Airline Dispatcher Training Program

HPA's Airline Dispatcher Training Program provides flight dispatcher certification at a fixed cost, with a proven FAA approved curriculum — meeting FAR Part 65 standards.

Uniquely structured in a highly-effective Crew Resource Management approach and using new generation aircraft, dispatch 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 students have the unique advantage of learning from some of the most respected, and experienced, instructors in the aviation industry.

Airline Dispatcher Training Courses Compared

  200 Hour Initial Course 200 Hour CPE Course
Cost $4,000 $2,000
Duration 6 Weeks 2 Weeks
Training Schedule Full Time
Training Center Location DFW DFW
Materials Included
All Books & Training Materials
Exams Included
Practical Exam
Written Exam  
Age 21 Years Old*
Language Requirements English Proficient
Previous Experience None Specific Qualifying
Aviation Experience
Written Exam Completed
Prior to Arrival?
No Yes, ADX Written Exam

Training Schedule

HPA's Airline 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.

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)

Salary & Benefits

On average, the annual beginning salary for an airline dispatcher at a regional airline ranges between $28,000 and $32,000. After several years of experience, salaries can exceed, $100,000 with managers attaining even higher pay.

As an assistant dispatcher, the major carriers’ base salaries are usually around $40,000. Considering shift differentials and other contractual bonuses, senior flight dispatchers can make in excess of $130,000 annually. Benefits usually include medical and dental insurance, life insurance, stock purchase options and retirement plans. Many companies offer free flight benefits for their airline dispatchers plus free or reduced fares for their families.

Job Placement

The FAA Airline Dispatcher license not only qualifies one to become a certified 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 dispatching experience, interviews can begin with the major airlines. Also, internationally there is a large demand for applicants with the FAA Airline Dispatcher license. One strong benefit of HPA 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.

Veterans Benefits

This ATP Higher Power Aviation program is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for funding under the Post-9/11 and Montgomery GI Bills. Please call 1-817-445-7000 for details.