As far as getting to be a flight dispatcher, you first need to go through a dispatcher course, be it at Sheffield/FLL
, etc., and get your license upon completion.
Getting into CO
's SOCC as a flight dispatcher, you need to have at least 1 year of experience with COEX as a dispatcher, or 2 years as a dispatcher with another company. Also, if you're a current CO
employee, you are also eligible for a transfer in if you hold a dispatcher license and do well at the interview. Degree not required, but it helps.
Once into the SOCC as a dispatcher, at least pre 9-11, you start off as an assistant dispatcher, spend anywhere from 1 week to 18 months depending on expansion/openings, etc., dispatching the mx test flights, entering notams and helping with the daily schedule within the office amongst other duties.
When an opening occurs, you begin likely as a relief domestic dispatcher and eventually after a full year of dispatching domestically, you're eligible for international dispatch.
Hope that helps