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ATC Training at the Facility

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ATC Training at the Facility

Once you successfully complete the FAA Academy you will report for duty at your new facility. This is where the real learning takes place. From there you will spend the next few months to few years in training. The training consists of classroom instruction, simulation training, and On-The-Job Training (OJT). You will receive a training program for each position you train on. Each position will have a target number of hours to become certified. These hours are generally based off of your previous experience. If you have been assigned at other FAA facilities in the past you may not get as many target hours as someone coming straight from the FAA Academy with no experience. If you fail to obtain certification within the target hours, you will go before a review board. The review board will make a decision based on your performance while in training whether to continue OJT and give you an extension of training hours, or to terminate your training. If your training is terminated you may lose your job with the FAA, especially if you have never certified at any previous FAA facility. It will be up to the FAA to determine if you should be re-located to another facility or terminated. If you were previously certified at another facility, the FAA will give you up to five options to choose where you may to be re-located.

Every time you transfer from one facility to the next, you must under go a new training program. It always consists of OJT and some facilities training programs are longer than others. Many air traffic controllers will transfer facilities for advancement in pay or to be closer to family.
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