What do you have to do to become a flight attendant?

Your question of the month in July (2015)
Lukas, 12 years old

Being a flight attendant is a particularly exciting and varied job. But what do you have to do to become a flight attendant?

The answer to this differs from airline to airline. The career as a flight attendant is namely not an officially recognised training profession. This means, there are no fixed rules for the training. We will now explain how you can become a flight attendant at Lufthansa:

First of all, you apply in the same way as for any other apprenticeship. Your school-leaving certification (A-levels or intermediate school-leaving certificate) should definitely be attached to the application! If you fulfil all of the general requirements, you can participate in an online test, which you have to pass. This is followed by a telephone interview as well. If everything fits, you will be invited to a recruitment day in Frankfurt. Among other things, an English language test and individual interviews are on the agenda to get to know you and assess you.

Those, who pass the recruitment day successfully, are then allowed to attend a 12-week training course. Here, the future flight attendants will learn everything they need to know for the job. This also includes some test flights to practice what has been learned. A medical examination also follows. After that, the flight attendants can already start their new job.

Here are some of the most important prerequisites for the apprenticeship:

  • A completed school education (A-levels or secondary school certificate)
  • Fluent in German and English
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Minimum height: 1.60 m
  • Eyesight between +/- 5 dioptres
  • Neat, well-groomed appearance
  • No visible tattoos or piercings
  • Willingness to work shifts and abroad
  • Sociability and ability to work in a team
  • Pleasure in working with people
  • Friendly nature, independent, reliability and sense of responsibility

By the way: Flight attendants with a lot of work experience can also become a "Purser". That is the boss of the flight attendants on board. You can find more information about flight attendants, their tasks and other exiting jobs here:
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