20 Training Tips to Get Certified

Rosstafari

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Repost from the NATCA message boards.

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I hope this helps our new Brothers and Sisters to get through training. Remember no matter how many years you have in this Agency training sucks.

1. Stay positive

2. Be prepared, (know your MVA's, Handoffs inter facility and intra facility,SOP, Phraseology, Aircraft types etc.

3. Be on time, to work and back from breaks, ( The FAA is just looking for any reason to fire you in a probationary status)

4. Find the Alpha Dog, Find out who the best controllers are, and watch how they work the sector.

5. Never Argue with your instructor on position, It's his or her ticket. Any questions/disagreements take care of them at the debrief.

6. Be a sponge, watch and learn how CPC's work and take the best techniques from all of them.

7. Make copies of all your training reports. Read them, don't make the same errors over and over.
8. Ask questions, if you don't know something learn where to find the information.

9. Be confident, NOT COCKY OR ARROGANT!!!!! If you sound confident you will repeat less transmissions and decrease your workload.

10. Work like it is busy all the time, establish good work habits that will stay with you the rest of your career.

11. Learn how to listen, actively listening is a learned skill, it takes work, and will save your a** on readback hearback.

12. Increase your keyboard skills, practice talking and typing.

13. Study on your breaks, there is nothing worse than a developmental on the fence that, is always watching tv, or reading a book, or playing cards. Perception is everything.

14. Join the Union, membership has its privileges. It's much easier to make it through training when you have the support of your Brothers and Sisters.

15. Be ready to train every shift, ask to train, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

16. Know how many hours you have to get certified on each position, and keep track to the minute of your training times.

17.Don't be afraid to talk to your Union representative, if you are having problems in training. Don't wait until you have 2 hours left to train be proactive.

18. Socialize with your peers, be a part of the team, go to facility events etc.

19. Take pride in your career, never discount the importance of your profession and that of your Brothers and Sisters.

20. Realize that not everyone can do this job, When you make it, remember being part of this profession is something to be very proud of.
 

GeorgeM

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Saw that on j**careers.com years ago. Sage advise, follow it closely to maximize your chances of getting certified.
 

rogersjf

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#3 I would add come back to work from breaks early, come back 5 mins times x amount of days it will add up quickly towards your time on position.
 

mbalunda

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#3 I would add come back to work from breaks early, come back 5 mins times x amount of days it will add up quickly towards your time on position.
Which would only work if you're trainer is back from the break early....which I've never actually seen
 

irishatc

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Which would only work if you're trainer is back from the break early....which I've never actually seen
yeah that wouldn't really get you more TOP. That being said, you certainly dont want to be paged back from a lot of breaks either!!
 

Rosstafari

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Saw that on j**careers.com years ago.
Nailed the source; somebody mentioned it recently and I figured it'd make a nice repost for here. Two years on NATCA's forum, two on JC's, and here you go... we're on top of the trends.
 

Radium

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No where does it say anything about lunch runs.
I prolly make easily 1 run per week for the crew, plus its nice when someone is like "yo, u fly, I'll buy" Free lunch when you are broke is nice.
 

irishatc

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No where does it say anything about lunch runs.
I prolly make easily 1 run per week for the crew, plus its nice when someone is like "yo, u fly, I'll buy" Free lunch when you are broke is nice.
ha, someone actually says "you fly, I'll buy"....nice
 

radicrog

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Really good advice. I've been Tower for 9 years and now assigned to a Radar Facility for the first time. Definitely a different environment and being in training again in ATC sucks as most of you would agree. Thank you for the advice.
 

MikeATC

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As an OJTI I have to say good job on these Training Tips.

I hated it when a developmental/trainee always returned from breaks late, or always made the same mistakes over and over and didn't seem to be motivated to improve.

Before I retired I got to the point that I would give a trainee two chances after returning from a break late, after the third time, I wouldn't provide training until we had a supe meeting.

Argue with an OJTI, I'd unplug you whether or not I was the one training you and you'd be sent down to talk with the supe. It is our tickets and I'm not letting some trainee cause my ticket to get pulled.

Study on your breaks or ask questions, expected of you so that we know and see that you are putting forth 110%.

#1 most agrivating problem: Making excuses! Yes you made a mistake, how can you prevent it, and then move on. DO NOT MAKE EXCUSES!