ATS Pre-Employment Prep Course FAQ’s

ATS Pre-Employment Prep Course FAQ’s

We know there’s a lot of information to take in, so below we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

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NAV CANADA is the employer to all Canadian Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Service Specialists. 

NAV CANADA plays a unique and critical role managing the 18 million square kilometres of Canadian civil airspace and the North Atlantic oceanic airspace under Canada’s control.​​

Canada was the first country in the world to privatize its civil air navigation system, and NAV CANADA remains one of the few fully private companies in the world wholly responsible for air traffic control, flight information and other aeronautical services.

Managing 18 million square kilometres of Canadian and oceanic airspace, air traffic controllers direct planes, either from the cab of a control tower or on a radar screen in an area control centre (ACC), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They work with pilots operating all types of planes, from single-engine aircraft to large multi-engine jets. Air traffic controllers instruct pilots to climb, turn, descend and move safely, whether they are on the ground at an airport or thousands of feet in the sky. Air traffic controllers ensure aircraft maintain vertical, lateral or time separation, while following strictly defined rules, procedures and regulations.

Flight Service Specialists (FSS) can be employed in Flight Information Services (FIC) or Airport Advisory Services (AAS). 


In FICs, flight service specialists are trained to interpret meteorological information and use this data to provide interpretive weather briefings and enroute advisories to pilots operating anywhere in Canadian airspace. These flight service specialists must have an in-depth knowledge of their region’s unique topography and atmospheric conditions, thinking in 3D to visualize their airspace. 

Another critical service provided by flight service specialists at a FIC is flight planning. They process flight plans and itineraries for all flights, departing and arriving in Canadian airspace. For any overdue or missing flights, they provide timely reports on missing or overdue flights and helping to coordinate search efforts.

Flight service specialists are also responsible for delivering essential safety information to pilots, including runway maintenance and closures, restricted airspace and remotely piloted aircraft in the area.

Flight service specialists who will work out of flight information centres will train and work out of one of the following locations: Edmonton, Kamloops, London, Quebec, or Whitehorse.


Flight service specialists working at flight service stations provide timely and essential airport advisory services using many of NAV CANADA’s world-leading technologies.  Airport advisory services include information on traffic in the area, runway conditions, wind and altimeter and other information required by pilots, as well as vehicle control information and emergency assistance.   

Pilots depend on flight service specialists to provide information that is reliable and current. The information provided by flight service specialists helps guide pilots during the arrival and departure phases of their flights, or in transit through mandatory frequency (MF) areas. With the introduction of new, state of the art technologies, flight service specialists are now able to provide their services remotely from one location to some lower density locations in the region. 

Flight service specialists ensure that all customers, including planes from local flying schools, passenger carriers, emergency medical services and more are given the best advice to ensure a safe and efficient flow of traffic. 

Airport advisory services flight service specialists can be posted at any of NAV CANADA’s flight service stations across the country. The posting is based on operational requirements. 

Applicants do not need to have a background in aviation because NAV CANADA provides all the training necessary to become an air traffic controller. They are looking for candidates who will thrive in their operations environment and possess qualities that will serve them in training and their careers.

Skill sets vary depending on the job (Tower Air Traffic Controller, Area Air Traffic Controller, or Flight Service Specialist). Some desired attributes include:

  • Resilience / ability to perform under pressure
  • Strong motivation
  • Problem solving and decision making skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Information synthesis


Elevate Aviation has worked with NAV CANADA to ensure the concepts covered throughout the program align with the skills and knowledge being tested in the FEAST exam. You will also learn about the company and the various positions you are applying for. We will also provide you with interview skills and practice as well as access to online practice exercises to prepare you for FEAST testing. 

Yes, this course is developed to provide you the best possible tools to succeed with your application to and testing with NAVCanada. You will only be guaranteed the opportunity to schedule a FEAST test with 100% attendance.

This is a FREE course being offered by Elevate Aviation however, we have very limited seats for this course and very high demand. We are asking for a registration fee to ensure you will commit to your seat in the program and not take the chance away from another interested participant.  You will be refunded your $10 after your first day of class. 

Yes of course. You can apply to NAV CANADA directly through their website

Students of this ATS Pre-Employment Prep Course will have the opportunity to skip the queue of other applicants and, provided the requirements are met of this training course, will be offered the NAV CANADA testing immediately following the course. 

Only those who complete the entire prep course will be offered the opportunity to begin the NAV CANADA testing and interview process.

Only those who are successful in all stages of the NAV CANADA testing and interview process will be offered a training course. While NAV CANADA offers a training salary, students must still complete NAV CANADA’s training and qualify in their respective field before being hired as a permanent employee.

The process is long and can be stressful. It is highly recommended to do your homework and determine if this is something that is right for you before applying.  

As the FEAST exam is the screening tool NAV Canada uses to determine who may be a successful candidate, at the end of the program you are guaranteed an opportunity to write Phase 1 of the FEAST exam. Should you successfully pass this phase, you will continue on to participate in Phase 2 of the FEAST exam. If you successfully complete this, you will be invited to participate in an interview. 

At the completion of the interview phase, it is the desire of NAV CANADA to schedule successful candidates to begin training in either a September, October or November class. 

No, the course is run by Elevate Aviation. The course is approved and endorsed by NAV CANADA. 

Security screening involves the collection of personal information from individuals, with their informed consent, and information from law enforcement and intelligence sources and other sources and methods to assess an individual’s reliability and loyalty to Canada.

Elevate Aviation’s primary mission is to provide a platform for women and underrepresented groups to thrive and succeed through careers in aviation therefore we are always tracking how many people from this demographic we are reaching. 


Trans is an umbrella term that describes people with diverse gender identities and gender expressions that do not conform to stereotypical norms. It includes but is not limited to people who identify as transgender, transsexual, or gender non-conforming (gender variant, genderqueer), or an analogous term.   

Genderqueer/Non-binary refers to individuals who do not follow gender stereotypes based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Non-binary is an umbrella term for gender identities that fall outside of the man-woman binary. People who are non-binary may or may not identify as trans.

Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples The Employment Equity Act defines an Aboriginal person as a North American Indian or a member of a First Nation, a Métis, or Inuit. North American Indians or members of a First Nation include status, treaty, or registered Indians, as well as non-status and non-registered Indians. Aboriginal peoples are considered a designated group under the Employment Equity Act.  

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