How to Become a Flight Attendant for Air Canada
Air Canada and its low-cost carrier, Air Canada Rouge, have nearly identical hiring practices and requirements for applicants. Knowing exactly what each is looking for in a flight attendant is an important first step before you apply. Once you meet their qualifications, applying is simply a matter of submitting an online form. Then, once you are interviewed, keeping their priorities in mind will help you come across as exactly the person they’re looking for.
Meet basic requirements.If you aren’t already, wait until you are 18 years old or over. Earn your high school diploma. If you didn’t finish high school, complete equivalent coursework to obtain a general education diploma (GED).
- Visit for contact information for your local GED testing center.
Obtain a Canadian passport.Visit to fill out and print an application. Make copies of all required documentation. Obtain two copies of a passport photo. Have a guarantor fill in and sign the appropriate section of the application, as well as all copies of your documentation and one passport photo. In addition to your guarantor, ask two other people to be cited as your references on your application.
- Completed applications can be submitted by mail or in person at Service Canada or Canada Post.
- Documentation, passport photos, and fees must be included with your application.
- Visit for more information about current fees and payments methods, acceptable documents, eligibility for guarantors and references, and mailing addresses.
Become fluent in more than one language.At the very least, master either English or French (preferably both). Additionally, learn at least one other language used by countries that Air Canada flies to regularly. Sought-after languages include:
Prepare to meet additional requirements.Due to the physical demands of the job, expect to have your physical health evaluated during the application process. Make sure you are in adequate shape in order to perform required tasks. Additionally, be aware that, if hired, you will have to apply for security clearance through Transport Canada.
- As a flight attendant, you will be expected to lift luggage and equipment; physically assist passengers; have strong footing and balance; be able to stand and work for long periods; be able to work at high altitudes and in a pressurized environment.
- For more information on Transport Canada’s security clearance, visit .
Plan to move if needed.You can apply for a position regardless of where you currently live. However, if you don’t already live within 90 minutes of an airport serviced by Air Canada, start considering which areas you are able to move to. Expect to be required to live nearby in order to report promptly to changes in scheduling. Cities include:
- Deer Lake
- Goose Bay
- St. John’s
Applying for a Position
Look for open positions.Regularly check Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge’s websites for job postings. Filter your search by location and position to narrow down your search.
- For Air Canada, visit .
- For Air Canada Rouge, check .
Submit an online application.On the appropriate website, follow all prompts to create a user profile. Answer the following questionnaire as directed. Upload your resume and cover letter when prompted. Sign up for emails about new job postings in case someone else is hired for the current opening. Save your profile for future use and update it as needed.
- For Air Canada, create or edit your user profile by clicking the “Create/Edit Profile” on the job listings page.
- For Air Canada Rouge, click “Join Now/Sign In” on their job search page.
Wait to be contacted.First, check your email for a confirmation that your application was successfully submitted. After that, wait for a phone call. If they decide to consider you for the position, expect a recruiter to call and conduct the first interview over the phone.
- Only candidates who are considered will be contacted by phone, so if you don’t receive a call, apply for a new position.
- If your phone interview is a success, your recruiter will provide information regarding additional interviews, events, and training.
Meeting Expectations in an Interview
Look sharp.Expect your appearance to be taken into consideration. For any in-person interviews or events, groom yourself beforehand. Exact on-the-job requirements regarding appearance will be detailed in training once you are hired, but anticipate a general desire for cleanliness and neatness.
- Check images of flight attendants posted on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge’s websites. Model yourself according to their dress, hairstyle, and grooming.
Play up past service experience.If you have already worked as a flight attendant, lead with that. If not, emphasize any previous employment that you might have in a similar service industry. Remember: even though a plane is a unique environment, your role as flight attendant is pretty similar to any on-the-ground job that involves keeping customers happy.
- Such jobs could include sales, food and hospitality, or customer service.
- Be sure to mention any that involved working with children, which is a highly prized skill for flight attendants.
Respond to key concerns.Remember that, as a flight attendant, you will be working as part of a crew in a unique environment where safety is a top concern. Emphasize your positive attitudes toward teamwork and safety. When discussing your prior work experience, highlight initiatives and other strong points touching on these areas:
- Maintaining a courteous demeanor regardless of the situation.
- Adapting to new situations quickly as they occur.
- Communicating effectively with fellow staff and customers.
- Maintaining a safe work environment.
QuestionWhat are the company's medical requirements?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTesting for Ebola, zika, West Nile and any other life-threatening and/or contagious illnesses/diseases.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the maximum age limit to be a flight attendant, and can permanent Canadian residents become flight attendants?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere are no maximumage restrictions, and for AC mainline, you have to hold a valid Canadian passport.Thanks!
QuestionCan I apply for this before graduating?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you're graduating soon and would like to have a job lined up for when you graduate, sure.Thanks!
QuestionIs there an age limit for the position of flight attendant?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAnyone over the age of 18 can apply.Thanks!
QuestionDo I need to know two of the languages that they provide?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf bilingualism is indicated as a requirement for the position in the job posting, then it is mandatory to know 2 languages.Thanks!
QuestionHow tall do I have to be to become a flight attendant?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt doesn't matter the height, but age does. You must be at least 18 to be an attendant.Thanks!
QuestionAre there any specific courses in high school I should take to become a flight attendant?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you simply must have a high school diploma, which means you need to pass all the basic courses and graduate.Thanks!
QuestionAm I able to apply if I have a record?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you have a criminal record you may not be able to apply, as AirCanada or any other airline do not trust criminals, but it depends how serious the crimes are.Thanks!
QuestionDo flight attendants have to be below a certain weight?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo -- as long as you are able to move freely along the plane without causing any trouble, then you should give the job a try.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you apply for the Air Canada training program?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou need to apply for an open position and be accepted in order to start the training program.Thanks!
136/5000 Being a permanent resident in Canada (I still do not have a passport) can I apply for a position? Or do they just hire natives?
I'm a Cameroonian of age 21. I have a high school diploma in science and speak both French and English fluently. Is it possible to apply for air attendance at Canada airline?
If I pass the interview and medical, do I get to go to the training process?
I got the phone interview, but the recruiter didn't say anything about next interview or events. Does that mean I didn't pass?
Can I have a valid Canadian passport, but not be living in Canada at the time I am applying to become a flight attendant for Air Canada?
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