Why you should Study at an FAA-Accredited School

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a government regulated department that ensures air travel safety. Part of the FAA’s responsibilities is to certify and provide licensing to aviation professionals; including pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, and aircraft dispatchers.

There are many aircraft dispatcher schools available nationwide and online, but not all schools are FAA-Accredited. There are three very important reasons why it is important to study at an FAA-Accredited school.

Higher Quality of Training

Like any institution, when a school is accredited it ensures a standardized level of learning. In order to be approved, schools must meet a set of standards written by the FAA with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula. Sheffield School of Aeronautics is the oldest FAA-Accredited aircraft dispatcher school in the world. The recognition that the institution receives is what makes Sheffield the most experienced, qualified, and reputable school available for aircraft dispatcher training.

FAA-Certification Requirements

There are three requirements for being FAA Certified:

  1. Must be 18 years of age
  2. Must pass three types of FAA exams – written, oral, and practical
  3. Must have at least 18 months of experience on the job (either civilian or military experience) or graduate from an FAA-Accredited school

If you choose to move forward with a career in aviation, choosing an FAA-Accredited school will speed up the process for being FAA-Certified. Choosing an FAA-Accredited school will not only prepare you for your new career path, but will also help to expedite the process and eliminate the need for practical experience.


Do not make decisions on your future based on financial concerns alone. As previously stated, FAA-Accredited schools have a higher quality of training which should be one of your main requirements when choosing a school. There are different courses that offer different pricing and some schools offer financial assistance. If you are considering choosing a non-accredited school based off of cost alone, you could be making a huge mistake and end up wasting money in the long run. To eventually become FAA-Certified you need to graduate from a FAA program or have 18 months of OJT, saving a few dollars at the beginning could cost you a lot more in the end.

Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a worldwide recognized FAA-Accredited aircraft dispatcher school. With over 65 years of training experience more commercial airlines choose Sheffield graduates than any other aircraft dispatcher program available. Sheffield Schools offer the highest quality of training that will exceed FAA regulations for a price that you can afford.

If you are looking for an aircraft dispatcher school and are not sure if an FAA-Accredited school is right for you, call Sheffield today. Our admissions counselors would love to help you choose the right school and program for you. Call 800-843-8289 today to learn why Sheffield is the right school for you!

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    “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 ;)
    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
    “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.
    “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
    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “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
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    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
    “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 am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
    “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
    “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
    “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
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