3 Reasons You Don’t Need To Go To A Flight Attendant School

Flight Attendant School

Will a flight attendant school help you get the job? If so, which training schools are the best?

Honest answer: You don’t need any flight attendant training before you apply for the job. You’re better off spending your money elsewhere.

The vast majority of cabin crew members flying today have never enrolled at a flight attendant school.

Not a single recruiter ever asked for a flight attendant training certificate.

The single biggest hurdle of getting the job is the interview!

That said, many hopefuls are sucked into the idea that a flight attendant school will give them better chances at the interview. That’s not necessarily true.

These schools actually could do more harm than good by creating a sense false hope for their students.


However, if you’re from countries in Southern Europe like Spain or Italy, you’ll have to get a cabin crew license before you can even apply to be a cabin crew in those countries. It sounds crazy I know, especially when getting the license doesn’t even guarantee you the job.


Then again if you are from those countries and wish to work for airlines in the Middle East, you definitely don’t need any license or any cabin crew training certificate for that matter.


Why You Don’t Need A Flight Attendant School

1 It Won’t Give You An Advantage

You may receive a certificate after completing the course but that won’t give your the upper hand whatsoever on the day of your interview.

The recruiter won’t see it as an advantage. What really matters is your personality; your ability to connect with the other applicants and, more importantly, with the interviewer.

(For more on what recruiters look for, please read 6 Universal Qualities Cabin Crew Recruiters Are Looking For.)


2 The Airline Will Train You

Once you’re selected, the airline will put you through an intense training which ranges from 7 weeks to 3 months depending on the airline.

You’ll be trained how to do all your duties and responsibilities based on what they expect from their cabin crew. They’ll imprint upon you their standard operating procedures as well as their work culture.

So, all the training you may have received from an outside school could be just a waste of time – and money.

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3 Expensive and Lengthy

Given that they don’t guarantee a job and that airlines will eventually give you all the service skills you need, why do these schools offer expensive and lengthy courses?

I know of a flight attendant training school in Malaysia which costs a little under USD1,000 for a course that takes 3 months. Another one in Tunisia takes close to 2 years!

That’s a risky investment of time and money with no assurance of a good return.

Spend your time and money on finding the best ways to present yourself on the day of the interview. Invest on building your confidence and improving your interpersonal skills.

You can also try our highly recommended interview ebooks. It’s a little investment compared to what you’d be spending on those schools. You’ll get all the know-how on what really matters: passing the interview.

Read also: 6 Universal Cabin Crew Qualities Recruiters Look For In Candidates


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91 thoughts on “3 Reasons You Don’t Need To Go To A Flight Attendant School

  1. Djouher Zylgüm Ould-Saïd

    Thks for sharing ! Indeed till now I think if I would have skipped this school thingy , i would have been crew way earlier .
    Those schools make use of people’s dream to loot them . Cabin crew is a wanted career . And those school know people would do anything for it ”
    Those school implement useless knowledge in your brain as each airlines has its own training , procedure ect..

  2. Pilar Briasco

    I attended one in Buenos Aires last year ,it was a six month course where you finnaly get the”flight attendant” title. It is a private institute where, after having the title you have to go to the ANAC ( argentinian administration of aviation) with it where you can finnaly get the f.a. license…Of course after paying for the course,the license , the stuff you use there,etc . And after all that process we are allowed to be selected in airlines that have argentinian routes and argentinian bases,such as Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM Argentina. And also they have their own instruction course once you’re selected so… We’d have to attend to two courses before start flying

  3. Kevinou Jerome

    In France you have to gate the CCA before apply for a french airline. So you have to paye for a flight attendant school recognized by the general french civil aviation and IATA. It cost between 1600 and 2000€. Then you can apply

  4. Mauricio L Kawakubo

    Yes, it’s true.
    I’m Brazilian and worked for two Airlines there, everyone that wants to become a FA there must go through flight attendant schools and then get a special certificate with ANAC (the civil aviation agency).
    Here in the US or lots of other parts of the world the airlines give you the training, but in Brazil you must take the course and then do it again when you’re hired.
    True fact. More money into schools and ANAC.

  5. Débora Plaster

    Here in Brazil we have to. We can’t apply for a job if we didn’t do the course and after that we have to do a test at ANAC the agency that regulates the aircrafts, flights and all people who work with aviation in Brazil to get the certificate. It is only possible to apply for a job as a flight attendant after this process.

  6. Bruna Bastos

    In Brazil the FA course is mandatory,it’s impossible to work for airlines if you don’t have it,after the graduation in the course you should make a test to get the Brazilian flight certificate and then you can apply for the job!!

  7. Suzie Suezi

    Yup, its really waste ur money and time. I took private class and paid 3k and its not worth it. Only one of my friends make it to become FA while the rest didnt make it

  8. Chris Koh

    I’m not saying for or against but during my time 22 years ago there was no such thing as a FA school. The airline trained me when I started off with them. On the pro side, it probably has little advantage but yeah, for the most part it’s just yr $ they’re after! (my 2 cents worth)

  9. David Rodriguez Avila

    I am afraid a lot of airlines ask you straight away for the initial course , and more in Europe with easa requirment , a lot of airlines don’t do the initial training and if they do they ask fiture flight attendants to pay it….

  10. Aristu Natadipura

    I taught communication once there and some of my student now say… sir..i wasted my money and my time there just to sit as a reservation sorry i was just asked to teach

  11. I Heart Cabin Crew

    hello Duduzile Ndlovu. That’s true. But only if you’re applying for airlines inside South Africa. 🙁 I don’t know why that is the case. If you’re applying for Gulf Carriers, you don’t need such license.

  12. Claire Eglantine Goudemand

    I believe it’s all europe! We have to pass the CCA (cabin crew attestation) in order to apply to airlines within europe. It’s valid as long as you keep flying, but you will lose it after five years if you don’t.
    Someone corrects me if their country isn’t part of the agreement and I haven’t heard of it! ^_^


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