(only offered to you by the airline after being accepted for the flight attendant position)
Every airline has its own internal training course with the purpose of training future flight attendants for their own airline. This way, each airline can emphasize on particular subjects and can therefore create its ideal flight attendants.
IMPORTANT: These internal trainings are only offered to those future flight attendants that are succesful at the application process of a specific airline. So once the airine decides to hire you, they will put you through their mandatory internal training. You cannot take part in this training before applying or after being rejected.
These training courses normally last somewhere between three to ten weeks, but normally take around six weeks to complete. The course usually consists of two parts: safety/security and service.
1. Safety & Security
This is normally the most important part of the course, as this is the main reason why there are flight attendants on board an aircraft. Subjects being discussed during this part of the training are:
- Emergency landing on land and on water
- Loss of cabin pressure (i.e. oxygen Masks drop from the ceiling)
- Fire on board
- Surviving on land or on water after an emergency landing (e.g. using life rafts and life vests)
- First Aid- Crew resource Management (i.e. communication within the crew)
This part of the course is very different for each airline. Some airlines have multiple booking classes (economy, premium economy, business and first class) and offer a meal and drink service for free. Other airlines have only one booking class and offer meals and drinks for sale.
The costs for the internal training course are different for each airline as well. Some airlines already start paying salary during the course, other airlines only pay the course, while there are also some airlines that ask their future flight attendants to pay for their training course. When clicking on "Airlines", you will find more information about the actual training costs for each airline.
Some training companies have specialized themselves in offering external training courses for wannabee-flight attendants. These trainings will cost money and do not replace the mandatory internal training. As every airline offers this internal training course, it is not necessary to participate in one of those courses.
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