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The Civil Aviation Authority Aviation Training Institute (formerly "Centre") in Trinidad and Tobago was established in June 1963, as a joint project between the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Its main purpose is to provide Air Traffic Services Training for Trinidad and Tobago and other Eastern Caribbean States desiring such training.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, initially provided instructors while the building and other facilities were supplied by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Civil Aviation Division, as it was then called,  provided training for the local personnel and in 1972 accepted total responsibility for the administration of the Center. At that time, ICAO withdrew the last of its personnel from the project.

The original role of the Training Institute was to provide training in the field of Air Traffic Services and other related areas as required to support Air Traffic Services in Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean States. This role has been expanded under the Civil Aviation Authority to include  Aviation Security, Flight Safety training and additional courses of training and seminars in associated disciplines.


Students from the following countries have been trained:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Netherland Antilles, The Turks and Caicos Islands  and of course, Trinidad and Tobago.

From its inception in 1963 to the year 2001, the Institute has conducted twenty-nine 'Ab initio' training courses in Air Traffic Control, three in Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) and one in Automatic Message Switching Techniques and Supervisory Management and has so far graduated 450 Air Traffic Controllers and more than 30 Aeronautical Information Services Officers from 19 Caribbean States.

Refresher Training is also customized for and provided from time to time to both local and regional air traffic controllers.


The CAA continues to provide quality instructor training to its training personnel. These instructors are themselves Air Traffic Control Graduates of the Institute and have acquired extensive experience at our International Airports. The staff has also been trained as Radar Instructors and the CATC is now in a position to offer Radar Training to other regional States.

The basic ATS Course itself, although reduced somewhat in content from the original 9 months to a shorter course of 6 months, is still very intense.