Admission requirements

MCTC Air Traffic Control Training Program Admissions Requirements

The Air Traffic Control program begins in the Summer session. In order to be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must meet a series of requirements listed below. The program accepts 64 students into the program each summer.  All requirements for admission must be met by or before February 1st in order to be admitted for the following summer start.  Once admission requirements are met, applicants will be admitted to the program on a “first come, first qualified” basis. Once the program is full, additional applicants meeting the admission requirements will be placed on a waiting list.

1. Meet current FAA Requirements for employment: Graduates of the Air Traffic Control Program must be able to meet FAA requirements for employment including U.S. citizenship, FAA age restrictions, proof of meeting FAA ATCS medical standards (e.g. Class II medical certificate), complete and pass a security background screen and the FAA preemployment examination as well as receive a recommendation from their college adviser.


2. Minimum General Education Coursework Requirement: 

Completion of a minimum of 18 semester credits of coursework from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) or a transfer equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher in ALL previous college coursework completed.  Whether completed at MCTC or transferred from another accredited institution, this coursework must be at the minimum "C" grade level in each class.


The 18 credits must include the following MnTC Goal Areas (or a transfer equivalent):

MnTC Goal area 1 (ENGL 1110 recommended)     3 credits
• MnTC Goal area 4 (MATH 1110 recommended)     3 credits
• MnTC Goal Area 7, 8, 9 or 10                              3 credits

The following courses are recommended by the ATC program and meet the stated MnTC goal area requirements:

SPCH 1012 Intercultural Communication (3 credits) (Meets MnTC Goal areas 1 and 7)

PHIL 1110 Critical Thinking Skills (3 credits) (Meets MnTC Goal area 6)

Students with previous college coursework from other colleges and universities (except MCTC and
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system campuses) are required to have official transcripts sent to the MCTC Registrar’s Office. MnSCU transcripts will be provided to MCTC through MnSCU eTranscript. The University of Minnesota is NOT part of the MnSCU system. You will be notified after the evaluation of transfer credit has been completed. The transfer of credits and evaluation of transcripts may take several weeks during registration and peak times. Please request transcripts as soon as possible or early enough to ensure prompt evaluation.


-Applicants on suspension or expulsion for academic or disciplinary reasons from any post-secondary institution are not eligible for admission.


-Failure to list all previous schools attended on the application form and submit prior transcripts is considered misrepresentation and may result in denial or cancellation of admission to MCTC.

3. Aviation Coursework:
After students have completed MnTC Goal areas 1 and 4, they are eligible to register for the online aviation courses at MCTC.  Students are required to complete the following 12 credits of aviation coursework online at MCTC (or a transfer equivalent) with a grade of "C" or higher:


ATCT 2000: Introduction to ATC - 3 credits

ATCT 2100: Introduction to Aviation Weather - 3 credits

ATCT 2110: Aviation Knowledge - 3 credits

ATCT 2135: Aviation Law: Accident Investigation - 3 credits

Note: Once registered, access online courses through Desire-to-learn (D2L)

4. Complete the Air Traffic Control Aptitude Test:
Once students have been admitted to the college, they may use a computer with an Internet connection to register to take the Air Traffic Control Aptitude Test. Students must receive a score of 40 or higher on the MCTC Air Traffic Control Aptitude Test.

To register for the Aptitude Test:

1.     If you are not already an MCTC student, you must apply for admission to the college. Once you have been admitted, you will receive your ID number.

2.     Go to the web page: Click on “Register” (Top right corner of screen)

3.     Click on “e-services login” (Bottom right corner of screen)

4.     Enter your ID number and Password. (see note below)

5.     Click on “Search for Open Sections” at left and scroll down to “ATCT Air Traffic Control Training”

6.     Register for ATCT 1000 ATC Aptitude Test. Students can register to test online through MCTC or elect to test online from another college testing location that will require them to furnish the ATC program administrative office with the site location and proctor information. All tests must be proctored.

7.     Once registered, students will be notified via email to schedule the test.

Note: An I.D. number will be mailed to students when the general application process is complete. Read “Login Instructions” to reset your password. Students do not need to take the Aptitude Test to register for the online prerequisite courses. One re-take of the test is allowed for those scoring below 40.

5. Complete and submit the “Application for Admission To Air Traffic Control Program”  The application must be submitted by or before the February 1st application deadline. Applicants that have met all of the admission requirements and applied to the ATC program by or before the deadline will be admitted to the program on a first come, first qualified basis. Once the program is full, applicants that have met all admission requirements and applied to the program by or before the February 1st deadline will be placed on the program waiting list.

Admission Checklist

The following is a checklist that outlines the procedures and documentation required to complete your Air Traffic Control program application file:

1.     Apply for admission to MCTC.  Apply online, pay the $20 application fee, and complete the placement testing requirements.

If you are already a student at MCTC, you have met this requirement. Your ID number (needed for course registration) will be sent to you after you have applied for admission.


2.     After completing all of the Admission Requirements listed above, submit an Air Traffic Control program application for the Summer 2012 session to the Admissions Office. The application form and all other documentation may be submitted in person during business hours to the  Student Services Center (T.2200), located on the second floor of the Technical Building, or mailed to: Air Traffic Control Program Admission, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Applications and documents received (including transcripts) are date and time stamped. The application deadline is by or before February 1, 2012 (in person by 6:00 p.m. or postmarked). Applications received after February 1, 2012 will be considered for admission to the Summer 2013 ATC program.


3.     Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended (except MCTC and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system campuses) documenting completion of required coursework on or before the February 1st application deadline. To ensure receipt of all transcripts, it is strongly recommended that you submit all of the official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) in one packet along with Air Traffic Control program application.

Selection Process

Applicants are NOT admitted to ATC Program until ALL admission requirements have been met and all documentation has been received (including receipt of previous college/university transcripts) by the Admissions Office. Applicants are then admitted on a “first come, first qualified” basis. Applications and documents received are date and time stamped and the program may fill before the February 1st deadline. Once the upcoming class is filled, eligible students will be placed on a waiting list for confirmed admission the following year.

Applicants to the Summer 2012 Air Traffic Control Program will be notified of their admission status in writing no later than March 15, 2012.

Waiting List:

If any spaces become available in the Summer 2012 ATC program, candidates from the waiting list will be notified by U.S. Mail.  In order to protect privacy, MCTC will never disclose to anyone the order in which a candidate’s name appears on the waiting list.  Candidates will remain on the waiting list until May 20, 2012.  If a candidate on the waiting list does not receive a letter of admission from the Office of Admissions dated on or before May 20, 2012 they will be given first priority of admission to the 2013 Air Traffic Control program as long as they submit a new ATC program application and continue to meet established requirements for the 2013 Air Traffic Control Program.

Cost of the Program

Tuition and fees are established by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees and are subject to change. Business Services publishes tuition rates online.


Tours of the Air Traffic Control Training Program site (10100 Flying Cloud Drive – Eden Prairie, MN) are available by appointment only.

Call for a reservation in advance at 952-826-2400 or 1-800-475-2828 and indicate the date you would like to visit along with your name, phone number and the total number of persons visiting.

Questions regarding ATC admission requirements and process contact:

Julie Nicholas
Student Services Center (T.2200)