Controllers under Instruction
Adequate documentation of training is necessary to measure controller progress and
evaluate training program effectiveness. An ATC Training Evaluation Report Form shall
(trainees) will be evaluated on each observed factor/element as follows:
Satisfactory observed performance meets expected performance requirements
and indicates that the trainee demonstrates the ability to work independently for
Needs improvement observed performance is acceptable at this stage of
training, but must improve in order to meet expected performance
Unsatisfactory observed performance is unsatisfactory at this stage of training.
Suggestions and recommendations for correcting each unsatisfactory
factor/element must be stated in the comment portion.
OJT instructors shall include constructive comments to enhance feedback and
summarize key points. OJT instructors shall sign the evaluation. Trainees shall be given
an opportunity to make written comments and shall also sign the evaluation.
Tape Talk Program
ATCFOs shall ensure a Tape Talk is conducted for an initial qualification trainee at 25
percent of allotted TTH/approaches and as needed thereafter. A Tape Talk for
supervisory or flight planning trainees is at the discretion of the ATCFO. Also, ATCFOs
shall establish a Tape Talk program for the purpose of periodically reviewing qualified
controllers phraseology, voice quality, and proficiency. All Tape Talks shall be
documented in the ATC Certification/Qualification Record/MPR.
Controllers shall be evaluated at least annually on each operating position qualified in
order to ensure they maintain the skill and competency to perform duties effectively and
Evaluations shall be conducted by the Training Chief, Branch Chief, or Branch
Supervisor specifically designated in writing by the ATCFO and shall be filed in the
controller s ATC Certification/Qualification Record/MPR. Also, supervisors shall be
administered a written proficiency exam. In case of an unsatisfactory evaluation, the
controller will be made aware of deficiencies and reevaluated within 30 days. If major
safety errors occurred or would have occurred without intervention and flight safety was
jeopardized, the examiner shall recommend suspension of the rating or position
qualification pending further action. Failure of the controller to be evaluated annually
shall result in a lapse of currency, and the controller shall not work the position until all
requirements of an annual evaluation are satisfied.