Full-time Residency Course – (5 weeks residency training)
Prerequisites: This course is for any individual:
- who is at least 21 years of age.
- who can read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
- who has a high school graduate or international equivalent education.
- who is VERY self-disciplined, follows direction well, and studies hard.
2020 Course Fees
Registration Fee: $500.00 (non-refundable)
Tuition Deposit: $1,000.00
Tuition: 2020 – $4,700.00 (includes deposit)
Total cost (domestic & international* students): 2020 – $5,200.00
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.
Total Tuition for Domestic Students: 2020 – $5,200.00 – check for discounts.
Total Tuition for International Students: 2020 -$5,400 – check for discounts.
2020 Tuition includes:
- FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge (ADX) exam* (initial take fee = $0.00 – not retests)
- FAA Practical Exam (initial take fee = $0.00 – not retests)
- All supplies (including all textbooks and Sheffield School’s Comprehensive Aircraft Dispatcher Training Manual)
- Any extra tutoring requested (usually 5-6pm weekdays), and use of our flight planning software access, weather briefing, and ASD (Aircraft Situation Display).
December 19, 2019
“I honestly think the course lived up to its reputation. Yes, it was difficult! But I do feel prepared to walk into any interview and walk out with a job offer. I was contacted by Endeavor for an interview before I had even finished my final exam. Brett was a fantastic instructor and you can tell he has a natural ability to teach. Overall, I was very happy that I chose Sheffield and have enjoyed my time here. Thank you!”
December 19, 2019
“Instructors were phenomenal and have a great understanding of the material. Thank you for a great, great breakdown of the material.”
December 17, 2019
Finally scored my dream job of dispatch at Southwest Airlines. Thanks for everything you all prepared me for and know that, a couple years after graduation, my interview panel still pointed out ”Sheffield grad eh”. Some say it doesn’t matter where you get your certificate. Anyone having been in my seat a few weeks ago knows differently. Thanks again!
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.
December 6, 2019
For all future students:
This school has a very high standards, it is intensive and they are giving you a huge amount of information. Just be ready to learn, if you are willing to learn and understand you will have a full support from instructors…They will give you all what you need to pass the course, yours in only to know. After every day you will feel exhausted but valuable. And once you finish and graduate you will feel like the (whole) world is yours, and it is.
I highly recommend your school to anyone who would like to work the aviation.
Again, thank you very much!
September 18, 2019
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.
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).
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!…”
Application Forms (2020)
- 2020 5-week Course Application
- 2020 Admission Procedures: Domestic Students
- 2020 Admission Procedures: International Students
- 2020 School & Courses: General Information
- 2020 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 (200 hours/5 weeks)
- Do all schools teach the same material?
No. All FAR Part 65 schools must adhere to their basic curriculum guidelines; however, Sheffield decided long ago to provide extra airline-related material to ease our graduates transition into airline initial training. We do not believe in telling our students “Don’t worry about that – your airline will teach you that.” Granted, there are some topics that we cannot teach since it is not only the responsibility of the airline, but each airline may have a different FAA approval for how they apply certain procedures. But there are MANY topics, scenarios, etc. that our students are exposed to that have impressed many airline hiring managers. Just check our testimonials!
- How soon into the program is the first test?
Friday of the first week is a test on Weather Theory. It is a Sheffield-produced test. Much (but not all) of the material comes from Chapters 1-13 of the link below (AC 00-6B Aviation Weather). We will spend the first week refining what we would like you to understand. Aviation Weather Advisory Circular. (password-protected PDF file. Password available after applying to school.)
- What are the class hours?
Classes will normally be held from 8:00am until 5:00pm, weekdays. There will be short breaks throughout the day and a one-hour break for lunch.
- When is the 1st test in the 5-week class and what topics are covered?
Friday of the first week on Weather Theory.
- Some schools claim to have a near 100% pass rate. Is this correct?
Some schools will pass anyone to hang on to the almighty dollar. We would rather cut a refund check periodically to someone who didn’t put forth the effort than to have our 70+ year reputation tarnished by becoming a license mill. Be wary of schools claiming “come have fun – our class is a breeze.” During an interview, you are unlikely to hear this question “So did you have a lot of fun?”
Our students enjoy the class, they typically state that it exceeded their expectations, and that they never learned so much in their lives. Typically, our graduates are hired while they are still in class or within a few weeks of graduation. Another important fact is this – most graduates are seeking employment. Many come to us once they do their homework and learn directly from an airline that a student’s “hiring-quotient” will escalate if they choose a highly reputable school. Many airlines interview first (or exclusively) at our school because they know every graduate has been thoroughly prepared, and there won’t be any surprises when they begin training on the job.
Passing anybody and everybody after numerous repeated attempts, or due to lack of any testing, only dilutes this industry with unqualified “dispatchers” and is a blight on the profession. Statements of guarantees are an abomination and should be stripped from all advertising by those who have the ability and wherewithall to do so. These mills should be publicly condemned.
Can you imagine taking a taxi ride to an airport from a guy who can’t drive (we know this happens), then board an airplane that has been signed off by maintenance personnel who are inept or who haven’t been checked properly by their governing authority (we’ve read the news in 2008 and thereafter), only to be flown by a captain who has had numerous failures during his or her flight training (it happens), who has had his flight planned by a dispatcher who failed his course with a 30%, then bought his certificate at a diploma mill within 2-3 days (YES- it has happened). Hopefully, this won’t scare you into an anxiety attack. If so, you could visit your doctor who received his diploma…,well, you get the point.
You will EARN your certificate at Sheffield. Why should others be handed the same honor?! It only increases YOUR workload – ask any competent dispatcher.
[in past years one new startup school in our area claims “once you pass the course you get a license.” Aside from being misleading and inaccurate, it is illegal. Passing a Part 65 FAA-approved course enables the applicant to take the FAA practical exam. Once THAT is passed, the applicant becomes certificated. So be wary of the unscrupulous operators out there. The same course operator tried to list one of Sheffield’s graduates as an instructor to appeal to the FAA. The problem was my graduate did not give the course operator permission to do so.]
- What can I study prior to attending your school?
Do not purchase regulations books and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) to read through and study (as I’ve seen recommended on the internet). Without proper guidance, you may waste valuable time or misinterpret something. A good portion of subject matter discussed and applied in class is not found in commercially-available books.
To help prepare for the course, study the FAA knowledge material on our web site. That is not really what our course is about – self study – but it will give you a head start in preparing for the FAA ADX test. Other than that, you can visit our “aviation bookstore” online and check out the weather books since we apply a lot of weather in the course.
We don’t really supply FAA books in the course since you can get them for free on the Internet. We write our own manuals and sections to study. For some free books, go to “dispatcher resources” on our site and you can link to Regulations, Weather circulars (Aviation Weather Services) from the FAA, and the Aeronautical Information Manual. All are helpful information to browse through or print out to give you an idea of the type of material involved in the course.
If you want to pursue regulations ahead of time, the main sections are FAR Part 121 – Subparts T & U. These subparts contains the majority of dispatch rules and procedures that you will apply in the course and on the job.
- How many students usually enroll in the course?
Between 12 and 25. The average is probably 18. If you check our class pictures, you’ll notice that the enrollment numbers are usually consistent. It is comforting to see that many people do their research and make the correct choice. We admire these students who crave a quality education. On graduation day, their faces say it all – that they have just earned something very special in this industry: A diploma from Sheffield School of Aeronautics!
- How long is the program and what does it cost?
The Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course is 5 weeks long and covers at least 200 hours of classroom instruction (as required by Federal Aviation Regulations). The total 2019-2020 tuition cost is $5,200, without any discounts applied. This includes textbooks, the computer ADX examination fee (normally $160.00 if taken privately) and the Practical Exam (~$400-$500), web site passwords, job assistance and airline lists, and computer use.
- Are textbooks/notebooks included? What books will be used?
Sheffield has produced it’s own textbook binder which relies on FAA sources as well as Airline material. All books are included in the tuition fee. If a prospective student is interested in jump-starting their weather studies prior to attending our course the following textbook is highly recommended since meteorology (weather) with reports/forecast reading and application comprises over 35% of the total academic subjects: Aviation Weather Advisory Circular
- What are the main subjects that are covered in the program?
Meteorology (weather), Navigation, Air Traffic Control, Jeppesen Approach charts and enroute charts, Aeronautical Information Manual, Aircraft Systems, Performance and Weight and Balance, Federal Aviation Regulations, Communications, and Practical Flight planning applications are included subjects in our Aircraft Dispatcher Course.
Our program is FAA approved for 200 hours. Classes are held from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Computer labs are usually scheduled after 5:00 pm. The duration of the course is 5 weeks. The FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test is usually administered during the first half of the course, and the FAA Practical Exam is administered following successful completion of the course and after passing the ADX Knowledge Test.
The material covered includes the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 65, Subpart C and covers the following subject matter:
- Meteorology (Basic & Advanced Aviation Weather Theory)
- Non-graphic Weather
- Graphic Weather
- Aeronautical Information Manual
- Instrument Approach Procedures
- Air Traffic Control
- Federal Aviation Regulations
- Aeronautical Charts
- Practical Dispatching–Jet Aircraft
- Aircraft and Engine Performance (B727-200)
- Systems and Limitations (B727-200)
- Flight Planning: Manual & Computerized
When To Enroll:
We recommend enrolling at least 30 days before the class starting date, although you may enroll anytime before class commences if space is available. If you enroll early, you may be able to take advantage of large tuition discounts, more advance time with prestudy materials, and adequate time for locating and arranging your housing and student visa, if applicable.
As a student at Sheffield School, you will receive a computer flight plan briefing, learning to request computer flight plans and weather information, NOTAMS, etc. using various software, including Navtech, and Universal Weather.
All FAA-approved Dispatch schools must meet (follow) FAA minimum requirements; however, contrary to what many schools claim, all schools DO NOT teach the identical curriculum. Sheffield School incorporates additional reality-based material which is not typically found in common textbooks. In fact, we’ve written our own textbook because most aviation books do not directly address much of the practical material taught in the course; well, not in Sheffield’s comprehensive course. Time in class allotted to each subject varies greatly depending on the examples given, the scenarios produced, and the hands-on application. Many of our graduates have been instrumental with respect to amendments to Company Dispatch manuals. That is the approach we take to instruction; to produce leaders and original thinkers, not followers. We are very proud of each and every one of our graduates. They know they have earned more than a slip of paper – they’ve earned the right to continue the learning process in this very rewarding career.
If you are not sure where to attend school, we recommend that you: call every school, ask questions, verify claims, ask for references; if still unsure, ask for more references. Sheffield School will gladly provide student references and answer your questions.
“In my search for a school, Sheffield School of Aeronautics has the best and most complete training of this career.”
J.P. – Feb 11, 2014
Sometimes prospective students call (without assistance from us) airline operations/dispatch offices around the country to talk to managers, supervisors, and dispatchers. Some of our enrolled students selected our school after talking to various operations personnel. This extra “homework” may help determine which school best meets your objectives; however, it is sometimes difficult to find the appropriate telephone numbers. Sheffield would like to help, but prefers to not give out dispatch telephone numbers because too many calls from too many people may interfere with daily operations. Also, it would be more objective for the prospective student to not be guided to a certain airline by a school.