Responsibility is the cornerstone of this profession, since the safety of aircraft, flight crews and passengers is its main focus. It is also very exhausting and can lead to stress because in a very short period of time ATCOs receive a lot of information to which they have to react promptly and accurately.
All ATCOs function as a team. To avoid the consequences of fatigue and lack of concentration, normally there are two ATCOs working at one position (executive controller and planning controller), rotating every hour or every two hours, depending on the intensity and complexity of air traffic.
If a candidate has a degree from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, their university education is considered to be equal to the Basic Training. Other candidates are sent to the Basic Training in duration of 14 weeks. Upon the completion of the Basic Training, the candidates attend the Rating Training, which lasts 12 to 20 weeks, depending on the type of rating. On completion, the candidates are granted a student ATCO license with a rating, depending on the type of service they will be certified to provide (aerodrome, approach or area control).
The Unit Training consists of several stages:
- Transitional Training, which is held in the classroom (60-126 hours)
- Pre‐On‐the‐Job Training, which takes place in the simulator, only for area and approach control (10-11 weeks)
- On‐the‐Job Training (100-420 hours).
The Unit Training duration depends on the working position for which the candidate is being trained, circa 2-3 years.
During the whole training process, the candidates are continuously assessed by means of written and oral examinations and practical assessments.
Our ATCO Training Organization is certified in accordance with the Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340, with the privilege of providing training and the related courses:
- Initial Training – Basic Training and Rating Training
- Unit Training – Unit Training Course
- Continuation Training (Refresher Training and Conversion Training)
- Practical Instructor Training
- Assessor Training.
We use a large number of equipped multipurpose rooms, computer rooms and meeting rooms at all locations (Velika Gorica, Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Lošinj, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik), as well as our state-of-the-art simulator for training the future ATCOs. It can simulate a large number of real-life traffic situations to validate airspace changes and procedures, carry out real-time and fast-time simulations and provide emergency training.
The simulator has more than 10 interconnected ATCO and pseudo-pilot working positions, a TTF platform and software for practical skills training. Besides that, training can also be provided online, with all required materials available on our software platform.
Along with its own candidates and employees, the Training Organization can also train the external contracting authorities’ candidates.
The ATCO TO team consists of young, promising and ambitious experts, air traffic controllers, instructors, assessors, BA and MA professionals. The Organization tailors its services to the user and specific circumstances, it modernizes and adjusts its operation to the ATCO TO requirements laid down in the Commission Regulation.