ATSEP Training

Category: ATSEP training Published on Monday, 31 August 2015

A short history on the development of the ATSEP Training Manual

Until 2020, ATSEP Training is mainly being done at national ANSP level. However the need for harmonization of ATSEP training was recognized early 2000.

In 2002 Eurocontrol released their ESARR 5 (version 2) document, acknowledging that ATSEP need to have a proven competence.

roadmap from training to EU legislation

During the period of 1995 to 2004, IFATSEA with support of Eurocontrol, created the first basic training guidelines for a Common Basic Level of Technical Training for Air Traffic Safety Electronics and qualification training guidelines for a Common Qualification Level of Technical Training for Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel.


These European ATSEP training manuals were used as basis for developing a global ATSEP training manual under ICAO. In 2004, ICAO released the first version of the ATSEP Training manual Doc 7912.

In 2006, the common system training guidelines for a Common System/Equipment Rating Training for Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel, as well the  Guidelines for the Competence Assessment of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel were published.

In 2009 the basic and qualification guidelines became Eurocontrol specifications for ATSEP Common Core Content Initial Training.

On 1 March 2017, ATSEP Training and competence has become EU law through Annex XIII of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 applicable as from 2 January 2020).

 This Regulation (CIR 2017/373, laying down common requirements for providers of ATM/ANS and other ATM network functions and their oversight, Annex and repealing Regulation (EC) No 482/2008, Implementing Regulations (EU) No 1034/2011, (EU) No 1035/2011 and (EU) 2016/1377 and amending Regulation (EU) No 677/2011) contains the implementing rules for ATSEP training and competence assessment in Annex XIII (page 101 in the regulation)has been published.

To assist stakeholders to prepare for the implementation of this new Regulation, EASA has published the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material on: and

The AMCs contain the ATSEP training objectives.


In 2017 ICAO released Doc 10057 Manual on Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel Competency-based Training and Assessment, which replace Doc 7912.

ICAO doc 10057

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