Cabin Crew - Airlines

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

  • National Senior Certificate (Grade12) - 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) Check the requirements for each individual airline!
  • 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. International airlines may have different medical examinations that must be carried out by other medical officers. You can find more information on this matter by visit the airline in question’s website. There is a list of links on the bottom of this page to different airlines offering training programmes.

Cabin Crew Training

Most of the major airlines have their own cabin crew training programmes. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of links to a few airlines’ websites that offers cabin crew training.

Although each airline may have different requirements and selection processes the basic cabin crew training course stays the same. Upon acceptance you will most probably need to go to the city in which the particular airline’s hub is situated in for your training. Depending on the particular airline the course duration can take anything from a few months to a few years.

Modules covered in most cabin crew courses include:

  • 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 (Grade 12) 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 or equivalent in another country or state.
  • 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. (depending on airline)
  • 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 check the requirements for each different airline carefully. They do differ from one another!

Airline Cabin Crew Training Programmes

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