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Selection Requirements and Process

Many people meet the basic requirements, but make no mistake: making the cut and entering one of our training programs is not easy. We are looking for the best possible people to take on the responsibility of managing Canada’s airspace, and as such, the selection process is highly competitive.

As you explore information on the application process, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • We are always accepting applications, but regional requirements vary. That means the time it takes to work through the application hurdles can vary too – from a couple of months to over a year.
  • When you apply, you apply to one of seven flight information regions. Click here for a map of facilities in each region. You can choose to apply to a region other than the one in which you reside, but note that you will be asked to participate in testing and interviews in that region, and will ultimately complete your training and be placed in a position in that region.
  • You may be offered an opportunity in a stream other than your first preference. While we ask you to indicate a preference in your application, we may determine that you are eligible for a different stream and make an offer to enter training.

Application Process


NAV CANADA uses a five-step selection process. You must successfully complete a step before becoming eligible to move on to the next one.

Successfully completing a hurdle does not guarantee that you will be invited to participate in the next step. We always invite the applicants that are the best fit to advance – regardless of when they applied.

Here’s what to expect in the selection process:

You’ll start by providing your personal details, including academic and professional histories. We’ll also ask you to complete a short essay, which will help us understand your motivation in pursuing a career in air traffic services and evaluate basic writing skills.

Step 1: Fill Out the Application

You’ll start by providing your personal details, including academic and professional histories. We’ll also ask you to complete a short essay, which will help us understand your motivation in pursuing a career in air traffic services and evaluate basic writing skills.

Step 2: Complete Online Test

In the next step, you’ll complete an online test, which is a general cognitive test lasting eight minutes. Approximately 40% of applicants are successful at this stage.

Step 3: In-person Assessment

When we anticipate a need for trainees in a region, we will hold an in-person assessment session. Those who performed well at the previous stages will be invited. Though you may have been successful in the previous hurdle, there’s no guarantee you’ll be invited to a session as seating is limited and we always invite the top candidates in the pool of applicants.

This session lasts approximately four hours and includes a paper-based simulation. Other components of the tests seek to evaluate the following abilities:

The assessment session includes a variety of tests that measure:

  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Information processing
  • Thinking and reasoning

Approximately 50% of participants are successful at this stage.

Step 4: Phone Interviews

With key tests behind you, we start to look at your broader profile and your ability to complete an intensive, full-time training program. An experienced subject matter expert will conduct a standardized interview over the phone.

Step 5: Interview with Training Manager

You’re almost there. This is the last hurdle. You’ll interview with the manager that oversees the program you’ll undertake. They want you to succeed and make sure you have what it takes. Present yourself well and be ready to talk about your life, academic and work experience, providing examples of how you can overcome challenges and solve problems.

Step 6: Entry into the Candidate Pool

Once you enter the candidate pool, we’ll let you know what career streams you qualify for. If you are selected for training, you’ll be sent a web-based training program that you’ll be expected to know inside-out prior to entering the classroom.

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