(Online Training followed by 2 weeks residency training)
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.
2018 Course Fees
Registration Fee : $1,500 (non-refundable)
Total cost (domestic & international* students) $3,100 – check for discounts.
FAA Practical examination fee: 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 $200.00, if applicable.
Housing = Residence Inn & Staybridge Suites are highly recommended, but rental houses within walking distance (5-20 minutes) are less expensive and sometimes available. Visit Student Housing for a tour.
May 7, 2018
January 27, 2018
Good Evening Mr. Morris,
My name is (name) and I work at Southwest Airlines (SWA). I had enrolled at Sheffield a year ago to do my dispatch course….but, (over time) I had moved to Denver and I ended up doing my dispatcher course at (school in Denver). BIG MISTAKE. A costly mistake I feel. I did not feel confident enough to go take a test at SWA or for that matter any other airline. When I speak with fellow dispatchers, there is no doubt that Sheffield graduates are the best in every way.
Sheffield really has a great value and input and your students fare extremely well at the tests given anywhere in the world. Your school provides no doubt – it’s like going to MIT or Harvard.
I want your help and guidance to prepare me to be confident and take up an exam with any airline. I just don’t feel I learnt much at my earlier school. Somehow your graduates that I have encountered have vast knowledge I feel. So now that I have a namesake license “that’s what I call it” I want to do it all over again at your prestigious school so I can be well prepared. Please guide me.
Please guide me and help me achieve my dream career. I humbly agree I made a huge mistake of my choices and kindly request you and your team to help me achieve this goal.
[Sheffield note: This student was reportedly ranked #1 in the class, which speaks volumes! And yes…we will help this future student!]
December 15, 2017
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Dispatcher Position/Thanks
I have just accepted a Flight Superintendent (Dispatcher) position with Delta Air Lines. Today is 12/15; I graduated from Sheffield with my Dispatcher License on 11/8 (just over a month!). I want to share my sincere thanks to Sheffield; the school that made this all possible. From your very knowledgeable and diligent instructors (Personally, Reuben for my two week course, and Brett for my online course) to the well-organized administration and Eric, it was an excellent experience.
If I could, I would do it all over again.
Thank you Sheffield School of Aeronautics
October 12, 2017
Hi Eric – I graduated in Feb 2016 as a student of the correspondence/residence course. Brett and Reuben were wonderful instructors and I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with so many classmates. I hope to stay in touch. Please say hi to both Brett and Reuben for me. – Eddie
September 6, 2017
“Very professional…appreciated the humor..”
June 28, 2017
What convinced me to come to Sheffield was the availability of the Distance +5. When I started searching for schools and online courses, Sheffield’s was the first one to pop-up. I looked at other schools as well. But, once I was on the Sheffield website and read everything about the school, it was my first choice. I also looked at critiques and there were nothing but positive. I’ve been very impressed with (the online) instruction and timely responses to my questions. And just after one day of residency. I thought (the classroom instructor) did an excellent job as well…
So, Thank you!
May 5, 2016
(At least) 3 Sheffield Graduates were recently hired by Southwest Airlines!
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Subject: I got Assistant Dispatcher at SWA!
I wanted to let you know that I successfully tested, interviewed and was accepted to the June class of Southwest Airlines Initial training for Assistant Dispatcher!
I heard repeatedly from current SWA Dispatchers that my training at Sheffield would prepare me for the testing and interview portions of the hiring process. They were absolutely correct! (E.B.) and I have repeatedly said throughout the process how thankful we are that we chose Sheffield because we clearly were more prepared than other applicants!
Thank you for all your patience, especially through the online portion of my class!
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:21 PM
Great news!! I was offered the assistant dispatcher position here at Southwest Airlines. I’m super excited and I think the rigorous Sheffield course prepared very well for the whole interview process. I thank you all so much!
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 5:26 PM
Subject: SWA Dispatch
I got the position! I start June 6th! Thanks again for all your help!
March 31, 2016
Applied to Southwest Airlines Assistant Dispatcher posting & I’m very glad I came here to prepare me for that! Thank you for everything & I will keep you posted!
July 2, 2014
Wanted to let you know that I ended up landing the Assistant Dispatcher job with Southwest, and I started training this week. I’ve said it over and over again, but I really appreciate you and your school and I know that I wouldn’t have been as competitive for this job without the training that you guys provided.
January 27, 2014
“Airlines do indeed take a look at where you went to school. Especially if you’re coming into your first job. Take it from a guy that has hired dispatchers in the past. Some (schools) go above and beyond the rather basic Part 65 requirements and this is where they differ and airlines notice. Every school has indeed placed some of their graduates, however school selection is one of those little things that can give you a small leg up over the competition.
Your school decision lays the foundation for your whole career!”
2018 Application Forms
- 2018 Admission Procedures: Domestic Students
- 2018 Admission Procedures: International Students
- 2018 2-week course Application Form
- 2018 Course – General Information
- 2018 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 $200 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.
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.
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 nearly 70 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), 4.x or higher web browser, a variety of browser plugins which are free and easily downloadable. Optional are CD/DVD drives. 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 is $1,600 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.
A multiple-choice 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, Reuben Owen, Michael Stewart
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
2018 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)
2018: Phase I – Online Courses: 101-107
(LATEST POSSIBLE) completion due dates
These online courses ARE NOT ADX test prep material!!
|*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 24, 2018 for Phase 2 (residency) class, but online Course 105 was not completed by January 8, then you must postpone your arrival to March 14 and now meet the due dates of that respective class. If you are now planning to arrive on March 14, 2018 for the Phase 2 (residency) class after already postponing once, but online Course 105 was not completed by Feb 26 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.
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