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Medical Certificate Requirements

All students planning to attend flight training through CCBC are required to hold a 2nd class medical certificate from an FAA approved physician. You can find an approved medical examiner in your area by searching at

FAA Minimum Standard Guidelines for Hire 

A candidate shall be removed from the FAA fast track hiring if he/she admits to any of the following:

  • Any arrests, charges, convictions or incarcerations within the last 5 years
  • Any drug-related arrests, regardless of when they occurred
  • More than one arrest, regardless of when they occurred
  • Any discharge from employment or resignation after being told she/he would be fired, within the last 5 years
  • Any discharge from employment involving drug or alcohol use, or a question of the candidate’s integrity, regardless of when it occurred
  • Does not meet medical requirements (see below) 

VISION STANDARDS - Applicants for terminal and center specialist positions must demonstrate distant and near vision of 20/20 or better in each eye separately.  If glasses or contact lenses are required, refractive error in each eye separately which exceeds plus or minus 5.50 diopters of spherical equivalent or 3.00 diopters of cylinder is disqualifying.  Applicants for flight service station positions must demonstrate distant and near vision of 20/20 or better in at least one eye.  All applicants must demonstrate normal color vision (without the use of x-chrome lenses) on the test administered by the examining physician.

HEARING STANDARDS - You must demonstrate, by audiometry, no hearing loss in either ear of more than 25 decibels in the 500, 1000, and 2000 HZ ranges and no more than 20-decibel loss in the better ear using ISO or ANSI standards.

CARDIOVASCULAR STANDARDS - You must have no medical history of any form of heart disease.  Blood pressure over 140/90 is disqualifying for ages 20-29.  Anyone requiring medication for treatment of high blood pressure will be disqualified.

NEUROLOGICAL STANDARDS - Applicants must have no medical history of clinical diagnosis of a convulsive disorder (e.g. epilepsy) or a disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory medical explanation of the cause, or be under treatment, including preventive, or any condition of the nervous system.

PSYCHIATRIC STANDARDS - Any medical history or clinical diagnosis of a psychosis, or neurosis, will be disqualifying.

GENERAL MEDICAL STANDARDS - A history or diagnosis of diabetes mellitus will be disqualifying.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE - A history of substance dependency, including alcohol, narcotic and non-narcotic drugs, will be extensively investigated since illegal substance use, including marijuana (on and off duty), and alcohol abuse (on and off duty) are both incompatible with employment as an air traffic controller.

Please contact the FAA Regional Medical Division for more specific information.