4.1 Practical Examination Regulation

Category: Divisional ATC Policy | Middle East Division Policy


Controller Practical Examination Policy – Revision 2020/07

2nd of July 2020

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Distribution and Scope
This policy is for all current Instructors, Senior Instructors, and Examiners looking to perform a controller practical examination. This policy is in line with the VATSIM Middle East Divisional Policy which can be viewed here: http://vatame.vatme.net/policy/130

Exclusion of Liability
This document is for use on the VATSIM Network only and should never be used for real-world use. The information published by the Middle East Division within this document is made available without warranty of any kind.


SECTION 1 | VATSIM Middle East Policy Range

This policy is for all current Instructors, Senior Instructors, and Examiners looking to perform a controller practical examination. This policy is in line with the VATSIM Middle East Divisional Policy which can be viewed here: http://vatame.vatme.net/policy/130

1.1 Ratification

This policy is in effect as of the 2nd of July 2020

1.2 Purpose

VATME's goal is to bring members quality ATC training within their vACCs as well as provide fair examination guidelines on how these should be performed. This policy is to set some basic guidelines in how we choose these members to go up further in their VATSIM career.

VATME or VATSIM Members do not need to be a professional pilot nor a real-life Air Traffic Controller. The VATSIM network is a learning environment for everyone interested in Flight Simulator and Air Traffic Control. It is the task of all members, vACCs, Divisions, and Regions to make this possible.

VATME members are not expected to learn what is needed to become a real-world pilot or an Air Traffic Controller by this network solely. VATSIM was created to bring the communities who are interested in Flight Simulation and Air Traffic Control together. VATSIM is not an institution for real-world careers.

VATSIM Members use the network in their spare time. All VATSIM related services are organized and given by VATSIM Members. Therefore, they reflect the ability of members who donate their time and passion. We are a group of hobbyists and our services will reflect this.

SECTION 2 | Introduction

2.1 About the Examination

Controller Practical Examinations or called CPTs, in short, are done to test the practical aspect of a student going for their next rating. This is an essential part of the end of a student’s rating training.

2.2 Global Ratings Policy

Students going for their next rating are required to meet the competencies as outlined in the VATSIM Global Ratings Policy. The VATSIM Global Ratings Policy can be found here: https://www.vatsim.net/documents/global-ratings-policy

SECTION 3 | Examination Regulations

3.1 Basic Examination Rules

  • ATC Examinations shall focus on the respective ATC rating competencies which are described in the GRP.

  • The examination can be performed either in a simulated environment (Sweatbox) or on the network. Although it is encouraged to perform the examinations on the network.

  • The examination should have a minimum duration of 60 minutes however it should not exceed 120 minutes.

  • Examiners may ask other stations or pilots to perform certain procedures to challenge the candidate during his examination.

  • Examiners are not allowed to influence other stations or pilots to create a conflict for the candidate.

  • Examiners shall guard the candidate from unrealistic and exceeded abnormal procedures by pilots.

  • Examiners can cancel the examination if it is obvious that the candidate cannot handle the traffic safely anymore and that would result in failure.

  • Examiners can question the candidate after the session if certain competencies could not be examined due to missing requests/traffic.

  • After an examination, a debriefing is required with the candidate.

  • The VATME Examination document must be filled by the examiner for future reference after each examination. This should be sent when filing an exam report on the VATAME HQ System.

  • Each vACC can run its own Examination Sheet alongside the Divisional Exam Sheet. The vACC exam sheet can be used to set the score for ‘Local Procedures’ section of the Divisional Exam Sheet

NOTE: the following ones above are general guidelines that shall lead to a better examination standard within VATME.

3.2 Additional Examination Regulations

The following below are required in every controller practical examination that will be happening within the Middle East. This is done to standardize the process so that every member has an equal opportunity during their examination.

     3.2.1 Top-Down Requirement

This has also been added to challenge the student more in cases where traffic levels will be above average. This will add up to the scoring sheet in which they will be graded for in how they can handle their situation awareness in different positions. The following criteria will be used:

  • Candidates going for their S2 rating are required to control Delivery (DEL), Ground (GND) and Tower (TWR).

  • Candidates going for their S3 rating are required to control Tower (TWR), Departure (DEP) and Approach (APP).

  • Candidates going for their C1 rating are required to control Departure (DEP), Approach (APP) and Center (CTR).

NOTE: For candidates going for their C1 rating in Tehran (OIIX), Jeddah (OEJD), U.A.E (OMAE) and Cairo (HECC) FIRs are exempted from this rule due to the immense airspace coverage.

​​​​​​​     3.2.2 Examiner Requirement

Controller Practical Examinations for S3 and above will require a local examiner (vACC Examiner) and a divisional examiner. This is done to have two scores that can then be compared together and calculate a final score based on the performance of the student according to the VATSIM Global Ratings Policy. In such cases there will always be a local examiner. The divisional examiner before the examination has to be briefed by the local examiner on what they would expect from the student as well as a basic run through of the local procedures if not aware.

Examiners must not be the mentor / instructor that the student originally trained with. It must always be someone else other than the mentor / instructor the member has trained with. This can be waived by permission from the VATME ATC Department, if the vACC does not have enough mentors/instructors.

The local examiner has the final say on the outcome of the examination.

SECTION 4 | Examiners

4.1 Type of Examiners

     4.1.1 Local Examiner (vACC Examiner)

Local examiners are chosen by the local vACC. Local examiners must be either an instructor or a mentor (with the approval of the local vACC ATC Department) within their local vACC. They must have a rating minimum of C1 and a sign-off up to their current rating. 

​​​​​​​     4.1.2 Divisional Examiner

Divisional examiners are chosen by the VATME ATC Department. Divisional examiners can examine anywhere in the Middle East where required / when needed. Divisional examiners must hold at least an instructor rating within their local vACC. Before a member is added to the divisional examiner roster the vACC Director as well as the vACC ATC Director must give their permission for the member to be added. 

​​​​​​​    4.1.3 Examiner Roster

VATSIM Middle East keeps an updated examiner roster which can be found here: Click Here!

SECTION 5 | Examination Request & Publication

​​​​​​​5.1 Requesting an Examination

vACC ATC Training Staff are required to send a minimum 2 weeks’ notice to the VATME ATC Department ([email protected]) with the candidates proposed dates and times as well as the local vACC examiner that will be present. This is to find a suitable divisional examiner that fits within the requested period.

If the division is unable to appoint a divisional examiner within 1 week from the vACC notice, the CPT should be postponed for a maximum of 3 weeks, with the new date being set mutually between the vACC and VATME ATC department.

If the division is once again unable to provide a Divisional Examiner within three weeks from the original CPT date, the vACC can proceed with running the CPT without a divisional examiner.

​​​​​​​5.2 Publication of Examination

Controller Practical Examinations are required to be posted minimum 2 weeks before the date of the examination, practical examinations are to be posted as a separate event (It is recommended to do the examinations outside of events so that you can test the student fully on his own). It is recommended to be posted on all VATSIM Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Forums and such.

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