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In our Commercial UAS (Drone) Pilot workforce training program, you will get hands-on flight time with industry-leading drones. Learn all the different industries & applications that use drones, and leave with a portfolio of captured footage to show potential clients or employers.

Approx. Number of Hours:


Program Cost:**


Est. Hourly Wage:*

No Bureau of Labor Statistics available

Min. Occupational Requirements:

16 years old or older; able to read, speak, write and understand English

Commercial UAS (Drone) Pilot Job Overview


UAS (Drone) use has boomed across a wide range of commercial and industrial applications in which the technology has provided several advantages including data collection, workforce safety and cost benefits. This implementation has created a need for trained pilots and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) predicts over 100,000 drone-related jobs will be created by 2025. 

Financial Assistance

There’s more than $150,000 in funding available to help pay for short-term job training. Up to 90% of costs may be covered to complete this training program.

Licensure/certification earned

Students are prepared for FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification. (Certification required to enroll in DRN-002.) 


View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule. Drone will be provided as part of program cost.

DRN-001 Introduction to UAS (Drone) Technology
DRN-005 UAS (Drone) Ground School
DRN-006 UAS (Drone) Flight School
DRN-007 UAS (Drone) FAA Remote Pilot Certificate Prep
DRN-002 UAS (Drone) Advanced Flight School
DRN-003 Foundations of Aerial Photo & Video Editing
DRN-004 Foundations of Aerial Data
DRN-008 UAS (Drone) Pilot Capstone
DRN-009 UAS (Drone) Flight Log

Additional Information & Program Requirements

You be able to read, speak, write and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment); be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS; and pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center to be a commercial drone pilot.  

Students must register for all courses in the series at the same time and the courses must be taken consecutively. Students who have previously completed DAP-848/158 UAS (Drone) Ground School, DAP-849/159 UAS (Drone) Flight School and/or DAP-850 UAS (Drone) FAA Remote Pilot Certification Prep will be exempt from repeating these courses, but must complete all other courses in the series.  

Related Professional Skills and Job Training courses

DRN-012 Introduction to UAS (Drone) Thermography
DRN-016 UAS (Drone) Precision Ag. Pt. 1
DRN-015 UAS (Drone) Night Flight
DAP-185 Photoshop Level 1  
DAP-186 Photoshop Level 2
DAP-791 Premiere Level 1: Introduction to Digital Video Editing
DAP-792 Premiere Level 2: Advanced Digital Video Editing 

Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Continuing Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

410-386-8100 |

*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.