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Here's your roadmap to finishing your University degree faster with PLR credits from the Control Tower Operator (CTO) certification or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Credential with Tower Rating.

How many college credits is it worth?

The most current University review identified up to 60 credit(s) in course equivalencies at Thomas Edison State University for successfully completing the Control Tower Operator (CTO) certification or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Credential with Tower Rating. A student's credit eligibility is determined according to the submission of appropriate documentation as well as the documented date of successful certification completion. If you completed your certification outside the effective dates listed in the following table, check the notes below the table for any reference to an earlier University review.

The certification components have been divided into the following courses:
(TIP: Hover over each column heading for a description)

TESU Course
Effective Dates
For Staff Use
Fundamentals of Speech3COM-108012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
College Algebra3MAT-121012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Introduction to Meteorology3EAS-131112/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Aviation Weather3AVF-203012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Intro Aerodynamics3AVF-282012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Intro to Navigation3AVF-208012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Navigation II3AVF-209012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Federal Air Regulations for ATC3ATC-203012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Radar Operations Fundamentals3ATC-231012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Communications Procedures3ATC-233012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Air Traffic Control Computing System3ATC-351012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Flight Assistance Service3ATC-311012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Airport Traffic Control3ATC-312012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Enroute Traffic Control3ATC-313012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Facilities Operation & Mgmt3ATC-314012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Flight Safety3ATC-321012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Aviation Safety3AVF-303012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Air Navigation Aids3ATC-331012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Pilot Weather Briefing3ATC-341012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
Intro to Computing in Aviation3ATC-251012/1/2023-7/31/2028 FAA.TWR
TESU Course
Effective Dates
For Staff Use
Federal Air Regulations3ATC-20302/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Radar Operations Fundamentals3ATC-23102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Communications Procedures3ATC-23302/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Intro to Computing in Aviation3ATC-25102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Flight Assistance Service3ATC-31102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Airport Traffic Control3ATC-31202/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Enroute Traffic Control3ATC-31302/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Facilities Operation & Mgmt3ATC-31402/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Flight Safety3ATC-32102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Aviation Safety3AVF-30302/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Air Navigation Aids3ATC-33102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Pilot Weather Briefing3ATC-34102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Air Traffic Control Computing System3ATC-35102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Navigation I3AVF-20802/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Navigation II3AVF-20902/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Intro Aerodynamics3AVF-28202/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Fundamentals of Speech3COM-10802/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Introduction to Meteorology3EAS-13102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Aviation Weather3AVF-20302/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
College Algebra3MAT-12102/2011-11/2023 FAA.ATC
Enroute Rating
TESU Course
Effective Dates
For Staff Use
Aviation Safety3AVF-30308/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Intro Flight Assistance Servic3ATC-21108/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Intro Airport Traffic Control3ATC-21208/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Intro Enroute Traffic Control3ATC-21308/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Flight Assistance Service3ATC-31108/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Airport Traffic Control3ATC-31208/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Enroute Traffic Control3ATC-31308/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Facilities Operation & Mgmt3ATC-31408/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Flight Safety3ATC-32108/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Air Navigation Aids3ATC-33108/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Pilot Weather Briefing3ATC-34108/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Air Traffic Control Computing System3ATC-35108/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Aviation Weather3AVF-20308/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Intro Facilities Operation & Mgt3ATC-21408/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Intr to Flight Safety Managmnt3AVF-27408/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Intro Aviation Safety3AVF-20608/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Intro to Navigation3AVF-20808/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Fundamentals of Speech3COM-10808/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Introduction to Meteorology3EAS-13118/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
Non Radar Training3ATC-31508/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT
College Algebra3MAT-12108/1/2013-7/31/2028 FAA.ENRT

Note: Eligibility for credit is determined by the date your CTO was first issued by the FAA. Students may be awarded CTO credit based on the attainment of an FAA Credential with Tower Rating instead of the CTO. Students will NOT be awarded CTO credit based on the attainment of the DoD-issued Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS).

If you completed a certification prior to the effective dates listed in the table above, please contact us about your eligibility for credit from a prior University review.

What can I study? top of page


How do I get started? top of page

  • Submit documentation of successful completion
    In order to receive credit for your FAA certification(s), please submit the following form:
    In order to receive CTO credit using an FAA Credential with Tower Rating or Enroute, please:
    1. Download this form letter and follow the instructions at the top.
    2. The FAA's AOV will then send an Official College Credit Letter to Thomas Edison State University which includes the information the University requires to award credit.
    NOTE: The FAA Credential with Tower Rating is verified by a different office than other FAA certifications. You must submit a separate request with different instructions (see CTO above) for all other FAA certifications.


Can I transfer PLR credit to another institution? top of page

If you are seeking to transfer the PLR credits to another college, the decision whether or not to accept these credits in transfer rests with that college. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the receiving institution's academic policy will allow transfer of each credit. Thomas Edison State University offers a non-degree service called Individual Learning Account that may be helpful.

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