Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

Short-Term Certificate


Learn to Fly Drones

Across the U.S. and around the world, small, unmanned aircraft systems (drones under 55 pounds) are rapidly transforming business and industry. Drones are already being implemented in agriculture, infrastructure, package delivery, EMS, law enforcement, wind turbine blade inspections, utility substation and power line inspections, wildlife monitoring and reporting, mining, pipeline inspection, and real estate to name just a few. Drones are also being used in the military and in the event of natural disasters such as tornado- or flood-damaged areas to assess the damage and search for survivors. Almost every industry in the next few years will be utilizing drones in some capacity.

Unmanned Safety Institute logoCOTC has partnered with the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) to offer a credit-bearing drone training program. USI provides a well-developed curriculum and access to simulation software that will prepare students to take remote pilot certification exams. The drone certificate program includes four courses taken over two semesters. Lecture is provided online with hands-on skills sessions at the Newark campus.  

Licensing Opportunity

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to take an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate exam to become a registered remote pilot. This certificate demonstrates that a student understands the regulations, operating requirements and procedures for safely flying drones.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)


Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the unmanned aircraft systems certificate?

The unmanned aircraft systems certificate can be completed in two semesters (less than one year).

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

Each program at COTC has a plan of study that lists the courses students take to complete a certificate or degree. 

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the certificate?

Students are encouraged to connect with their academic advisor to learn about the Associate of Technical Studies (ATS), which would allow them to combine their drone training with additional courses to customize their own degree.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our future students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.