Application Process


Basic requirements

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.

We are always accepting applications, but regional requirements vary with courses starting two to three times a year in each region. 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
You can choose to apply to a region other than the one in which you reside, however all testing and interviews will take place in that region, followed by training and placement.”

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 there. A different stream could provide new and exciting opportunities to live and work somewhere different.

The 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.

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.

complete online testing

In the next step, you’ll complete an online test. Take this cognitive test seriously as it is the first major hurdle. Approximately 40 per cent of applicants are successful at this stage.

In-person Assessment

When we anticipate a need for students 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. These testing sessions are normally held in each region 1-2 times a year. This session lasts approximately four hours and includes a paper-based simulation. Other components of the tests seek to evaluate the following abilities:
  • Thinking and reasoning
  • Communication
  • Attention
  • Information processing
  • Memory
  • Knowledge
(See below for upcoming testing dates.) 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.

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.

entry into the candidate pool

Once you have completed all of the steps, you will enter the candidate pool and 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.

Still have questions?

 Read our FAQs or contact our National Recruitment Centre by emailing or dialing 1-877-389-9934.

The National Recruitment Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Important dates

Exact dates are provided to those who are invited to participate in a testing session. We are currently holding sessions ~3 times a year in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal, approximately ~2 times a year in Vancouver, Toronto and Moncton. Gander region hosts an assessment session approximately once per year. Frequency will vary from year to year. To be considered for these sessions, online application and tests need to be completed.

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