XYZ Air Operators - Definitions

Checking and Qualification Module

Qualification curriculum segments containing the competence check are covered in CASS 725.124(21)(i). [After completion of on-the-job training, each flight dispatcher shall undergo a competency check administered by a check flight dispatcher. In addition, no later than the first day of the thirteenth month thereafter, each flight dispatcher must pass an annual competency check to be conducted after successful completion of recurrent training.]


Instructional material developed for each curriculum must be used. This information is contained in lesson plans, instructor guides, computer software programs, audiovisual programs, workbooks, aircraft dispatcher manuals, and handouts. Courseware must accurately reflect curriculum requirements, be effectively organized, and properly integrate with instructional delivery methods. Courseware information must be revised as regulations, policies, procedures and aircraft systems/procedures change.

Currency & Validity Period

Currency pertains to maintaining qualification within the eligibility period as defined under CASS 725.124(j)(k) [Recurrent Training Recurrent training shall cover those subjects specified in this Standard for recurrent training at least once every three years, and it shall including annual cockpit familiarization. The syllabus must be approved by Transport Canada-Civil Aviation, and satisfactory completion of recurrent training, followed by a successful annual competency check, are required in order to maintain the validity of a Flight Dispatcher Certificate. Where other aviation regulations or standards require that recurrent training be completed more frequently than every three years, that training shall be conducted in accordance with applicable requirements. (ie - security measures and aeroplane de-icing/anti-icing procedures.)

Requalification Training

Where a previously qualified flight dispatcher has not actively dispatched with an air operator for a period in excess of 90 days, that flight dispatcher shall pass a competency check prior to returning to work as a flight dispatcher at the same air operator. Where a previously qualified flight dispatcher has not actively dispatched with an air operator for a period in excess of 12 months, that flight dispatcher shall undergo a course of refresher training that will include recurrent training, any generic training considered appropriate by the air operator, and cockpit familiarization training. Requalification training shall be followed by a successful competency check.

The validity period as per CASS 705.113(3)(4)."


A complete training agenda for the (air operators aircraft); for example, a B-727 transition curriculum. Each curriculum consists of several curriculum segments.

Curriculum Segment

An integral phase of training which can be separately evaluated and individually approved, but does not by itself qualify a person for a dispatcher duty position. The three curriculum segments relevant to aircraft dispatcher training are: basic indoctrination, ground training, and qualification. Each curriculum segment consists of one or more training modules.


The element of the subject matter in a training, checking, or qualification module that is subject-oriented. For example, a module of a basic indoctrination curriculum segment may include such elements as aircraft nomenclature and organization of the operator's operations manual.

Eligibility Period: As per CASS 705.113.(2)(b)

NOTE:  If the competency check occurs during the eligibility period, the "training/checking month" remains the same. A request to change the competency check month to balance the training workload, must be coordinated with the principal operations inspector (POI) and annotated in the individual dispatcher's training record. This change must occur before the eligibility period.


The element of the subject matter in a training, checking, or qualification module that is task oriented. An event encompasses the use of a specific procedure or procedures. During a training event, a student has the opportunity for instruction, demonstration, and/or practice using specific procedures. During a checking or qualification event, the evaluator has the opportunity to determine a student's ability to correctly accomplish a specific task without instruction or supervision.

Final Approval

The authorization of an operator to continue training in accordance with a specific curriculum or curriculum segment.

Initial Approval

The conditional authorization of an operator to begin instruction to qualify personnel under a specific curriculum or curriculum segment pending an evaluation of training effectiveness. This authorization is given in the form of an initial approval letter and must contain a specific expiration date for the conditional authorization.

Instructional Delivery Methods

Methodology for conveying information to (name of the Air Operator) students. For example, this may include lectures, demonstrations, simulations, audiovisual presentations, programmed instruction, workshops, and drills. Training devices, aircraft, and computer work stations are also considered to be instructional delivery methods.


Are units of instruction which contain descriptive information, elements, or events related to the curriculum segment. Each session has prescribed training hours in order to adequately familiarize the trainee and to satisfy minimum program hours for the particular curriculum segment. (NOTE:  CASS only requires total time of course)

Cockpit Familiarization

Each Dispatcher must complete Cockpit Familiarization as part of Initial New-hire, or Recurrent training to either establish or maintain qualification. Cockpit Familiarization consists of (HOURS) observing from the flight deck, operations. Flights selected as part of training under this Section will expose the Dispatcher to the geographic areas of jurisdiction, including routes and terminal areas. CASS 725.124(21)(h)

Testing, Examining and Checking

Methods for evaluating applicants as they demonstrate a required level of knowledge in a subject, and as they apply the knowledge and skills learned in instructional situations to practical situations. CASS 725.124(21)(d).

Training Hours

The total amount of time necessary to complete the air operator's specific training required. Training hours must provide opportunity for instruction, demonstration, practice, examinations and review examinations CASS 725.124(21)(b).

Training Module

A self-contained unit of instruction within a curriculum segment which contains descriptive information, elements, or events which relate to a specific subject. For example, an initial new hire ground training curriculum segment must contain a training module (composed of "elements") pertaining to meteorology. The basic indoctrination curriculum must include a module pertaining to appropriate provisions of the CASS. A

Training Program

instructional delivery methods, and testing and checking procedures. A training program must satisfy CASS 725.124 training program requirements and ensure that each flight dispatcher remains adequately trained and current for each aircraft and kind of operation which the operator conducts.


Allows the Dispatcher to exercise authority as directed by the company, and it is granted after successfully completing the Transport Canada generic examinations and the approved air operator's specific training program, on-job-training, cockpit familiarization and a competency check.

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