How Do I Become A Corporate Flight Attendant?

I was on the phone the other day talking to some of my corporate flight attendant friends and I heard the same thing from each and everyone of them. The concern was the economy is not getting any better, work was hard to find, and how does one continue getting trained & certified in these tough times.

This conversation had me thinking because they we’re all asking me for my input. I reminded them 1. flight attendants commercial or corporate are very resourceful and 2. times are very different and everyone has to start thinking outside the box. Corporate flight attendant positions are very tough to find, not impossible but just tough.

With times being tough and money extremely tight I have had to be very resourceful in my own flight attendant circulium. I made up my own training guideline. Which I encourage everyone to do. So let’s get started!

First! Many in the corporate/private area want to see that you went to a corporate specific  school to be trained. I’m not going to lie this is the most expensive part of being a corporate flight attendant. There are many good schools that are specific for those who want to be trained as a corporate flight attendant.  One of the most recognized is FlightSafety International. Other great schools are FACTS, and Beyond & Above. Once you complete their training which is usually 5 days you will be issued a certification from the school that you passed all their training requirements. The training will entail but not limited to emergency door operation,evacuation procedures, first aid & cpr, and food and service training.

There is another school that friends I know who are in the field have told me about called Corporate Air Parts. Corporate Air Parts is different from the other schools, they let you pick the courses you want to take. I looked at their website and the courses in becoming a corporate flight attendant include: Crewmember Emergency Training, Cabin Services Training, American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid, CPR & AED, and Hypoxia Recognition & Recovery.

Now your asking how do I save money by going to these schools. Like I said earlier this will be your most expensive part. I was very fortunate to have received a scholarship from FlightSafety for their initial flight attendant training and I just received another scholarship from Beyond and Above for the same thing. Training will range anywhere from 1,700 to 4,995. Don’t forget the Corporate Air Parts lets you pick the courses you want to take. Their Crewmember Emergency Training starts at $475, Cabin Service Training $595, and their American Heart Association at $195. And the courses are 1 day only. Thats why I strongly suggest 1.one applies for scholarships through the organizations that i’m going to list below, 2. save up for the schools, 3. call the schools to see if they have any discounts for freelance flight attendants or if they have payment plans. Remember you won’t know unless you ask.

I also suggest looking into the FAA Cabin Safety Workshop. The cabin safety workshop is FREE! The only thing you have to pay for is your way there, lodging, food, and  transportation to and from the FAA training building. I went to the training in the summer of 2010 and I thought it was great training! What one must remember is you do not get a certification from the FAA “Cabin Safety Workshops are not intended, nor conducted, as basic training for in-flight personnel; they are designed to provide supplemental state-of-the-art information for aviation industry personnel.”.

The FAA workshop will include “Research topics talking about: aircraft accident research, aircraft seat and restraint systems research, brace-for-impact positions, infant/child restraint systems, aircraft evacuation research and procedures, aircraft fire safety research and procedures, water survival research, emergency equipment and procedures, and fatigue countermeasures research. Physiological training is included, beginning with classroom instruction about the effects of high altitude on the human body, and concluding with an altitude chamber flight, allowing participants to actually experience the effects of rapid decompression”.

As I mentioned earlier I was fortunate to receive scholarships from NBAA & Women in Corporate Aviation. I apply for every scholarship thats out there. Once again as I mentioned earlier you won’t know unless you ask or try.

Next Blog 10-27-11: Ways to save money on training to become a corporate flight attendant.

Organizations to check into:

NBAA

Women In Corporate Aviation

Women in Aviation International

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