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Start an exciting career as a Commercial Drone Operator with a certificate that will prepare you to enter this quickly growing industry.

This program includes two courses which each take approximately four months to complete. These courses are fully online, self-paced and can be started any time. Upon completion, you will be prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot examination, a national certification.

Course 1: Introduction to Commercial Drones

Designed for the beginner as a foundation for entry and prepares the student to successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone pilot examination

  • The primary focus of this course is to prepare you for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot examination. Please note that there is a separate FAA registration fee of $160 for the examination.
  • From drone science and engineering to weather theory, the role of the FAA, regulations and safety procedures, this course will prepare you to get certified as a commercial drone operator. You will also learn about cloud computing and other technologies that are transforming the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry.

Course 2: Cloud Connected Drone Operations

Takes the beginner student on a path to learn about entrepreneurship highlighting industry use cases

  • This course highlights mission planning, operations management and many use cases across industries. It is offered entirely online and can be started at any time.

In This Course You'll Learn To:

  • describe the role of the FAA in drone operations
  • identify regulations and safety procedures around the use of drones for commercial purposes
  • list mission planning requirements
  • describe preparations to start your own business using drone technology

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • GED or high school diploma

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