What Qualifications do I need?

To apply for an Engineer Technician apprenticeship, you need to:

  • Be aged between 16 and 30 (up to 36 if applying for Cyberspace Communications Specialist)
  • Have GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above, or SNE equivalent grade 5 or above in English Language, Mathematics and should have an approved science/technology-based subject
  • Be a UK or Republic of Ireland citizen or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

How long does the application process take?

We aim to have applications successfully completed within three months. This is subject to the availability of your specific training courses.


APPLICATION FORM: The first part of the application process is to fill in an application form to join the RAF. This form asks for your personal details and information about any qualifications and work experience you may have.

APTITUDE TESTS: You’ll do multiple-choice tests to assess your verbal, numerical and reasoning ability, short-term memory, ability to perform tasks quickly and accurately, and understanding of basic electrical and mechanical principles. To prepare you for the test, we’ll give you a booklet called ‘Joining the RAF – Your Next Steps’ that will explain fully what to expect.

INTERVIEW: This is a formal interview with an RAF Sergeant or Corporal. It takes between 30 and 45 minutes and there are no trick questions. It’s a chance to get to know one another, to make sure you’ll fit in with the RAF way of life.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT: This is to check if you have the right level of medical and physical fitness to join the RAF. The standard is high, so the examination is very thorough and it is common for people to have more than one assessment.

SPECIALIST ASSESSMENTS: For some apprenticeships there are further specialist tests and interviews you will have to pass, to check you have the right skills and aptitude.

FORMAL OFFER OF SERVICE: If you’ve been successful, we’ll invite you to a final interview at the AFCO and, if all goes well, we’ll make you a formal offer of service

RAF Engineering

The Royal Air Force of today is the most technologically advanced it has ever been. To keep us at the cutting edge of technology we are looking for bright, enthusiastic people to join our team.

As an apprentice in the RAF you will gain a professional qualification and have a guaranteed job in your chosen field once you’ve completed it. Find out more now.

Please note, we are currently reviewing all listed recruitment opportunities due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and will be updating the Time To Apply information soon.

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