Aircraft Dispatcher Training Program200 Hour Initial Course

$4,995 / 5 Weeks**

** Additional time must be allotted for the practical test and potential delays such as illness, weather and/or any additional training required.

The Aircraft Dispatcher Training Program provides aircraft dispatcher certification at a fixed cost, with a proven FAA approved curriculum — meeting FAR Part 65 standards.

Night Classes Available!

ATP now offers night classes for the Aircraft Dispatcher Training Program. Please call 1-904-595-7940 for further details.

Uniquely structured in a highly-effective Crew Resource Management approach and using new generation aircraft, aircraft dispatcher students train in conjunction with pilot, flight crew, and maintenance training programs, allowing students to build upon a deeper knowledge base.

With most instructors averaging over ten years experience with airline and corporate flight departments, ATP aircraft dispatcher students have the unique advantage of learning from some of the most respected, and experienced, instructors in the aviation industry.

Course Curriculum

Air Traffic Control

  • National Airspace System
  • ATC Facilities
  • ATC System Design & Equipment
  • Airport Operations
  • Avionics & Instrumentation
  • Airport Charts


  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Controls
  • Systems
  • Performance
  • Limitations
  • Weight & Balance


  • Radio Communications & Procedures

Emergency & Abnormal Procedures

  • Weather
  • Aircraft Systems


  • Weather Theory
  • Reports
  • Forecasts
  • Charts


  • Navigation Systems
  • Aeronautical Charts
  • Flight Planning

Practical Flight Dispatch

  • Flight Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Contingency Planning


  • Federal Aviation Regulations
    (14CFR multiple parts)

Cost & Payment

Full payment is due upon arrival for training. Acceptable forms of payment are the following: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash, cashier's check, money order, certified check, and traveler's checks. These checks must be made out to “ATP”. Personal and company checks are not accepted.

Designated Examiner’s Fee

The examiner’s fee is not included in the course cost. This fee is $400 and is payable directly to the examiner in cash only.

GI Bill® Eligible

This program is approved to train veterans under the GI Bill. Please call (904) 595-7995 for details.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at


The ATP Aircraft Dispatcher Academy is located just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Aircraft dispatcher students have access to the resources available at the academy between 6am-10pm, seven days per week.

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Schedule Your Start Date

ATP's Aircraft Dispatcher Training Program is a full time program. Classes are typically held from 8:00a to 5:00p Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend attendance required.

To schedule your Aircraft Dispatcher Training Course call 1-904-595-7940, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

To reserve a training date and cover the cost of non-returnable training materials, ATP requires a $500 non-refundable first payment. This payment will be credited towards your program cost.

Acceptable forms of payment at the ATP Aircraft Dispatcher Academy include: cash, cashier's check, money order, certified check or traveler's checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Personal and company checks are not accepted.

Upcoming Class Dates

Start Time

Training starts at 08:00 (unless otherwise indicated).

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  • English Proficient
  • 21 Years of Age (see below)

Age Requirement

Per FAA regulations, the minimum age to be issued an aircraft dispatcher certificate is 23 year old. However, those not younger than 21 years of age may enroll in the Aircraft Dispatcher Training Program and take the FAA aircraft dispatcher practical exam. Upon successful completion of both, the applicant will be issued the aircraft dispatcher certificate after his or her 23rd birthday.

Required Items

  • Current, Government-Issued Photo ID containing Photo, Address, Signature and Date of Birth
    • Photo ID’s containing a PO Box instead of a Physical Address must be accompanied by proof of a physical address (not a PO Box) using your government-issued photo ID or one of the Acceptable Forms Of Applicant Address Verification found on page 3 of the Authorization Requirements Matrix.
  • Second Form of Photo ID

A Laptop Computer is highly recommended, but is not required

Dress Code

You will be receiving your aircraft dispatcher training at airline training centers that have strict dress codes. The dress code for all training is business casual. Wear a collared shirt, long pants and business shoes. Military flight suits, shorts, jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes and open-toed shoes are not acceptable.

Already have your FAA Dispatcher License?

ATP now offers an Aircraft Dispatcher Recurrent Training Program. Improve operational safety and efficiency while reviewing the areas of knowledge and topics listed in CFR 14 part 65 and Appendix A.

Already passed your ADX knowledge test?

You may be eligible for our reduced-cost Credit for Previous Experience (CPE) Dispatcher Course. Please call 1-904-595-7940 to review your eligibility.

View These Prerequisites

  • English Proficient
  • 21 Years of Age (see below)
  • FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Exam (ADX) Completed
  • Specific Qualifying Aviation Experience (see below)

Specific Qualifying Aviation Experience

The 200 Hour CPE Credit for Previous Experience (CPE) dispatcher course is provided to individuals with specific qualifying aviation experience. To qualify, we must evaluate your aviation experience.

Email us a resume listing your education, aviation training, aviation certificates and ratings, jobs, specific duties, positions of the persons to whom you reported, and the length and recency of your experience to: [email protected].

Salary & Benefits

On average, the annual beginning salary for an aircraft dispatcher at a regional airline starts near $40,000. After several years of experience, salaries can exceed $100,000 with aircraft dispatcher managers attaining even higher pay.

As an assistant aircraft dispatcher, the major carriers’ base salaries are usually around $60,000. Considering shift differentials and other contractual bonuses, senior aircraft dispatchers can make in excess of $150,000 annually. Benefits usually include medical and dental insurance, life insurance, stock purchase options and retirement plans. Many companies offer free flight benefits for their aircraft dispatchers plus free or reduced fares for their families.

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Job Placement

The FAA Aircraft Dispatcher license not only qualifies one to become a certified aircraft dispatcher, but it opens the door to many other jobs in aviation. The first interviews and jobs will likely be with the regional airlines and in the corporate sector of aviation. After gaining valuable flight dispatching experience, interviews can begin with the major airlines. Also, internationally there is a large demand for applicants with the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher license. One strong benefit of ATP is the open environment where you will be rubbing shoulders with trainees from airlines, corporate VIP and military services. We will also be glad to review your resume and give hiring advice.

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Current Dispatcher Job Openings

Compass Airlines
Minneapolis, MN (MSP)
Skywest Airlines
St. George, UT (SGU)
Denver, CO (DIA)
St. Louis, MO (STL)
St. Louis, MO (STL)
Gary, IN (GYY)

Current ATP Job Openings

ATP is currently hiring graduates of the Aircraft Dispatcher Program for Flight Operations, Ground Instruction and other opportunities throughout the organization at 38 locations nationwide.


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