Aircraft Dispatcher Course – 5 Week Course

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.

2019-2020 Course Fees

Registration Fee: $500.00 (non-refundable)
Tuition Deposit: $1,000.00
Tuition: 2019/2020 – $4,700.00 (includes deposit)
Total cost (domestic & international* students): 2019/2020 – $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: 2019/2020 – $5,200.00 – check for discounts.

Total Tuition for International Students: 2019/2020 -$5,400 – check for discounts.

2019-2020 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).

*ADX exam: ‘Our Method’ Handout – ‘How to Study’ Handout

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

Monday October 14th, 2019
through
Friday November 15th, 2019
Monday January 6th, 2020
through
Friday February 7th, 2020
Monday February 17th, 2020
through
Friday March 20th, 2020
Monday April 13th, 2020
through
Friday May 15th, 2020
Monday June 1st, 2020
through
Friday July 3rd, 2020
Monday July 13th, 2020
through
Friday August 14th, 2020
Monday August 31st, 2020
through
Friday October 2nd, 2020
Monday October 12th, 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

Application Forms (2019)

Application Forms (2020)

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 (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.

Course Description

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.

Curriculum

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
  • Navigation
  • Communications
  • 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.

Advantages:

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.

Download Course Description PDF file – 2019

Download Course Description PDF file – 2020

Additional Readings:

Dispatcher Course Length

Why Does the Aircraft Dispatcher Salary Start So Low?

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    “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
    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is known worldwide for its quality training and has been recommended to me by our national airline Swiss International Airlines. Whenever I mention the name ‘Sheffield’ it rings a bell in people’s ears.” IW IW
    “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.
    “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
    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
    “I entered my profession, with more knowledge and information than dispatchers who have been practicing their craft for more than ten years. Not only has Sheffield provided a top notch education, but they have also instilled in me the confidence to succeed.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “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
    “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
    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
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