Do you need a Jet Orientation Course (JOC)?

Absolutely, unreservedly the answer is NO!

A Jet Orientation Course (JOC) is a nice to have, not a must have.

A JOC is akin to a micro-type rating, in that you receive X hours of groundschool about jet flying and procedures etc, and Z hours of flight simulator time which may be full flight simulator time depending on the training provider.

It is important to note that there is nothing taught that you couldn’t learn yourself with a bit of effort. The only difference with a JOC is that you will be out several thousand pounds and have a crappy little piece of paper that means nothing.

Recently I saw an advertisement for a pilot apprentice position with Jet2 which stipulated the requirement for a JOC as an application qualifier.

Such a requirement is unreasonable due to the fact that the JOC course is not a mandatory qualification to act as flight crew, costs thousands of pounds and suffers from the same currency problems as every other course. Those that have completed a JOC do not undertake any recurrency training and would have to pay again (yes…thousands of pounds) for the privilege.

Quite frankly requiring a JOC, as a minimum requirement, is bordering on discrimination and potentially falling foul of the Equality Act 2010.

So what is the point? Most likely the prospect of extorting more money from applicants for no other reason than to show some form of indication of training ability. However such a course should only be required on offer of a job and prior to a type rating, if any need exists which is highly doubtful in any event.

Save the money, for the type rating you are going to have to fork out for anyway, thanks to the subjects of another article, and hopefully this Neanderthal requirement will go away eventually.

However if you’re happy to spend thousands of pounds on some Conquerer toilet paper of the JOC variety then go right ahead.