The FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Test

The American Flight Standards Service (AFS) of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a practical test, that’s divided into six parts, as a standard to determine if the applicant is qualified to become an Aircraft Dispatcher. If you are interested in becoming an aircraft dispatcher it is important to know the requirements for eligible to take the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Test.


To be eligible to take the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test, the applicant must:

  1. Be at least 21 years old;
  2. Be able be fluent in the English language (reading, writing, and speaking);
  3. Documented evidence of passing the knowledge test in the past 24 months;
  4. Comply with the 14 CFR part 65.57 requirements that state:
    1. A total of 2 years’ experience in the past 3 years as –
      1. A military aircraft operations:
        1. Pilot;
        2. Flight Navigator; or
      2. An aircraft operations:
        1. Assisting the dispatch of aircraft under the supervision of an aircraft dispatcher;
        2. Pilot;
        3. Flight engineer; or
  • Aircraft operations as:
    1. Air traffic controller; or
    2. Flight service specialist.
  1. Aircraft operations, performing other duties that the Administrator finds provide the equivalent experience.
  1. A statement of graduation showing that the applicant has successfully completed an approved aircraft dispatcher course.


To be eligible for the Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate, the applicant must:

  1. Be at least 23 years old;
  2. Satisfy all of the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test requirements;
  3. Pass the required practical test.


FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Test Outline

There are six areas of operation, each that are broken down into specific tasks and objectives required for the operation. The six areas of operation are:

  1. Flight Planning/Dispatch Release
    1. Regulatory Requirements
    2. Meteorology
    3. Weather Observations, Analysis and Forecasts
    4. Weather Related Hazards
    5. Aircraft Systems, Performance and Limitations
    6. Navigation and Aircraft Naviation Systems
    7. Practical Dispatch Applications
    8. Manuals, Handbooks, and Other Written Guidance
  2. Preflight, Takeoff and Departure
    1. Air Traffic Control Procedures
    2. Airports, Crew, and Company Procedures
  3. Inflight Procedures
    1. Routing, Re-Routing, and Flight Plan Filing
    2. In Route Communication Procedures and Requirements
  4. Arrival, Approach, and Landing Procedures
    1. ATC and Air Navigation Procedures
  5. Post-Flight Procedures
    1. Communication Procedures and Requirements
    2. Flight Documentation
  6. Abnormal and Emergency Procedures
    1. Abnormal and Emergency Procedures


It is important to familiarize yourself with each of the six areas of operations and the task each require. The objectives of each tasks are listed under each area of operation in the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards Booklet written by the FAA. There is a downloadable PDF version of the Practical Test Standards and more detailed information regarding the FAA regulations on

If you are interested in becoming an aircraft dispatcher and do not have any prior aviation experience, Sheffield school can help you meet the FAA requirements through our aircraft dispatcher course. Sheffield can give you the foundation you need to build your future, call today to learn more.

  • Contact Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

  • Testimonials

    “now that I’ve been in an indoctrination class with students from other schools, I know I made the right choice with Sheffield.”   Kindest regards,  A.R.  All schools are created equal?! yeah…sure ;)
    “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
    “I am so glad they are like this because it made me a better dispatcher and I really appreciate their high standards. I would highly recommend Sheffield to anyone who is willing to study hard and is serious about obtaining a Dispatcher Certificate.” MC MC
    “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
    ” I have received 4 (job) offers…many of the interviews I have gotten have been because of my “pedigree”…going to Sheffield. I am amazed at the respect your school has….I am honored to be a graduate. Thank you for all the work you ..!”  Testimonial – J. Ganci
    “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
    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “As a graduate of the aircraft dispatcher program at the Sheffield School of Aeronautics…My training was intense and thorough and furnished me with the requisite skills for performing my current job as a Flight Dispatch Supervisor.” N.S. Sidebar NS
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “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
    “Going to Sheffield prepared me for the real world challenges of Aircraft Dispatching. I certainly believe that the method Sheffield used is one not only for success in a real world career, but also one that prepares students to correctly dispatch aircraft.” T.Z. Sidebar TZ
    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
    “While touring my company’s dispatch department before I had my license our OCC manager pointed out that 7 of the 10 dispatchers on shift had come from Sheffield. The overall consensus was that Sheffield grads were able to hit the ground running as they were better prepared.” K.O. Sidebar K.O.
    Good afternoon Eric, I wanted to reach out to let you know that training at (airline) is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier that I chose Sheffield. My classmates, while very smart, definitely had subpar training and that has been very evident. I have waited to write a full scale review of the […] Attending Sheffield School benefits airline new hires in preparation for airline training
    “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
  • Online Catalog

    Sheffield Flight Dispatch Training Catalog

  • Connect