Aircraft Dispatcher Course – 3 Week Course

Accelerated Course (Online training followed by 3 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..”

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.

2023 Course Fees, Deposits and Tuition

Phase I Registration/Online 2-month Access Fee: $2,000.00 (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: $2,800.00 (includes tuition deposit) (full payment/balance due 30 days prior to class start date.)

Total Cost (domestic & international* students) = $4,800.00* (subject to change)

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 an I-20/M-1 visa processing fee of $300.00, if applicable.

Fees payable by Bank check, company check, credit card, MO, Travelers Check, personal check, or you can send money via Zelle to admissions@sheffield.com

(Zelle note) This will show as “Alron Aviation, Inc.” which is correct.)


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

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Monday November 13th, 2023
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Friday December 1st, 2023

November 3, 2022

Delta and other airlines worldwide refer prospective students to Sheffield frequently, and we thank all airlines for supporting our cause. Below is an example of the support we receive:

“Sheffield has an excellent reputation within our organization so that is always an easy referral!”

J.O.
Delta Air Lines dispatcher

October 28, 2022

Eric,

Please accept this gift in recognition for your contributions to the professional aircraft dispatch community and to me personally when I attended Sheffield in August and September of this year. The challenge coin is given to those who contribute to our GOC mission at FedEx and by helping me to receive my dispatch certification have done just that.

DWC
Vice President, Global Operations Control

FedEx aircraft dispatcher

FedEx-airplane  

 

October 13, 2022

“I hope this note finds you and the company well. Over the course of nearly 25 years, I have had a highly successful career as an aircraft dispatcher thanks to you and the fine people at Sheffield. A couple of years at Piedmont, a few months at Midway and 20 years at SkyWest.
I could not have asked for a better career. I was so lucky that being a dispatcher never seemed like work to me as I enjoyed it so much.
Now I find myself on Wake Island. I’m working base operations, airfield operations/management and flight planning alongside the military.
Everything I have learned has brought me here and none of that would have been possible without Sheffield.
Thank you, Eric. Thanks for helping me get my start way back when. You have no idea how grateful I am.
 
So many have come through the Sheffield doors and came out with the tools for a great career! You all have made such a difference for so many.
 
Take care of yourself,
 
Joe De Los Santos. October 13, 2022

August 9, 2022

Dear Eric,
 
Hello! I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing. I hope you are doing well. I just started at Southwest Airlines this month as a dispatcher! There are a few fellow Sheffield graduates in my training class! Thank you again for having such a great program and for setting me up to really be able to have the career in aviation that I wanted. The new classes coming through look great. Thank you again. 
 
Best regards,
 
Molly Laughlin – Southwest

Southwest Airlines hires Sheffield aircraft dispatcher graduate

June 28, 2022

“Eric, I owe a lot to Sheffield and to you for where I am today, actually – the foundation I learned at the school has served me well! Whenever I’m asked about where I went to get my license I never hesitate to sing Sheffield’s praises.”  

A.P.
Senior Business Consultant, Flight Dispatch at Southwest Airlines – June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

I would have to say a  VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY BIG THANK YOU.
 
and i am proud to be a Sheffield graduate.
 
Regards
XM

May 21, 2022

Gentlemen,

I just wanted to thank you for all that have you have done for our class and for me personally over the last 5 weeks. You both are truly wonderful instructors and beacons of aeronautical information.

This has been the most challenging yet rewarding 5 weeks of my 26 years of life but I’m truly amazed at how much I’ve grown. I have no one to thank besides the both of you and your wonderful curriculum.

Your efforts are beyond appreciated and thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone and into the fire that is Aircraft Dispatching.

IC

May 5, 2022

Brett and Eric,

I hope you are both well.

I wanted to share with you that I have accepted an offer with …. International to join their AeroData team as a flight path support specialist. In this role I will help support the computation of runway performance specs for domestic and international carriers in addition to one engine inoperative flight path procedures.

Although this isn’t strictly speaking a dispatch position, the knowledge I acquired from being your student/examinee no doubt played a major role in bringing forth this opportunity. I will always be grateful to you both for that in helping fulfill a life long dream of working in aviation, …

I look forward to remaining in touch.

Best regards,
Anson

April 28, 2022

From LinkedIn:

“This is a fantastic school. You cannot spend money anywhere else and get a better set of caring, dedicated and professional people.”

CR

November 18, 2021

Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 4:56 PM
Subject: I Have Been Hired

I was offered and have accepted a position as a flight dispatcher with CommutAir. My training begins on November 1st so things have been moving pretty quickly. I was contacted that same day I applied and was pretty quickly set up with a second interview and both interviewers seemed impressed with my knowledge. I am grateful for the incredible quality of the education that you have provided to me and others which has clearly cultivated a well respected identity within the industry.

Thank you all so much for preparing people to become quality dispatchers.

J.F.

 

2023 Application Forms 

Special Notes for Students of Any Class:

Domestic Students – ID information:

  • For US citizens, only ONE ID is required and it MUST be government-issued, such as a passport, driver’s license, state ID card or military ID card. BE SURE THAT NO IDs will expire soon or while here at school. Also, be sure that the ID has been issued within the last 10 years.The issue date must be on the ID itself.

International Students – ID & Additional Information:

  • For international students (including foreign citizens who are Green Cardholders), require TWO VALID/current PHOTO forms of identification. Names on both IDs must match EXACTLY. BE SURE THAT NO IDs will expire soon or while here at school. Also, be sure that both forms of ID have been issued within the last 10 years. The issue date must be on the ID itself. One of the forms MUST be a passport, which should be simple. The other form MUST be government-issued, such as a driver’s license or national ID card. (A current/VALID United States Visa in your passport is acceptable as the second form of ID.) For non-US citizens, the second form of ID MUST be government-issued, so university or employer IDs are not acceptable.
  • 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 $300 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 and 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?

    2022: Total of $4,600 for the Phase 1 (online) fee ($1,600) plus the in-classroom tuition ($3,000). We do not charge a fee for the initial FAA certification/practical exam. Watch for discounts.

  • Does this include housing?

    No; incoming students are to make their own housing arrangements. Hotels and Airbnb locations are nearby. 

  • 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.

2023 Cost is $2,000
(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), and web browser. 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.  

2023 Cost is $2,800.

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
  • Aeronautical Charts: Airport/Approach, Area, En route, 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. 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 PSI. If you are not close to a convenient testing center (international students), then you can take the test at Sheffield before the first day of class for a fee of $175.
  • Bring the original Airmen Test report – You’ll receive this from the testing center upon test completion. It must be > 70% 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.


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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
    “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
    “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
    “Being that half my new hire class dropped out over the course of training, I can confidently say that Sheffield helped to prepare me for the real world.” GT – abridged testimonial – school selection matters
    “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 ;)
    Good afternoon Eric, I wanted to reach out to let you know that training at (airline) is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier that I chose Sheffield. My classmates, while very smart, definitely had subpar training and that has been very evident. I have waited to write a full scale review of the […] Attending Sheffield School benefits airline new hires in preparation for airline training
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “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.
    “Your school has offered me an incredible advantage in the Dispatcher job market.” D.K. D. Kircher
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “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
    “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
    “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
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    “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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