You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in engineering or a related subject. Courses include:
- aerospace engineering
- aeronautical engineering
- electrical or electronic engineering
- mechanical engineering
Cranfield University also offers a postgraduate course in Safety and Accident Investigation, which is specific to air transport.
Some investigator roles look at the part played by human factors in an incident, and a degree and postgraduate qualification in psychology would be useful for these.
As well as a university qualification, you’ll need several years’ experience of working in aircraft engineering.
A pilot’s licence may also be required for some jobs, like an air accident operations inspector.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, including maths for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study