Application Process

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 Selection Process

The selection process is rigorous and designed to assess competencies required to be an air traffic services professional and have the best chance of success through training. 

The testing is a multi-stage assessment process:


Complete an online application.  You’ll provide your personal details, including academic and professional histories.

Online Assessment

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 Test

When there is a need for students in a region, those who performed well at the previous stages will be invited to an in-person assessment. 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 can last up to one day and may test communication, memory, working speed, spatial visualization, thinking and reasoning, attention, information processing and simple math.

In Person Assessment

Attend a session at a facility which may include interview, group and individual exercises and/or simulation.  Be ready to talk about your life, academic and work experience and why you are interested in this career.


Depending on test scores and operational requirements, courses begin 2-3 times a year.  Job offers are given prior to course start.  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.  You will also be required to satisfy pre-employment conditions such as security clearance, medical licensing requirements and drug testing. 


In order to comply with government and corporate precautions related to COVID-19 and protect our employees and candidates, a number of our ATS selection activities have been reduced. We continue to accept applications for ATS careers and applicable online assessments continue to be available. However in-person assessments for ATS candidate selection have been put on hold. All previously scheduled candidates have been notified. As the recommendations change rapidly, we continue to monitor the situation and will resume assessments when able. If you have any questions, please contact the ATS Recruitment Centre at  atscareers@navcanada.ca 

Still have questions?

 Read our FAQs or contact our National Recruitment Centre by emailing atscareers@navcanada.ca 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.

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