Aircraft Dispatcher Course – 2 Week Course

Accelerated Course
(Online Training followed by 2 weeks residency training)

Prerequisites: This course is for:

  • Individuals who meet FAR Part 65.57, or
  • Individuals who meet FAR Part 65.61(d), or
  • Airline employees who meet either of the above, or
  • Any individual meeting the ADX and online course requirements listed on this page

Specific prerequisites details are below.

2017-2018 Course Fees

Registration Fee : $1,500 (non-refundable)
Tuition: $1,600
Total cost (domestic & international* students) $3,100 – check for discounts.
FAA Practical examination fee: Included.
Practical exam RETEST, if required ($400.00).

* International Applicants/Students only – add a I-20/M-1 visa processing fee of $200.00, if applicable.

 

Additional Costs:

Housing = Residence Inn & Staybridge Suites are highly recommended, but rental houses within walking distance (5-20 minutes) are less expensive and sometimes available. Visit Student Housing for a tour.

Course ScheduleTestimonialsApplication FormsFAQs
Courses are scheduled throughout the year. All upcoming courses are shown below.

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017
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Tuesday May 16th, 2017
Wednesday June 21st, 2017
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Tuesday July 4th, 2017
Wednesday September 6th, 2017
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Tuesday September 19th, 2017
Wednesday October 25th, 2017
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Tuesday November 7th, 2017
Wednesday January 24th, 2018
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Tuesday February 6th, 2018
Wednesday March 14th, 2018
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Tuesday March 27th, 2018
Wednesday May 2nd, 2018
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Tuesday May 15th, 2018
Wednesday July 18th, 2018
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Tuesday July 31st, 2018
Wednesday September 5th, 2018
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Tuesday September 18th, 2018
Wednesday October 24th, 2018
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Tuesday November 6th, 2018

May 5, 2016

(At least) 3 Sheffield Graduates were recently hired by Southwest Airlines!

Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Subject: I got Assistant Dispatcher at SWA!

I wanted to let you know that I successfully tested, interviewed and was accepted to the June class of Southwest Airlines Initial training for Assistant Dispatcher!

I heard repeatedly from current SWA Dispatchers that my training at Sheffield would prepare me for the testing and interview portions of the hiring process. They were absolutely correct! (E.B.) and I have repeatedly said throughout the process how thankful we are that we chose Sheffield because we clearly were more prepared than other applicants!

Thank you for all your patience, especially through the online portion of my class! 

J.S.

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Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Great news!! I was offered the assistant dispatcher position here at Southwest Airlines. I’m super excited and I think the rigorous Sheffield course prepared very well for the whole interview process. I thank you all so much! 

E.B.

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Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 5:26 PM
Subject: SWA Dispatch

I got the position! I start June 6th! Thanks again for all your help!

A.P.

Southwest Airlines hires Sheffield aircraft dispatcher graduate

March 31, 2016

Applied to Southwest Airlines Assistant Dispatcher posting & I’m very glad I came here to prepare me for that! Thank you for everything & I will keep you posted!

A.P.

July 2, 2014

Eric,

Wanted to let you know that I ended up landing the Assistant Dispatcher job with Southwest, and I started training this week. I’ve said it over and over again, but I really appreciate you and your school and I know that I wouldn’t have been as competitive for this job without the training that you guys provided.

Mike S.

Southwest Airlines hires Sheffield aircraft dispatcher graduate

January 27, 2014

“Airlines do indeed take a look at where you went to school. Especially if you’re coming into your first job. Take it from a guy that has hired dispatchers in the past. Some (schools) go above and beyond the rather basic Part 65 requirements and this is where they differ and airlines notice. Every school has indeed placed some of their graduates, however school selection is one of those little things that can give you a small leg up over the competition.

Your school decision lays the foundation for your whole career!”

FD

January 23, 2014

Hi Brett!

I hope everything is going great over there for you guys at Sheffield. The new website is looking very nice.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, Eric and Reuben for the excellent job you do.
From the moment I started Phase I online, I knew it was a hard and fast-paced program. There were tough times along the way, but thanks to your advices and understanding I was able to complete it. Reuben is a great instructor. From the get-go he was straight forward about how tough the course would be if we didn’t work hard for it. At the same time, he was there to help every step of the way, not just as an instructor, but as person who genuinely wanted you to succeed.

We’ll begin training soon at Global Ops Center / Western Global Airlines in Sarasota, FL and I can’t wait to put my experience and knowledge to good use.

Once again, thank you so much for everything and I wish you all the best. Aviation is a small world, who knows if we meet again in the near future.

Sincerely,
Omar Melendez

January 8, 2014

Thank you again for all your help lately. I’ve spoken to many people working at United and all I hear is “Sheffield is THE place to attend school.” I know there are closer schools, but nobody comes recommended like you guys, and some are not recommended at all. Just unsure which class to take – some other friends took the 5-week class and others took the 2-week class, but I guess I’ll decide soon.

P.B. (future Sheffield student) 

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November 16, 2013

“Just wanted to send you guys an email to say thanks again for everything. The (2-week) course was great, and I feel very well prepared for whatever the future of my career might hold. You guys are great. I really appreciate you pushing us, and I really appreciate you being a school that stands for excellence. I will stay in touch. Thanks again!!!”

Mike S.

October 24, 2013

Good Morning Eric,

The last two employees we sent through this two week course are doing excellent.  S—– S—– left us a few months back and is now dispatching for United.  xxx made the move up to MSP with us and she has been promoted to Shift Manager.  The quality of dispatchers you produce are exceptional and I look forward to having two more of my employees obtain their license through your school.

As always, thanks for your support,

Jon Puckett
Manager, Dispatch
Endeavor Air, Inc.

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April 24, 2013

TESTIMONIAL: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 19:54:33
Eric,
Again I wanted to thank you for the online material and correspondence. It brought me back to full understanding of how much I do love aviation and with respect for the shear magnitude of knowledge required to be an efficient dispatcher. 

June 5, 2011

Hi Eric!

The class was a great experience. Reuben was a wonderful instructor and I felt the school really supported me and provided me with all of the tools I needed to enable me to be successful in class. I really feel like the preparation the school provides, while tough, will really be an advantage for when I go on that first dispatch interview.

Thanks again to the school for the wonderful program and especially providing a two-week course for those that may not be able to attend the full five weeks. It is really a great service to do that.

Tom Giovenco
United Airlines
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2017 Application Forms


2018 Application Forms (coming soon)


Special Notes for Students of Any Class:

Domestic Students Notes for all Classes (ID information):

  • TWO forms of photo identification are required with BOTH IDs having the full names matching exactly. Must be CURRENT, not expired IDs.

International Students Notes for all Classes (ID info & more):

  • TWO forms of photo identification are required with BOTH IDs having the full names matching exactly. Must be CURRENT, not expired IDs, AND
  • We recommend to begin the Application / I-20 processing at least 2 – 4 months prior to the start date of your desired class. This is due to increased security procedures, delayed U.S. Embassy appointments, and M-1 visa issuance delays. Also, the Department of Homeland Security has initiated an additional fee (paid directly to the Department, not Sheffield School) for students applying for an M-1 (student) visa. This fee is in addition to the $200 I-20 processing fee paid to Sheffield. Please view the links below for more information:
  • International StudentsVERY IMPORTANT TO READ!

Aircraft Dispatcher Course (2 weeks)

  • Is it required to pass the ADX (Aircraft Dispatcher) knowledge exam before the online (Phase I) of the 3-week, 2-week, or 1-week course?

    No, HOWEVER it is HIGHLY recommended to do so. Not taking and passing the ADX exam prior to beginning the online phase results in the juggling of nonsense (ADX standardized exam study of topics, many of which are unrelated to reality) with real-life practical exam-based subject matter, the latter of which is covered during both Phases I & II. Our Phase I does not concentrate or focus on ADX material. Much of the material is covered, but not in any concentrated manner. Sure, important regulations will be covered during both phases of our course, but we will not instruct technical aerodynamics and pallet loading, or how to fly into a specific holding pattern, colors of aeronautical lighting and runway marking spacing rules, etc.. If we wasted time on this, then it would be a disservice to our customers. Again, this answer pertains to the ‘shorter’ residency courses, NOT the full 5-week residency course.

  • Who should enroll in the 2-week course?

    Experienced indivividuals/airlines (per FAR 65.57) or highly motivated individuals who are able to pass the ADX exam and 7 online modules prior to arrival for the 2 weeks residency.

  • When I receive my User ID and password, will I be able to access the online lessons (Courses 101-107 above) or do I still have to wait for the posted dates that are on the Matrix? For instance, if I want to participate in the May 5 class can I begin working on Course 101 in February.

    Yes. You can complete the lessons (Courses 101-107 above, in order of course) any time prior to the DUE DATES. The Matrix lists the due dates for each Course. You can certainly complete a course before it’s due date.

  • One school kept pressuring me to take their accelerated course even after I claimed that I was uncomfortable with my limited aviation experience and ability to pass the ADX exam. What should I do?

    Seek training at another facility. They’re sole interest is $$$; it certainly is not to provide a quality education.

  • Is the FAA license recognized worldwide, or just in North America? I am hoping to stay in North America/Canada once qualified, but if I need to return to the UK, how easily can this license be converted (if it needs to be at all)?

    It is recognized in many countries/airlines, yet it’s validity as a license varies among CAAs around the world. You’ll have to specifically ask the country’s CAA or airline.

  • I am extemely interested in applying for a 2 week accelerated course. Is this route of study open to international students and if so what is the processing fee for the I-20 form?

    Yes, it is open to qualified students, domestic or international. If entering on a M-1 student visa, our procedures will be sent to you upon application or when you inquire by email. The I-20 fee is $200.00.

  • How should I send you a copy of my information?

    Fax or mail is fine.

  • What seems to be the biggest problem for students taking the online course?

    A combination of not following instructions and procrastination. For example, once the Phase I tuition is paid, an email is sent with instructions and links, and a directive to “Reply via email that you received this email”, but many students do not follow that direction. They are reminded a week or 10 days later, some need an additional reminder, but by then they are already 2-3 weeks behind.

  • What seems to be the next biggest problem for students taking the online course?

    Not reading what was just written above or not believing it.

  • Anything else?

    Yes. Believing that the ADX test is Phase I or that the ADX exam can be studied for while taking our Phase I online material concurrently. Sheffield’s Phase I online material is not pure ADX study material. It could certainly help anyone studying for the ADX test, but is more demanding on it’s own and should be commenced once the ADX is already passed.

  • STILL anything else?

    Yes. Believing that this is some “click through the pretty flash files” type of course resulting in some lame “print out your certificate” set of instructions at the end. There are a variety of training methods used including interactive examples and other tasks, but a large amount of READING is required, followed by homework and other assignments, AND all must be REVIEWED and understood prior to your arrival at Sheffield.

  • What is a good way to get terminated from the course and lose all my money?

    Do not follow the instructions…repeatedly. Some students like to just submit incomplete work, nameless work, late work, assignments out of order. It is almost approaching arrogance at times. Many simply cannot read. Some enjoy resubmitting homework with the same incorrect answer. One person submitted no assignments for a month after gaining access to the online modules (typical procrastinator), then sent his first email “Well, I’m ready to take the End of Course test for Course 105.” He never could understand from me that Course 101 comes first, then Course 102, etc.. If you do not completely understand an early course, then you will not understand a later course – it kind of goes in order for a reason. There is a Matrix below that basically indicates due dates in a certain order. It becomes difficult to help online students who have legitimate technical questions because I need to send “Johnny Clueless” another email explaining that the assignments are located when you click the button named…Assignments.

Course Description

Years ago, we were overwhelmed with phone calls requesting an accelerated course for those highly experienced individuals who cannot attend our longer courses. These motivated individuals requested quality that our institution has provided for nearly 70 years while not being overcharged. Sheffield met these demands by providing an unparalleled program ranging from an ab initio basics review through the complexities of our full-time course and into our airline-prep material. This course is not the typical “Q & A” test preparation course.

The course consists of two phases: an online interactive distance-learning phase (I) and a residency phase (II).

 

Phase I

Online Distance-Learning. Cost is $1,500 (nonrefundable). Various modules of our course are presented online.

Requires: Internet access, a user ID and password (issued after payment), 4.x or higher web browser, a variety of browser plugins which are free and easily downloadable. Optional are CD/DVD drives. Successful completion of Phase I is a prerequisite to enter the Phase II (residency) course. Plan on a minimum of 2-3 months to complete the online modules and examinations (excluding study time for the ADX test). This phase will be accessible on a password-protected realm of our web site. Once Phase I is accessed, students will have 3 months of maximum access. Overdue assignments will not be acceptable. You may postpone your Phase II start date ONLY ONE TIME if needed. Evidence of cheating or receiving help from others or giving out your individual ID and password to others will result in immediate dismissal from the course – no refund. If you continually ignore directions provided by the instructor, after previous warnings, then student will be terminated from the course – no refund.

Phase I (excludes ADX study time) – Online – See the MATRIX at the bottom of this page to get an idea of the DUE DATES and MINIMUM days required for each course.

  • Course 101 Weather Theory
  • Course 102 Non-graphic Weather
  • Course 103 Graphic Weather
  • Course 104 AIM & CHARTS
  • Course 105 Regulations
  • Course 106 Aircraft Systems
  • Course 107 Aircraft Certificate Limits

See the Class Matrix (class dates and assignment due dates) at the bottom of the page.

 

Phase II

Residency, following successful completion of Phase I. Cost is $1,600 due 30 days prior to class start date.

Duration: 10 days, 8 clock hours per day; 8:00am – 5:00pm with a lunch hour. Occasionally, computer labs will be conducted in the large classroom toward the end of the day.

A multiple-choice exam (review) based on the online modules of Phase I may be administered at the Sheffield School facilities on the first day on Phase II or online prior to your arrival. If the online modules, practice examples, and practice exams are successfully completed per the directions provided in Phase I, then the transition to Phase II should be smooth.

Class is not held during the weekends, unless prearranged by instructor.

Be prepared to stay an extra 1 – 3 days due to the scheduling of practical examinations.

  • Duration of residence phase (Phase II): 2 weeks, 8 clock hours per day; after successful completion of Phase I self-paced on-line distance learning modules.
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm with a lunch hour, scheduled weekdays only.
  • Be prepared to stay 1-3 days following the last class day due to the scheduling of practical examinations.
  • Class size (Phase II) = limited to 25 students, but will typically range from 10-20, as you will join the 5-week class in progress.

Instructors: Brett Bories, Reuben Owen

Maximum Class Size: approximately 12 students.
Minimum Class Size: 1 student.

Optional AIFP, ETOPS, and EWINS workshops follow.

Curriculum

  • Meteorology/Weather Briefings
  • Non-Graphic Weather reports/forecasts
  • Graphic Weather Charts
  • Nav/Comm, Notams, ILS, etc
  • Regulations – primarily FAR Part 121
  • B-727-200 Systems/limits
  • Jeppesen Airport/Approach, Area, En route, DPs/STARs, etc.
  • Performance/Weight & Balance Theory
  • Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List
  • Practical Flight Planning/Scenarios/Applied Dispatching

 


2017 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)

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