7. Determine Your Reserve Status
After receiving their certification from the FAA, prospective flight attendants must first complete a reserve period before beginning their careers. It is standard procedure to rely on flight attendants who have been assigned to reserve status in order to cover call-off shifts when they are needed.
After approximately one year of good performance, flight attendants have the opportunity to have their reserve status removed from their employment status. Because of this, flight attendants now have the opportunity to work shifts that are more desirable, even if they have to move away from their home airport to do so.
After completing the training required by your airline, you’ll need to get FAA certification. For new flight attendants who have shown proficiency in key areas of their new hire training, the director of operations can apply to gain certification through the FAA Air Transportation Standards Office for a Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency from the FAA. A flight attendant has to be tested regularly to show that they are still good at their job.