(Online Training followed by 2 weeks residency training)
“Great online course. All the information was clearly laid out in an easy to understand fashion. Class expectations are clearly explained. Overall a great course..”
Prerequisites: This course is for:
- Individuals who meet FAR Part 65.57, or
- Individuals who meet FAR Part 65.61(d), or
- Airline employees who meet either of the above, or
- Any individual meeting the ADX and online course requirements listed on this page
Specific prerequisites details are below.
2021 Course Fees
Registration/Phase I Fee : $1,500 (non-refundable)
Phase II Tuition: $2,300
Total cost (domestic & international* students) $3,800 (2021) – check for discounts.
FAA Practical examination fee: $0.00; we do not charge a fee for the initial certification exam.
Practical exam RETEST, if required ($400.00).
* International Applicants/Students only – add a I-20/M-1 visa processing fee of $300.00, if applicable.
Housing = Staybridge Suites is highly recommended, but one Sheffield rental house within walking distance (5-8 minutes) is less expensive and sometimes available. Visit Student Housing for a tour.
November 1, 2020
September 10, 2020
“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.”
June 5, 2020
February 20, 2020
February 7, 2020
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your dedication to your job. I highly respect you and regard you as one of the best instructor/teachers I’ve ever known. You uphold the standard of excellence in such a way that it compels your students to get better every day. I want you to know that every error in my work and studies has driven me to learn from it. Each failure is an opportunity to learn from it and to get better. I must commend you that you are a gifted communicator. You can take very complex ideas and explain them in ways that make the material accessible and memorable. Thank you for doing what you do day in and day out to help mold students into what they need to be. I look forward to initial training with an airline to continue to learn more each day. Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
I am so grateful for this educational experience and I wanted to make sure that I properly expressed gratitude to you. Keep up the very important work that you do!
-R.S. – Feb 2020 graduate
December 14, 2019
I’m going to be hiring a class of up to 12 dispatchers in February of this year. If you’d like, I would be happy to come in and talk to your classes…I’d be much more comfortable taking a Sheffield grad than someone from someplace else.
Also, if you have any (excellent students) in class please let me know. (xxxx xxxx) has been an awesome addition to the team here and I certainly appreciate you recommending him.
Have a great holiday,
Manager, Flight Dispatch
xxxxx Airlines, Inc.
September 7, 2019
I believe that Sheffield was a smart choice for myself and helped me have a strong command of the dispatch function and was more than adequate in preparing me for my Flight Dispatch career. Having worked with, trained, and hired dispatchers, Sheffield graduates consistently prove to have a better grasp on the regulatory and flight planning aspects of the job. That doesn’t mean that other schools didn’t do an adequate job but there was always, IMO, a clear distinction. Of those that did well coming from other schools, it usually could be attributed to personal work ethic and extra work on their part. One thing guaranteed of a Sheffield graduate is that they can read a METAR or TAF (weather reports/forecasts) with fluency and know what they just read (including remarks).
March 27, 2019
August 11, 2018
Excellent school. Excellent program. Very good instructors with easy to understand graphs and examples of dispatching. I was in the 1-week course and the online modules were very informative. The instructors really took the time to explain literally everything online. I was very impressed with the online portion of the school as well as the 1-week class. Also understanding how to do the flight plans, the instructor goes over everything. Even all the little “gotchas” that can make your flight plan invalid (examples, contaminated runways, icing, headwinds vs tailwinds) the instructor explains everything. I recommend Sheffield to anyone interested in becoming an Aircraft Dispatcher. Excellent school with top notch instructors and material.
– JD Atlanta, GA
May 22, 2018
To Brett – online training
I just wanted to write to you and give you my thanks for all the help you provided me along my journey to earn a dispatcher license. It all started on February 13th, … It was certainly an intense 3 months but you were always available and so responsive to emails which was a great help. I learned a lot from the email correspondence we had over the past 3 months. I remember struggling through certain areas, one in particular on a weekend and you came back with a reference on where to find the information so quickly. That meant a lot to me among other things and I am so glad I was successful in the course.
Finally getting the chance to meet you at the school was a pleasure and you were very helpful along the way. The Sheffield team works long and dedicated hours to ensure the students are successful and that certainly meant a lot to me as well. ..I know the education I earned from your instruction at Sheffield will serve me well. I will be sure to stay in touch and wish you well in your future endeavors. Sheffield will be well recommended for those who ask for my feedback on the experience.
2021 Application Forms
- 2021 Admission Procedures: Domestic Students
- 2021 Admission Procedures: International Students
- 2021 2-week course Application Form
- 2021 Course – General Information
- 2021 Print a Credit Card authorization Form
Special Notes for Students of Any Class:
Domestic Students Notes for all Classes (ID information):
- TWO forms of photo identification are required with BOTH IDs having the full names matching exactly. Must be CURRENT, not expired IDs.
International Students Notes for all Classes (ID info & more):
- TWO forms of photo identification are required with BOTH IDs having the full names matching exactly. Must be CURRENT, not expired IDs, AND
- We recommend to begin the Application / I-20 processing at least 2 – 4 months prior to the start date of your desired class. 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 I-20 processing fee paid to Sheffield. Please view the links below for more information:
- International Students – VERY IMPORTANT TO READ!
Aircraft Dispatcher Course (2 weeks)
- Is it required to pass the ADX (Aircraft Dispatcher) knowledge exam before the online (Phase I) of the 3-week, 2-week, or 1-week course?
No, HOWEVER it is HIGHLY recommended to do so. Not taking and passing the ADX exam prior to beginning the online phase results in the juggling of nonsense (ADX standardized exam study of topics, many of which are unrelated to reality) with real-life practical exam-based subject matter, the latter of which is covered during both Phases I & II. Our Phase I does not concentrate or focus on ADX material. Much of the material is covered, but not in any concentrated manner. Sure, important regulations will be covered during both phases of our course, but we will not instruct technical aerodynamics and pallet loading, or how to fly into a specific holding pattern, colors of aeronautical lighting and runway marking spacing rules, etc.. If we wasted time on this, then it would be a disservice to our customers. Again, this answer pertains to the ‘shorter’ residency courses, NOT the full 5-week residency course.
- Who should enroll in the 2-week course?
Experienced indivividuals/airlines (per FAR 65.57) or highly motivated individuals who are able to pass the ADX exam and 7 online modules prior to arrival for the 2 weeks residency.
- When I receive my User ID and password, will I be able to access the online lessons (Courses 101-107 above) or do I still have to wait for the posted dates that are on the Matrix? For instance, if I want to participate in the May 5 class can I begin working on Course 101 in February.
Yes. You can complete the lessons (Courses 101-107 above, in order of course) any time prior to the DUE DATES. The Matrix lists the due dates for each Course. You can certainly complete a course before it’s due date.
- One school kept pressuring me to take their accelerated course even after I claimed that I was uncomfortable with my limited aviation experience and ability to pass the ADX exam. What should I do?
Seek training at another facility. They’re sole interest is $$$; it certainly is not to provide a quality education.
- Is the FAA license recognized worldwide, or just in North America? I am hoping to stay in North America/Canada once qualified, but if I need to return to the UK, how easily can this license be converted (if it needs to be at all)?
It is recognized in many countries/airlines, yet it’s validity as a license varies among CAAs around the world. You’ll have to specifically ask the country’s CAA or airline.
- I am extemely interested in applying for a 2 week accelerated course. Is this route of study open to international students and if so what is the processing fee for the I-20 form?
Yes, it is open to qualified students, domestic or international. If entering on a M-1 student visa, our procedures will be sent to you upon application or when you inquire by email. The I-20 fee is $200.00 (2020) and $300 (2021).
- How should I send you a copy of my information?
Fax or mail is fine.
- What seems to be the biggest problem for students taking the online course?
A combination of not following instructions and procrastination. For example, once the Phase I tuition is paid, an email is sent with instructions and links, and a directive to “Reply via email that you received this email”, but many students do not follow that direction. They are reminded a week or 10 days later, some need an additional reminder, but by then they are already 2-3 weeks behind.
- What seems to be the next biggest problem for students taking the online course?
Not reading what was just written above or not believing it.
- Anything else?
Yes. Believing that the ADX test is Phase I or that the ADX exam can be studied for while taking our Phase I online material concurrently. Sheffield’s Phase I online material is not pure ADX study material. It could certainly help anyone studying for the ADX test, but is more demanding on it’s own and should be commenced once the ADX is already passed.
- STILL anything else?
Yes. Believing that this is some “click through the pretty flash files” type of course resulting in some lame “print out your certificate” set of instructions at the end. There are a variety of training methods used including interactive examples and other tasks, but a large amount of READING is required, followed by homework and other assignments, AND all must be REVIEWED and understood prior to your arrival at Sheffield.
- What is a good way to get terminated from the course and lose all my money?
Do not follow the instructions…repeatedly. Some students like to just submit incomplete work, nameless work, late work, assignments out of order. It is almost approaching arrogance at times. Many simply cannot read. Some enjoy resubmitting homework with the same incorrect answer. One person submitted no assignments for a month after gaining access to the online modules (typical procrastinator), then sent his first email “Well, I’m ready to take the End of Course test for Course 105.” He never could understand from me that Course 101 comes first, then Course 102, etc.. If you do not completely understand an early course, then you will not understand a later course – it kind of goes in order for a reason. There is a Matrix below that basically indicates due dates in a certain order. It becomes difficult to help online students who have legitimate technical questions because I need to send “Johnny Clueless” another email explaining that the assignments are located when you click the button named…Assignments.
Years ago, we were overwhelmed with phone calls requesting an accelerated course for those highly experienced individuals who cannot attend our longer courses. These motivated individuals requested quality that our institution has provided for 73+ years while not being overcharged. Sheffield met these demands by providing an unparalleled program ranging from an ab initio basics review through the complexities of our full-time course and into our airline-prep material. This course is not the typical “Q & A” test preparation course.
The course consists of two phases: an online interactive distance-learning phase (I) and a residency phase (II).
Online Distance-Learning. Cost is $1,500 (nonrefundable). Various modules of our course are presented online.
Requires: Internet access, a user ID and password (issued after payment), and a web browser. Successful completion of Phase I is a prerequisite to enter the Phase II (residency) course. Plan on a minimum of 2-3 months to complete the online modules and examinations (excluding study time for the ADX test). This phase will be accessible on a password-protected realm of our web site. Once Phase I is accessed, students will have 3 months of maximum access. Overdue assignments will not be acceptable. You may postpone your Phase II start date ONLY ONE TIME if needed. Evidence of cheating or receiving help from others or giving out your individual ID and password to others will result in immediate dismissal from the course – no refund. If you continually ignore directions provided by the instructor, after previous warnings, then student will be terminated from the course – no refund.
Phase I (excludes ADX study time) – Online – See the MATRIX at the bottom of this page to get an idea of the DUE DATES and MINIMUM days required for each course.
- Course 101 Weather Theory
- Course 102 Non-graphic Weather
- Course 103 Graphic Weather
- Course 104 AIM & CHARTS
- Course 105 Regulations
- Course 106 Aircraft Systems
- Course 107 Aircraft Certificate Limits
See the Class Matrix (class dates and assignment due dates) at the bottom of the page.
Residency, following successful completion of Phase I. Cost (2021) is $2,300 due 30 days prior to class start date.
Duration: 10 days, 8 clock hours per day; 8:00am – 5:00pm with a lunch hour. Occasionally, computer labs will be conducted in the large classroom toward the end of the day.
An exam (review) based on the online modules of Phase I may be administered at the Sheffield School facilities on the first day on Phase II or online prior to your arrival. If the online modules, practice examples, and practice exams are successfully completed per the directions provided in Phase I, then the transition to Phase II should be smooth.
Class is not held during the weekends, unless prearranged by instructor.
Be prepared to stay an extra 1 – 3 days due to the scheduling of practical examinations.
- Duration of residence phase (Phase II): 2 weeks, 8 clock hours per day; after successful completion of Phase I self-paced on-line distance learning modules.
- 8:00am – 5:00pm with a lunch hour, scheduled weekdays only.
- Be prepared to stay 1-3 days following the last class day due to the scheduling of practical examinations.
- Class size (Phase II) = limited to 25 students, but will typically range from 10-20, as you will join the 5-week class in progress.
Instructors: Brett Bories, Eric Morris
Maximum Class Size: approximately 12 students.
Minimum Class Size: 1 student.
- Meteorology/Weather Briefings
- Non-Graphic Weather reports/forecasts
- Graphic Weather Charts
- Nav/Comm, Notams, ILS, etc
- Regulations – primarily FAR Part 121
- B-727-200 Systems/limits
- Jeppesen Airport/Approach, Area, En route, DPs/STARs, etc.
- Performance/Weight & Balance Theory
- Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List
- Practical Flight Planning/Scenarios/Applied Dispatching
2021 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)
(LATEST POSSIBLE) start dates
2021 Phase I – Online Courses: 101-107
(LATEST POSSIBLE) completion due dates
These online courses ARE NOT ADX test prep material!!
|ADX must be passed* prior to Phase I online portion!!||101 due||102 due||103 due||104 due||105 due||106 due||107 due||Courses 108 – 110 NOT to be submitted and have NO due dates.||Phase II Start Date|
|(Must start BEFORE:)||Mandatory Lesson completion due dates below.|
(TRY TO COMPLETE MUCH EARLIER):
|Nov 17, 2020||Nov 24, 2020||Dec 4, 2020||Dec 14, 2020||Dec 28, 2020||Jan 4, 2021||Jan 8, 2021||Jan 11, 2021||N/A||Jan 20, 2021|
|Jan 5, 2021||Jan 12, 2021||Jan 22||Feb 1||Feb 16||Feb 22||Feb 26||Mar 1||N/A||Mar 10, 2021|
|Feb 23, 2021||Mar 2||Mar 12||Mar 22||Apr 5||Apr 12||Apr 16||Apr 19||N/A||Apr 28, 2021|
|May 18, 2021||May 25||Jun 4||Jun 14||Jun 28||Jul 6||Jul 9||Jul 12||N/A||Jul 21, 2021|
|Jul 6, 2021||Jul 13||Jul 23||Aug 2||Aug 16||Aug 23||Aug 27||Aug 30||N/A||Sep 8, 2021|
|SCROLL DOWN for more information!||Aug 24, 2021||Aug 31||Sep 10||Sep 20||Oct 4||Oct 12||Oct 15||Oct 18||Oct 27, 2021|
|*The ADX test may be impossible to take for many international students; therefore, you may be able to waive the prerequisite if you agree to take the ADX test at Sheffield at the regular fee. The ADX test MUST be passed or it is unlikely that you will be able to continue with the rigorous Phase 2 portion. If you plan to split your studies between ADX and Sheffield’s online courses 101-107, then you will likely NOT meet the completion due dates above.|
Student MUST complete the above courses (lessons, assignments, and tests) in a timely manner in order to be allowed to enter the corresponding Phase II residency portion of class. The due dates above are FIRM. If any online course is completed late or overdue for ANY REASON, then you will NOT be permitted into that corresponding Phase 2 class – you MUST postpone to the next scheduled class date to avoid arriving here unprepared. You may NOT postpone TWICE to a later class date without re-enrolling and beginning the entire process again beginning with Phase I.
Example: If planning to join us on January 20, 2021 for Phase 2 (residency) class, but online Course 105 was not completed by January 4, then you must postpone your arrival to March 10 and now meet the due dates of that respective class. If you are now planning to arrive on March 10, 2021 for the Phase 2 (residency) class after already postponing once, but online Course 105 was not completed by Feb 22 or you are late with any subsequent online course (106 or later), then you will be terminated from the entire program with no refund. The only way to continue is to re-enroll.
It is recommended to START these Phase I online lessons at least 3 months prior to the Phase II start date (right column.) Why? Because you are provided 2-3 months of online access and most students need that time to complete everything in a non-rushed manner which also allows adequate REVIEW time prior to arrival at Sheffield School. Without reviewing all material, you would arrive unprepared for our residency portion of the course.