Cabin Crew Member-Flight Attendant Licencing

Cabin Crew Member Licensing 

Our cabin crew licensing course covers all the training modules required by the SACAA for the licensing of flight attendant - air hostess - cabin crew members.  Our training exceeds regulatory requirements as we have a fully operational aircraft cabin at our premises at Denel campus which allows learning to take place in a lifelike environment and our aircraft visits are more frequent than the legislation requires.  We are proud to announce that we boast with a 100% success rate for licensing of cabin crew members.

We have been training Cabin Crew, Flight Attendants, and Air Hostesses for over 5 years, and each year hundreds of prospective crew pass through our school. Our courses take place over a 6 week period and we have approximately two courses commencing every month.  This course can be done full time or via a blended learning programme. Please see our sections on eLearning and blended training.  

Cabin Crew Course Entry Requirements 

  • A Class 2 medical certificate – The medical is required when we apply for your cabin crew member’s license with the SACAA. 
  • Minimum of 18 years of age at the time of writing the SACAA examination – or older
  • Proficiency in English

A Grade 12 or NQF Level 4 certificate is not required for the licensing training course however it is normally a minimum requirement when airline operators advertise positions for cabin crew members.

Cabin Crew Course Duration and Cost:

The duration of the cabin crew member licensing course is 6 weeks. The all-inclusive cost of the licensing course is R15 500. 50% of the fee is required up front (on registration and after our learners have been found medically fit) and 50% 4 weeks after commencing with training.  

Medical Assessment

A Class 2 Medical Certificate is required when you apply for a cabin crew member’s license with the SACAA.  The medical certificate is required before commencement of training, to prevent a loss of training fees should you be found medically unfit. 

A “front view chest X-ray for initial cabin crew members” is required prior to making an appointment with an aviation medical examiner as this x-ray forms part of the medical assessment. Burger radiologists in ARWYP clinic in Kempton Park charges our learners R480 for this X-ray.  You are not required to make an appointment when undertaking this x-ray as the radiologists work on a “first come, first serve” basis. Please have your x-ray done prior to seeing the Doctor as the result forms part of the medical assessment.

Should you be having your medical in Midrand, you can also have your X-ray done at the “X-Ray Department, Shop 6, Health Emporium, Corner Church and Market Streets, Halfway House, Midrand. Their cost for the X-ray is R400 and their telephone number is 011 312 3942/78 

We have negotiated a special price for our learners with the following doctors:

  • Dr K Ingham, Ground Floor, Blockhouse Street, Medical Suites, Arwyp Clinic, Kempton Park and Central - Aerospace Medicine, 49 New Road, Grand Central, Midrand. Telephone number: 011 315 5817, R450
  • Dr Schutte, Corner De Wiekus and Blackthorn road, Van Riebeeck Park, Birchleigh, Kempton Park. Telephone number: 011 393 6090 ,R 700
  • Dr Erasmus, No.5 Ninth Avenue, Northmead ,Benoni. Telephone number:011 849 6512, R600
  • Dr. Sishaba/ Dr L. Maneli, Shop 11@ Craddock centre, Lyttleton Manor, Centurion : 012 664 0502 / 079 911 3467,R 650
  • Dr Senzer,The Faraday Medical Centre, 207 Eloff Street Ext. Selby, Johannesburg, 083 679 0777 or 011 493 3333, R900

For a list of SACAA accredited medical examiners, please refer to the CAA website: www.caa.co.za, Click on the Aviation Medical Examiners Link.

An appointment must be made prior to seeing any of the Doctors. When seeing the Doctor, please arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule as you will be required to complete documentation prior to seeing the Doctor.

Course Content

The cabin crew member licensing course involves demanding and strenuous training which includes firefighting, emergency evacuations, aviation medicine, dangerous goods, decompression, ditching, survival, security and many other modules.  This process takes an average of 6 weeks to complete and the purpose of this training is to prepare you to efficiently handle any situation which could occur on board an aircraft.

Our training modules are more restrictive than is required by the SACAA. Modules include:

  • General SEPT (Refresher and Exam)
  • Theoretical and Practical modules relating to Aviation Medicine
  • Theoretical Safety policies and procedures
  • Aircraft type training
  • Air Law
  • Practical Emergency Procedures include: Use of Emergency and survival equipment, Ditching and Survival Training, Live Fire Fighting, Evacuation from an aircraft
  • Practical and Theoretical Aircraft Type Training
  • Security
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods by air
  • Crew Resource Management

Our soft skills training modules for the cabin crew licensing programme includes:

  • Interviewing skills
  • Basic preparation for the workplace 
  • CV Compilation
  • CD of photographs 

Which School Is Best For Me?

As many individuals aspire to be cabin crew members it is advisable to attend an ATO who assists individuals with interviewing skills and compilation of CV’s, photographs for their CV’s and cover letters.  This will assist the applicant in being better prepared for the interviewing process as many of these learners will be attending their first ever interview.

Do not pay for information sessions on cabin crew member training as the syllabus is available of the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s website or you can attend free information sessions with some ATO’s. It is also a good idea to get this information through blogs, Facebook pages or making contact with learners who have attended the training.

There are many Aviation Training Organisations (ATO’s) in South Africa and you are advised to carefully select the one you choose.  Check the credentials of the company you chose to do your training with.

Aviation Training Organisations and schools can NOT guarantee employment.  Airline operators advertise, interview and employ their own cabin crew, so be cautious of a crew training school that “guarantees employment”.

Learn more about EPT Training school here.

Suggestions and warnings include:

Prospective cabin crew members are required to undergo x-rays and a medical assessment which forms part of the licensing process.  Have this medical done prior to enrolling for training as this will avoid you paying training fees with an ATO which are normally not refundable should you be found medically unfit.  Also check cost of the x-ray and examination prior to committing to a specific laboratory and Doctor.

Ensure that the price you are quoted by the ATO is inclusive of all modules and requirements to complete the licensing process.  These charges include:

  • Aviation Medicine Training
  • Dangerous Goods Training
  • Fire Fighting Training
  • Security Training
  • Swimming Lessons
  • South African Civil Aviation Authority Examination
  • South African Civil Aviation Authority License’

 Synonyms for this course include:

airhostess course, air hostess course, cabin attendant course, flight attendant course, cabin crew course, stewardess course