Academic Catalogs

Aircraft Dispatcher, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_AIRD
Control Number: 37880

In cooperation with the pilot, the flight dispatcher furnishes a flight plan that enables the aircraft to arrive at its destination on schedule with the maximum payload and the least operating cost. The flight dispatcher considers en route and destination weather, winds aloft, alternate destinations, fuel required, altitudes, and traffic flow. The dispatcher's signature, along with that of the pilot, releases the aircraft for flight. The dispatcher maintains a constant watch on all flights dispatched, and is responsible in joint agreement with the airline captain for flight planning, route and altitude selection, fuel load requirements, aircraft legality and complying with FAA regulations. The dispatcher is the go-between for the pilot and ground service personnel, and keeps all

personnel concerned with the flight informed about its status. The dispatcher must be familiar with navigation facilities over airline routes and at airports as well as with the takeoff, cruising, and landing characteristics of all aircraft operated by the airline. The flight dispatcher also must ride periodically in the cockpit with the flight crew to observe flight routes, conditions, and airports.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for completion of aircraft dispatcher training and succesful completion of federally administered knowledge and practical tests for aircraft dispatcher certification.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
APT A130 Private Pilot Aviation Ground School 5
APT A133 Aviation-Meteorology 3
APT A132 Aviation Navigation 3
APT A134 Instrument Pilot Aviation Ground School 3
Year 2
APT A139 Commercial Pilot Aviation Ground School 3
APT A145 Airline Transport Pilot Ground 3
APT A150 Aircraft Dispatcher 5
 Total Units25