Distance Learning + 5

Accelerated Course
(Online training followed by 1 week 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..”

Prerequisites: This course is for:

  • Any individual meeting the ADX and online course requirements listed below:
  • Individuals who are VERY self-disciplined, follow direction well, and who agree to submit assignments, quizzes, and tests in a timely manner by the prescribed due dates. Specific prerequisite details are below.

2024 Course Fees

Tuition (total): $3,900.00

  • These total amounts listed above includes non-refundable Distance learning access fee ($2,000 covers 4 months; however, nonrefundable $400 per month to extend access), residency tuition ($1,900), and books/supplies/handouts.
  • 2023 FAA Practical examination fee: $0.00; we do not charge a fee for the initial certification exam. Practical exam RETEST, if required ($500.00)
  • 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.

Registration/Phase I Online Tuition fee: $2,000.00 (non-refundable)

Phase II Tuition: $1,900.00

Total cost (2023-2024 domestic & international* students) = $3,900.00.

FAA Practical examination fee: we do not charge a fee for the initial certification exam.
Practical exam RETEST, if required ($500.00).
*International Applicants/Students only – add a I-20/M-1 visa processing fee of $300.00, if applicable.

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

Wednesday January 31st, 2024
Tuesday February 6th, 2024
Wednesday March 20th, 2024
Tuesday March 26th, 2024
Wednesday May 8th, 2024
Tuesday May 14th, 2024
Wednesday July 31st, 2024
Tuesday August 6th, 2024
Wednesday September 18th, 2024
Tuesday September 24th, 2024
Wednesday November 6th, 2024
Tuesday November 12th, 2024
Wednesday January 29th, 2025
Tuesday February 4th, 2025

September 22, 2023

Hi Eric,

“I completed dispatch certification at Sheffield in March of 2015. Just a personal update that I am now a dispatcher at Alaska Airlines after working for 8 years at SkyWest. My training at Sheffield has continued to serve me well. Thanks for the great preparation for a great career.”
Kyle H.
[caption id="attachment_3434" align="aligncenter" width="240"]Alaska airlines hires Sheffield graduate Alaska Airlines[/caption]

March 31, 2023

Dear Katja, Eric and Brett,

I trust this email finds you well. I am not sure where to begin since I have so much to thank you all for. Mr. Eric for that first email in 2021 when I inquired about the school, and you shared a lot of useful information which made me make the choice to come to Sheffield. In addition, much appreciated for the practical interview which was very professional. I really appreciate.

To Mrs. Katja I really appreciate your patient when I was trying to get the visa since 2021, your assistance and patient helped a lot. Your recommendations on accommodation were also on point and I got an exceptionally good accommodation option. I will be sending a separate email to the host with you in cc on this.

To Mr. Brett, your sharing of knowledge was excellent and went a long way in answering questions at the practical test, tests in class as well as the ADX test. When I joined the physical class is when it came to mind the sacrifice you make to teach in class as well as reply to online students in the evening (like myself). This dedication is remarkable.

To all of you kindly keep up the excellent work which makes Sheffield School of Aeronautics the best in the US and for sure I have already started passing on recommendations to my colleagues in the UN WFP Aviation Service to consider Sheffield as the first choice for the Dispatcher course.

I wish all of you the best …


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 4, 2022

“This has been an amazing experience.”


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.”


May 19, 2021

Mr. Eric Morris

I can’t thank you enough for the amount of knowledge you gave in that short week of us being with you…
Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home and accommodating us with any needs we ran across…
..I really appreciate the opportunities that you guys helped me open up. This is just step one of my mission and I’m looking forward to being a part of and representing Sheffield!

April 8, 2021

“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, 

April 8, 2021

Hi Eric,

..I just wanted to let you (& Brett) know that I was hired at Mesa Airlines out here in Phoenix, AZ!

I have “officially” been on the desk for about 3 weeks and I feel fully prepared. I still utilize the Sheffield binder that we received! Also, many of my managers are familiar with Sheffield and view your school in an extremely positive light…

I wanted to say thank you for preparing me for this career that I already love. And to Brett for teaching me all the things that will prepare me for future success in the aviation industry!

I also wanted to point out that I love that Sheffield is starting a recurrent course! I will definitely be utilizing this in the future if I ever feel a little rusty, or maybe just to come visit and say hi!..


April 4, 2021

5 Star Review to Google Business & Facebook

April 4, 2021

Sheffield offer an insightful, challenging, and rewarding course to obtain your FAA Aircraft Dispatcher License. Eric and Brett are industry veterans who are terrific role models and incorporate a great sense of humor and insight into the curriculum. I completed the course via a combination of online training and two weeks in class.

As a commercial pilot and flight instructor, I found the course informative and accretive in terms of widening my knowledge of the aviation industry and particularly operational requirements on the airline side of the spectrum. If you work hard, complete the required assignments and homework, and are prepared to dedicate a few weeks/months of you life to rigorous study than you will pass and succeed (regardless of whether you come from an aviation background or not). Eric and Brett provide all the tools and resources you need to do well, and I can’t complement them enough for putting together a terrific program.

There is nothing antiquated about the program (to the individual who mentions working with 727 systems). We utilized industry-based materials in class, discuss modern aircraft communications, and use the 727 as a template to model flight plans and performance metrics in large part due to some of the quirks of the aircraft to show one how to manage dispatch planning in the event they do find themselves planning a flight for a plane with inop equipment or with a quirky aircraft.

This course is designed to be challenging so that when it comes to real world dispatching and not to mention the FAA practical you are more than well prepared. Thank you for having me as a student!


February 11, 2021

I did not get a chance to see you after my practical today but I just wanted to thank you again for all of your help these last few months. This was a course that was certainly challenging but you made it more enjoyable each day. You did an exceptional job explaining all of the information and answered every question I had thoroughly and made sure everything was cleared up. 
After working with you in person for the last seven days, it is clear to me why everyone leaves Sheffield speaking very highly of you and Eric. I certainly will be doing the same.
Thank you for kicking my butt the last few months and I am excited for the new opportunities ahead that you will have helped me achieve…
Again, thank you so incredibly much for being a great instructor.
Best Regards,

2024 Application Forms

Special Notes for Students of Any Class:

Domestic Students – ID information:

  • For U.S. 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 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 (Distance Learning/Residency)

  • Do you offer a 2 or 3-day course?

    We do not offer a 2 or 3-day only course – that is not adequate time to learn and prepare for a legitimate FAA practical examination, regardless of experience. We offer 4 months of online access to complete 10 different modules of our course, then offer a minimum 5-day residency course to complete the knowledge and skill requirements to be signed off by an instructor for the FAA practical examination.

    It is by no means a spoon-feeding “Q & A” session with zero time spent on practical concepts. Not every student completes the online work satisfactorily – some have trouble being approved by the instructor for the practical exam. This is typically due to procrastination during the online phase. Some students request more online time, then succeed.

    We recently had a Sheffield graduate with approximately 10 years operational experience in the military. His job interviewer (with nearly identical experience) explained how his 5-day course was “all review and easy”. Our graduate’s reply: “I received about 3 hours of “review” during my course.” As previously mentioned, you do not arrive at Sheffield for spoon-feeding, you are still learning and applying new material during a large portion of the 5-day period.

Course Description:

Years ago, we were overwhelmed with phone calls requesting a quality distance-learning program with minimal residency time required. This course is not limited to experienced individuals who cannot attend our longer courses, but for those students who simply do not have the extra time to attend a full residency course. These motivated individuals are demanding the quality that our institution has provided for over 75 years while not being overcharged. Sheffield has met these demands by providing an unparalleled program ranging from an ab initio basics review through the complexities of our full-time course and into our airline-prep material. This course is not the typical “Q & A” test preparation course, not an online open-book cut-and-paste your way to a certificate “course” or a flash-card type of course. You will get out of it what you put into it.

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

Phase I – Online Distance Learning

  • 2024 Phase I tuition fee is $2,000 (non-refundable)]
  • Various modules of our course are presented online, such as Weather Theory, Non-Graphic Weather, Graphic weather, Aeronautical Information Manual, Regulations, and Aircraft Performance, Aircraft Limitations and Systems.

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 3 – 4 months to complete the online modules and online examinations (excluding study time for the ADX test). This phase will be accessible on a password-protected realm of our web site.

Once Phase I is accessed, students will have 4 months of access, which can be extended on a monthly basis for $400 per month; however, the assignments must be satisfactorily completed by the assigned due dates. Overdue assignments will not be accepted. Online access extensions are subject to instructor approval. You may postpone your Phase II start date ONLY ONE TIME, if needed. 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. If you continually ignore directions provided by the instructor, after previous warnings, then student will be terminated from the course – no refund.

Phase II – Residency, following successful completion of Phase I

  • 2024 Cost: $1,900
  • 2024 FAA Practical Examination Fee: we do not charge a fee for the initial certification exam.
  • Practical Exam RETEST, if required ($500.00)
  • The tuition balance ($1,900; 2023) is due 30 days prior to the first day of class & can be paid with cash, bank check, company check, money order, Master Card, Visa, or Travelers Checks. 

Duration: 5 days, 8 clock hours per day; 8:00am – 5:00pm with a lunch hour.

Occasionally, computer labs may be conducted in the large classroom toward the end of the day. The 5-day period will consist primarily of flight planning, regulations review and testing, Aircraft Systems/limitations review and testing. The 5-day residency portion will begin on a Wednesday, and continue through the following Tuesday (weekdays only). Class is not held during the weekends.

Instructor(s): Brett Bories, Eric Morris

Maximum Class Size: 25
Minimum Class Size: 1 student.

Subjects includes:

  • Manual flight Planning
  • Regulations: Review & testing
  • Computer flight Planning
  • Aircraft Systems & Limitations: Review & Testing
  • Practical Examination
  • Be prepared to stay 1 – 3 days following the last class day due to the scheduling of practical examinations.
  • International students are welcome.

Curriculum – Phases I & II

  • Meteorology/Weather Briefings
  • Non-Graphic Weather reports/forecasts
  • Graphic Weather Charts
  • Nav/Comm, Notams, ILS, etc
  • Regulations – primarily FAR Part 121
  • Aircraft Systems/limits
  • Airport/Approach, Area, En route, DPs/STARs, etc.
  • Performance/Weight & Balance Theory
  • Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List
  • Practical Flight Planning/Scenarios/Applied Dispatching

When To Enroll:

After passing the ADX Knowledge Exam and preferably at least 3 months prior to Phase II (Residency) based on the following:

ADX test prep time – Self-study using our ADX Test Prep App, online practice tests and/or a Gleim or ASA test prep book (on your own.) This depends on your experience, commitment, and is difficult to estimate. To master 1500+ questions, you may require anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months. You must bring your passed (70% or higher) ADX Airmen Report to Sheffield School on the first day of your Residency Phase. The report has a duration of 24 months until your Aircraft Dispatcher Certification date. Recommended to have the ADX test passed prior to Phase I, since the online Phase I modules will take at least 2 months to possibly up to 120 days. Phase I is not an ADX test prep course – it is the real deal!

Required MINIMUM time for online study: at least 2 months to possibly up to 120 days.
Phase I (excludes ADX study time) – Online – see MATRIX for due dates, latest start dates, etc..

  • Course 101 Weather Theory
  • Course 102 Non-graphic Weather
  • Course 103 Graphic Weather
  • Course 104 AIM & CHARTS
  • Course 105 Regulations
  • Course 106 Aircraft Systems
  • Course 107 Aircraft Certificate Limits
  • Course 108 Aircraft Performance & Flight Planning Theory
  • Course 109 Aircraft Takeoff Limitations
  • Course 110 Aircraft Landing Limitations

If you tend to procrastinate, you should not enroll in this course. 

Prerequisites (specific details):

  • Read, speak, write, and understand English
  • At least 21 years of age
  • FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge (ADX) test should be passed (> 70%) prior to Phase I online class. Enrolling early or paying a small deposit allows you to use our FAA test preparation handouts. There are no other FAA test prerequisites as other schools may require – additional test prerequisites is a waste of time and money. No need to purchase Private Pilot supplies, books, test prep classes, videos, then pay for test fees which are redundant toward your Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate. Sheffield will save you an additional $300-$600 on top of our already-reduced rate. We highly recommend passing the ADX prior to sending any money for Phase One – you should first determine if you feel comfortable with the ADX material since the Sheffield material is more demanding and comprehensive.
  • 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), you can take the test at Sheffield before the first day of class for a fee of $175.
  • Bring the original ADX 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.
  • There are a set of formal requirements (in addition to the course prerequisites) to be “signed off” to take the practical examination. They are: applicant must pass all online course quizzes and tests before arrival (concludes Phase I training), pass the course quizzes while at Sheffield School, and gain approval from the instructor that you are in good standing to take the practical examination. Little study and procrastination would not lead to success.
  • For more information, call (1-800-843-8289) for details, or simply request Dispatcher information and we’ll include the latest updated information.

FAA Certification Requirements:

There are 4 steps required for you to become certified as an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher per FAR Part 65:

      1. The FAA Aircraft Dispatcher computer knowledge (ADX) exam must be passed. This is a basic standardized multiple choice test. Sheffield provides test prep materials and practice tests on our web site! [initial application/deposit required to receive ID & password.] We highly recommend passing the ADX prior to sending any money for Phase One – see first if you feel comfortable with the ADX material since the Sheffield material is more demanding and comprehensive.
      2. Successful completion of Sheffield’s quality online program, which includes interactive practice, video, and audio. We do not offer online open-book multiple choice exams at our web site without adequate oversight. Hiring managers at airlines know the difference between quality and freebie licenses when they interview graduates. Airlines consider this when hiring.
      3. Completion of the mandatory 5 days of residency training with instructor sign-off for the practical examination.
      4. Completion of the flight plan and oral phases of the practical exam with an FAA examiner within 90 days of graduation. Your instructor will schedule this exam at a time convenient to both you and the Examiner, but we will consider the priorities of your departure schedule. It is typically scheduled immediately following the Residency Phase at Sheffield.

2023 Course Matrix Table (includes course due dates)

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    ” I have received 4 (job) offers…many of the interviews I have gotten have been because of my “pedigree”…going to Sheffield. I am amazed at the respect your school has….I am honored to be a graduate. Thank you for all the work you ..!”  Testimonial – J. Ganci
    “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
    “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
    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “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
    “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 – Student Testimonial
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “I am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “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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