Accelerated Course (Online training followed by 3 weeks residency training)
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 prerequisite information listed below.
2018 Course Fees, Deposits and Tuition
Phase I Registration/Online 2-month Access Fee: $1,500.00 (non-refundable) [No personal checks accepted.] $400 per month to extend access.
Phase II Tuition Deposit: $1,000.00 (reserves a seat in the class.)
Phase II Tuition: $2,400.00 (includes tuition deposit) (full payment/balance due 30 days prior to class start date.)
Total Cost (domestic & international* students) = $3,900.00* (subject to change) + Housing, if required.
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.
Note: This is not a correspondence course or partial correspondence course. This IS an intensive course with tests. You will probably be studying at least 2-4 hours each night during your residency.
February 21, 2018
Hello Mr. Morris,
My name is xxxxxx xxxxxx. I am a current employee of American Airlines. I got my dispatch certification from a dispatch school in Dallas (xxxx). Upon completing this course I feel that they have left me ill-prepared to do the job effectively, they lacked real world training and they taught flight planning on icao charts and not xxxxxxxxx charts. I am coming to you for guidance and direction I spoke with a graduate of Sheffield and they spoke highly of the program that your school runs, and I wanted to know what you thought and what would be the best course of action, I know that because I didn’t attend Sheffield that u don’t offer recurrent training for me but I am willing to take your recommendation going forward to help further my career.
Thank you for your time!
January 27, 2018
Good Evening Mr. Morris,
My name is (name) and I work at Southwest Airlines (SWA). I had enrolled at Sheffield a year ago to do my dispatch course….but, (over time) I had moved to Denver and I ended up doing my dispatcher course at (school in Denver). BIG MISTAKE. A costly mistake I feel. I did not feel confident enough to go take a test at SWA or for that matter any other airline. When I speak with fellow dispatchers, there is no doubt that Sheffield graduates are the best in every way.
Sheffield really has a great value and input and your students fare extremely well at the tests given anywhere in the world. Your school provides no doubt – it’s like going to MIT or Harvard.
I want your help and guidance to prepare me to be confident and take up an exam with any airline. I just don’t feel I learnt much at my earlier school. Somehow your graduates that I have encountered have vast knowledge I feel. So now that I have a namesake license “that’s what I call it” I want to do it all over again at your prestigious school so I can be well prepared. Please guide me.
Please guide me and help me achieve my dream career. I humbly agree I made a huge mistake of my choices and kindly request you and your team to help me achieve this goal.
[Sheffield note: This student was reportedly ranked #1 in the class, which speaks volumes! And yes…we will help this future student!]
October 21, 2017
Just want to say hello from a August 1992 Sheffield AD graduate. I’m an airline captain at Republic Airlines flying the E-175 based in DCA. Great course and people at Sheffield. Remember Eric putting us through the ringer. Every time i look at my flight release i think of Sheffield.
October 20, 2017
Thank you as always for helping me get to this point in my career. It’s not a lie when I tell you that some of my Sheffield-grad coworkers and I continue to talk about our experiences there on a regular basis.
I appreciate all your help, and look forward to talking to you soon.
September 17, 2017
Sep 17, 2017 at 12:13 PM:
June 27, 2017
I found out tonight that (I got hired)! It’s the job I wanted in the city I wanted… I can’t believe this has happened to me. Thanks for your help, and thanks for preparing me well; after (your) class, the interview seemed easy.
June 26, 2017
Sheffield is one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. The school is such an incredible quality, and the staff are amazing. The classroom instruction is top notch, and the staff all know dispatching inside and out. What I didn’t expect was how great Sheffield was for not only learning, but also for the connections you can make and the help Sheffield offers you after graduation. I look back and have not a doubt in my bones that Sheffield was the absolute best choice I made on my path to acquire my dispatch certificate.
June 22 2017 – from FB review
April 24, 2017
I hope you all are doing well down in Ft. Lauderdale. I am happy to say that I have earned a job as a dispatcher, and owe it all to the course as well as the connections I made there. I am now working for National Airlines up in Orlando, and am awaiting the training program…
Again, I want to thank you guys for everything that you guys did. Sheffield was a great experience, and I am happy I picked you guys!
April 15, 2017
2018 Application Forms
- 2018 Admission Procedures: Domestic Students
- 2018 Admission Procedures: International Students
- 2018 3-week course Application Form
- 2018 Course Information
- 2018 Print a Credit Card authorization Form
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 Students – VERY 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.
Aircraft Dispatcher Course (3 weeks)
What is the cost?
$3,900 for the tuition and registration fee. The practical exams are included in the tuition. Watch for discounts.
Does this include housing?
No; however, we can facilitate your housing arrangements.
What subjects are covered?
Generally, the same topics listed in the 5-week course, with about 2 weeks worth of the material learned online prior to arrival at Sheffield. Also, there are no FAA Knowledge test workshops conducted since a prerequisite for the course is to pass the FAA standardized test prior to the start date of the course.
Will graduating from a reduced residency hours course affect my employment opportunities?
That depends on the company hiring you or the individual interviewing you, or both. Most companies care about hiring a well-educated individual; someone who won’t have to be retrained. The companies that deal directly or exclusively with us realize that any graduate from Sheffield (longer or shorter courses) is better trained and better qualified to enter Airline initial training. We have NEVER heard of any Sheffield graduate encountering any problem with course “duration.” Based on the online work required, many students work MORE than 5 weeks cumulatively towards their certification.
How does one qualify to enroll in this course?
Previous aviation experience or online lessons successfully completed are mandatory per the FAR Part 65 regulations. Flight, meteorology, airline operational experience are common examples. We are permitted to subjectively approve an individual’s experience. But if you have little or no experience and are willing to meet the prerequisites listed on the course page, you are welcome into this class as well.
Can the international (AIFP), ETOPs, and EWINS training courses be taken immediately following the 3-week course?
Why did you start a reduced hours residency course?
We were receiving numerous requests for a shorter “non-matchbook” course. Interested students were complaining about price and were desiring a true quality education, not a quickie handout. We also have the technological capability to facilitate quality learning in a short period of time. We are continually modifying our computer supplements for students.
The course consists of two phases: an online interactive distance-learning phase and a 3-week residency phase.
Online distance-learning. Cost is $1,500 (nonrefundable application fee covers the lessons.) 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 1-2 months to complete the online modules and examinations (excluding study time for the ADX test). Once Phase I is accessible, students will have approximately 2 months of maximum access, but the online assignments, lessons, and tests must be successfully completed and corrected in a timely manner. Overdue assignments are not acceptable. You may postpone your Phase II start date ONE TIME ONLY if needed. If you are not serious or you procrastinate, this is NOT a course for you. 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.
Residency, following successful completion of Phase I. Cost is $2,400. Duration: 3 weeks, 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.
- Duration of residence phase (Phase II): 3 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, Monday-Friday.
- Be prepared to stay 1-4 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 from week 3 through week 5.
- 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
- Aeronautical Charts: Airport/Approach, Area, Enroute, DPs/STARs, etc.
- Performance/Weight & Balance Theory
- Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List
- Practical Flight Planning/Scenarios/Applied Dispatching
- FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge (ADX) test must be passed (> 70%) prior to the first day of class or taken and passed during the first 3 days of the class. Due to the fewer hours of class time, there is no instruction or workshops on how to pass this test. You must self-study to pass this particular test. Enrolling early or paying a small deposit allows you to use our FAA test preparation handouts. It is strongly recommended to pass the ADX test PRIOR to the online Phase I portion!!!
- If you’d like to check for ADX testing center locations, go to Catstest.com or lasergrade.com. If you are not close to a convenient testing center (international students), then you can take the test at Sheffield within the first 3 days of class for a fee of $150.
- Bring the original Airmen Test report – You’ll receive this from the testing center upon test completion. It must be > 70%, be embossed by the testing center, and be an ADX (Aircraft Dispatcher) test report, NOT an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) test report.
- For those qualifying by FAR regulations, a letter stating your aviation experience requirements*, duration, years of employment or military service record, or any other documentation of proof regarding previous aviation background. Faxing, emailing, or mailing flight certificates is acceptable.
* For a look at the official listing see FAR Part 65 – Subpart C. The FAA has granted us permission to allow credit for a variety of unlisted aviation experience. If you do not have working aviation experience (per Part 65) within the past 3 years, you do not meet 65.57; however, you may still meet 65.61(d); therefore, you may still be eligible to take this course. We will confirm via e-mail that this course is suitable for you. To assist Sheffield School to determine if you qualify for the accelerated course, you will need to fill out the Prior Aviation Experience form. Then we will e-mail further details to you. All applicants must contact us to finalize and confirm that all details are met prior to your travel date. For more information, call (1-800-843-8289) for details, or simply request Dispatcher information and we’ll include the latest updated information. Optional AIFP, ETOPS, and EWINS workshops follow.
2018 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)
Latest Start Dates
2018: Phase I – Online Courses: 101-104
(LATEST POSSIBLE) completion due dates
These online courses ARE NOT ADX test prep material!!
|*The ADX test may be impossible to take for many international students; therefore, you may be able to waive the prerequisite if you agree to take the ADX test at Sheffield at the regular fee. The ADX test MUST be passed or it is unlikely that you will be able to continue with the rigorous Phase 2 portion. If you plan to split your studies between ADX and Sheffield’s online courses 101-104, then you will likely NOT meet the completion due dates above.
Student MUST complete the above courses (lessons, assignments, and tests) in a timely manner in order to be allowed to enter the corresponding Phase II residency portion of class. The due dates above are FIRM. If any online course is completed late or overdue for ANY REASON, then you will NOT be permitted into that corresponding Phase 2 class – you MUST postpone to the next scheduled class date to avoid arriving here unprepared. You may NOT postpone TWICE to a later class date without re-enrolling and beginning the entire process again beginning with Phase I.
Example: If planning to join us on January 22, 2018 for Phase 2 (residency) class, but online Course 102 was not completed by December 19, then you must postpone your arrival to March 12 and now meet the due dates of that respective class. If you are now planning to arrive on March 12, 2018 for the Phase 2 (residency) class after already postponing once, but online Course 102 was not completed by Feb. 6 or you are late with any subsequent online course (103 or later), then you will be terminated from the entire program with no refund. The only way to continue is to re-enroll.
It is recommended to START these Phase I online lessons at least 2 months prior to the Phase II start date (right column.) Why? Because you are provided 2 months of online access and most students need that time to complete everything in a non-rushed manner which also allows adequate REVIEW time prior to arrival at Sheffield School. Without reviewing all material, you would arrive unprepared for our residency portion of the course.
|ADX must be passed* prior to Phase I online portion!!||101 due||102 due||103 due||104 due||Courses 105 – 110 NOT to be submitted and have NO due dates.||Phase II Start Date|
|(Must start BEFORE:)||Mandatory Lesson completion due dates below.
(TRY TO COMPLETE MUCH EARLIER):
|Dec 1, 2017||Dec 8, 2017||Dec 19, 2017||Dec 29, 2017||Jan 12, 2018||N/A||Jan 22, 2018|
|Jan 19, 2018||Jan 26||Feb 6||Feb 16||Mar 2||N/A||Mar 12, 2018|
|Mar 9, 2018||Mar 16||Mar 27||Apr 6||Apr 20||N/A||Apr 30, 2018|
|May 25, 2018||Jun 1||Jun 12||Jun 22||Jul 6||N/A||Jul 16, 2018|
|Jul 13, 2018||Jul 20||Jul 31||Aug 10||Aug 24||N/A||Sep 3, 2018|
|SCROLL DOWN for more information!||Aug 31, 2018||Sep 7||Sep 18||Sep 28||Oct 12||N/A||Oct 22, 2018|