Joining instructions - Canadian Forces Aircrew Selection Centre

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Section one: Mission

The mission of the Canadian Forces Aircrew Selection Centre (CFASC) is to select military aircrew who have the aptitude to successfully lead, plan, and execute the application of Aerospace Power across the full spectrum of military operations; from domestic peacetime support to full combat operations abroad.


All Pilot, Aerospace Control Officer (AEC), and Air Combat Systems Officer (ACSO) candidates must attend aircrew selection at the CFASC, located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB)/ 8 Wing Trenton, and meet the minimum standards on the aircrew selection testing for which they are applying.  All candidates will be tested for all three occupations. Candidates are encouraged to arrive at CFASC well-rested, alert, and healthy, as the aircrew selection testing is cognitively demanding.

Section two: Preparation

The computer based aptitude testing involves the measurement of a candidate’s abilities in a number of cognitive domains that have been linked to job and training success specific to the occupation(s) of choice. Such domains include strategic task management, perceptual processing, short term memory and capacity, spatial reasoning, symbolic reasoning, central information processing, and psychomotor abilities.  Each cognitive domain includes a number of aptitude tests specific to that domain. Such aptitude tests include measures of the following abilities (see the Aircrew Selection Testing – Candidate Guide for more detailed information):

  1. Simple mental math (division, subtraction, multiplication and addition)
  2. Problem solving (time/speed/distance formula and fuel consumption)
  3. Short term memory (digit and letter recall)
  4. Estimation of angles and bearings
  5. Multi-tasking
  6. Aircraft instrument comprehension
  7. Spatial reasoning (interpreting 3D from 2D representations and vice versa)
  8. Reasoning/logic (systems)
  9. Psychomotor ability (hand-eye-foot and hand-eye coordination)
  10. Vigilance, attention to detail, and situational awareness

All candidates must read the Candidate Guide and watch the video at the following links:

Section three: Standards and requirements

While at CFASC

Candidates attending aircrew selection should treat this assessment process as an extension of the job interview. As such, all candidates, regardless of entry plan, will wear smart casual civilian clothing (no rips/holes). The following items of clothing are NOT permitted during working hours:  Gym clothes, shorts, t‑shirts, flip‑flops or sandals. Flat‑soled footwear is highly recommended. CFASC is a scent free environment; cologne and perfume are NOT permitted.  

Off-duty hours

There will be a minimal amount of free time for candidates while at CFASC, candidates are expected to maintain a professional manner both on and off the base.

Additional Items

Candidates are also encouraged to bring toiletries in addition to their civilian clothing.  Fitness gear is optional. It is recommended that candidates bring an extra upper layer of clothing (ex. long sleeve shirt, sweater, etc.), as the testing lab is temperature controlled and some may find it cool.

Required Documents

As CFASC is located on a Canadian Forces (CF) base, all candidates must be in possession of a photo ID to access certain areas.

Candidates MUST be in possession of non-medical face masks. Candidates will wear a mask at all times while onboard military transportation and at designated times throughout the testing process.

All candidates must be issued a travel claim by their unit or recruiting centre. This is their authority for undertaking travel as aircrew candidates. It also makes it possible for the CFASC Clerk to amend their travel arrangements if required (this cannot be done if candidates do not bring a travel claim with them to Trenton).

Section four: Travel instructions

Using the financial coding provided on the course loading message, please book candidate according to one of the following categories:

1.  Flight

Flights to Toronto should be booked for the Sunday (Saturday for candidates travelling from BC) [A serial] or Tuesday (Monday for candidates travelling from BC) [B serial] preceding selection. Return flights shall be booked no earlier than 1800hrs Tuesday [A serial] or Thursday [B serial].

Candidates should reserve their own one-way transportation (Toronto to Trenton) on-line or by phone, prior to arriving at Toronto Airport.

Military transportation will be provided between off base accommodation and CFASC. Candidates will not be permitted to board the bus without a non-medical face mask.

Military transportation will also be provided for the return trip to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Candidates will not be permitted to board the bus without a non-medical face mask.

Web-Links – Toronto Pearson International Airport to Trenton

Ontario Coachway:


*Candidates must read the COVID-19 policy of their selected civilian transportation provider and abide by this policy.*

**Please Note – Candidates who travel with Megabus need to be at minimum of 17 years old **

2.  Train / bus

Candidates should purchase a round-trip train ticket to Belleville station or a round-trip bus ticket to Trenton. Return tickets shall be booked no earlier than 1400hrs on Tuesday [A serial] or Thursday [B serial]. Candidates will need to arrange a taxi for travel between Belleville or Trenton stations and their accommodations off base.

*Candidates must read the COVID-19 policy of their selected civilian transportation provider and abide by this policy.*

3.  Private motor vehicle (PMV)

Candidates will be free to leave after completion of CFASC screening and debrief.

4.  Rental vehicle

Rental vehicles are not authorized.

Section five: Accomodations and meals


Candidates will book their own accommodation from:

Comfort Inn Trenton
68 Monogram Place
Trenton, ON K8V 6S3

Reservations must be completed by the Wednesday preceding the serial in order to ensure availability. Advise that you are attending Aircrew Selection.

Hotels costs will be reimbursed. Any incidentals or damages incurred by the candidate will be paid for by the candidate.

Candidates under the age of 21: Hotel reservation will need to be completed by a parent or guardian. Additionally, a credit card authorization form provided by Comfort Inn MUST be completed and submitted to Comfort Inn for any incidentals or damages. Request the form when making your reservation.

All aircrew selection candidates are to pick up a welcome package from the Comfort Inn Trenton reception desk upon check-in. All aircrew selection candidates, regardless of rank, will be provided similar accommodations.


Candidates will purchase their own breakfast and dinner on Day 1; and breakfast, lunch (in most cases) and dinner on Day 2. Please keep all receipts for reimbursement. A boxed lunch (vegetarian available) will be provided for lunch at CFASC on Day 1. Additionally, a boxed lunch will be provided to those taking the shuttle to Pearson Airport on Day 2.

Coffee will not be available onsite. Please bring your own water bottle to refill.

Section six: Selection schedule

Day 1

Morning - Testing

Candidates will present themselves in the Comfort Inn Trenton Lobby at 0650hrs where they will be met by a CFASC representative. Candidates will complete a COVID-19 analysis prior to boarding the bus. Candidates will wear a non-medical mask at all times while utilizing Wing Transport, and when entering the CFASC building. Candidates will be instructed when they can remove their non-medical masks. Upon arrival at CFASC, candidates will receive instruction on both COVID-19 mitigation measures and CFASC testing procedures.

The aircrew selection testing generally takes approximately 8 hours to complete, and includes testing for the Pilot, AEC, and ACSO occupations. The first 4 hours are completed on the morning of Day 1.

Afternoon- Realistic Job Preview (RJP)

To gain exposure to the Air Operations occupations of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), RJPs of the Pilot, ACSO and AEC occupations are presented to all candidates. The day will conclude at approximately 1400hrs and return transportation to off base accommodations will be provided.

Candidates are highly encouraged to prepare their own questions for the question and answer portion of the RJP.

Day 2

Morning - Testing

The bus will depart the Comfort Inn Trenton at 0650hrs on Day 2.

The second half of the aircrew selection testing takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Upon completion of the testing, candidates will be counselled on their test performance.

Morning - Anthropometrics

Successful pilot candidates will undergo anthropometric (body) measurements at CFASC to determine suitability for RCAF aircraft cockpits.

Afternoon – Departure

Wing Transportation will be provided to off base accommodations and onwards to Pearson Airport for those whom require it.

Section seven: Contact numbers

Candidates will contact CFASC by the Wednesday preceding the serial in order to confirm the accommodation and travel arrangements that they have booked.

CFASC Orderly Room: 613-392-2811 ext 7401 [Monday-Friday / 0800-1600hrs]

*Emergency* – CFB Trenton Duty Watch Officer: 613-392-2811 ext 2232 [after-hours]

Map of 8 Wing Trenton


  1. Accomodations Office
  2. Yukon Lodge, 185 Hercules St
  3. All ranks dining facility (Yukon Galley) 
  4. Candian Forces Aircrew Selection Centre
  5. Recreation centre
  6. Wing hospital/dental
  7. Outdoor pool
  8. Tennis courts
  9. CANEX south
  10. Chapel
  11. Indoor pool
  12. CANEX
  13. Credit union
  14. RCAF Flyers arena
  15. RCAF Memorial Museum