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Texas State Technical College Air Traffic Controller Requirements

The Air Traffic Control (ATC) Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is a highly competitive and demanding two-year program leading to an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Our main goal is to prepare our students for the academic and practical challenges they will face while at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ATC Academy in Oklahoma City. You can get more information on the TSTC ATC CTI program here.

The FAA does not guarantee employment to anyone graduating from a CTI program. However, CTI graduates have historically been afforded special consideration by the FAA when applications are being accepted for FAA ATC positions.

 TSTC is the only Texas college approved by the FAA to offer the ATC CTI program. While ATC CTI graduates cannot be guaranteed an FAA ATC position, we strive to provide the knowledge needed at the FAA Academy when they are hired. TSTC employs three full-time retired FAA Air Traffic Controllers and one part-time simulator specialist (a former graduate of the program). This staff is committed to teach young men and women everything they will need to become attractive ATC candidates to the FAA.

 Please go to the TSTC website ( and click on “APPLY.” Once there, apply for admission. You may have to wait several months before you receive a determination letter from the college. Also, when you receive an acceptance letter from the college, you must also be accepted into the ATC program. You will receive a separate notification from the ATC Department when you are accepted into the ATC program.

The minimum requirements for admission are:

  1. Must be a US citizen
  2. Should have a minimum High School and/or College GPA of 2.5 or greater
  3. Maximum Age 27 ½ by start of the Fall Semester (Exceptions by Department Chair Approval)


The program is scheduled to be completed in five back-to-back 15 week semesters with short breaks after each semester. All new students are normally started in the fall term. Students starting in the fall would be eligible for graduation after completion of 5 successive semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall then spring).

If you wish to begin the application process, please submit the following documents:

  1. Application page (click on the Air Traffic Controller Program Application link at page top)
  2. Statement of citizenship (click on the Air Traffic Controller Program Application link at page top)
  3. Copy of birth certificate
  4. Copy of Social Security Card
  5. Selective Service Registration Verification (for males age 18 through 26)
  6. Official high school transcript with scores
  7. Official college transcripts (If you are attending or have attended college) (Dual credit programs must provide both high school and college transcripts.)
  8. Most recent meningitis vaccination records (Age 22 or under)
  9. A 500-word essay "Why I want to be an Air Traffic Controller"

Also, download and fill out the attached forms and send them to me as well. Although you may scan and email them, you may also mail them to the following address:

Texas State Technical College
Attn: Air Traffic Control Dept.
3801 Campus Drive
Waco, Texas 76705

Thank you very much for contacting TSTC. I am available to answer your questions or concerns regarding the TSTC ATC CTI program.

Darwin L. Klontz
ATC Department Chair
Office 254-867-2086
Fax: 254  867-2900

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