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Have you ever dreamed of pursuing a career as a flight attendant but didn’t know where to begin? If you want to take your first steps in the aviation industry, completing cabin crew training is essential.
Whether you’re a school leaver or an experienced professional who wants to make a career change, there are numerous flight attendant schools to pick from and kickstart your career.
Based on Aviation Voice’s ranking, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 flight attendant schools along with their entrance requirements and training information.
10. Signa Aviation Services
Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Based in Eros International Airport, Signa Aviation Services is a flight and cabin crew training school that offers students with no previous aviation experience the chance to become a Namibian and South African qualified cabin crew member.
To enrol on the course, you must meet pre-entry requirements; these include holding a Namibian and South African Aviation Medical Class 3 certificate and completing the twelfth grade of school.
You will also need to meet physical requirements, such as having a minimum height of 1.56m. You must also be able to swim.
The course takes six weeks to complete, with successful students being awarded a Namibian and South African cabin crew license upon completion.
9. OMNI Aviation Training Center
Location: São Domingos de Rana, Portugal
The OMNI Aviation Training Center provides students with the opportunity to train and become licensed flight attendants and offers native professionals the chance to learn English in a specialised course.
To enrol in the flight attendant course, you will need to have completed at least year 12 of education. You will also need to provide full identification documentation as part of the course enrolment process. This will include your criminal record if any, and your tax identification number.
7. IFA Aviation Training Center (tie)
Location: São Domingos de Rana, Portugal
IFA Aviation Training Center offers an intensive theoretical and practical programme which enables candidates to get certified as flight attendants in commercial aviation. Students who enrol in the cabin crew training course will cover areas such as aviation legislation and safety and emergency procedures that every professional cabin crew attendant should aware of.
Evacuation drills, first aid [paid link] and crew resource management are also extensively covered throughout the training course, which takes approximately three weeks to complete.
You also get to choose between two different locations, Cascais and Viseu, to undertake your theoretical training. Meanwhile, practical training is conducted on dedicated facilities near the IFA aviation training centre based in the Greater Lisbon subregion.
Proficiency in English, a high-school diploma and the ability to swim are all crucial requirements to enrol on the IFA aviation training course.
7. Skies Aviation Academy (tie)
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Approved by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, the Skies Aviation Academy cabin crew training course allows successful trainees to work as cabin crew members in Greek and international airlines.
The course covers a wide range of areas, from passenger handling and crowd control to safety and security procedures. You will also need to undergo a swimming test as part of your practical training induction.
To complete the course successfully, you will need to log in a total of 136 hours. Upon completion, you will receive the ‘Cabin Crew Attestation’ approved by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. Extra support is also provided once the course has been completed, including interview preparation and support during the application process for cabin crew jobs.
6. AFA - Atlantic Flight Academy
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Established in 2011, the AFA provides cabin crew training per national and international rules. To apply, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
Additionally, you must know intermediate level English at the very least. It is also essential that students hold a valid Class 2 health certificate. This is issued by aviation medical centres and is authorised by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.
In total, as an AFA trainee, you can expect at least 60 hours of theory training with an additional two hours of mock-up application training, with access to national and international aviation rules, as well as textbooks from different sources around the world in AFA’s dedicated onsite library.
3. Sevenair Academy (tie)
Location: São Domingos de Rana, Portugal
Created in partnership with a leading airline in Portugal, Sevenair Academy is a specialised training centre for cabin crew courses. It provides four supplementary days of training based in Santa Maria, Azores, with both travel and accommodation included in the overall price.
You must be in good health and physical condition and must have good stress tolerance. English language knowledge is mandatory, as well as the ability to swim. Those who enrol on the course will also be expected to pass a medical examination.
Upon completion, of course, all students will have the chance to be hired by Sevenair Academy’s airline partners, with several national and international open days taking place each year, specifically designed for recruitment.
3. Ethiopian Aviation Academy (tie)
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Aviation Academy provides basic and recurrent cabin crew programmes that combine classroom and practical training offered by dedicated instructors. Specialising in aircrafts Boeing, Bombardier and Airbus, you will be required to learn rigorous safety standards whilst also training to offer the highest standard of customer service.
Those looking to take their training one step further can also enrol in specialised courses covering crew resource management and leadership and a premium customer service that features on-the-job training.
Catering training programmes are also available for those looking to specialise in onboard food handling, with extensive courses covering basic aviation catering, hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), and food and beverage control.
3. BAA Training (tie)
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
An independent aviation training centre headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, BAA Training offers training options for new candidates and existing cabin crew members looking to enhance their skillset.
BBA Training also offers specialised firefighting and smoke procedures training, and students have the opportunity to gain experience in aircraft emergency exit and slide operations.
VIP cabin crew training is also available for those who wish to specialise in working with public figures and celebrity clients. This is a four-day course covering everything from maintaining professional style, with exclusive makeup and grooming lessons, to learning how to deliver exceptional service while exceeding clients’ expectations.
Location: Montreal, Canada (HQ)
With training facilities in 35 countries, CAE offers specialised cabin crew programmes in these locations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm.
In Madrid and Barcelona, you will have the choice of either Wamos or Vueling cabin crew programmes, with a two-week mandatory cabin crew course required to obtain attestation to enable applicants to work in any airline in the European territory.
Students cover everything from security demonstrations to how to act in case of emergencies and are trained to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulation standards throughout the course.
1. Lufthansa Aviation Training
Location: Hallbergmoos, Germany (HQ)
Lufthansa Aviation Training allows students to experience inflight service through flight service mock-ups that simulate the actual working conditions during travel.
Those who enrol on the course will be taught about the various aspects of an aircraft, such as managing onboard security cameras, and will prepare students for even the most difficult situations. Focusing on specialised human factor training, you will learn analytical thinking methods, which will help you react and effectively manage complex decision-making situations during a flight.
With a total of twelve training centres in Europe and North America, you will be skilfully prepped and ready to take your first flight into a successful cabin crew career.
For those looking to walk the airplane aisle as a certified cabin attendant, training is a must-have to make your career ambitions air bound. Make sure to consider what each training programme has to offer and pick one that fits your needs before sending out your application!
Which of these flight attendant schools sounds the most appealing to you? Let us know in the comments section below!