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Certificate - UAS (Drone) FAA Remote Pilot

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Overview

FLY HIGH AS A DRONE PILOT!

Gain the knowledge and skills to operate a remote-controlled drone and to prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Test to earn an FAA Airman Certificate. This certificate is necessary to apply for and obtain the Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial or business drone use. Current Remote Pilot Certification holders can also benefit from the program to brush up on their knowledge for re-certification.

Drones can be used by:

  • Realtors—post striking aerial pictures and videos of properties for sale
  • Videographers—make a living shooting aerial video for a variety of businesses  
  • Farmers—survey crops from above without having to leave the house
  • Hobbyists—have fun soaring the skies and capturing amazing images 

Occupational Requirements

To earn a Remote Pilot Airman Certificate to work as a Drone Pilot, you must be 16 years old and pass TSA vetting.

Information unique to the training

None 

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Course to Complete

  • Prerequisite:
    DAP-848 or DAP-158 UAS (Drone) Ground School, comparable ground school or current/previous FAA Remote Pilot certificate holder
  • Core Course:
    DAP-850 UAS (Drone) FAA Remote Pilot Certification Prep

View the Non Credit Course Schedule for current course offerings. (Not all courses are offered in every schedule.)

Approximate Number of Hours

8 hours

Approximate Training Cost

$149* 

Licensure/Certification Earned

Students are prepared to sit for the Aeronautical Knowledge Test which will allow them to obtain the FAA Airman Certificate and obtain the Remote Pilot Certificate.  

DAP-159 UAS (Drone) Flight School 

Estimated Hourly Wage

$12-18/hour**

*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.

**Wages are estimates only and are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also provides more occupational information.

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