Drone technicians


June 7-Sept 17: Tuesdays 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hybrid course – instruction remote through Zoom, with in-person labs on campus.

Earn your Drone Pilot Certification in just a few months!


Please note: This is not a class about recreational drones. It is for those interested in entering into the emerging profession of piloting industrial drones. 

In this groundbreaking new course, learn from experienced Certified Drone Pilots with a combination of in-class theory and hands-on practice. Log the required hours with guided training and realize your dream of being an official certified drone pilot. This course will provide introductory drone flight lessons, real world drone applications, drone pilot job readiness training as well as the in-classroom knowledge in preparation for the FAA knowledge exam. 

Part 1: (6 weeks) Learn about aeronautical terminology, FAA requirements and regulations, airport operations, types of drones and their usage, careers, map reading, pilot performance factors, flight restrictions, and affect of weather. Be introduced to flying drones in the 5th week of class.

Part 2:  (7 weeks) Continued theory along with practical applications and flight training. Learn about emergency procedures, radio communication, drone performance, defensive handling, drone loading, drone maintenance, inspection procedures, decision making, FAA registration and marking, crew resource management, and more. Class will prepare for the FAA certification exam.

The Artificial Intelligence and Robotics industry continues to emerge, creating career opportunities for qualified professionals. Drone pilots are in demand in many industries, including photography, real estate, forestry, logistics and distribution, emergency management, surveillance, agriculture, and much more. Join this fast-growing new career – be among the first in the state of New Jersey to be a Certified Drone Pilot! 

INSTRUCTORS:  Kelvin King (Airline Pilot, Certified Drone Pilot) and Carlos Velasquez (Certified Drone Pilot)

Tues and Sat, June 7-Sept 17 (no class on July 2, Sept 3)

Tuesday 6-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hybrid – Remote-live instruction and in-person labs

26 sessions: 71.5 hrs.

Cost: $3999 (cost of certification exam is not included)

*Textbooks required. Click here for textbook information.