flight attendant training?
Topic: flight attendant training?
July 18, 2019 / By Mindy Question:
So i've been researching Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar flight attendants. Apparently if you get a job you have to do 6-8 weeks of training (Which i already knew)
I read a blog and apparently it's not as easy as it seems, you have 1 exam a day through the 6-8 weeks. I'm not off it, i just want to know if there's anything i can do to better my chance to pass these exams, I'm starting to apply at all these airlines, if any flight attendants could give me any advice, that would be great.
Best Answers: flight attendant training?
Lilias | 9 days ago
Cabin Crew training is very rigorous. As procedures vary greatly from airline to airline, it is near impossible to start learning the procedures before you actually attend the training course for the airline that hires you. As you know, the course usually lasts 6-8 weeks, and there are exams almost every day. The best thing you can do is to take the training seriously by paying attention in class, as well as studying at home each afternoon/evening. If you struggle with retaining information, it may be worthwhile to sign up for a course in study skills in order to prepare you for the course.
The first three to four weeks are typically spent on general safety training (SEP), including type ratings for each of the aircraft you will be licensed to operate on. This will include theoretical classroom training, as well as practical training in simulators, real firefighting, door operation, slide operation, evacuation, water survival, etc. You must pass all theoretical tests, as well as the practical ones.
The pass mark is 80% on each exam. If you fail, you can resit but you must then get at least 85%. You can re-sit a third and final time, in which case you must get 90% in order to pass.
You will also spend at least a week on first aid, which will include anything from childbirth to how to deal with a death onboard.
Once all that is completed, you will spend two to three weeks learning the airlines customer service standards. There will be written tests, but the majority of these tests will take place in mock up cabin simulators.
If you pay attention in class, and set aside a few hours each day to studying, you should be able to pass with flying colours. About 90% of the people who attend these courses pass, so you don't really need to worry too much about it.
As a final piece of advice, I would suggest that you really learn the material they teach you. There will be annual recurrent SEP training, which you must pass in order to keep your job. In addition you will be expected to answer an SEP question correctly at the briefing before EACH flying duty. If you get this question wrong you can be given an alternative question. If you get that wrong, you will be offloaded from the flight, and you may have to go through training again. If it happens frequently you risk losing your job.
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Originally Answered: Becoming a FLIGHT ATTENDANT as a mom?
Hi! I am a flight attendant and a mother of two. They are 11 and 9 now but were 5 and 3 when I started working. It will be much easier for you (and them) if your kids are at least school age before you start. However, I know tons of girls who have babies and toddlers at home. It works for them and it can absolutely work for you.
Being a flight attendant can be a fantastic job for moms. But there are some drawbacks for sure, so it depends on the airline you choose.
For one thing, you will actually spend MORE time home than other jobs. If you work an 8 to 5 job Monday through Friday you see your kids for about 2 hours a day before they go to sleep. Even though you see them every day, it's only for a few hours and it's probably not quality time.
As a flight attendant, you can work 2-4 days a week, so you have a lot more days off and a lot more time to actually spend with your kids. But when you are gone, you are gone the whole time. It's hard sometimes. You have got to make sure you have a great support system at home. Your husband (if you've got one) has to STEP UP. He is going to have to do all the dishes, homework, baths, laundry, etc. while you're gone. This is good for men, in my opinion. My husband became a really fantastic dad because he HAD TO. I wasn't there to do it all. He realized how hard it is to get everything done at home. He appreciates me so much more now.
You have to understand that it will be very very difficult at first. With airline jobs, seniority is everything. In the beginning it will be the absolute worst. You will be getting the worst schedules and will be gone a lot more than you want to be. But if you stick it out, it gets really good. You can choose your own schedule, fly when and where you want to.
The way I made this work was to involve my family. Make sure that they loved my job. As soon as I was out of training, we flew to Hawaii for the weekend. I told my kids that we could do this because of mommy's job. That when I work, I will miss them so much but I do it so we can have really awesome vacations like this.
Take your kids on your overnights when you can. You'll learn as a flight attendant how to fly your family (free) on your overnights. They can come and stay with you at your hotel. Make mini-vacations out of it.
This will change the way your children grow up. My daughter had to do a State Report for school. Instead of just reading books and printing out pictures online like the other kids did, we flew to Alabama and she toured the state, took lots of pictures, and wrote a fantastic firsthand report.
When she's in Junior High and studies foreign countries, we'll do the same thing.
Being a flight attendant is the most fun I've ever had. You get to visit cities you've never seen before and make friends with some really great people.
Good luck! By the way SkyWest airlines is hiring!!!
Some people do find the training daunting, and it has been compared to boot camp.
There is a lot of information to learn in a very short time, and you are tested frequently.
The training involves written tests as well as demonstrations of your familiarity with the equipment, emergency drills, water evacuations (swimming usually required), and other aspects of the airlines.
Having said that, if the airline has gone to the trouble of making sure you are the right one for the job, they have already spent a lot of time and money getting you to this point, so they don't want anyone to fail.
Those that fail, usually fail for the following reasons:
1. test anxiety
2. Not paying attention in class and/or not studying the material.
3. Failure to conform to class guidelines (being late, non-conforming wardrobe or grooming, sleeping in class, texting or using cell phone during class time, etc. etc.)
4. Inability to be a team player.
6. Can't pass the water evacuation drill (fear of water, etc.)
7. Can't pass the aircraft evacuation drill.
During training you are basically spoon fed the information, and then it is reviewed and then you are tested.
If you cannot pass these tests, you should not have this job.
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Just about what both people have just said. Training is soooooo intense. It's not easy, but it'll be totally worth it. You have to remain focused. It's alot to learn in a month, but you can do it. When I went through training, I experienced every emotion there was: happy, sad, nervous, stressed, joy, and etc. But once you get those wings, it'll be a world like no other!!!
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there is not something too confusing about the tutorial as long as you do your homework and memorization each evening. in case you get in the back of, it might want to be complicated catching up. to forestall this, some airways provide a attempt on a daily basis on the day past's fabric. basically pay interest in college and do your homework and also you could be tremendous. till you've a criminal conviction on your record, there is not any favor to be stressful about the FBI verify.
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Originally Answered: What do I have to do to become a flight attendant?
HS diploma is all that is needed, but usually airlines require you to be 21.
As with many in this industry, I am on my third airline (due to layoffs, acquisitions, etc.).
I have interviewed with 6 or 7 airlines.
In every case, I was offered a job, so the following advice may be helpful to you.
Any airline that hires you will train you, so you do not need any kind of training beforehand.
Do not go to a "trade school" specifically for the airline industry; it is a waste of your time and money.
Any college will be a benefit however.
If you are fluent in more than one language that can be a plus.
You would apply directly to the airline, just as with any large employer.
Most airlines require you to be 21 with a good customer service background , and a solid verifiable work history.
There is a free website written by a flight attendant which gives a wealth of information about the job as well as listing which airlines are hiring
When an airline opens up the job opportunity, (which is rare) they normally get tens of thousands of applications, so make sure that your resume reflects the skills and background they are looking for.
If your resume is pulled, you will get an email inviting you to a group interview.
The airlines are looking for flexible, dependable employees who can contribute to the success of the company.
Let them know what you can do for them to provide great customer service.
Most airlines prefer "seasoned" people who are responsible, who will show up to work on time and who can deal with difficult situations in a poised and mature manner.
You must be willing to relocate and work very flexible and unpredictable hours. If you are not willing to, don't even bother going through the hiring process.
What do they look for?
1. Friendly (you interact in a positive way with everyone you encounter in the interview venue and this includes your fellow interviewees)
2. Well groomed
4. Team player
5. Confident and poised.
6. Able to speak clearly
7. Customer service background.
If you are called, show up to the interview looking well groomed and professional. This is not the time to show off your fashion flair.
If possible, wear a dark suit and white shirt or blouse.
If you are female, have a conservative hairstyle and if your hair is long, pull it back or wear it up. Wear minimal makeup, cover up any tattoos, and remove any studs, etc. Only have one or two earrings in each ear lobe.
Men, good hair cut, clean shaven, etc.
In the information session, you will be told that you will probably be on reserve for some time (which means you are on call with no fixed schedule.) They will emphasize that while on reserve you will have no life. This is true and if you cannot cope with this, forget about this job.
You will also be informed that you must pass a 10 year background check, a drug test, a physical and that you must be completely honest about any legal or criminal activity, even something as small as a speeding ticket.
Do not omit anything ; it will all come out in the background check.
If you are selected during the information session you will be called in for a group interview and a one-on-one interview.
If all is good, you will have a drug test, a physical and the background check prior to a solid job offer.
If offered a job, you will then go to the airline’s training base for initial training lasting 3-6 weeks. You must pass this training, and it is quite challenging.
After completing training you will be flying and will be on probation for 6 months to a year.
There is annual recurrent training that you must pass.
Good luck! It is a great job for the right person.