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Drone Certificate

Commercial and consumer drone usage is rapidly rising across the country and around the world. Agriculture, construction, and photography are just a few of the industries that are using drones (also called UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles) to meet business needs in a cost-effective way. Hobbyists are also helping drone usage to soar.

Allow your interest in UAVs to take flight with the NWTC Drone certificate. With the certificate’s three courses you’ll learn to:

  • Fly drones safely
  • Abide by local and federal laws and regulations

  • Explore drone technology and application

Whether you are self-employed, part of a small business or large company, or an aspiring amateur drone pilot, you can benefit from the NWTC Drone certificate.

Program Code: 904871

This certificate is a 4-credit certificate designed to develop understanding of drone history, types of aircraft, various applications of drone use, legal matters, safe usage, and practical hands on flight experience.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Fly drones safely.
Abide by local and federal laws and regulations.
Explore drone technology and applications.

Catalog No. Description
10-487-100 INTRO TO UAS ...research and analyze various and continually changing technology in the drone industry, and how the technology is used across different industries. Students will learn safe and legal operation principles, providing a foundation for hands-on application and flight of unmanned aircraft systems.
10-487-101 DRONE REGULATIONS ...a detailed look at the current and potential state of the UAS industry from a legal perspective. Students will review current and past FAA regulations as they pertain to lobbyists and commercial pilots.
10-487-102 DRONE APPLICATIONS & TECHNOLOGY ...detail the specifics of using a drone in various environments, how the mechanics of a drone work, sensors and image capture capabilities of different UAS, as well as practical, hands-on flight of UAS. Students will learn proper flight training from preparations, flight, to safe landing and recovery.
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Curriculum Note
It is recommended students take courses in the order in which they are listed.