Welcome to our Cabin Crew Training Information Page

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The Career

A career as a cabin crew offers the opportunity to travel both locally and internationally, and to meet a wide variety of people. It can be glamorous, but also involves hard work and long hours. The career is well suited to people who have a strong and genuine desire to assist others, and who have high levels of energy.

When we use the term flight attendant, we also include cabin crew, air hostess, stewardess, and cabin attendant. They are the same thing.

Competition for a cabin crew position is strong, and apart from the basic requirements mentioned below, it may be a good idea to prepare yourself by attending a training course. So if you are looking for a career as cabin crew in the high-flying airline industry, then training at an aviation school may be your answer. It may also be a good idea to train first as ground staff and later move to Cabin Crew.

A typical cabin crew training school facility offers any student the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become a professional cabin crew member on any one of the major South African airlines. A cabin crew training centre approved and certified by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), will offer future cabin crew members the best, and most appropriate training available.

The training course

The cabin crew licencing training program is a five to six week long course that covers all the fundamental aspects required to provide the candidate with the skills and knowledge to perform flight attendant or cabin crew duties. Subjects covered by the cabin crew trainees include a medical examination, fire fighting course, evacuation procedures, safety & emergency procedures training, security and ditching procedures. On completion of the training course, candidates will be admitted to write the SACAA examinations, and will receive a Cabin Crew licence if they achieve the required standard.

The full-time training will cost between R14 000 and R19 000, depending on the school that you choose.

Keep an eye open for training specials and bursaries

The criteria for becoming a cabin crew or air hostess include:

  • a matric certificate,
  • aged between 18 and 35,
  • be neat and presentable,
  • have the ability to swim,
  • be well groomed and
  • be able to converse in English.
  • Most flight attendant training schools are situated in the Johannesburg area.
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    Aviation Training Schools - South Africa - Gauteng

    Aviation Training Schools - South Africa - KwaZulu Natal

    • SKYY Academy - Durban

    Aviation Training Schools - South Africa - Western Cape

    • Future Flyers - Cape Town

    Advice on Choosing a Training School

    There are many Aviation Training Organisations (aviation schools) in South Africa and you are advised to carefully select the one you would like to attend. Check the credentials and track record of the company you chose to do your training with. You should ask the training school what pass rate their students are achieving in the CAA Cabin Crew exams. Ask how many students have completed their training at the cabin crew school that you are considering.
    Suggestions and warnings include:
    Aviation Training Schools can NOT guarantee employment. Airline operators advertise, interview and employ their own crew, so be very careful of an aviation training school who “guarantees employment”.
    Prospective cabin crew members are required to undergo x-ray examinations and a medical assessment which forms part of the licensing process. Have this medical done prior to enrolling for training as this will help you to avoid paying training fees to a school which are normally not refundable should you be found medically unfit. Also check cost of the x-ray and examination prior to committing to a specific laboratory and Doctor.
    Ensure that the price you are quoted by the training school is inclusive of all modules and requirements to complete the cabin crew licencing process. These charges include:
  • Aviation Medicine Training
  • Dangerous Goods Training
  • Fire Fighting Training
  • Security Training
  • Swimming Lessons
  • South African Civil Aviation Authority Examination
  • South African Civil Aviation Authority Licence
  • As many individuals aspire to be cabin crew members it is advisable to attend a training school that will guide individuals with interviewing skills and compilation of CV’s, photographs for their CV’s and cover letters. This will assist the applicant in being better prepared for the interviewing process as many of these learners will be attending their first ever interview.
    Airlines definitely prefer well groomed individuals who display close attention to personal hygiene, make-up, appearance, and deportment. It makes sense to choose a cabin crew training school that has knowledge of what Airlines require from their crew with regards to grooming, and schools that offer a grooming course module.
    The certificate training syllabus is available of the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s website or you can attend free information sessions with some crew training schools. It is also a good idea to get this information through blogs, Facebook pages or making contact with learners who have attended the training, and current flight attendants.

    Airline employment contact details

    Airlines in South Africa usually recruit direct. They commonly make user of the PNET and Careers24 websites.

    South African Airways

    The so called "national carrier", operating a wide network domestically and internationally, and enjoying regular government cash injections. A member of the "Star Alliance". Operates around 54 aircraft.
    Usually advertise positions on their website
    Private Bag X13, OR Tambo Airport

    SAA careers website

    South African Express

    SA Express SAA's regional partner. Currently engaged in a price war with Airlink.
    PO Box 101, OR Tambo Airport


    Airlink is a privately-owned regional airline based in Johannesburg that operates scheduled services to destinations across South Africa. The airline also offers international services to destinations in Zimbabwe, and Airlink works closely holds stakes in Airlink Swazliand and TTA Airlink. Airlink has a fleet of over 30 jet aircraft.
    PO Box 7529, Bonaero Park, 1622

    Comair-British Airways

    Johannesburg-based Comair Limited is a South African airline offering regional services to destinations in South Africa, Mauritius, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Since 1998 Comair has operated as a South African franchise of British Airways, operating most of its services under the British Airways brand and with bookings available through the BA website. Comair also wholly-owns the Johannesburg-based South African LCC, which offers an extensive domestic and regional network.
    Usually advertise for Cabin Crew on the website


    Usually advertise for Cabin Crew on the website


    Interair Interair South Africa was a South African airline based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. The carrier operated scheduled passenger services to regional destinations, mainly in West Africa. It operated a small fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.
    Private Bag 8, OR Tambo Airport 1627


    SAA's low cost subsidiary, operating 12 B737 aircraft.
    P.O.Box 1273,OR Tambo International Airport,1627


    Has suspended plans to operate in the SA domestic market. There is talk of an entry in 2020.


    Newly entering the domestic scheduled market. Has been in existence for many years as a cargo and leasing outfit. Website opened recently and flights started on 17 October 2014. Fares are good and ancillary sales include preferred seats, checked baggage, and onboard catering. Recruiting regularly.


    Started operations in March 2015. Owned by PAK Aviation. Grounded presently.

    Blue Crane

    Started operations late in 2015. Started by some ex-SAA managers. Currently suspended operations.

    Recruitment Agencies

    We strongly advise against using any recruitment agency that requires you to make any payment to them. Recruitment fees are illegal and very few airlines make use of recruitment agencies for Cabin Crew recruitment. We also advise that you exercise extreme care when responding to Indeed and Gumtree recruitment ads for Cabin Crew and Airline Ground staff.

    Airline jobs in Johannesburg
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