D-312, Aircraft Dispatcher, 2009

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This course is designed to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP). The concepts taught in this course will help an ACDP perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. This course is a mix of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and simulation. Students will have the opportunity to practice new skills in the exercise and simulation portions of the class.


The objective of D-312 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective ACDP trainees. In achieving this objective, students can expect to be able to:

  • Identify the common roles of aircraft dispatcher in the aviation environment.
  • Dispatch aviation resources using standard procedures.
  • Describe the safety procedures that relate to aircraft dispatching.

Target Group

Aircraft Dispatchers desiring to be available for national mobilization.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



S-312 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 2-4
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 32-36
Total Hours 34-40

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The lead instructor must be either an assistant center manager with initial attack experience or an Expanded Dispatch Supervisory Dispatcher (EDSP) with aircraft experience.

Unit instructors must be qualified as Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP).

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.


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