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Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) Schools

FAA Collegiate
Training Initiative

The FAA has created a network of partnerships with educational institutions to prepare students to pursue their goal of a career in aviation with the FAA. This effort is known as the Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI). Successful completion of the degree program(s) mentioned below does not guarantee employment with the FAA, however interested graduates should apply for FAA positions through USAJOBS.

Air Traffic — Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI)

AT-CTI schools offer two- and four-year non-engineering aviation degrees that teach basic courses in air traffic control and aviation administration. The AT-CTI program is designed to provide qualified candidates for developmental air traffic control specialist positions.

Graduates of the AT-CTI program are eligible to bypass the Air Traffic Basics Course, which is the first five weeks of qualification training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. Academy training consists of option-specific (terminal or en route) initial training. Students must successfully complete all required training at the FAA Academy to continue employment with FAA.


Click on the image to the right to download a map showing the geographic locations of our AT-CTI partner insitutions. Also shown on the map are the locations of inactive programs for new students in Summer 2018.

illustration of CTI map

AT-CTI School Listing

View the List of approved AT-CTI schools (PDF)

Technical Operations — Collegiate Training Initiative (TO-CTI)

Formerly known as the Airway Facilities Collegiate Training Initiative, the TO-CTI schools provide training and education resources to individuals preparing for aerospace careers, as well as continuing education to current employees. We hire students from CTI schools for entry-level careers such as:

  • Airway Transportation Systems Specialists (Job Series 2101)
  • Computer Systems Specialists (Job Series 0334)
  • Electronics Engineers (Job Series 0855)
  • Electronic Technicians (Job Series 0856)
  • Environmental Protection Specialists (Job Series 0028)
  • Engineering Technicians (Job Series 0802)
  • General Engineers (Job Series 0801)

List of approved TO-CTI schools (PDF)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI)

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI) is the newest of the CTI programs. Launched on April 30, 2020, the UAS-CTI is a program designed for the FAA to recognize institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems. The results of this collaborative working relationship will include a continuous dialogue with stakeholders to connect colleges and universities with the general industry, local governments, law enforcement, and regional economic development entities to address labor force needs in this rapidly growing industry. For more detailed information please visit the UAS-CTI webpage.

Career Fields

Take control of your career. The FAA has many opportunities for you to contribute to our safe and efficient skies. Below is a sample of possible career fields:

Air Traffic Control Specialists · Technical Operations Specialists · Aviation Safety Inspectors · Engineers · Contract Specialists

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