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About us 

The ATC Training Center was established in 1962 by GACA. From its very first day in operation, the ATC training Center holds its prime objective to maintain the highest standards of training to ensure the safety of air traffic.

The Center conducts refresher courses in order to update and maintain knowledge. Further to this, the Center provides three diploma courses and seven short courses for those who are working at various airports in the Kingdom and students who want to be air traffic control officers

 We plan to offer a significant variety of programs and conduct a wide range of air traffic control and management courses. We aim to accelerate efforts to benefit the international community from our highly experienced faculty and latest training equipment in the field of air traffic control.


Accreditations

1- Safety & Air Transport – GACA

The Training Center is certified by GACA Section – 1 and SER/ATS/ATO Certification documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, Provisional Air Traffic Controller School Certificate Number: ATCS-001.

    - Ratings Authorized for:

  • Basic ATC Training
  • Aerodrome Control Rating
  • Approach Control Procedural & Surveillance Rating
  • Area Control Procedural & Surveillance Rating
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2- ​ICAO TRAINAIR Plus Full Membership​

Approach Control Surveillance Refresher Course (STP)


Vision

To become the leaders in providing a well-trained air traffic control facility and also to implement sustainable programs that educate and improve existing ATC employees and new candidates to meet international regulations and standards.


Mission

 "To deliver skills and knowledge that significantly improve our courses and participants, that will enhance their contributions to the goals of their organization to ensure a safe and efficient Air Transport Operations using the latest training technologies and ICAO qualified faculties."


Goals

  • To become a Center of Excellence by 2018.
  • To collaborate and support GACA in achieving its objectives.
  • To generate revenue by developing new short courses and expand our products for national and international communities.
  • To periodically review and update the whole existing curriculum in accordance with ICAO standards.
  • To establish affiliation agreements with international training centers.
  • To reform policies and procedures manuals to comply with ICAO and Ministry of Education regulations and standards.
  • To market the diploma program and short courses.
  • To offer online short courses for the international community.​

ATC Diploma Program​

​One Year Bas​ic / Tower – Approach

COURSE NAME: ONE YEAR BASIC ATC TRAINING (Tower – Approach Control).

DATE & DURATION: ONE YEAR.

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

​COURSE OBJECTIVE: To impart fundamental skills knowledge and attitude to the  course participants of ab-initio ICAO 051 Basic ATC Training and enable them to undertake Aerodrome Control, Approach Control  Course (Radar & Non-Radar) & on successful completion subsequently achieve their ATCO License after necessary OJT in the field.​​

One Year Bas​i​c / Tower – Area Control

COURSE NAME: ONE YEAR BASIC ATC TRAINING (Tower – Area Control).

DATE & DURATION: ONE YEAR.

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

​COURSE OBJECTIVE: To impart fundamental skills knowledge and attitude to the  course participants of ab-initio ICAO 051 Basic ATC Training and enable them to undertake Aerodrome Control, Approach Control  Course (Radar & Non-Radar) & on successful completion subsequently achieve their ATCO License after necessary OJT in the field.​


Three Years Basic / Tower – Approach - Area Control​

COURSE NAME: THREE YEARS BASIC ATC TRAINING  DIPLOMA PROGRAM (Tower – Approach – Area Control)​.

DATE & DURATION: THREE YEARS.

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

​COURSE OBJECTIVE: To impart fundamental skills knowledge and attitude to the  course participants of ab-initio ICAO 051 Basic ATC Training and enable them to undertake Aerodrome Control, Approach Control  Course (Radar & Non-Radar) & on successful completion subsequently achieve their ATCO License after necessary OJT in the field.​


SHORT COURSES

COURSE NO.1

COURSE NAME: BASIC ATC TRAINING (ICAO 051)

DATE & DURATION: 040 Days / (240 Hrs.)

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To impart fundamental skills, knowledge and attitude to the course participants to prepare them to undertake an Aerodrome Control Rating Course.


COURSE NO.2

COURSE NAME: AERODROME CONTROL RATING (ICAO 052)

DATE & DURATION: 60 Days / (360 Hrs.)

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To impart fundamental skills knowledge and attitude to the course participants to enable them to acquire an ATCO License    after  successful completion of Aerodrome Control Rating Course (ICAO 052) and subsequently achieve Aerodrome Control Rating after necessary OJT in the field.


COURSE NO.3

COURSE NAME: APPROACH CONTROL PROCEDURAL RATING (NON-RADAR) (ICAO 053)

DATE & DURATION: 040 Days / (240 Hrs.)(15 TRAINEES)

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To train and impart participants with the required levels of skills and knowledge in Approach Control Procedural training to ensure they acquire rating after prescribed OJT in the field.


COURSE NO.4

COURSE NAME: APPROACH CONTROL SURVEILLANCE RATING (ICAO 054

DATE & DURATION: 50 Days / (300 Hrs.)

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To train and impart participants with the required levels of skills and knowledge in Approach Control Procedural training to ensure they acquire rating after necessary prescribed OJT in the field.


COURSE NO.5

COURSE NAME: AREA CONTROL PROCEDURAL RATING (NON-RADAR) (ICAO 055)

DATE & DURATION: 040 Days / (240 Hrs.) (15 TRAINEES)

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To train and impart participants with the required levels of skills and knowledge in Approach Control Procedural training to ensure they acquire rating after necessary prescribed OJT in the field.


COURSE NO.6

COURSE NAME: AREA CONTROL SURVEILLANCE RATING (ICAO 054)

DATE & DURATION: 50 Days / (300 Hrs.)

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To train and impart participants with the required levels of skills and knowledge in Approach Control Procedural training to ensure they acquire rating after necessary prescribed OJT in the field.


COURSE NO.7

COURSE NAME: APPROACH CONTROL SURVEILLANCE REFRESHER COURSE (ICAO TRAINIAR PLUS STP)

DATE & DURATION: 10 DAYS / (60 HRS.)

LOCATION: SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To improve performance of Approach Controllers and the efficiency of the Approach Control Service with an emphasis on safety and service quality.​