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Area Control Procedural

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Course aim

This course gives students the knowledge and skills they need to work as Air Traffic Controllers in an Area Control Procedural environment. Additionally, they develop a further and more specific understanding of the complete Air Traffic Management system.

This course can either be part of students’ Initial Training or a further Rating Training for active Air Traffic Controllers. Students who pass the course may apply for an ACP Student ATCO License.

After completion of this course, the students:

  • Have the necessary skills to perform the Area Control Procedural Service in an area control procedural environment safely, expeditiously, and orderly, as well as according to rules and regulations.
  • Have knowledge of the importance of teamwork and of human factors-related matters that can affect personal and team performance.

Course structure

The standard course takes 3 weeks and consists of 3 days of theory followed by practical training in the simulator.

Theoretical training
We deliver the theoretical part of the course through a blend of classroom training, group work, and discussions. Throughout the course, eLearning elements allow a flexible learning environment as students participate in these lessons online.

Simulator training
The course focuses on specific tasks, separation standards, and methods used in a procedural environment, for example: area control unit responsibilities, vertical and horizontal separation, holding, and local operating instructions.

Content in brief

The course covers topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Area control unit responsibilities, for example airspace structure, area of responsibilities, and co-ordinations between APP, TWR and ACC.
  • Generic airspace and local operating instructions, for example strip marking, ATC clearances, and local airspace and regulations.
  • Vertical and horizontal separation (RNAV excerpt).
  • Horizontal separation, RNAV, and Holding.
  • Briefing and debriefing in the simulator.
  • Unusual and/or emergency situations.


  • Completion of our Basic ATC course or equivalent.
  • Completion of our ACS course or equivalent.
  • English language skills of ICAO level 4 or higher.

Compliance with regulations

  • The course is compliant with Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340.
  • The course is approved by the Swedish National Supervisory Authority.
  • Entry Point North is certified as a training organization by the Swedish National Supervisory Authority.

ACP Rating

3 weeks (14 days)
  • Prerequisites
    • Basic ATC
    • ACS Rating
    • English language skills of ICAO level 4 or higher.
  • Other information

    English language skills of ICAO level 4 or higher.

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