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How to Become a Flight Dispatcher in Canada

To become a Flight Dispatcher in Canada you must be at least 21 years of age and speak either English or French fluently.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, you should confirm in advance whether you will need a visa to work in Canada, or whether you will need a student visa to study in Canada from the Canadian Government:

Work VIsa: www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/
Student Visa: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html

NOTE: We offer training manuals, online courses tutoring services only - we are not a government approved "designated learning institution" so we cannot offer a letter of acceptance in support of your student visa applcation.

You must successfully pass the two Transport Canada Flight Dispatcher Generic Written Examinations FDOPS (80 questions, air law, procedures, operations, navigation general and flight planning) and FDMET (100 questions, meteorology) with a minimum score of at least 70%. The FD Generic examinations can be written at any TCCA testing centre for which an advance appointment must be made: www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/opssvs/general-exams-centres-2010.htm

At this time there is no specific fee that applies for sitting the FD Generic examinations.

To prepare for the FD Generic Examinations we recommend our Flight Dispatcher self study training manuals which contain everything needed to prepare for the FDOPS and FDMET examinations:


We also offer a Flight Dispatcher online course and a Flight Dispatcher exam prep seminar.

The amount of study time needed to prepare for the FD Generic Exams varies widely depending upon the particular individual's background and experience: an airline pilot will need much less time than a person not having any aviation experience. However, anyone can sit the FD Generic Examinations without any need for an advance recommendation letter or other authorization, regardless of whether or not one has an aviation background. Typically, most who self study for the FD Generic Examinations typically require about 150 - 200 hours of self study using our training texts.

Once you have succeeded on the TC FD Generic examinations, you must then find employment with a Canadian air operator. We cannot help you with job finding but there are many air operators in Canada that need flight dispatchers throughout all regions of Canada. Once you are hired by an air operator, the air operator will provide you with Flight Dispatcher Specific Training.

At some stage you will also need to obtain an Aeronautical Restricted Radio Operator's Permit. This is necessary because as a flight dispatcher, you will be operating radio equipment. To obtain the radio operator's permit, you must succeed on either a written or an oral exam that is provided by an authorized radio inspector, or at an Industry Canada Office. Everything you will need to know for the purposes of the radio operator's permit is provided in our course text. The radio operator's permit exam is not difficult and once you obtain it, it is valid for the life of the holder. There is a small fee involved, which should be less than $100.

After completing the air operator's FD specific training program, and having obtained a restricted radio operator's permit, you must then succeed on a Flight Dispatcher Competency Check. The competency check is completed during an actual, real life shift so as to ensure you can handle the duties of a flight dispatcher in real life. If you pass the competency check, along with having succeeded on the examinations provided by the air operator during your air operator's flight dispatcher specific training program, you will then be issued with a Flight Dispatcher Certificate by Transport Canada that is valid only in Canada and only with the specific air operator where you are employed. To maintain the FD Certificate, you will need to successfully complete renewal FD competency checks on an annual basis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!




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