What's the difference between MCC, JOC and APS MCC?

APS MCC replaces the MCC/JOC course and has been introduced by EASA to deliver fully regulated enhanced training to better prepare pilots for entry into airlines.


APS MCC courses are fully regulated, meaning you pose a lot less risk to airlines when applying. Because of the level of training you receive at VA you will be fully prepared to confidently combat the challenges and exceptional training standards required on type rating.

Why are airlines favouring APS MCC over MCC/JOC?


How long does the course last?

The APS MCC course lasts three weeks in total.


Where does the course take place?

The course takes place at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre, near London Stansted.


Which aircraft type should I do my APS MCC on?

VA is the only ATO in Europe offering a choice of aircraft types for APS MCC, and you can decide between the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737-800 at the time of booking. This is entirely up to you. Our graduates fly a range of Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft regardless of their choice of simulator for APS MCC training.


When should I book my APS MCC course?

We recommend booking your course as early as possible to secure your place. It is expected that you give yourself enough time to prepare and ingest the pre-course study material, and as such booking your course start date no sooner than one month before completing your CPL/IR is recommended.


How much pre-course material is there to digest, how long will it take to complete and what level of commitment is expected during the course? 

This is dependent on your ability to understand the ethos of multi crew co-operation, as this is most probably the first time in your training to date where you are exposed to this concept and it is a fundamental aspect to the APS course. Because of this, you are expected to have thoroughly revised and prepared yourself with all pre-course study materials we send to you before you start the course. We recommend you begin pre-course study no less than two weeks before your course start date, but further study time is recommended.

Considerable practise out of the classroom and simulator is also expected to achieve not only a satisfactory grade but to enhance your employability by achieving a grading of good, very good or even exemplary.


What accommodation options are there, and how much is it likely to cost me?

We recommend budgeting £700 to £900 for three weeks local accommodation. We have a number of recommended accommodation options used by other VA trainees.


What do I need to wear during my APS MCC?

You should wear your pilots uniform, which includes black shoes, black trousers and a short or long sleeved shirt that can take epaulettes. We will provide you with a set of VA epaulettes for the duration of your course.


What happens if I do not pass the Final Assessment?

Our APS MCC course has been well-designed to enable you to achieve ICAO core competencies concluding with a skills assessment and we are totally committed to you achieving this successful outcome with our Competency Assurance initiative.

If we decide that additional training is required to enable you to achieve the required standard we will put this in place before your final assessment, with additional training provided by VA at no additional cost. This enables you to focus completely upon your training and not worry about finding additional funds.

If after receiving additional training, you are still unable to reach the APS MCC skills assessment competence, you will still receive an MCC Completion Certificate and a partial refund of your fee. In the very highly 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 full refund of your fee, less a small deductible.


Will I get a job?

We have an enviable success rate of our APS MCC graduates gaining employment. On average, our graduate pass rate for their first airline assessment is 92%, securing their first airline role within 43 days of completing the course. We have graduated more APS MCC trainees than any other ATO, owing to the quality of our training and its recognition among airlines.