International Students – Welcome

Our international students usually comprise 40-80% of our class roster!!

SEVIS – Sheffield School is SEVIS Approved.

SEVIS approved schools allow international students to study in the United States. You must choose a SEVIS approved school if you plan to study in the USA.

VISA Information

We recommend to begin the application/I-20 processing at least 3-5 months prior to the start date of your desired class and more if within certain countries listed in the General Visa Information below. 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:

  1. General Visa Information (pdf file)
  2. I-901 form (includes specific instructions)(pdf file)

International Students notes for all classes:

TWO forms of photo identification are required with BOTH IDs having the full names matching exactly.

Certificate Conversion

There really are no “conversion” courses for aircraft dispatcher within the USA, only additional certification.

You can qualify for a reduced residency hours course by referring to our “courses” page and reading the prerequisites for either the 3  week, 2 week, or 1 week residency courses.

Please note the ADX and online course completion prerequisites for all shorter courses. The 5 week (full residency & most popular) course DOES NOT have any strict prerequisites and is already quite a challenge.

WARNING to International Students

Please note that according to the FAA (Washington, D.C.) it is absolutely NOT LEGAL or authorized for a successful graduate of aircraft dispatcher training to receive final certification (the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate under FAR Part 65) via practical examination testing OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.A..

There are ZERO permitted exemptions (including Part 142) to this rule no matter what you’ve been told by certain course operators running training classes outside of the U.S.A.. We know for a fact that this situation has resulted in more than a few license/certificate SUSPENSIONS/REVOCATIONS in the past. Yes, the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate may be surrendered, suspended, or revoked. Operations were also suspended at more than one “internationally-based aircraft dispatcher training school” once the proper FAA authorities were alerted.

Being FAA Approved at Sheffield School Should Be Your Prime Objective!

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:19:26 -0700 (PDT)
To: morris@sheffield.com
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 I require?
best regards, S.Z.

The Latest Charade: Part 65 Dispatch Certification in Spanish and other languages.

Why pay for a soon-to-be-revoked certificate. The law mandates English.

Sheffield Note: Do you want to pay 2 tuition amounts and attend 2 courses on 2 continents for 1 legal certificate? Think about it. You can believe the “schools” which have been in business less than 1 decade or the school that initiated Aircraft dispatcher training nearly SIX DECADES ago. Need FAA references? Email or call us anytime.

Why Is Choosing A SEVIS Approved School Important To You?

Based on the following type of email, which we recently received from this unlucky person, being SEVIS-approved may be meaningless at some schools:

From: p——-@xxxxxx.–>
Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 10:18:34
Subject: URGENT URGENT APPLICATION
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am —– —— from xxxx working for xxxx Air and reacently (sic) I got promoted to Flight Operations department and I am getting my new salary after I complete my FAA Dispatch License. I had registered with (a school in Texas) and after all admission process I have already Obtained My Leave from the company & USA M1 VISA, Transit Visa for UK and Tickets to DFW with me. But suddenly they cancelled the class and I am in a trouble. I have leave from 19SEP2007 to 02NOV2007 and I need to Enroll with your any of the Courses going on on these days. Even the 4 Weeks expressed (sic) course is alright since I work for Operations. Please Reply me Immidiately (sic) and I am willing to Pay your Fees Now even, and I need Accomodation as well.
Please find out and reply (to) me fast…
THANKS

Sheffield Note: Another “school” called us in August 2009 wanting to send us an international student. Why? Turned out they did not want to run a 1-person class. And when did they call? 2 days before their class start date (student was already in the USA) – you will not encounter or deal with that garbage at Sheffield School. We have never cancelled a certification course.

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    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
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    “I entered my profession, with more knowledge and information than dispatchers who have been practicing their craft for more than ten years. Not only has Sheffield provided a top notch education, but they have also instilled in me the confidence to succeed.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
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    “I am a graduate of the Sheffield’s Dispatcher Program. I have been a Captain-Part 121 Airline, Certified Flight/Grnd Instructor, and FAA Designated Check Airman and Sim Instructor (Part 121). From my experience I would rate Sheffield School as outstanding in their field.” PT PT
    “Eric Morris is one of the most if not the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on Aircraft Dispatching in the United States. He strives constantly to make the industry better.” DH sidebar DH
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