Cabin Crew qualifications: What qualifications do I need to get a job as Cabin Crew?

Sep 4, 2020 | Cabin Crew

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item that I link to then I may make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

(Last updated on: 13/12/2021)

Are you wondering what qualifications you need to get a job as Cabin Crew? In this post, I will tell you exactly what Cabin Crew qualifications you will need. I will also discuss what can be beneficial to help you stand out from the crowd and successfully pass the application process!

Qualifications needed to get a job as Cabin Crew

There are a number of qualifications which are an essential requirement during the initial application to become Cabin Crew. While these differ slightly between airlines, you will not get past the first stage without them. Before applying for a job as Cabin Crew you should make sure that you check what the airline requires before you make your application.

Maths and English GCSE

Most airlines will usually want you to at least have a GCSE qualification (or the equivalent) in both Maths and English. This is because airlines will be looking for candidates who have a good level of education before they start their Cabin Crew career. All members of Cabin Crew will need to have a good standard of spoken and written English, which is why it is so important to have an English qualification. Communication skills are also essential for Cabin Crew, which are developed during the course of an English qualification.

Swimming

To pass the Cabin Crew application process, you may need to demonstrate your ability to swim. Most airlines require candidates to prove that they can swim at least 25m during the application process. While no formal qualification is required, you may want to think about investing in swimming lessons if you haven’t before. It is important that Cabin Crew are confident swimmers as swimming plays an important part of emergency procedures.

Take a look at my post ‘Do I Need to Swim to Become Cabin Crew?‘ for more information on the importance of swimming!

A college course in Cabin Crew

A college course in Cabin Crew is not required, but it can be helpful! A Cabin Crew course will help give you an understanding of the industry. This can be extremely useful during the application process as you will have knowledge and understanding of the job. Additionally, taking a course in areas such as travel and tourism, hospitality and languages can be an advantage. All of them give you an understanding of areas relevant to the job and show the airline that you have a keen interest in the job you are applying for.

I offer our own online equivalent Cabin Crew course. My ‘Online Diploma in Becoming Cabin Crew’ is the only online Cabin Crew course that has been developed and is taught by a qualified teacher. This course is the equivalent to a college course but is much cheaper!

An online Cabin Crew course

Online Cabin Crew courses, like our Online Diploma linked above, are a useful way to develop your understanding of the industry and to help you pass the application process. Most online Cabin Crew courses are written by former Cabin Crew and not teachers. This is why our course is so much better. While ex-Cabin Crew will have an excellent understanding of the job and the airline they have worked for, that is all they are limited to.

This qualification has not only been developed by an ex-Cabin Crew member but most importantly by a qualified teacher! The course uses a range of different teaching methods and styles, to ensure you retain the information you are learning about. The course uses the best parts of the specifications of BTEC, City and Guilds and NCFE to give you the best course available to you.

A degree

While airlines don’t require you to have a degree, I would emphasise the importance of getting one before starting your Cabin Crew career! It is likely that you are not going to be Cabin Crew for your whole life, so having a degree will be extremely useful for your future plans. Having a degree is also important if you’re hoping to get a promotion and to help you develop your critical thinking, global knowledge, and analytical skills. For more information on this topic check out my post ‘Why you should get your degree before becoming Cabin Crew‘.

Cabin Crew Apprenticeship

Some airlines have recently launched Cabin Crew Apprenticeship schemes. Cabin Crew Apprenticeships can be a great way to get into the industry. They usually last for a year and combine classroom-style learning with on-the-job training. At the end of the apprenticeship, you will get a recognised qualification and some airlines will also provide you with a Cabin Crew job once you finish. Take a look at my post ‘What is a Cabin Crew apprenticeship?‘ for more information on what they involve and what the benefits of doing one are!

If you are hoping to become Cabin Crew are you completing any qualifications to help you get the job? Or if you are Cabin Crew what qualifications did you find useful? I’d love to hear from you!

1 Comment
  1. Gina Harry

    A debt of gratitude is in order for this extraordinary post, I discover it exceptionally fascinating and extremely well thoroughly considered and set up together. I anticipate perusing your work later on.

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. How to become Cabin Crew in 10 easy steps - Becoming Cabin Crew - […] You do not need to take a college or university course before applying to become Cabin Crew. But have…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

ABOUT

Dr Hayley Stainton

Hi, am Dr Hayley Stainton

I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

Follow Me

LATEST POSTS

25 fascinating facts about rainforests

Do you want to learn some interesting facts about rainforests? Rainforests cover a whopping 12.5% of Earth’s land, making them a very important part of our world! And did you know rainforests are home to half of the world's animal and plant species? Well in this...

What is halal tourism and why is it so popular?

Halal tourism is rapidly growing in popularity alongside the reeligion itself - but what exactly is it, and what makes it so popular? Let's find out! What is halal tourism? Halal tourism is a specific branch of tourism aimed towards people of the Muslim faith - it...

Shareholder theory: A simple explanation

What is shareholder theory? Theories can often be difficult to wrap your head around. Shareholder theory is another business theory, which I will break down into simple terms in this blog post to help you better understand what it is, how it works and why it is used....

Edinburgh for Christmas- plan your perfect holiday getaway

Being in Edinburgh for Christmas is one of the most magical places to spend your Christmas for so many reasons and you will make so many holiday memories that you'll be able to cherish for a lifetime. This post will tell you everything you need to know about Edinburgh...

35 fascinating facts about France

There are so many fascinating facts about France! France is a land of rich heritage, culture, and ethnic diversity. If you are striving to know about France, this article contains 35 intriguing facts about France that you must know. Imagine strolling down the charming...

39 fascinating facts about China

There are so many fascinating facts about China, believe me, after living in China for three years, I know! With the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and a long history of exciting inventions, there is much more to be known about the world's ultra-modern yet very ancient...

Do you want to become Cabin Crew?

Learn what it's like to work as Cabin Crew and how to pass the Cabin Crew assessment day with my online courses- I have a 100% success rate- meaning that every person who has taken the course got an assessment day afterwards!