Cabin Crew

If you like traveling and dream about seeing the world then you may consider becoming a cabin crew member or flight attendant as it is more commonly referred to. Any aircraft carrying 20 or more passengers are required, by international law, to have at least one flight attendant on board. This means that cabin crew members are required in a wide variety of commercial air travel operations from charters to international airlines.

What do Cabin Crew Members do?

The role of cabin crew members is to serve and assist passengers. They are highly trained professionals and ambassadors for their airline and in some cases, their country. As a cabin crew member you will be doing anything from preparing and serving food and beverages, assisting and calming down nervous/handicapped passengers, carrying out pre-flight inspections and preparing and advising passengers in case of emergencies.

Cabin crew members get paid relatively well and qualify for discount on flight tickets and accommodation worldwide. However, they have to work for long hours on end and over weekends and public holidays, sometimes at very short notice.

Educational Requirements

There are many training institutions in South Africa that offer cabin crew training from universities and colleges to airlines. However, the educational requirements you need to be able to enrol for the course are pretty much the same all round:

  • National Senior Certificate - D symbol (50-59%) for English First language OR C symbol (60-69%) for English First Additional Language. (Further training in English Proficiency can be done if you fail to meet these requirements)
  • English Proficiency Test (Must be able to read, write and speak English fluently)
  • Must be able to swim
  • Age 18 to 35
  • Some airlines have height restrictions of about 1.50 meters minimum
  • and height and weight must be in proportion

Medical Requirements

All cabin crew are required to undergo and pass a Class II medical examination carried out by an SACAA approved Aviation Medical Examiner. The standard of a Class II medical examination is a bit lower than a Class I medical examination which commercial pilots have to pass.


There are many institutions in South Africa offering cabin crew training, the cost of which can vary between R15 000 to R20 000. Most banks in the country offer student loans which you should be able to pay back comfortably with an entry level salary. Depending on experience and the airline you work for cabin crew members can earn as much as R35 000 per month. Entry level salaries are between R5 000 and R10 000 per month.

Cabin Crew Training

Depending on the training organisation cabin crew training can take anything from 6 to 8 weeks.

Modules covered in the course include the following:

  • Safety and Emergency procedures
  • Dangerous and Hazardous goods training
  • Air law
  • Aviation General
  • Aircraft specifics training
  • Aircraft Fire
  • Aviation Medicine
  • Soft Skills training

Cabin Crew Application Checklist

  • Must have a National Senior Certificate (Grade12) or equivalent.
  • It is recommended that you should be between the ages of 18 to 35 years.
  • Must have a SACAA approved Class II Medical Certificate.
  • Will have to undergo and pass an English Proficiency test.
  • Height requirement is at least 1.5 meters and your height and weight must be in proportion.
  • Must be willing to work for long hours, weekends and public holidays and at short notice.
  • Must be confident, work well within a team and be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • A friendly and caring personality.

Please feel free to contact us should you require more information.