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 an pass certificate. (also see VA Competency Assurance section)

Our courses run weekly and are available on both the Boeing B737NG and Airbus A320 aircraft types.

For more information see our VA Prospectus and APS MCC Career Guide 1.


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The 20-day course is challenging requiring a high level of commitment, self-discipline with some pre-course study and preparation required.

What's included?

  • 35 Hours of Theoretical Knowledge training

  • 25 Hours of pre and post flight training briefings

  • 40 Hours of type specific simulator flight training (B737NG or A320)

  • Unlimited access to tactile FMC trainers, and flight deck mock-ups

  • All courseware and manuals for your personal use

  • Competency Assurance™ from VA for complete peace of mind


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.

Book a Careers Guidance Visit with one of our Training Advisers:

Personal visits are a super way to find out more about the airline industry, APS MCC training and what it's like to train with VA Airline Training:

APS MCC now available for the Airbus A320

Installed in April 19, our brand new Airbus A320 type-specific simulator is the first and only simulator in Europe approved for APS MCC training.

The Airbus A320 aircraft type is used extensively by European airlines.  VA now offers APS MCC training courses for both the A320 and B737NG aircraft types.


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More than 300 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 offer dedicated accommodation packages costing £695 for the full three weeks. You will have a private room in a house shared with other VA trainees.

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

Course dates and fees

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

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

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

  • We currently have a limited number of places available during the next few months, so please contact us to check available dates

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

Course fee:

  • £6,900 inc VAT (£5,750 ex VAT) including Competency Assurance™

  • Payable in three equal instalments:

    Payment 1 - £2,300 (due at time of booking to secure your course place)

    Payment 2 - £2,300 (due 4 weeks before course start)

    Payment 3 - £2,300 (due 1 week before course start)

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

Competency Assurance™ from VA

Our APS MCC graduates are achieving impressive airline employment success – with over 92% of graduates to date securing employment within an average of 43 days after completing their training. This is clear testament to the success of our APS MCC training combined with the high quality of trainees, experienced instruction and resources provided at VA. 

To align all VA training courses with ICAO Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) we have introduced our new Competency Assurance™ to provide you with complete peace of mind and support during your training.

  1. Our APS MCC course has been well-designed to enable you to achieve ICAO core competencies concluding with a skills test and we are totally committed to you achieving this successful outcome:

    • If we decide that additional training is required to enable you to achieve the required competencies, additional training will be provided by VA 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 on rare occasions the APS MCC skills test standard may be beyond reach despite your best endeavours. In these circumstances we take a fair and ethical position:

    • If after receiving additional training, you are still 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 of £2,400* inc VAT.

    • 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 refund of your APS MCC fee, less a small administrative deductible of £900* inc VAT.

This unique provision of Competency Assurance™ by 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.

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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