Requirements for Becoming a Flight Attendant

Job Requirements - Cabin Crew - Flight Attendant - Air Hostess

Cabin crew members are historically known as air hostesses/hosts, flight attendants, airline hostess, or stewardesses/stewards.

Airline Operators have various requirements for their cabin crew members, however, the basic requirements remain the same.

Airline Operators have various requirements for their cabin crew members, however, the basic requirements remain the same. These include:

  • Medically Fit - a Class 2 Medical Certificate conducted by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is required prior to applying for a cabin crew member's licence. These medical checks include: heart, lungs, eyes, ears etc.
  • The height requirements of airlines vary according to the aircraft type they operate. Height requirements are based on being able to access all emergency equipment on the aircraft. Some operators refer to this as a "reach test".
  • Height should be proportionate to weight. You need to be in good physical shape as the long hours could take its toll on you and you need required strength to conduct certain duties such as opening aircraft doors etc.
  • The majority of airline operators require a minimum education of a Grade 12 Certificate / NQF Level 4 Certificate.
  • Minimum age of 18 years.
  • Proficiency in English. As English is the internationally recognised aviation language, you are required to be proficient in English. Multilingual cabin crew members are also often in demand.
  • No criminal record. When doing international flights many countries will not allow you entry into their territory if you have a criminal record.
  • Etiquette and Manners - When attending interviews with operators you will need to display basic courteousness. A prerequisite for being an effective and successful flight attendant would be your ability to demonstrate an understanding of customer service and this will most certainly be to your advantage.