Selection Process

Welcome to the dedicated site for this programme's selection process. Here you can find all the details & information regarding this programme as well as the online application form.

Iberia Airline First Officer Programme

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for entering the Iberia AFOP (Airline First Officer Programme application website. Before you apply via the online application form shown below, please make sure that you familiarise yourself with the Mentored scheme by reading the information provided below.

Selection process information

Terms and conditions.

Welcome to the Iberia AFOP, a mentored airline pilot programme and ATPL course run in collaboration with FTEJerez. I am Jorge Vilar García-Talavera, Head of Training at Iberia and charged by the airline to assist with the hiring and training of its flight deck crews.

The Iberia AFOP is a Mentored Scheme that has been developed with our training partner, FTEJerez, to provide a source of quality preselected pilots to crew our aircraft. You will undertake training under the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) route to the right-hand seat of our aircraft. The course has been specifically designed to teach you all of the key elements necessary for you to successfully transition to an Iberia flight deck.

During your training in Jerez, your progress will be mentored throughout the course by Iberia and as the final phase of this course, students will undergo an A320 Type Rating with Iberia’s selected provider.

Selection for the Iberia AFOP will follow the standard format and battery of tests FTEJerez conducts for other airline mentored schemes. The top candidates will be offered positions on courses commencing training at Jerez in the first months of 2019.

May I take this opportunity to wish you every success with your application and the selection process.

Jorge Vilar García-Talavera

Head of Training

The Iberia AFOP is a Mentored Airline Pilot Scheme, which is well-established as an FTEJerez programme for low-hour entry to partner airlines. This is a great opportunity for people who want to join a leading airline which is the Spanish flag carrier, the most punctual airline in the industry and one of the most longstanding airlines in the World.

We are looking for high calibre, well-motivated individuals who are keen to be part of our team.

To be eligible for this scheme you must hold at least high school qualifications (Bachillerato or equivalent), and have achieved access to University (EvAU or equivalent) although a University Degree will be highly valued. Candidates must also speak Spanish at a native/ICAO 6 level and hold at least a B2 English proficiency or equivalent. It is not necessary to hold a formal evaluation or certificates as FTEJerez will directly assess language competencies.

If successful, you will have to fund the ‘Airline First Officer Programme’, FTE’s renowned integrated ATPL course. The price for the AFOP is 117,000€ and is inclusive of the following:

  • Full-board accommodation (3 meals a day)
  • FTEJerez cadet uniform (except shoes)
  • 1st attempt, ground and flying EASA exams
  • Renewal of the EASA Class One Medical
  • All training material
  • Landing and navigation fees
  • No additional accommodation charge in the unlikely event of delay in training due to adverse weather
  • VAT

The candidate will also have to fund an Airbus 320 Type Rating provided by Iberia’s TR supplier.

Please bear in mind the course start dates (early 2019) when considering the funds you will require in time to commence training. FTEJerez has partnerships with a number of Spanish banks. Please visit for further details.

Throughout the training, the Iberia cadet’s performance will not only be monitored by FTE’s training team, but there will also be an oversight by Iberia’s assigned Liaison Pilot and Head of Training.

If successful throughout the training at FTEJerez and First Officer positions available, no further selection will be required by Iberia and you will flow straight onto the A320 type rating course.

With over 130 destinations in nearly 50 different countries and a modern fleet of mainly Airbus aircraft, there are great opportunities for career progression within the airline.

Candidates will be able to apply as from the 14th May.

When applying, you will be required to create a user name and password. With this information, you will be given access to a personal Candidate Area, where you can complete your application.

Should you meet the initial criteria you will be given access to a series of questions that must be answered from your Candidate Area within the specified period.

Should your application be successful in progressing to the next phase you will be required to travel, at your own expense, to FTE’s campus in Jerez de la Frontera. Currently, these one-day selection dates will take place during the month of September.

This selection will include aptitude tests, a group exercise and an evidence based interview. Candidates invited to this phase will receive pre-test guidance material in order to prepare for the assessments.

The final element of the selection process will be an airline interview with Iberia which will take place at the airline's headquarters in Madrid, Spain. The date for this one-day selection phase will be arranged with the candidate.

Throughout the selection process you will be advised as to whether or not your application has been progressed to the next stage. Please note that emails will not be sent and that you must visit your personal candidate area for these updates.

Due to the large number of applications expected, neither Iberia nor FTEJerez will be in a position to provide individual detailed feedback on your performance.

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Please note that should you not hold official certificates, you may provide us with a self-assessment of your language skills. FTEJerez will run language assessments as part of the selection process.

Please note that should you be currently undergoing formal education, you should fill in the degree you will have completed by the course start date, i.e. if you are currently undertaking Bachillerato studies, you should fill the field below with that information.

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