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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Air Traffic Control Certificate

Location(s): Catonsville, Online

Important Information

Short Description

The Air Traffic Control Certificate provides a strong foundation and understanding of Air Traffic Control operations.

Type of Credential

Credit Certificate

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Aviation Program Faculty:

CCBC Catonsville, Professor Doug Williams
443-840-5498 or

CCBC Catonsville, Professor Chris Komsa
443-840-4209 or

CCBC Catonsville, Assistant Professor Joe Eichelberger
443-840-4463 or

CCBC Catonsville, Instructor Joel Matthiesen
443-840-3351 or

Contact the Aviation Technology Department
443-840-4157 or or Schedule an online or in-person meeting

Additional Information:

  • FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program
  • FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative program
  • FAA approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification program
  • FAA approved for Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP)
  • Designated Statewide Programs include only the credit certificates and the Flight Operations Management degree.
  • Students considering applying for this program should read the information available on the CCBC Aviation Technology website at
  • Flight Training courses approved under FAA Part 141.
  • Some Aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Aviation Technology, see Departmental Exam and Articulated Credit by Industry/Apprenticeship. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements (There are no program specific agreements currently.)


CCBC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland. If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the CCBC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state. If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, click here .

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Please contact the program coordinator for a suggested schedule starting in the Spring semester.

Courses Needed for This Program*

Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 18*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.


Program Description

The Air Traffic Control certificate is designed to prepare students for employment as Air Traffic Control support specialists working in airport control towers, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities, and Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC).  These professionals are also qualified to work in an airport, corporate, government, or airline flight operations center.  

Students considering applying for this program should read the information available on the CCBC website at

Some aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Program Outcomes

Educational Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  1. Successfully complete the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control-Basics course requirements.
  2. Be qualified for employment with air traffic control facilities, regional and major airlines, corporate flight departments, charter or cargo operators, fixed based operators, aviation training centers, or with a government agency or military service.
  3. Be qualified for employment for non-aviation positions available with other transportation related services, law enforcement, or other federal, state and local agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, graduates will be able to:

  1. demonstrate leadership, teamwork, managerial, and organizational skills within the aviation industry;
  2. analyze and assess airline and corporate flight operations, government regulations, and safety and environmental concerns to plan and implement appropriate strategic and tactical business methodologies;
  3. measure the impact of global competition and security issues on the U.S. aviation industry, identify progressive actions to overcome these issues, and utilize technology to enhance efficiency and competitiveness;
  4. respond to changing paradigms and unique challenges associated with a culturally diverse workforce; and
  5. speak and write effectively for professional business communication in the aviation industry.