Cabin Crew Member-Flight Attendant Licencing

CabinCrewSouthAfricaCabin 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 99.6% success rate for licensing of cabin crew members.

We have been training Cabin Crew, Flight Attendants, and Air Hostesses for over11 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.  We have various cabin crew licensing options / combinations as shown below.  This course can be done full time or via a blended learning programme. Please see our sections on eLearning and blended training.   


All our cabin crew courses take place at our premises located at Denel North. Classes take place on Monday to Friday from 07:30 - 15:00. When required training may be required on a Saturday from 09:00 - 15:00.

Licensing 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

On course completion, we compile our learners CV together with professionally taken photographs.

CABIN CREW LICENSING AND CAREER MANAGEMENT (18-week Training Course - Inclusive the 6-week cabin crew licensing training)

We also now offer a 18 week Cabin Crew and Career Management Course which is accredited by the SACAA (licensing) and CATHSSETA (soft skills). 

Accredited Soft Skills Modules include:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
  • Health, Hygiene and Professional Appearance
  • Wine and Beverage Service
  • Professional Effectiveness in Business
  • Workplace Communication
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork Skills in the Workplace
  • Interviewing Skills and Photoshoot
  • Graduation 

EPT together with Comair, have developed this exciting course with the aim of empowering our Learners to confidently enter the workplace and also ensure students can thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

CABIN CREW LICENSING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (7-week Training Course Inclusive the 6-week cabin crew licensing training)  

We are pleased to announce that our Learners have the option of including our 1 week Personal Development Course upon completion of the Cabin Crew Licensing course and / or our Passenger Ground Handling course. This Personal Development course is a 1 week course.

Personal development and empowerment focuses on developing the confidence and strength of individuals, to set realistic goals and reach their full potential. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and a range of skills that are used in everyday situations, but all too often people remain unaware of, or undervalue, their true abilities.

The following modules will be covered in our 1-week course:

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Customer Service

  • Grooming and Personal Hygiene

  • Workplace Skills Empowerment

  • Interviewing Skills

  • Graduation

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. An NQF Level 4 is required when attending the 18-week training course as some CATHSSETA accredited modules are and NQF Level 5. 

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 R16 000. A R1000 registration fee is required to secure your place on course,as we do experience a high volume of applications, thereafter R6750 before the course starts and R7750  4 weeks after commencing with training.  

Course Cost Includes:

  • All Manuals and stationary
  • All transportation costs for assessment and examination purposes
  • SACAA Licensing Exam
  • Issuing of SACAA Licence
  • All modules and regulatory components required to complete your cabin crew licensing course

Medical Assessment

A Front view chest X-ray for initial cabin crew members is required prior to making an booking 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 R380 for this x-ray.  You are not required to make an booking when undertaking this x-ray as the radiologists work on a first come, first serve basis. Once you have had your chest x-ray taken you need to make an appointment with an Aviation doctor.  The chest x-ray MUST be taken with to the Aviation doctor in order to get your medical certificate.

Should you be having your medical in Midrand, you can also have your X-ray done at the X-Ray Department, Room 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   

The Doctors listed below offer our learners a special rate:

  • Dr K Ingham, Pine avenue, Arwyp Main entrance, the Specialists’ rooms on the 1st Floor , Arwyp Hospital, Kempton Park and Central - Aerospace Medicine, 49 New Road, Grand Central, Midrand. Telephone number: Tel: 011 315 5817, Cost - R600.00 (Dr Ingham is only available in Kempton Park on Mondays)
  • Dr Kotze and Dr Opperman, 1019 Saxby Avenue, Eldoraigne, Centurion, Tel Number: 012 492 5661, 087 086 3415, Aviation medical costs, excluding X-ray Cost - R950.00. Opening hours Monday – Friday 07:30 – 19h00 and Saturday 08:00 – 13:00.
  • Dr Erasmus, No.5 Ninth Avenue, Northmead ,Benoni. Tel Number:011 849 6512, Cost - R750.00 
  • Dr Tenzer, The Faraday Medical Centre, 207 Eloff Street Ext. Selby, Johannesburg, Tel Number: 083 679 0777 or 011 493 3333, Cost - R900.00
  •  Dr B Masimbe, 12 Sunningdale Drive, Helensva, Harare, Zimbabwe Tel: 0263 473 363 / 0263 7126 14145 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The rates listed above are subject to change so please check prices when making a reservation.

For a list of SACAA accredited medical examiners, please refer to their website: – aviation medicine-regular or senior aviation medical examiners list . This site lists the accredited Drs. in South Africa, you can check which Dr is closest to you. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule as you will be required to complete documentation prior to seeing the Dr. 

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 when chosing a training organisation includes:

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.

When searching for a Training Organisation, 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

  • General SEPT

  • 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