(Online training followed by 1 week residency training)
Prerequisites: This course is for:
- Any individual meeting the ADX and online course requirements listed below:
- Individuals who are VERY self-disciplined, follow direction well, and who agree to submit assignments, quizzes, and tests in a timely manner by the prescribed due dates. Specific prerequisite details are below.
2017 Course Fees
Tuition (total): $3,000.00
- This amount includes non-refundable Distance learning access fee ($1,500 covers 4 months; nonrefundable $400 per month to extend access), residency tuition ($1,500), and books/supplies/handouts
- 2017 FAA Practical examination fee: included. Practical exam RETEST, if required ($300.00)
- Payable by Bank check, company check, credit card, MO, Travelers Checks. No Personal Checks
Registration/Phase I Online Tuition fee : $1,500.00 (non-refundable)
Phase II Tuition : $1,500.00
Total cost (domestic & international* students) = $3,000.00 – check for discounts.
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.
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!
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!
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!
February 9, 2016
“The most intense thing I’ve ever done. Weakness at Sheffield is not acceptable. You survive this because you earned it.”
Graduate of 1-week course – Feb/2016
January 26, 2015
Hope you and all the Sheffield staff are doing well and just wanted to say I am so glad I chose Sheffield for my Dispatch training. You all run a very professional, personable and classy organization. Let me know if I can provide anything as far as references or anything else. Thanks again! Auf Wiedersehen.
January 9, 2015
I’m elated today at the news that I’ve been granted the opportunity to join Dispatch here at Southwest Airlines. I start class in mid-February. I attribute a large part of this major career step in my life to the care and quality given to my initial certificate training. I will not let you down! OK, I know y’all are busy so I’ll stop getting sentimental, but please do know that y’all are appreciated! Thanks again and we’ll talk at you soon!
June 18, 2014
I graduated last July 2013 from the distance learning / 5-day residency course…thanks also for the course instruction- been in Delta dispatch almost a year now – talk about a worthwhile investment!
February 19, 2014
Dear Mr. Morris,
January 22, 2014
I hope this message finds you well. After recently completing the interview process, I have been offered an Alaska Airlines Aircraft Dispatcher position!
May 5, 2013
Hello from Chicago!
I am now 5 months into my position at United as a dispatch support coordinator. My experience at Sheffield has stayed with me and shines through my work every day. I’ve been presented with amazing opportunities and have met many Sheffield graduates. My career began just a year ago and I could not be more thankful for the education I received. I have the staff at Sheffield to thank for giving me the knowledge and confidence to succeed in this industry. I hope everything is going well!
J. Evans, (Sheffield Distance Learning Grad, Feb 2012)
April 24, 2013
I took one of those really simple and quick online courses recently (at another school) and after my first airline interview, I was told to “Go to Sheffield and learn something.” I’ll be signing up for your course next summer!
April 24, 2013
“I’m currently sitting in an airline new-hire class with 2 people who took another distance learning course. Other than ADX test material, I think they know about 5% of what Sheffield taught me online and at their school. I’ll be going to lunch soon while they try to catch up – Not even close!!!”
- 2017 Admission Procedures: Domestic Students
- 2017 Admission Procedures: International Students
- 2017 1-week course Application Form
- 2017 School & Courses: General Information
- 2017 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 (Distance Learning/Residency)
Do you offer a 2 or 3-day course?
We do not offer a 2 or 3-day only course – that is not adequate time to learn and prepare for a legitimate FAA practical examination, regardless of experience. We offer 4 months of online access to complete 10 different modules of our course, then offer a minimum 5-day residency course to complete the knowledge and skill requirements to be signed off by an instructor for the FAA practical examination.
It is by no means a spoon-feeding “Q & A” session with zero time spent on practical concepts. Not every student completes the online work satisfactorily – some have trouble being approved by the instructor for the practical exam. This is typically due to procrastination during the online phase. Some students request more online time, then succeed.
We recently had a Sheffield graduate with approximately 10 years operational experience in the military. His job interviewer (with nearly identical experience) explained how his 5-day course was “all review and easy”. Our graduate’s reply: “I received about 3 hours of “review” during my course.” As previously mentioned, you do not arrive at Sheffield for spoon-feeding, you are still learning and applying new material during a large portion of the 5-day period.
Years ago, we were overwhelmed with phone calls requesting a quality distance-learning program with minimal residency time required. This course is not limited to experienced individuals who cannot attend our longer courses, but for those students who simply do not have the extra time to attend a full residency course. These motivated individuals are demanding the quality that our institution has provided for nearly 69 years while not being overcharged. Sheffield has 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, not an online open-book cut-and-paste your way to a certificate “course” or a flash-card type of course. You will get out of it what you put into it.
The course consists of two phases: an online interactive distance-learning phase and an residency phase.
Phase I – Online Distance Learning
- 2017 Phase I tuition fee is $1,500 (non-refundable).
- Various modules of our course are presented online, such as Weather Theory, Non-Graphic Weather, Graphic weather, Aeronautical Information Manual, Regulations, and Aircraft Performance, Aircraft Limitations and Systems.
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. CD/DVD drives are optional.
Successful completion of Phase I is a prerequisite to enter the Phase II (residency) course. Plan on a minimum of 3 – 4 months to complete the online modules and online 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 4 months of access, which can be extended on a monthly basis for $400 per month; however, the assignments must be satisfactorily completed by the assigned due dates. Overdue assignments will not be accepted. Online access extensions are subject to instructor approval. 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 II – Residency, following successful completion of Phase I
- 2017 Cost: $1,500
- 2017 FAA Practical Examination Fee: Included
- Practical Exam RETEST, if required ($300.00)
- The 2017 tuition balance ($1,500) is due 30 days prior to the first day of class & can be paid with cash, bank check, company check, money order, Master Card, Visa, or Travelers Checks. (no personal checks.)
Duration: 5 days, 8 clock hours per day; 8:00am – 5:00pm with a lunch hour.
Occasionally, computer labs may be conducted in the large classroom toward the end of the day. The 5-day period will consist primarily of flight planning, regulations review and testing, Aircraft Systems/limitations review and testing. The 5-day residency portion will begin on a Wednesday, and continue through the following Tuesday (weekdays only). Class is not held during the weekends.
Instructor(s): Reuben Owen, Brett Bories, Michael Stewart
Maximum Class Size: 25
Minimum Class Size: 1 student.
- Manual flight Planning
- Regulations: Review & testing
- Computer flight Planning
- Aircraft Systems & Limitations: Review & Testing
- Practical Examination
- Be prepared to stay 1 – 3 days following the last class day due to the scheduling of practical examinations.
- International students are welcome.
Curriculum – Phases I & II
- 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
- Airport/Approach, Area, En route, DPs/STARs, etc.
- Performance/Weight & Balance Theory
- Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List
- Practical Flight Planning/Scenarios/Applied Dispatching
When To Enroll:
After passing the ADX Knowledge Exam and preferably at least 3 months prior to Phase II (Residency) based on the following:
ADX test prep time – Self-study using our online practice tests and/or a Gleim test prep book (on your own.) This depends on your experience, commitment, and is difficult to estimate. To master 1100+ questions, you may require anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months. You must bring your passed (70% or higher) ADX Airmen Report to Sheffield School on the first day of your Residency Phase. The report has a duration of 24 months until your Aircraft Dispatcher Certification date. Recommended to have the ADX test passed prior to Phase I, since the online Phase I modules will take at least 2 months to possibly up to 120 days. Phase I is not an ADX test prep course – it is the real deal!
Required MINIMUM time for online study: at least 2 months to possibly up to 120 days.
Phase I (excludes ADX study time) – Online – see MATRIX for due dates, latest start dates, etc..
- 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
- Course 108 Aircraft Performance & Flight Planning Theory
- Course 109 Aircraft Takeoff Limitations
- Course 110 Aircraft Landing Limitations
If you tend to procrastinate, you should not enroll in this course. If you’d like to try anyway, we recommend to at least double, triple, or quadruple the above minimum time to complete the lessons.
Prerequisites (specific details):
- Read, speak, write, and understand English
- At least 21 years of age
- FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge (ADX) test should be passed (> 70%) prior to Phase I online class. Enrolling early or paying a small deposit allows you to use our FAA test preparation handouts. There are no other FAA test prerequisites as other schools may require – additional test prerequisites is a waste of time and money. No need to purchase Private Pilot supplies, books, test prep classes, videos, then pay for test fees which are redundant toward your Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate. Sheffield will save you an additional $300-$600 on top of our already-reduced rate. We highly recommend passing the ADX prior to sending any money for Phase One – you should first determine if you feel comfortable with the ADX material since the Sheffield material is more demanding and comprehensive.
- 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), you can take the test at Sheffield on the first day of class for a fee of $150.
- Bring the original stamped and sealed ADX Airmen Test report – You’ll receive this from the testing center upon test completion. It must be > 70%, be sealed by the testing center, and be an ADX (Aircraft Dispatcher) test report, NOT an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) test report.
- There are a set of formal requirements (in addition to the course prerequisites) to be “signed off” to take the practical examination. They are: applicant must pass all online course quizzes and tests before arrival (concludes Phase I training), pass the course quizzes while at Sheffield School, and gain approval from the instructor that you are in good standing to take the practical examination. Little study and procrastination would not lead to success.
- For more information, call (1-800-843-8289) for details, or simply request Dispatcher information and we’ll include the latest updated information.
FAA Certification Requirements:
There are 4 steps required for you to become certified as an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher per FAR Part 65:
- The FAA Aircraft Dispatcher computer knowledge (ADX) exam must be passed. This is a basic standardized multiple choice test. Sheffield provides test prep materials and practice tests on our web site! [initial application/deposit required to receive ID & password.] We highly recommend passing the ADX prior to sending any money for Phase One – see first if you feel comfortable with the ADX material since the Sheffield material is more demanding and comprehensive.
- Successful completion of Sheffield’s quality online program, which includes interactive practice, video, and audio. We do not offer online open-book multiple choice exams at our web site without adequate oversight. Hiring managers at airlines know the difference between quality and freebie licenses when they interview graduates. Airlines consider this when hiring – need proof?
- Completion of the mandatory 5 days of residency training with instructor sign-off for the practical examination.
- Completion of the flight plan and oral phases of the practical exam with an FAA examiner within 90 days of graduation. Your instructor will schedule this exam at a time convenient to both you and the Examiner, but we will consider the priorities of your departure schedule. It is typically scheduled immediately following the Residency Phase at Sheffield.
2017 Course Matrix Table (includes course due dates)
Latest Start Dates
2017: Phase I – Online Courses: 101-110
(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 101-110, 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 February 1, 2017 for Phase 2 (residency) class, but online Course 105 was not completed by Dec 26, 2016, then you must postpone your arrival to March 22 and now meet the due dates of that respective class. If you are now planning to arrive on March 22, 2017 for the Phase 2 (residency) class after already postponing once, but online Course 105 was not completed by Feb 23 or you are late with any subsequent online course (106 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 3 months prior to the Phase II start date (right column.) Why? Because you are provided 3-4 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.
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