Aircraft Dispatcher Course – 3 Week Course

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.

2017 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 ($300.00).
* 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.


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

Monday May 1st, 2017
through
Friday May 19th, 2017
Monday June 19th, 2017
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Friday July 7th, 2017
Monday September 4th, 2017
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Friday September 22nd, 2017
Monday October 23rd, 2017
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Friday November 10th, 2017

March 9, 2017

One thing I kept in mind the whole time I was at Sheffield, is the reason I chose the school over others. It will be tough, busy and overall enjoyable. I haven’t had a single day I would say I could have missed. Look out for those tests, not only do they test your knowledge but they really make you think (you would know after the first one). Please do the workshops, they are really helpful, especially EWINS. Best of luck and see you on the other side! 
Regards,
Prathamesh (PK)

February 16, 2017

I just want to thank you again for everything you have done for us! I’m very happy I chose Sheffield for my dispatch certification course! I have been recommending Sheffield to everyone who asked me about dispatching, before I actually attended the course (going off of my research on the field), and even more so now that I’ve been through it personally. It was truly a wonderful experience, and please pass this on to Mike, he is a great instructor. His professionalism and the amount of patience he has is amazing.

Again,
Thank you, all is very much appreciated!

YC

January 24, 2017

Dear Brett,

I hope this email finds you well.

Last weekend I’ve finally received my Dispatcher License!

I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you, especially to you, for being patient with me during online phase and also to Mike, he is doing a great job.

Please pass my regards to the whole Sheffield Team, everybody there made this stay a enjoyable time away from home.

If you guys need anything from overseas please let me know, I’m glad to assist you.

With best regards from Unterhaching,

Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen

M.Z.
Director Ground Operations
MHS Aviation (Germany)

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January 18, 2017

Hello Eric,

Just wanted to drop you line and let you know I accepted a promotion as a Flight Follower/Dispatcher here at Kalitta Air!  I wanted to thank you, Brett and Michael for the great instruction and support along the way!  I’m happy to join past Sheffield graduates (NV, FB, FH and BM) on the dispatch desk here at Kalitta Air!

Thanks again,

E. Manchester 
November, 2016 3-week course 
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January 8, 2017

“I have heard so much about Sheffield School of Aeronautics and it was good news. The last airline I worked for as a Quality Inspector, our OCC-MANAGER graduated from Sheffield School and some of the CAA Inspector’s  (DOTS) Dispatchers graduated from Sheffield, too.”

 

B.I.

August 23, 2016

Eric,

Just wanted to touch base – feel free to share the message below. I was in the 5 week course that started February 29th earlier this year and subsequently received my cert. in the beginning of April. I’d like to thank you and the entire staff again for such a great experience. I recall being in the course and reading the promising emails from previous students in the lobby; this is a similar token of appreciation. As you can see below I accepted a position with Silver in town a few months ago and really couldn’t be happier. 

To sum my experience up for anyone remotely thinking about joining a course to receive your dispatch license, I say this: what are you waiting for?? For the money spent, I have found Sheffield to be an INVALUABLE investment in my career and future. It is really enjoyable to come in to a job in which one has passion for on a daily basis – kudos.

To any prospective dispatchers, please contact me with any interest in touring our OCC.

Sincerely,

Kyle Bilby | OCC Flight Dispatcher
Silver Airways Corp.
Kyle.Bilby@silverairways.com

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August 15, 2016

…I got hired by Privaira Air charter here in Boca Raton. Interview went great and when it came down to deciding factor the panel decided to hire me since I was a grad from Sheffield. My immediate manager himself was enrolled in Sheffield so he knew how great you guys are and the hard work you put in to get the grads ready for the real world.
 
Although I am nervous and excited at same time to start this new journey I cannot thank enough for all you guys do…as I go back to my notes and Sheffield powerpoints, all I can say is Eric does great job putting together his notes and getting students ready in this exciting field. 
 
I cannot thank enough for valuable knowledge Ruben and Brett have provided to me. 
 
Thank you,
N. P.

May 26, 2016

Via LinkedIn:

Hi Eric,

(JDS) here, class of July 1998. I hope you are doing well and everything at Sheffield is running smoothly…I can’t thank you enough for doors that you and the people at Sheffield have opened for me since I attended the 6 week course. I truly love what I do and I owe so much to you all.

(JDS) – SkyWest Airlines Flight Control

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May 25, 2016

Brett,

I would just like to thank you again for your instruction, your jokes, and your patience.   Considering I’ve had no prior experience in the aviation industry I feel you, Reuben, and Mike did a tremendous job helping me succeed.

Thanks,
Mike – April 2016 Class

May 20, 2016

“I thought Mike did an excellent job throughout the course, particularly in his ability to remain patient with all students.” A.

“Mike is a freaking awesome teacher!” A.

“Thank you to Mike, Brett, Reuben and the rest of the staff for all of your instruction and help over the past five weeks. The material and concepts were presented in a way that made everything easy to understand and grasp.” E.L.

“I was very impressed with (Mikes’s) knowledge and teaching abilities. His patience was awesome. Looking forward to coming back to visit! Thank you all very much!” R.M.

“Thanks for guiding me through a really tough course! Hope your next class, and the class after next will be fantastic! K.

“Thank you for all the knowledge and help!” A.

“Mike was excellent at teaching material and doing his best to keep the material taught interesting. Keep bringing more snacks!” A.

[Sheffield reply: We will; however, the average student weight gain appears to be about 1/2 pound per week :)]

Application Forms


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.

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?

    Yes

  • 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.


Course Description

The course consists of two phases: an online interactive distance-learning phase and a 3-week residency phase.

 

Phase I

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.

 

Phase II

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.

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, Enroute, DPs/STARs, etc.
  • Performance/Weight & Balance Theory
  • Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List
  • Practical Flight Planning/Scenarios/Applied Dispatching

Prerequisites (detailed)

  • 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.

 


2016 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)

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