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VATM Train Abroad programme

0308 Training Programmes

Programme information

The VATM Train Abroad programme offers two separate training programmes for ATC basic and rating training, as follows:

Tower/Approach ATC rating — 34 weeks

Students undertaking and successfully completing the Tower/Approach programme will be eligible to continue their training with VATM, at one of its ATC towers and/or approach control surveillance facilities.

Area ATC rating — 26 weeks

Students undertaking and successfully completing the Area programme will be eligible to continue their training with VATM, at one of its area control surveillance facilities.

Students will be selected for each programme, which are both approved by VATM and CAAV to meet Vietnam’s ATC licensing requirements. The below diagram outlines the full programme. A pass in part 3 of the training must be achieved within the required timeframes in order to successfully complete the VATM Train Abroad programme, and be eligible for on-the-job training at a VATM ATC facility in Vietnam.

VATM programme

Recruitment and selection

Candidates will need to complete one or more online aptitude tests that measure cognitive ability. These are undertaken remotely — the assessments are timed, in multiple choice format and are in English.

Supervised assessments involving ATC skill simulations will then be undertaken at various locations in Vietnam. These will take about 1.5 hours and will be conducted in English. Selected candidates will be invited to a competency based interview. 

VATM selection process

How can I prepare for the assessments?

The online aptitude and ATC skill simulation tests have clear instructions and practice questions. Make sure you are in an environment where you will not be interrupted, and read these instructions carefully. Ensure that you arrive for supervised testing early as you won't be able to enter late or leave the room until testing is complete.

Will I get feedback on my results?

VATM is provided with feedback on candidate results to support trainee selection. Candidates will be advised if they are successful or not.


To be eligible for the VATM Train Abroad programme, candidates need to meet the below criteria:

  • a minimum of IELTS 6 (or equivalent), with no band score less than 5.5
  • ideally be between 20 and 25 years of age
  • pass health checks and online aptitude testing
  • be selected by VATM based on the results of aptitude testing.

Gaining a visa to study

Candidates will need to apply for a student or visitor visa to study in New Zealand. This should be completed before coming to New Zealand, through the New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam. Allow up to six weeks for visa processing.

Airways will help candidates with this process once fees have been paid and a placement offer has been made.

For more information about visas, visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

Further information

Read our brochure for more information about the VATM Train Abroad Programme, such as eligibility criteria, fees and accommodation options.

Studying in New Zealand

For more information, including help with visas, visit the following websites:

Immigration New Zealand

Study in New Zealand

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