ACTI Advocates On Behalf Of CTI Institutions, Students, and Veterans

We are fighting to reverse the abrupt and drastic changes to the hiring process for our nations' Air Traffic Controllers

Welcome to the Association of Collegiate Training Institutions

The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions (ACTI) is a non-profit organization composed of institutions of higher learning that train students in the complex field of air traffic control and other aviation related subject matter. Our members are accredited institutions of higher learning, and associated faculty, located in over twenty states.

Due to our training methodologies our collective students certify as air traffic controllers at a much higher rate than individuals without a background or professional experience as an air traffic controller. The last study confirming this was completed in June 2013 by the FAA's Civil Aeronautical Medical Institute. ACTI has developed rigorous standards to ensure that all CTI schools produce an outstanding candidate for air traffic control employment. Schools that adopt these standards are eligible for ACTI accreditation.

Safety and knowledge are the foundations of our curriculum. We believe in fair opportunities for all students who wish to work as air traffic controllers regardless of race, gender or ethnicity.

Mission & Goals

ACTI's mission is to advocate for preferential hiring for CTI graduates, promote government accountability, and ensure FAA maintains a pool of highly qualified candidates.

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ACTI advocates for its 26 Member Institutions which represent a broad and diverse student body.

Our Members


ACTI is an active participant in the legislative, judicial, and executive system, adovating for transparency, accountability, and ensuring the best qualified candidates are selected, saving tax-payer money and ensuring public safety.

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Latest Posts

2019 ACTI Conference

The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions’ (ACTI) 2019 annual conference was  held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at The Hilton, Memphis. The conference began at 9 am. Topics discussed included CTI standards, career opportunities for CTI graduates at Federal Contract Towers (including regulatory reform), updates concerning legislation and litigation, and more.

ACTI Supports PLANE Act Legislation, opening additional employment opportunities for CTI Graduates

The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions is pleased to announce its support of Senator Inhofe and Senator King’s “Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era (PLANE Act) of 2019″ to the U.S. Senate. The PLANE Act provides key provisions which open additional opportunities for students of Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) programs. The bill, if passed, […]

ACTI Announces Release of 2014 Bio Assessment Answers

The Association of Collegiate Institutions (ACTI) announces the release of the answer key for the 2014 Biographical Questionaire/Assessment, used to assess air traffic control specialist applicants in 2014. The answer key confirms the suspicions of thousands of hard-working students who attended accredited and FAA approved universities and colleges that offered air traffic control degrees. Following […]

Appellate Court Orders Release of 2015 FAA Biographical Assessment Validation Documents

The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions is pleased to announce that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration’s withholding of the documents used to validate the 2015 Biographical Assessment used when hiring Air Traffic Control Specialists was illegal. The FAA will be forced to release these documents to the […]