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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Key Documents

This section contains documents that those involved in ACTIs efforts should become familiar with.

2016 Conference

The 2016 ACTI conference was held at the Double Tree-Hilton in Omaha, Nebraska on September 27, 2016.

Student Recommendation Contacts

ACTI has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration to establish a process for applicant recommendation letters for those applying as CTI under Pool 1 for the 2016 Bid Announcement. The FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 affected the ATCS hiring process. As a result of this legislation, candidates who graduated from a Collegiate […]

The FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 Becomes Law

The FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 includes key provisions which begin to reverse the hiring concerns for our CTI students and graduates. Primarily, the Act removes the biographical assessment from the application and allows for those who aged out due to the FAAs hiring changes an extra chance. ACTI will continue to […]