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Developed by EASA, Airline Pilot Standards (APS) Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) training greatly improves the skills of graduates prior to aircraft type rating training and airline employment. It has been designed to replace traditional MCC and MCC-JOC courses.

The new syllabus has added advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training, airline operations scenario training and concludes with a final, graded skills assessment and certification.

Progress checks occur throughout training and trainees who achieve the required competence level in their final assessment will be issued with a pass certificate. (also see VA Competency Assurance section)

For more information see our VA Prospectus and APS MCC Career Guide 1. To see our update from EASA regarding Brexit, click here.


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APS MCC Training with VA

Our weekly APS MCC training is delivered on our Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG type specific simulators by highly experienced and actively flying airline pilot instructors and examiners. Our courses are challenging requiring a high level of commitment, self-discipline with some pre-course study and preparation required. The course is delivered over 3 weeks (including rest/study days) and comprises:

  • 35 Hours (5 days) of Theoretical Knowledge training including all courseware, a flight deck infographic foldout poster and systems manual

  • 25 hours of briefing and debriefing before and after simulator training lessons

  • 40 Hours (10 days) of type specific simulator flight training on either Boeing 737NG or Airbus A320

  • Unlimited access to tactile FMC trainers, flight deck mockups and self-study facilities

  • All courseware and manuals for personal use

  • Competency Assurance™ from VA for complete peace of mind


Book a Careers Guidance Visit with one of our Training Advisers

Personal visits are a great way to discover more about our APS MCC training and what it's like to train with VA Airline Training. You’ll tour our Cambridge Airport Training Centre, see our Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG flight simulators in action, talk with VA staff and instructors, and even meet current APS MCC trainees.

Call +44 (0)1223 979737 or email to book your visit today.


Competency Assurance™ from VA

To align our courses with Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) standards we have our Competency Assurance™ to provide you with complete peace of mind and support during your training. APS MCC courses also conclude with a skills test and we are committed to you achieving the required competencies:

  1. If we decide that additional training is required to enable you to achieve the competencies, additional training will be provided at NO ADDITIONAL COST. This enables you to focus completely upon your training and not worry about finding additional funds.

  2. We do recognise that occasionally the APS MCC skills test standard may be beyond reach despite additional training. In these circumstances we take a fair and ethical position:

    • If after receiving additional training, you are unable to reach the APS MCC skills test competence, you will still receive an MCC Completion Certificate and a partial refund of your APS MCC fee.

    • In the unlikely event that our Head of Training ceases your training early and you are unable to receive an MCC Completion Certificate, you will receive a refund of your APS MCC fee, less a small administrative deductible.

This unique Competency Assurance™ from VA offers even greater comfort to airlines and trainees alike that our APS MCC graduates really are AirlineReady® for entry into aircraft type rating training and subsequent airline employment.


Course fee

£6,250 ex VAT (£7,500 inc VAT) including Competency Assurance™

  • Payable in three equal installments:

    • Payment 1 - One third of fee (due at time of booking to secure your course place)

    • Payment 2 - One third of fee (due 4 weeks before course start)

    • Payment 3 - One third of fee (due 1 week before course start)

  • We are a registered partner with Pegasus Finance should you need financial support to fund your course


Course dates

  • Courses start every week, alternating between Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800

  • Courses start on a Monday and last 20 days, usually finishing on a Saturday.

  • VA Airline Training is the only ATO in Europe offering trainees a choice of aircraft types for APS MCC

  • If you require a Visa to train with us, you can find out more here


VA APS MCC graduates will satisfy one of the key initial application requirements (to have completed an EASA approved MCC on a twin-engine jet simulator) for the British Airways Newly Qualified Pilot Pathway (Modular & Integrated) for the A320.

Graduate Testimonials

VA Graduate Success

More than 400 AirlineReady® graduates are flying for over 55 different airlines worldwide. Read about their success and find out more about their unique journey into an airline pilot career.


Be inspired by the City of Cambridge during your training

  • Courses take place at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre which is close to London Stansted.

  • Cambridge Airport is just 10 minutes from the city centre and railway station, with shuttle buses running every 10 minutes.

Getting to Cambridge

  • Cambridge is easily accessible from all five London airports.

  • Trains run non-stop from London Kings Cross (journey time 45 minutes) every thirty minutes and from London Stansted Airport on a frequent basis.


  • We are able to recommend accommodation for the duration of your training..

  • Other accommodation options are available, and we can discuss these options with you.


Enquiry Form

To request more information or book a Career Guidance Visit, please call our Airline Training Advisors on 01223 979737 or send us a message.

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