P03.02 Identify Competence and training requirements


As consequence of results obtained in obtained in P03.01 and WP4, it has been identified several needs that must be considered to research the new competences and a catalogue of training requirements to effectively operate in the foreseen scenarios for 2050 described in WP2.

Therefore, the first step of the is the identification of 2050 ATCo Competences for high and medium automated scenarios taking into account needs which come as input from D3.1 and D4.1. Once identified these competences, the current training strategy has been analysed to determine if this strategy can afford the future competences. The result of this analysis was that it is necessary to introduce a new Training Strategy based on current one to provide the competences identified.


A competency based training and assessment methodology approach will be followed. The development of competency-based training and assessment is based on a systematic approach whereby competences and their standards are defined. Training is based on the competences identified to cope with new function allocation between ATCo and system (technical and psychological cognitive training) and the potential negative psychological effects of automation (psychological non-cognitive training) being either out-of-the-loop/overconfidence that might create overload in case of system failure as the ATCo has not he/she necessary situational awareness to cope with high complexity tasks) or disorientation, overacting or erratic behaviour/ fears of failure (creating an underload due to high levels of arousal). In addition, it has been developed assessments to determine whether these competences have been achieved.


Training Strategy Proposal defined in P03.02 introduces new training phases as, for example, Psychological Training, cognitive and non-cognitive, or new training methodologies as, for example, the employment of ATC simulator training in order to reduce time expend in the On-the-Job-Training (OJT). This kind of training also enables to train non-nominal situations among other advantages. One of the pursued objectives of the Training Strategy proposal is to achieve flexible program which is adapted to the needs of each ATCo student, increasing the time efficiency as well as the attainment of training objectives.


As additional research, it has been identified different ways to assess the acquisition of competences, through techniques like traditional questions or biofeedback, as well as the proposal of a free ATC simulator software that could be used to calibrate the training exercises.

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Get more information about the task in the Deliverable:

D3.2: Competence and Training Requirements