Drone Pilot Microcredential

Classes Start Spring 2022!

Commercial Drone Operator (DRN 101)

Interested in getting your FAA Remote Pilot Certificate for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - drones? This course will prepare you for the FAA Part 107 aeronautical knowledge test, a necessary step in obtaining a license to fly your drone commercially in the United States. You will explore topics such as federal aviation regulations, aviation weather services, weather effects on performance, loading and performance, radio communications, airport operations, aeronautical decision-making, and maintenance and inspections. The required text for this course is the Gleim Remote Pilot FAA Knowledge Test Prep - 2nd Edition.

In order to become a pilot, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone

  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam

This 18-hour course does not include hands-on drone operating experience. You will be expected to dedicate out-of-class time to study the course material in between sessions. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to take the FAA Part 107 certification exam. You must independently register and pay an additional fee to take the FAA exam. These services are not included, but the instructor will review how to register for the exam as part of the course.


Maintaining and Flying Your Drone (DRN 102)

Join us as you learn how to safely operate and maintain your drone. In order to become a Commercial Drone Operator, you must know federal aviation regulations and understand the notion of airworthiness, ensuring your drone is in good working condition to fly. In this 15-hour course, you will learn the structure and function of various parts, and how they work in collaboration to ensure airworthiness. With this knowledge, you will be able to inspect and maintain your drone to maximize flight safety. Best of all, you will get a hands-on opportunity to fly your new drone!

The total course fee includes a $120 material fee which will cover the cost of a Snaptain A15H RC Quadcopter with 1080P HD camera, and all others supplies needed to operate your drone.

This course is a companion course to DRN 101, leading to commercial drone operation certification, and DRN 103 in drone videography. Completing all three courses leads to the earned Drone Pilot Microcredential.


Introduction to Drone Videography (DRN 103)

This introductory course to drone videography will help elevate your recreational or on-the-job skills to capture aerial imagery. Students will get hands-on experience learning how to maneuver a drone while learning technical aspects of making great content such as appropriate camera or controller settings, angling, and editing. This class is intended for beginner audiences.

Students are not required to supply their own drones, but are welcome to bring their own device if it has a camera. Taking the Commercial Drone Operator and Maintaining and Flying Your Drone classes prior to enrolling in this class is recommended, but not required. This class will meet for 18-hours.

This course is a companion course to DRN 101, leading to commercial drone operation certification, and DRN 102 in drone maintenance. Completing all three courses leads to the earned Drone Pilot Microcredential. 

For registration questions, please email workforce@sunydutchess.edu or call (845) 431- 8900.