distance problems, as well as multitasking and concentration tests.

They may give a psychometric examination that may include numerical reasoning tests, verbal reasoning tests, diagrammatic reasoning tests, and situational judgment tests. Good Luck!

More scholarships are being offered to Filipino students, among them, AirAsia Philippines’ free training to aspiring Filipino pilots, the University of the Philippines Diliman-DOST Space Technology scholarships, and the DOST study grants for science students.

SEND cheers in the comments below to CAAP for offering free training to Filipino students!

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