Origin of NGAP

The NGAP initiatives were launched to ensure that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system. This is critical as a large contingent of the current generation of aviation professionals will retire, access to affordable training and education is increasingly problematic, and aviation competes with other industry sectors for highly skilled professionals. The lack of harmonized competencies in some aviation disciplines and a lack of awareness by the “next generation” of the types of aviation jobs available further compounds the problem




  • In the next 20 years, airlines will have to add 25,000 new aircraft to the current 17,000-strong commercial fleet
  • By 2026, we will need 480,000 new technicians to maintain these aircraft and over 350,000 pilots to fly them
  • Between 2005 and 2015, 73% of the American air traffic controller population is eligible for retirement

Main Objectives

In 2009, ICAO established the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Taskforce, consisting of 29 representatives from industry, education and training providers, regulatory bodies and international organizations. Near-term objectives are to: inventory human resources planning data; identify and support initiatives to reach out to the next generation; and, find ways to harmonize training regulations. The Task Force will also support initiatives relating to the next generation of aviation professionals.

Where We Stand

Looking ahead, the following are planned:
  • By the end of 2015, the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Task Force will complete the development of competencies for Air Traffic Controllers and Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel.
  • In 2016, training manuals for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEPs) will be  made available.  ICAO will work with its partners to develop workshops to assist with the implementation of competency   based training.
  • By the 39th Assembly in September 2016, an updated ICAO Document forecasting the need of aviation professionals around the world will be completed.  


Along with all aviation training stakeholders, ICAO is committed to creating an environment that will allow the next generation to lead in the development of aviation’s future. This includes maintaining active lines of communication with the students as the Next Generation of Aviation professionals.