Full-time Residency Course – (5 weeks residency training)
Prerequisites: This course is for any individual:
- who is at least 21 years of age.
- who can read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
- who has a high school graduate or international equivalent education.
- who is VERY self-disciplined, follows direction well, and studies hard.
2018 Course Fees
Registration Fee: $500.00 (non-refundable)
Tuition Deposit: $1,000.00
Tuition: $4,400.00 (includes deposit)
Total cost (domestic & international* students): $4,900.00
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.
Total Tuition for Domestic Students: $4,900 – check for discounts.
Total Tuition for International Students: $5,100 – check for discounts.
2018 Tuition Includes:
- FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge (ADX) exam* (initial take – not retests)
- FAA Practical Exam (initial take – not retests)
- All supplies (including all textbooks and Sheffield School’s Comprehensive Aircraft Dispatcher Training Manual)
- Any extra tutoring requested, and use of our flight planning software access, weather briefing, and ASD (Aircraft Situation Display).
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
April 6, 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!
Application Forms (2018)
- 2018 5-week Course Application
- 2018 Admission Procedures: Domestic Students
- 2018 Admission Procedures: International Students
- 2018 School & Courses: General 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 (200 hours/5 weeks)
Do all schools teach the same material?
No. All FAR Part 65 schools must adhere to their basic curriculum guidelines; however, Sheffield decided long ago to provide extra airline-related material to ease our graduates transition into airline initial training. We do not believe in telling our students “Don’t worry about that – your airline will teach you that.” Granted, there are some topics that we cannot teach since it is not only the responsibility of the airline, but each airline may have a different FAA approval for how they apply certain procedures. But there are MANY topics, scenarios, etc. that our students are exposed to that have impressed many airline hiring managers. Just check our testimonials!
How soon into the program is the first test?
Friday of the first week is a test on Weather Theory. It is a Sheffield-produced test. Much (but not all) of the material comes from Chapters 1-13 of the link below (AC 00-6A Aviation Weather). We will spend the first week refining what we would like you to understand. Aviation Weather Advisory Circular. (password-protected PDF file. Password available after applying to school.)
What are the class hours?
Classes will normally be held from 8:00am until 5:00pm, weekdays. There will be short breaks throughout the day and a one-hour break for lunch.
When is the 1st test in the 5-week class and what topics are covered?
Friday of the first week on Weather Theory.
Some schools claim to have a near 100% pass rate. Is this correct?
Some schools will pass anyone to hang on to the almighty dollar. We would rather cut a refund check periodically to someone who didn’t put forth the effort than to have our 60+ year reputation tarnished by becoming a license mill. Be wary of schools claiming “come have fun – our class is a breeze.” During an interview, you are unlikely to hear this question “So did you have a lot of fun?”
Our students enjoy the class, typically state that it exceeded their expectations, and that they never learned so much in their lives. Typically, our graduates are hired while they are still in class or within a few weeks of graduation. Another important fact is this – most graduates are seeking employment. Many come to us once they do their homework and learn directly from an airline that a student’s “hiring-quotient” will escalate if they choose a highly reputable school. Many airlines interview first (or exclusively) at our school because they know every graduate has been thoroughly prepared, and there won’t be any surprises when they begin training on the job.
Passing anybody and everybody after numerous repeated attempts, or due to lack of any testing, only dilutes this industry with unqualified “dispatchers” and is a blight on the profession. Statements of guarantees are an abomination and should be stripped from all advertising by those who have the ability and wherewithall to do so. These mills should be publicly condemned.
Can you imagine taking a taxi ride to an airport from a guy who can’t drive (we know this happens), then board an airplane that has been signed off by maintenance personnel who are inept or who haven’t been checked properly by their governing authority (we’ve read the news in 2008), only to be flown by a captain who has had numerous failures during his or her flight training (it happens), who has had his flight planned by a dispatcher who failed his course with a 30%, then bought his certificate at a diploma mill within 2-3 days (YES- it has happened). Hopefully, this won’t scare you into an anxiety attack. If so, you could visit your doctor who received his diploma…,well, you get the point.
You will EARN your certificate at Sheffield. Why should others be handed the same honor?! It only increases YOUR workload – ask any competent dispatcher.
[June 2010 note: now one new startup school in our area claims “once you pass the course you get a license.” Aside from being misleading and inaccurate, it is illegal. Passing a Part 65 FAA-approved course enables the applicant to take the FAA practical exam. Once THAT is passed, the applicant becomes certificated. So be wary of the unscrupulous operators out there. The same course operator tried to list one of Sheffield’s graduates as an instructor to appeal to the FAA. The problem was my graduate did not give the course operator permission to do so.]
What can I study prior to attending your school?
Do not purchase regulations books and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) to read through and study (as I’ve seen recommended on the internet). Without proper guidance, you may waste valuable time or misinterpret something. A good portion of subject matter discussed and applied in class is not found in commercially-available books.
To help prepare for the course, study the FAA knowledge material on our web site. That is not really what our course is about – self study – but it will give you a head start in preparing for the FAA ADX test. Other than that, you can visit our “aviation bookstore” online and check out the weather books since we apply a lot of weather in the course.
We don’t really supply FAA books in the course since you can get them for free on the Internet. We write our own manuals and sections to study. For some free books, go to “dispatcher resources” on our site and you can link to Regulations, Weather circulars (Aviation Weather Services) from the FAA, and the Aeronautical Information Manual. All are helpful information to browse through or print out to give you an idea of the type of material involved in the course.
If you want to pursue regulations ahead of time, the main sections are FAR Part 121 – Subparts T & U. These subparts contains the majority of dispatch rules and procedures that you will apply in the course and on the job.
How many students usually enroll in the course?
Between 12 and 25. The average is probably 18. If you check our class pictures, you’ll notice that the enrollment numbers are usually consistent. It is comforting to see that many people do their research and make the correct choice. We admire these students who crave a quality education. On graduation day, their faces say it all – that they have just earned something very special in this industry: A diploma from Sheffield School of Aeronautics!
How long is the program and what does it cost?
The Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course is 5 weeks long and covers at least 200 hours of classroom instruction (as required by Federal Aviation Regulations). The total cost is $4,900.00, without any discounts applied. This includes textbooks, the computer ADX examination fee (normally $150.00 if taken privately) and the Practical Exam (~$300), web site passwords, job assistance and airline lists, and computer use.
Are textbooks/notebooks included? What books will be used?
Sheffield has produced it’s own textbook binder which relies on FAA sources as well as Airline material. All books are included in the tuition fee. If a person is interested in jump-starting their weather studies prior to attending our course the following textbook are highly recommended since meteorology (weather) with reports/forecast reading and application comprises over 35% of the total academic subjects: Aviation Weather Advisory Circular – (this is a password-protected PDF file of the entire book which you can print. Password available after applying to school.)
What are the main subjects that are covered in the program?
Meteorology (weather), Navigation, Air Traffic Control, Jeppesen Approach charts and enroute charts, Aeronautical Information Manual, Aircraft Systems, Performance and Weight and Balance, Federal Aviation Regulations, Communications, and Practical Flight planning applications are included subjects in our Aircraft Dispatcher Course.
Our program is FAA approved for 200 hours. Classes are held from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Computer labs are usually scheduled after 5:00 pm. The duration of the course is 5 weeks. The FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test is usually administered during the first half of the course, and the FAA Practical Exam is administered following successful completion of the course and after passing the ADX Knowledge Test.
The material covered includes the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 65, Subpart C and covers the following subject matter:
- Meteorology (Basic & Advanced Aviation Weather Theory)
- Non-graphic Weather
- Graphic Weather
- Aeronautical Information Manual
- Instrument Approach Procedures
- Air Traffic Control
- Federal Aviation Regulations
- Aeronautical Charts
- Practical Dispatching–Jet Aircraft
- Aircraft and Engine Performance (B727-200)
- Systems and Limitations (B727-200)
- Flight Planning: Manual & Computerized
When To Enroll:
We recommend enrolling at least 30 days before the class starting date, although you may enroll anytime before class commences if space is available. If you enroll early, you may be able to take advantage of large tuition discounts, more advance time with prestudy materials, and adequate time for locating and arranging your housing and student visa, if applicable.
As a student at Sheffield School, you will receive a computer flight plan briefing, learning to request computer flight plans and weather information, NOTAMS, etc. using various software, including Navtech, and Universal Weather.
All FAA-approved Dispatch schools must meet (follow) FAA minimum requirements; however, contrary to what many schools claim, all schools DO NOT teach the identical curriculum. Sheffield School incorporates additional reality-based material which is not typically found in common textbooks. In fact, we’ve written our own textbook because most aviation books do not directly address much of the practical material taught in the course; well, not in Sheffield’s comprehensive course. Time in class allotted to each subject varies greatly depending on the examples given, the scenarios produced, and the hands-on application. Many of our graduates have been instrumental with respect to amendments to Company Dispatch manuals. That is the approach we take to instruction; to produce leaders and original thinkers, not followers. We are very proud of each and every one of our graduates. They know they have earned more than a slip of paper – they’ve earned the right to continue the learning process in this very rewarding career.
If you are not sure where to attend school, we recommend that you: call every school, ask questions, verify claims, ask for references; if still unsure, ask for more references. Sheffield School will gladly provide student references and answer your questions.
“In my search for a school, Sheffield School of Aeronautics has the best and most complete training of this career.”
J.P. – Feb 11, 2014
Sometimes prospective students call (without assistance from us) airline operations/dispatch offices around the country to talk to managers, supervisors, and dispatchers. Some of our enrolled students selected our school after talking to various operations personnel. This extra “homework” may help determine which school best meets your objectives; however, it is sometimes difficult to find the appropriate telephone numbers. Sheffield would like to help, but prefers to not give out dispatch telephone numbers because too many calls from too many people may interfere with daily operations. Also, it would be more objective for the prospective student to not be guided to a certain airline by a school.