What You Need to Know About FAA Flight Dispatcher Certificate

FAA flight dispatcher certificate requirements:

  1. Must be at least 23 years of age
  2. High school graduate or international equivalent education
  3. Ability to read, write, and communicate in the English Language
  4. Minimum 200 hours of instruction
  5. Passing Score on FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test

If you check off all those boxes, you’ll have your FAA flight dispatcher certificate. However, much like any career, it’s not just the list of requirements that count; you also need to know if you will be the right fit, if you will enjoy your flight dispatcher job, and if it will eventually become a career.

Most importantly, you do not need any experience or knowledge of aeronautics or flight dispatching. With no previous knowledge, you can learn everything you need to know to pass the flight dispatcher course and become a successful flight dispatcher by attending Sheffield School of Aeronautics.

To be truly successful while taking a flight dispatcher course, you need self-discipline and studious effort. Flight dispatching courses are not made to be simple and are typically difficult. At Sheffield School of Aeronautics, you will learn an exceptional amount of information after completing 200 hours of instruction from the world’s leading aircraft dispatching school. Dedicated students who put in the work, study hard, and show a commitment to the career and safety that they will instill are the students who will pass and thrive in the aircraft dispatching industry. At Sheffield, our goal is to train the best of the best, and if you put in the effort, we will match your certification with help finding a job.

Flight Dispatcher Course

Sheffield School of Aeronautics flight dispatcher courses are open to applicants over the age of 21. The certification can only be given to applicants who meet all the requirements, including the minimum age requirement (23 years-old).

Applicants under the age of 23 who pass the practical test and pass the FAA Practical Test will receive a letter of aeronautical competency in accordance with FAA Order 8900.1 Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 4. This will allow you to work as an assistant until you reach 23 years-old. Then, the FAA will automatically issue your aircraft dispatcher certificate.

FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test

The Federal Aviation Administration creates the standards for the practical test, which are discussed during the flight dispatcher course. To successfully pass the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test you must:

– Exhibit a satisfactory performance in the specific tasks

– Follow normal, abnormal, and emergency procedures

– Demonstrate sound judgement and aeronautic decision making

– Apply aeronautic knowledge

The instructors at Sheffield have a passion for aeronautics and are dedicated to developing the next, best generation of passionate flight dispatchers who will go on to land successful flight dispatcher careers. For more information, contact us today.


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