Federal License
Credential: Aircraft Dispatcher  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Aircraft Dispatcher is an entry level certification and is required for all Aircraft Dispatchers to demonstrate and pass a written and oral exam to receive their license. This certificate also introduces the applicant to an array of crucial components within the FAA and airport operations. Most applicants will attend an Aircraft Dispatchers five (5) week course and take multiple field trips to local area airline operational control centers. Upon completing the course, the student will be an expert in reading and interpreting Meteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR), Terminal Area Forecast (TAF) forecasts, and many important aviation weather maps, which are used in daily airline Flight Dispatch offices. Both Domestic and Global Navigation Systems are covered thoroughly, as well as the North Atlantic Track System (NATS). NOTAMs and Pilot Reports are also covered during the course.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Aircraft Dispatcher

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15B Aircraft Powerplant Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15H Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15J OH-58D/Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15K Aircraft Components Repair Supervisor MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15P Aviation Operations Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II      
Enlisted 15Q Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15R AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15S OH-58D Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15T UH-60 Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15W Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Y AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Z Aviation Senior Sergeant MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 150A Air Traffic And Air Space Management Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 152E AH-64E Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152F AH-64A Attack Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152H AH-64D Attack Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153A Rotary Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153B UH-1 Pilot (RC) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153D UH-60 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153E MH-60 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153L UH-72A Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153M UH-60M Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154C CH-47D Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154E MH-47 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154F CH-47F Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155A Fixed Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155E C-12 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155F Jet Aircraft Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155G 0-5A/EO-5B/RC-7 Pilot WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Aircraft Dispatcher

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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Aircraft Dispatcher

Option 1:

A total of at least 2 years’ experience in the 3 years before the date of application, in any one or in any combination of the following areas:

  • In military aircraft operations as a—
    • Pilot;
    • Flight navigator; or
    • Meteorologist.
  • In aircraft operations conducted under part 121 of this chapter as—
    • An assistant in dispatching air carrier aircraft, under the direct supervision of a dispatcher certificated under this subpart;
    • A pilot;
    • A flight engineer; or
    • A meteorologist.
  • In aircraft operations as—
    • An Air Traffic Controller; or
    • A Flight Service Specialist.
  • In aircraft operations, performing other duties that the Administrator finds provide equivalent experience.

Option 2: Applicant must ra statement of graduation issued or revalidated, showing that the person has successfully completed an approved aircraft dispatcher course in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation 65.70(b).

The Aircraft Dispatcher credential has the following other requirements:

  • To be eligible for an aircraft dispatcher certificate, a person must—

    • Be at least 23 years of age;
    • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language;
    • Pass the required knowledge test;
    • Pass the required practical test;
    • Meet the experience or training requirements.
    Note: To be eligible to take the aircraft dispatcher knowledge test, a person must be at least 21 years of age.

Aircraft Dispatcher

  • Regulations
    • Subpart C of CFR
    • Parts 1, 25, 61, 71, 91, 121, 139, and 175 of CFR
    • 49 CFR part 830
  • Meteorology
    • Basic Weather Studies
    • Weather, Analysis, and Forecasts
    • Weather Observations, Analysis, and Forecasts
  • Navigation
    • Study of the Earth
    • Chart Reading, Application, and Use
    • National Airspace Plan
    • Navigation Systems
    • Airborne Navigation Instruments
    • Instrument Approach Procedures
  • Aircraft
    • Aircraft Flight Manual
    • Systems Overview
    • Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List (MEL/CDL) and Applications.
    • Performance
  • Communications
    • Regulatory requirements
    • Communication Protocol
    • Voice and Data Communications
    • Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS)
    • Aeronautical Publications
    • Abnormal Procedures
  • Air Traffic Control
    • Responsibilities
    • Facilities and Equipment
    • Airspace classification and route structure
    • Flight Plans
    • Separation Minimums
    • Priority Handling
    • Holding Procedures
    • Traffic Management
  • Emergency and Abnormal Procedures
    • Security measures on the ground
    • Security measures in the air
    • FAA responsibility and services
    • Collection and dissemination of information on overdue or missing aircraft.
    • Means of declaring an emergency
    • Responsibility for declaring an emergency
    • Required reporting of an emergency
    • NTSB reporting requirements
  • Practical Dispatch Applications
    • Human Factors
    • Applied Dispatching
  • Flight Planning/Dispatch Release:
    • Regulatory Requirements
    • Meteorology
    • Weather Observations, Analysis, and Forecasts
    • Weather Related Hazards
    • Aircraft Systems, Performance, and Limitations
    • Navigation and Aircraft Navigation Systems
    • Practical Dispatch Applications
    • Manuals, Handbooks, and Other Written Guidance
  • Preflight, takeoff, and Departure:
    • Air Traffic Control Procedures
    • Airports, Crew, and Company Procedures
  • Inflight Procedures:
    • Routing, Re-routing, and Flight Plan Filing
    • En Route Communication Procedures and Requirements
  • Arrival, Approach, and Landing Procedures:
    • ATC and Air Navigation Procedures
  • Post Flight Procedures:
    • Communication Procedures and Requirements
    • Trip Records
  • Abnormal and Emergency Procedures:
    • Abnormal and Emergency Procedures

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Aircraft Dispatcher examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by PSI. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the PSI website:

For more information on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) testing process, visit the agency website.