- Aircraft Dispatcher Certification
the Best School for You
are a number of reasons that make Sheffield School of Aeronautics
qualified Aircraft Dispatcher Training School in the World.
HISTORY. We have been in the business of training aircraft dispatchers for over 65 years. That
makes us the most experienced and highly reputed aircraft dispatcher
school in the world. In fact, we've not only been training dispatchers
longer than any other school in the world, we've been doing it longer
than most other schools combined.We take our job seriously;
there are no moonlighters, or absentee-owners at this school. Beware
of ads claiming "Aviation experience for -- years." Schools
should specify the actual number of years they've provided 198-hour
(or more) Aircraft Dispatcher Training courses, not 2-day test prep
courses, not correspondence courses, not flight training, and not
5-10 day accelerated courses. All of the aforementioned may have
some merit, but not in the same context as full FAA-approved certification
courses. Check a school's history. Has there ever been a name change
in the school's "selective" history? Why? Any incidents?
Any investigations? Any violations?
Stability. Our school has only continued to expand and
grow throughout the years.In
recent years, we have added courses, increased our airline specific
training, and plan to expand in the future. While others are still
seeking FAA approval, or have closed down their schools, or are
relegated to renting out conference rooms for class, Sheffield continues
to grow, assist it's graduates, and positively affect the careers
of new students from around the world.
employ only full-time aviation instructors. Our 65 years of experience in the field of training has
taught us a few things too....the most important lesson we've learned
is that students are more likely to achieve success in a training
environment run byfull-time, dedicated training professionals,
rather than frequently changing part-time instructors with jobs
and priorities elsewhere. Over the last 2 decades, we have tried
every instructional approach possible to maximize effectiveness.
We deduced through our own observations that the best instructor
is an intelligent, quick-thinking, and entertaining individual.
If an instructor has airline experience; wonderful. If they can't
get the point across to the students in a professional manner; they
can apply to other schools, but will not remain at ours. We have
assisted airlines in rewriting their own operations manuals as well
as assisted them with technical questions. We have, as well as our
graduates have noticed an incredible amount of misinformation that
has infiltrated the industry. This is the information that is typically
debated throughout dispatch offices in this country. We find it
so fulfilling when our graduates report back to us about how well-prepared
they arefor airline training. Why do we have some
graduates from other schools request to sit through International
flight planning, ETOPS, EWINS, or simply get refresher training?
Why don't they return to their own schools?
our own observations on practical exams, as well as graduate and
airline feedback, we've confirmed over the years that our professional
instructors consistently produce the most knowledgeable graduates.
The hiring airlines continue to confirm what we know
as a fact. Some of our favorite quotes from some of our past interviewers
(after "quizzing" our students) are:
wish I attended your school."
never received this amount of detail."
is refreshing to find a school that makes our job (airline initial
training) so easy."
glad I attended your school."
is sometimes more astonishing is the fact that many interviews are
held during the first half of the course, prior to a students' full
exposure to dispatch scenarios. This is a testimony of the real-life
scenarios that are instructed at our school instead of the theory-only
basics you may receive at a substandard school.
ALL of our instructors are full-time employees of Sheffield School.
If a student needs help after class, they will receive it from either
the instructor or the President - our instructors won't leave for
work in the early afternoon only to leave you alone or in a "study
group". Our profession requires us to educate and train motivated
individuals using the most up-to-date information and technology
don't moonlight as educators and instructors. We also don't sit by and watch advancements
pass us by; our course is in a constant state of flux. Our school
doesn't rest in a protective bubble from the outside world; we dispatch
ourselves to major airlines as well as "regional" airlines to develop
and present an overall
comprehensive, wide variety of dispatch techniques.
We do not teach with a "blinders-on" approach. No matter what airline
hires you (large or small), you will be prepared for that company's
initial training. Your Sheffield Diploma guarantees it!
graduating from Sheffield...I have found that I have greater
many people who have been in the business for years."
(Currently, at Southwest Airlines)
indicative of Sheffield School's training objectives- to go above
and beyond the "minima", to give students the solid foundation to
continue the learning process, and to show respect to a career that
demands it - The Airline Dispatcher.
January 23, 2011 - 6:56pm message to Sheffield Staff
From another graduate who earned her certificate here and commented how others don't earn their certificate:
"I know. And I passed it (my course at my first choice school) on the first try, without having to dumb myself down to a lesser school or BUY new test scores.
[Krystal M.] ;)
have provided contract training for Delta Air Lines.
reason is simple--we are the industry-recognizedWorld
Leader in the field of Aircraft Dispatcher Training. Our training
product has been refined for over 60 years, it works, and it produces
consistent superior results.
School's curriculum is overseen by a Program Advisory Board. The following aviation industry representatives serve
as advisors with regard to course content and curriculum. This process
ensures that Sheffield graduates continue to meet or exceed the
expectations of those who would hire them. The Advisory Board members
Gene Cameron, Manager of Flight Dispatch Standards &
Richard Gromel, Manager (Retired) of System Operational
Control, AMERICAN AIRLINES
Jansen, Designated Examiner, FEDERAL
Frank Shea, Fmr Vice-President - Operational Reliability, World Airways, (Former
Director of Flight Operations and Chief Dispatcher - Delta
Manager -Air Traffic Services
- Flight Air Operations
B-757, B-727, DC-9, MD-80, DC-8
of System Control
Manager - Dispatch
School was the FIRST Aircraft Dispatch Training Facility to offer ETOPS training.This course has
been in great demand for the last few years. Our students are exposed
to basics as well as advanced practical concepts and applied
situations that cannot be thoroughly inserted into our 5-week course
without sacrificing sections of our classic course. We refuse to
compromise our integrity and skim over material. This
course is no 5 hour quickie overview; we'll end when the class is comfortable with and capable
of producing and analyzing a multitude of practical flight plans
with hypothetical scenarios discussed. Like the AIFP,
you also get a live instructor; not CBT "on-your-own" training.
School was the FIRST Aircraft Dispatch Training Facility to offer Advanced
International Flight Planning training.This course was
not rushed into existence as an afterthought. It took Eric Morris
approximately 5 years to outline what would benefit the student
most in a 2-3 day period. For Sheffield to insert these advanced
techniques and concepts along with an ETOPS course together in a compressed 4-6 hour overview course would be an injustice to
our students, and a compromise to our integrity and reputation.
You get what you pay for.
School has placed more graduates in rewarding careers with the airlines
than any other school in the world. In fact, we are confident that we have placed more
graduates in the industry than all the other schools combined. Many
times, our graduates are hired without a formal interview. Airlines
realize which school produces graduates who have earned their
license through hard work. They also know which schools hand
out licenses to unqualified students, which schools guarantee licenses
to students who have previously failed Aircraft Dispatcher courses,
and which schools' graduates are so underprepared that they cannot
pass airline initial training.
It seems that the diploma from Sheffield is enough
for most airlines. From two of our respected Graduates:
had over 12 interviews and job offers around the country and every
interview I went on I was told that they
called because they saw I was trained at Sheffield. Sheffield is a very respected name in this business."
been amazed by how many of these companies have said that they
will only hire Sheffield graduates.Your
reputation and training is second to none! Thank You!"
16 Aug 2006 20:26:41
Subject: I got hired
... you helped me refresh my dispatcher memory back in March of
this year when I had an interview with..United Parcel Service...I
begin on Sept the 5th in Louisville, Ky.
I wanted to send you an email and thank you again for all the information that you supplied me with
prior to my interview...I appreciate everything you did. Thanks
for all your help!!
(An example of Sheffield School
spending time AFTER graduation to help one of our graduates!!)
E.M. - Sheffield School
School has taught hundreds of FAA and ICAO-sponsored students and continues to do so.This is a fact;
however, the FAA (as a whole) is not in a position to favor one
school over another. In fact, it is against FAA policy. Various
schools may provide training for FAA factions or individuals. Be
wary of claims that only one school controls FAA training. We've even
refused the FAA training that one school claims to have been awarded.
Sheffield has, in the past, refused training if we felt that (minimal
length) accelerated courses would be an inappropriate route to a
School was the first aviation school to be approved by the FAA for
Aircraft Dispatcher Training.
pre-date the FAA.
School has an outstanding reputation with the public and with
this agency. I appreciate having your experience as a resource..."
K.T. FAA Aviation Inspector December 4, 2001
School offers free Refresher Training for our graduates as well
as free Technical Support. For how long? As long as you'd like - forever is an appropriate word since this school has no plans to discontinue
training. This has been offered by us longer than most dispatch
schools have been in business. We also love to take any technical
questions (on "gray" areas) that may arise at work. We've fielded
calls from the smallest of companies to largest air carriers. Remember - you'll find us at Sheffield School and nowhere else.
School has trained (or actually retrained) a number of GRADUATES
of other schools and continues to receive
requests for recurrent/refresher training from GRADUATES of other
schools. This speaks for itself.
will fax my résumé over this morning. Have
a great day! By the way, I am aware of the rivalry between
----- and Sheffield. After having the opportunity of working
with a few Sheffield graduates, I realized what a better
program Sheffield offers. Go figure!"
a former instructor at that "unnamed school" who applied
for a teaching position at our school.
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 02:52:00 (PDT)
Subject: Basic questions regarding training.
I have been interested in attending Sheffield to take the airline
dispatcher training, ... I would like to say I have
only heard great things about this school and its training.
I recently flew to ------- to meet the VP's and regional managers
of (airline), and they allowed me to spend about two hours in
SOC, and have invited me back. When
I asked what school would be most helpful, the answer was a
unanimous "Sheffield." Even those who did not attend
Sheffield thought you had the best program. That day helped
me make my decision to attend Sheffield when the time comes.
Thank you for your time. JV
School is the first school to be awarded U.S. Air Force training to be given onsite. We also trained students from the Pacific
INTEGRITY. A school can only remain in business and maintain
their stellar reputation by being trustworthy and providing quality
service. We provide our students with an outstanding education.
They are not spoon-fed questions and answers for 5 weeks to simply
memorize 2 standardized tests. We charge anywhere from $3,100 - $5,000 for
the student to receive an education.
In the process, they develop the skills to not only pass the standardized
tests, but ALSO the Sheffield tests. These tests develop problem-solving
skills and speedy decision making. When you enter Airline initial
training, you will be prepared. What good is an unearned license
that was promised to you or guaranteed to you, if you have been
under-prepared and may fail within the airline?
Prior to and following graduation, we'll support you in your job
search and technical support when you have a problem. You can't
receive this continued "lifetime" support from a school
that has had FAA violations, investigations, suspensions, or shutdowns.
Some schools will not be around long - certainly not 60 years or
SHEFFIELD SCHOOL DOES NOT CANCEL CLASSES! "Can you please guarantee to me that you will not cancel my class due to low enrollment?" is a question we receive often. Although some schools have a minimum student enrollment requirement of as many as 12 students, Sheffield School does not penalize our prospective students and customers in this manner. Other schools won't even tell you that they have a minimum enrollment requirement until they simply cancel. This occurred once within 5 days of the class start date at another school and affected a number of international students who already had their student visas! Sheffield School does not typically have a low enrollment, but even if we enrolled only one student, we would run the class - once again, having full-time instructors has it's benefits, and nobody gets hurt or "ripped off."
to the airline industry. We have made a promise to the airline industry. That
promise is to produce the most qualified, and prepared graduates
that enter the job market. We do not believe in handing under-qualified
students to the airlines. We guarantee that those students passing
our course have earned their license. Many airlines have seen the
light and have complained vigorously about uneducated graduates
who must be "reprogrammed" because of inadequate education.
Testimonials - No school can match the quality and quantity of
our student/graduate and airline testimonials. You may notice other
schools' web sites with ZERO testimonials or very few testimonials, most or all of which are UNDATED. Interestingly enough,
these schools dated them in the past, then removed them to disguise
their lack of consistent and recent praise. Visit our testimonials
index page for a huge variety of testimonials including
students who DID NOT attend Sheffield, but wish they had!
Tue, 16 Sep 2003 21:14:01 EDT
Subject: Re: new class
How's life in the big city? Work is going well for me. I start training
on Oct 1st for dispatch Coordinator. What a big surprise
that was. They are thinking that I'm ready to move up. I would have
liked to dispatch a little longer but can't pass up a promotion....plus
it pays 1.60 more per hour.
Is the new class full and ready to start working on a new career?
I can remember my 1st day. It was 1 year ago
today that I started....I've come a long way in 1 year. Once again,
thanks for the opportunity and I'm so glad I came to Sheffield.
Thanks for all your help and God Bless.
Domestic AND International Students:
Why FAA-approved at Sheffield School should be your prime
14 Aug 2008 11:19:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: aircraft dispatcher license conversion and ETOPS
hi mr morris,
I am licensed aircraft dispatcher having license from civil avaition
pakistan. I am residing in (Middle East) and working in xxxxxxx
airlines in ground operation. I wanted to convert my license from
FAA and ETOPs certification as xxxxxxx airlines flight operations
department is giving preference to those dispatcher who are holding
FAA license and especially from your school. please guide me,
how can I convert my license and what will be the minimum cost (tuition
+ boaring and lodging fees) and how many days classroom training
best regards, S.Z.
21 Dec 2008, 07:38:52 AM
"Wanted to give you guys an update. I've been dispatching for
just over four months now with xxx and things are going great. When
I came out to interview my boss only asked
me a few dispatching questions and referenced the fact that I went
to Sheffield as to why the questions were so limited. He
said that he respects the school and knows the caliber of student
that graduates. As an interesting side note the fellow I was in
ground school with here at xxx went to a dispatch school which will
remain nameless but is located in Denver, CO. He struggled to make
it through ground school specifically referencing the fact that
they never even taught him simple things like xxx & xxxx. When
I was first looking for a dispatch school I couldn't find much in
the way of feedback about schools besides what I found on your website,
and it being your website I was suspect as to it's validity. After
graduating and now dispatching for a while I have come to realize
that all the testimonials on your site have to be absolutely
true and accurate."
P.S. I am slated to become a chief dispatcher sometime early next
F.N. - Graduate Dispatch class June '08
Facilities - We don't teach out of a garage. We don't instruct
out of a hotel room or rent a small conference room. We provide
pictures, including 3-D tours of our facilities. Nothing is hidden
from view. You're welcome to tour our facilities if you'd like.
location - South Florida weather cannot be beat, especially
during the winter months, as you can see from the pictures below:
below: Kentucky January 31, 2009
ADX training. Do
you really want to pay $500.00 to over $6,000.00 for FAA standardized
Knowledge test preparation? You can purchase a book and CD for approximately
$25-$50 to prepare yourself for passing the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher
Knowledge (ADX) test. Some schools prepare very well for the test.
Extremely well. So well that you may spend at least half of your
class time (and tuition) on something that you could have accomplished
yourself. That leaves only a small portion of the course (what your
tuition really goes for) to cover practical concepts. How much are we against this type of training? We spent hundreds of hours coding and testing our series of Online
FAA test preparation modules. Currently, we have a majority of the
questions and diagrams from the government ADX test-prep book uploaded
in a modular test format. It is password-protected, but it is FREE
for everyone who enrolls in the course. Future
students can now recieve instruction and practice quizzes to review
before they arrive for their 1st day of classes.We
just uploaded instructional modules in early October 2009
to assist our students even more.
School of Aeronautics is the Industry-recognizedWorld Leader in the field of Aircraft Dispatcher Training. It's
a simple undisputed fact: we've been doing it longer, better, and
with greater success than any other school in the world. We've trained
more airline personnel than any other school. As a result, our
graduates are unquestionably regarded as the most highly qualified, most highly trained, and most likely to succeed in
the industry by the airlines that hire them. Just ask our Graduates,as
well as the Airlines (who only prefer prepared graduates). The link
below illustrates what World Leader represents:
following airlines below attended Sheffield's Jan-Feb 2009 classes!!
use real world learning tools. Some schools will only allow
their students the opportunity to use government publications in
their courses. These materials are inexpensive, but the airlines
use many other publications with different formats. And they expect
you to understand how to use them before you arrive on Day 1. It
is also impossible to instruct and learn computer flight planning,
weather retrieval, and the use of Aircraft Situation Display in
a classroom without computers, monitors, and internet access.
comparison.[Note: some schools do not even reveal their fees, they'd rather ask you to "request a quote" = bad news.]
Although Sheffield School
has the longest history and most experience of any dispatcher school in the world, we provide a greater education, more physical and electronic materials that you can actually keep, and more services before AND after graduation, but we also typically match or beat others' prices - typically, coupons are placed on our home page, course pages, or catalog request pages, or you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask!
looking through all the aviation magazines, I contacted 5-6 schools.
Some of the brochures looked as though they were running a school
from their kitchen table.* What clinched my decision to
settle on your school have been testimonial letters, job placement
assistance, and reputation...I'm looking forward to the training."
future student who made the correct choice.
schools won't even send materials out to you. You should always
get a hard copy of all agreements.
to think about
school can make any claim they want, including us. We recommend
that you ask around and see which school name comes up
the most for recommended training.
Why is Sheffield School the only school that recommends that you
contact the airline industry professionals for school selection
We don't fear the airline industry's answer.
to think about
a school claims to have active dispatchers teaching, ask them
don't you list them under "Staff?" Are they part-time
Have your instructors ever been fired/terminated from employment for cause? (answer is 'yes' for some instructors as well as course operators..)
they are listed, find out if you can speak to them about the curriculum.
written testimonials from graduates concerning their instructors.
the instructors "How many hours per week they teach?"
they teach coming off a midnight shift or going onto a day or
night shift. If not, "can you guarantee that I'll have the
same instructor for a majority of the course?"
part of your FAA-approved training curriculum conducted via computer?
Why sell me on your instructors if THEY ARE NOT AROUND?
is your instructor turnover per year?
and familiarity with a professional instructor and support staff
WITH a variety of prior aviation experience is the most effective
way to facilitate learning.