How to Become a Flight Attendant in 7 Steps

Are you excited by the chance to travel the world? Working as a flight attendant presents many opportunities to build lasting relationships and develop valuable client service and life-saving skills. Use our handy guide below to learn what you’ll need to do to start your flight attendant career.

  1. Learn the Requirements
  2. Complete a training program
  3. Search for jobs
  4. Get the job offer
  5. Complete employer training
  6. Get Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency
  7. Bonus Tips

Steps to Take

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1- Find out if you meet the basic requirements

Although airlines may have their own requirements, there are some that are universal. Ask yourself these questions to see if you meet the basic requirements:

  • Are you at least 18 years of age?
  • Flight attendants spend a lot of time on their feet – are you able to stand for long periods of time?
  • Do you meet the physical requirements?
  • Do you have any visible tattoos or piercings beyond 1 earring per ear lobe?
  • Can you pass criminal background and pre-employment drug tests?
  • Do you have experience in customer service or good customer service skills?
  • Can you sell services and products on behalf of your airline?

2- Complete a Training Program

Training to become a flight attendant is a major commitment. As a flight attendant, you’re doing so much more than simply serving food and beverage. A lot can happen in the air and you want to be prepared to deal with anything that may come up. It is important that you acquire knowledge of flight regulations, flight attendant responsibilities, and airline standards.

A common misconception regarding flight attendants is that they focus solely on hospitality. But flight attendants must be trained caregivers who can keep their passengers safe in the event of an emergency. Flight attendants must be skilled in first aid, security, evacuation methods, and much more.

Now, you can get a flight attendant job without a college degree or previous work experience. But turnover is low in this field and each job opening can have hundreds, or thousands, of applicants. Having training and experience gives you a serious advantage over your competition and shows that you’re committed to your career.

3- Search and Apply for Jobs

This step may not be as easy as it sounds. Many applicants without training never land an interview with an airline. Moreover, once you enter the interviewing process, the competition is fierce. That is why you must be completely prepared for your interview.

Being skilled at training isn’t the only thing to consider when you’re apply for work. It’s just as important to know how to make a positive impression on your potential employer during the interview process. Competition for becoming a flight attendant is tough. You should understand everything from the proper way to dress for the job to the best methods of interaction.

4- Land your first job

Congratulations! Your hard work paid off and you’ve been hired by an airline! All flight attendants are required to complete a pre-employment drug test. That is why you must refrain from the use of recreational drugs. Now that you are hired, you are subject to random drug tests.

5- Complete Employer Training

All airlines require that new hires complete a training program. In this training, which can last anywhere from four to eight weeks, covers cabin safety, pre-flight and boarding procedures. You’ll also get in some practice flights during this training.

6- Get Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency

After training, crew members working on a plane with more than 20 seats need an FAA issued Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency. Flight attendants receive this certificate after completing the employer training.

Bonus Tips

Stay Healthy

Flight attendant work is physically demanding. Some of the things you’ll be expected manage daily include:

  • Helping passengers lift bags,
  • Assisting disabled passengers during an emergency,
  • Walking miles through airports,
  • Dealing with jet lag; and
  • Pushing heavy carts.

That is why, as a flight attendant, you must keep yourself physically fit.

Dust off Your Foreign Language Skills

Being fluent in a second language may not affect your reserve status, but it will make you more marketable to airlines. If you’re interested in working international flights it can increase your chances of getting hired.

The legacy airlines (American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines) are always looking for bilingual crew members. So, if you speak a second language fluently, make sure to highlight it.

Eyerusalem K.
Flight Attendant

I just want to thank you and the rest of the [TTA] staff for helping me to make my dream come true. Coming to TTA is one of the best decisions I've made. I wouldn't be where I am right now if it wasn't for you... I leave for Dubai to attend flight attendant training...on April 9. Again, thank you so much...God bless you for what you do!

Why Study With The Travel Academy?

The Travel Academy works with all students until they are hired, and our Career Services Department is second to none. We help you prepare for, acquire, and advance in your flight attendant career. Airline recruiters often come to our facility to interview our students. As a result, many of our students have job offers BEFORE they even graduate!

* Not all job offers necessarily lead to employment.

The process of becoming a flight attendant takes time and serious dedication. However, having a career in the airline industry will be one of most rewarding experiences of your life.

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