Build Your Future as a Flight Attendant
Cypress College has been successfully training flight attendants since 1967. Our students work for all of the major airlines throughout the world. You will receive important tips from industry professionals about how to be successful in the competitive hiring process and in the Federal Aviation Administration’s mandated training. The instructors will help you advance your career as you learn about airline terminology and operations, passenger service and safety, Federal Aviation Regulations, cultural tourism, travel resources, security, international documentation, first aid, CPR/AED, and emergency procedures.
Our three primary goals are:
- To prepare you to be successful in the competitive hiring process
- To prepare you to pass the rigorous training requirements and FAA exams
- To provide college credit toward certificates, degrees, and transfer that will prepare you for career advancement opportunities
Frequently Asked Questions
The options include the Flight Attendant Basic and Advanced Certificates and an Associate in Science Degree. Students may also choose to dual major in areas such as airline customer service or flight attendant and then apply some of their coursework to the management degree as well. Students with degrees in other fields or significant prior education and customer service experience may want to choose the basic certificate. Current flight attendants seeking to earn a degree may also receive credit for up to 12 units toward an advanced certificate or degree. Contact the Department Coordinator for additional information. All courses are degree applicable and transferable to a four-year university.
You may attend full-time or part-time. Full-time students typically take between 12 and 18 units per semester. Basic Certificates (18 units) can be earned in one to two semesters, Advanced Certificates (35 units) in two to three semesters, and AS Degrees (60 units) in two years. Courses are offered on campus, online, during the day and in the evenings.
The program is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is 3 units per course. Unit fees for a basic 18-unit certificate would be $828; a 35-unit advanced certificate would be $1,610; and a 60-unit associate degree would be $2,760. Most students also qualify for some financial aid.
Flight attendant, $50,500 median annual salary. Flight attendants often move into other areas in the airline, including airline customer service, training, labor relations, and management.
Graduates work in all of the major airlines, including Alaska, American, Cathay Pacific, Compass, Delta, Emirates, JetBlue, SkyWest, Southwest, United, and more.
- Flight Attendant Basic Certificate = 18 units (1-2 semesters)
- Flight Attendant Advanced Certificate = 35 units (2-3 semesters)
- Flight Attendant Associate in Science Degree = 60 units (2 years)
There are no academic prerequisites to begin this program; however, there are job requirements that you should review before you begin your coursework. Some of the job requirements are specific and limiting; for example, if you want to be a flight attendant, and a commuter airline says you cannot be taller than 5’9″ and you are 5’10”, then you will not receive an offer for employment because that particular airline operates smaller aircraft and you would be constantly hitting your head. You may also need to pass a physical exam and a 10-year background check, and you may need a U.S. Passport. There are additional requirements such as the need to wear a uniform within specified guidelines such as conservative hairstyles and no visible tattoos. While each airline will have unique requirements, you may want to investigate your options or talk privately to the department coordinator if you have any personal concerns or questions.
Captain Ed Valdez, Department Coordinator
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