Aircraft Dispatcher Course – 3 Week Course

Accelerated Course (Online training followed by 3 weeks residency training)

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 prerequisite information listed below.

2017-2018 Course Fees, Deposits and Tuition

Phase I Registration/Online 2-month Access Fee: $1,500.00 (non-refundable) [No personal checks accepted.] $400 per month to extend access.
Phase II Tuition Deposit: $1,000.00 (reserves a seat in the class.)
Phase II Tuition: $2,400.00 (includes tuition deposit) (full payment/balance due 30 days prior to class start date.)
Total Cost (domestic & international* students) = $3,900.00* (subject to change) + Housing, if required.
FAA Practical Examination Fee: Included. 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.
Note: This is not a correspondence course or partial correspondence course. This IS an intensive course with tests. You will probably be studying at least 2-4 hours each night during your residency.


Course ScheduleTestimonialsApplication FormsFAQs
Courses are scheduled throughout the year. All upcoming courses are shown below.

Monday January 22nd, 2018
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Friday February 9th, 2018
Monday March 12th, 2018
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Friday March 30th, 2018
Monday April 30th, 2018
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Friday May 18th, 2018
Monday July 16th, 2018
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Friday August 3rd, 2018
Monday September 3rd, 2018
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Friday September 21st, 2018
Monday October 22nd, 2018
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Friday November 9th, 2018

October 21, 2017

Just want to say hello from a August 1992 Sheffield AD graduate. I’m an airline captain at Republic Airlines flying the E-175 based in DCA. Great course and people at Sheffield. Remember Eric putting us through the ringer. Every time i look at my flight release i think of Sheffield.

N.B.

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October 20, 2017

Thank you as always for helping me get to this point in my career. It’s not a lie when I tell you that some of my Sheffield-grad coworkers and I continue to talk about our experiences there on a regular basis.

I appreciate all your help, and look forward to talking to you soon.

Best regards,
E.L.

September 17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 at 12:13 PM:

A few months ago I contacted you about an interview I took with GoJet Airlines for a Dispatching position.
 
I wanted to follow up and let you know I was offered the position and gladly accepted. Since then, a few months have gone by and I’ve successfully completed ground school and OJT. Two days ago I completed my comp check and am officially a dispatcher working on my own desk!! Wanted to extend the many thanks to those at Sheffield who have helped and pushed me to reach my goal!
 
Many Thanks,
 
ZP

June 27, 2017

Guys,

I found out tonight that (I got hired)!  It’s the job I wanted in the city I wanted… I can’t believe this has happened to me.  Thanks for your help, and thanks for preparing me well; after (your) class, the interview seemed easy.  

MM

 

June 26, 2017

Sheffield is one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. The school is such an incredible quality, and the staff are amazing. The classroom instruction is top notch, and the staff all know dispatching inside and out. What I didn’t expect was how great Sheffield was for not only learning, but also for the connections you can make and the help Sheffield offers you after graduation. I look back and have not a doubt in my bones that Sheffield was the absolute best choice I made on my path to acquire my dispatch certificate.

J. E.
June 22 2017 – from FB review

April 27, 2017

I just wanted to let you know I’ve accepted a flight coordinator position at Rockwell Collins, so I’ll be moving to Maryland! I just wanted to thank you and really all of Sheffield, I couldn’t have done any of it without you guys…Again thanks for everything.

Joshua N.

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April 24, 2017

I hope you all are doing well down in Ft. Lauderdale.  I am happy to say that I have earned a job as a dispatcher, and owe it all to the course as well as the connections I made there.  I am now working for National Airlines up in Orlando, and am awaiting the training program…

Again, I want to thank you guys for everything that you guys did.  Sheffield was a great experience, and I am happy I picked you guys!

J.

National Airlines

April 15, 2017

Dear Sir,

Hope you are doing well. 
 
I wanted to write a few words to express my gratitude towards one of the most humble and knowledgeable human – you, my super instructors Rueben and Michael, ever so kind and helpful Brett, and last but not the least the lady who answered numerous questions throughout the process with a smile Ms. Lizett. 
 
I was excited to choose Sheffield because of what people around me in aviation told me. I am glad to say I have become one of those today encouraging others to join Sheffield. There were many amazing things about the course but for me the exams were the best. They had me thinking every single time, and now that I am working in the dispatch environment it makes complete sense. Everything I learned in Sheffield was practical and I can apply it in my daily work. For the future students “EWINS was my favourite workshop and I highly recommend everyone doing the course to definitely experience it. Please download the ADX app, trust me you won’t regret it. I had my classmates download it few days before the test because they could see how helpful it was.”
 
More power to the real Heroes “The Dispatchers.” If there is anything I could ever contribute towards Sheffield, I am just a call away. Please convey my regards to all. Thank you Sir. 
 
Regards
Prathamesh Kamath (PK)
Currently working for National Airlines
 
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April 6, 2017

Eric,
 
I hope everything is good with you.  I can’t thank you enough for the training that you all gave me.  I have no doubts I went to the best dispatch school in the world. Since graduating in 2011 from your school my knowledge continues to be unmatched. 
 
Thanks again for everything.
jdl

March 9, 2017

One thing I kept in mind the whole time I was at Sheffield, is the reason I chose the school over others. It will be tough, busy and overall enjoyable. I haven’t had a single day I would say I could have missed. Look out for those tests, not only do they test your knowledge but they really make you think (you would know after the first one). Please do the workshops, they are really helpful, especially EWINS. Best of luck and see you on the other side! 
Regards,
Prathamesh (PK)

2017 Application Forms


2018 Application Forms


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 StudentsVERY 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.

Aircraft Dispatcher Course (3 weeks)

  • What is the cost?

    $3,900 for the tuition and registration fee. The practical exams are included in the tuition. Watch for discounts.

  • Does this include housing?

    No; however, we can facilitate your housing arrangements.

  • What subjects are covered?

    Generally, the same topics listed in the 5-week course, with about 2 weeks worth of the material learned online prior to arrival at Sheffield. Also, there are no FAA Knowledge test workshops conducted since a prerequisite for the course is to pass the FAA standardized test prior to the start date of the course.

  • Will graduating from a reduced residency hours course affect my employment opportunities?

    That depends on the company hiring you or the individual interviewing you, or both. Most companies care about hiring a well-educated individual; someone who won’t have to be retrained. The companies that deal directly or exclusively with us realize that any graduate from Sheffield (longer or shorter courses) is better trained and better qualified to enter Airline initial training. We have NEVER heard of any Sheffield graduate encountering any problem with course “duration.” Based on the online work required, many students work MORE than 5 weeks cumulatively towards their certification.

  • How does one qualify to enroll in this course?

    Previous aviation experience or online lessons successfully completed are mandatory per the FAR Part 65 regulations. Flight, meteorology, airline operational experience are common examples. We are permitted to subjectively approve an individual’s experience. But if you have little or no experience and are willing to meet the prerequisites listed on the course page, you are welcome into this class as well.

  • Can the international (AIFP), ETOPs, and EWINS training courses be taken immediately following the 3-week course?

    Yes

  • Why did you start a reduced hours residency course?

    We were receiving numerous requests for a shorter “non-matchbook” course. Interested students were complaining about price and were desiring a true quality education, not a quickie handout. We also have the technological capability to facilitate quality learning in a short period of time. We are continually modifying our computer supplements for students.


Course Description

The course consists of two phases: an online interactive distance-learning phase and a 3-week residency phase.

 

Phase I

Online distance-learning. Cost is $1,500 (nonrefundable application fee covers the lessons.) 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 1-2 months to complete the online modules and examinations (excluding study time for the ADX test). Once Phase I is accessible, students will have approximately 2 months of maximum access, but the online assignments, lessons, and tests must be successfully completed and corrected in a timely manner. Overdue assignments are not acceptable. You may postpone your Phase II start date ONE TIME ONLY if needed. If you are not serious or you procrastinate, this is NOT a course for you. 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.

 

Phase II

Residency, following successful completion of Phase I. Cost is $2,400. Duration: 3 weeks, 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.

  • Duration of residence phase (Phase II): 3 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, Monday-Friday.
  • Be prepared to stay 1-4 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 from week 3 through week 5.

Curriculum

  • 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, Enroute, DPs/STARs, etc.
  • Performance/Weight & Balance Theory
  • Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List
  • Practical Flight Planning/Scenarios/Applied Dispatching

Prerequisites (detailed)

  • FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge (ADX) test must be passed (> 70%) prior to the first day of class or taken and passed during the first 3 days of the class. Due to the fewer hours of class time, there is no instruction or workshops on how to pass this test. You must self-study to pass this particular test. Enrolling early or paying a small deposit allows you to use our FAA test preparation handouts. It is strongly recommended to pass the ADX test PRIOR to the online Phase I portion!!!
  • If you’d like to check for ADX testing center locations, go to Catstest.com or lasergrade.com. If you are not close to a convenient testing center (international students), then you can take the test at Sheffield within the first 3 days of class for a fee of $150.
  • Bring the original Airmen Test report – You’ll receive this from the testing center upon test completion. It must be > 70%, be embossed by the testing center, and be an ADX (Aircraft Dispatcher) test report, NOT an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) test report.
  • For those qualifying by FAR regulations, a letter stating your aviation experience requirements*, duration, years of employment or military service record, or any other documentation of proof regarding previous aviation background. Faxing, emailing, or mailing flight certificates is acceptable.

* For a look at the official listing see FAR Part 65 – Subpart C. The FAA has granted us permission to allow credit for a variety of unlisted aviation experience. If you do not have working aviation experience (per Part 65) within the past 3 years, you do not meet 65.57; however, you may still meet 65.61(d); therefore, you may still be eligible to take this course. We will confirm via e-mail that this course is suitable for you. To assist Sheffield School to determine if you qualify for the accelerated course, you will need to fill out the Prior Aviation Experience form. Then we will e-mail further details to you. All applicants must contact us to finalize and confirm that all details are met prior to your travel date. For more information, call (1-800-843-8289) for details, or simply request Dispatcher information and we’ll include the latest updated information. Optional AIFP, ETOPS, and EWINS workshops follow.

 


2017 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)

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2018 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)

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    “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
    “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
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