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.

2019-2020 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: $2,700.00 (includes tuition deposit) (full payment/balance due 30 days prior to class start date.)

Total Cost
(domestic & international* students) = 2019-2020 =$4,200.00* (subject to change) + Housing, if required.

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.
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 October 28th, 2019
through
Friday November 15th, 2019
Monday January 20th, 2020
through
Friday February 7th, 2020
Monday March 2nd, 2020
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Friday March 20th, 2020
Monday April 27th, 2020
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Friday May 15th, 2020
Monday June 15th, 2020
through
Friday July 3rd, 2020
Monday July 27th, 2020
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Friday August 14th, 2020
Monday September 14th, 2020
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Friday October 2nd, 2020
Monday October 26th, 2020
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Friday November 13th, 2020

September 18, 2019

An email exchange we often have ….
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Hi Eric,

No, not at all. I want to actually attend your school. I had already passed the ADX but you said I’d need to retake it (since it expired). I’ve been doing thinking, and no I dont want to reattend xxxx (in Texas). They were not helpful and I didn’t enjoy it.

JM
xxxxxx xxxxx, TX

September 7, 2019

I came in as a complete newbie. No prior aviation experience. I went to Sheffield 10 years ago. I was in a class with many students who had dispatch experience. It was five weeks of very intense classroom, and I spent every day and night after class studying. I thought at times I was not going to make it, but somehow, I passed everything. I worked for 3 years at a regional airline in Arizona, before going back to the DFW area to do dispatch for a corporate aviation airline for 6 years. I have since moved on from aviation, but it was a great experience for me. … I appreciate the intensity of the school. Thank you again, Eric.

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).

M. Bowden

July 16, 2019

“I graduated from Sheffield this past March 2019, and am proud to be a certified Aircraft Dispatcher from Sheffield! The program was great and I learned so much – I am glad to be a graduate!…”

A.H.T.B.

June 27, 2019

Sheffield,

Graduated from the April 15th class. Just hired for Skywest Airlines. Class start July 29th.
Thanks for all the help.
 
C.S.
SkyWest Airlines logo

March 28, 2019

…I just wanted to say thank you for the education that I received at Sheffield.  I have also recently accepted a position as Aircraft dispatcher with Republic Airways in Indianapolis.
 
Ruben is an amazing instructor, one can tell that he really loves his job.  He takes the time to make sure that everyone understands the material and answers all questions that students have while keeping the class on schedule.  If a student has questions Ruben offers one on one time at the end of class everyday.  Ruben and Brett both have a way of making the complex wording of the regulations into a context that is far less daunting and easier to comprehend (No alternate required for a flag flight). 
 
Eric is a person that has amazing stories and is also a great examiner.  He made my practical much more relaxed and helped calm my nerves.  He uses the stories he tells you as situational questions, during the story he asked questions about what I would do if I was in the same situation.  
 
Lizett is a great help when it comes to the office related issues and paperwork.  She had the answer to all my questions from the first phone call in December 2017 to the last day that I was there.  She always has a smile on her face and as the first person you meet from Sheffield she makes it feel warm and inviting. 
 
The Five week course was challenging and took a lot of hard work, It is a course that what you put in is what you get out of it.  The entire staff is there to help you along the way, if you need help its only a short question or email away. I can say first hand that Sheffield had made me prepared for the airline interview process. 
 
Sincerely,
TJM 

March 27, 2019

Brett (online course instructor),
 
I wanted to thank you again for the time spent working with me during the past few months and the two weeks I was here in FLL (Plantation, FL – Sheffield School). The amount of information I learned in this class was more than I learned in my four years of college and the 5+ years in the airlines. I thank you for being tough and thorough even if it was for something simple as putting a ‘ at the end of a ceiling or RVR. 
 
This course was designed perfectly for someone who wants to succeed and absorb not only the basic information, but even more to further their career in the airlines and put themselves ahead of the potential hiring candidates.
 
Again, thank you very much! … 
 
Sincerely,
 
J.H.
Southwest Airlines hires Sheffield aircraft dispatcher graduate

February 27, 2019

Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 7:35 PM

I hope things are going well down in FLL at Sheffield. ..Desk training has been going really well, had my first diversion a few weeks ago. We are slated to finish our competency checks and be signed off near the end of March. I feel ready, my training at Sheffield has certainly set me apart. Thankful to have been hired so soon after finishing my certificate, that certainly helped.

S.

Delta Air Lines dispatcher

February 20, 2019

“This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!”

R.S.

February 9, 2019

To all the Sheffield Instructors,

…I wanted to again thank you for the course, your professionalism throughout, the standards you set, and for your continued support in helping me achieve my goal. I sincerely appreciate your responsiveness to my questions, helping with in areas where I lacked understanding (which was plenty), and for your clear and thorough explanations.
 
It was a pleasure meeting and working with you both, online and in person. I have learned a lot of content but also tried to learn from your teaching techniques. One of the things I expressed to my boss when I returned was how impressed I was with your questions for exams (online, written, and in person). The mastery in the crafting of your questions required not just “rote or understanding” level of memory, but a “correlation” level of material from all lessons.
 
Often online and in class, I would simply reflect on the question and be impressed at how the answer required “correlation” of a lot of material to arrive at the correct response. In my studies as a flight instructor, I know that the level expected is the “correlation” level and I appreciate the work you have undoubtedly put into the questions to arrive at that level. Even though I sometimes had trouble in getting the correct answers, I was often impressed by the way the question required an assimilation of the material. That’s the real world where it’s the situation that requires answers and not simply a choice of either A, B, C, or D… . That sets us up for success and that level of questioning requires a lot of work to achieve.
 
Additionally, it was impressive the attentiveness shown to each classmate in helping us all move through the process (whether flight planning or knowledge areas) together. Taking time to ensure we were all moving forward together is no easy task.
 
Simply put, Thank you for a very impressive experience.
I have learned a lot in terms of material content and in teaching techniques.
It was definitely worthwhile…
 
Again, thank you both very much.
Have a good day.
Very sincerely,
G. Carter

2019 Application Forms 


2020 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?

    2018: $3,900 for the tuition and registration fee. 2019: $4,200 for the tuition and registration fee. We do not charge a fee for the initial FAA certification/practical exam. 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), 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.  

Cost is $2,700.

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, 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. 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 before the first day of class for a fee of $160.
  • 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.


2019 Course Matrix (assignment due dates Table)

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    “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.
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    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
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