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

Sep 4, 2020 | Cabin Crew

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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.


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!

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