Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy

Award-winning training for all levels

The University of Delaware’s award-winning Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy provides in-demand, multifaceted training at the best possible value. Our popular programs provide comprehensive unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) training to drone novices and advanced users alike. Whether you are a beginner who is seeking Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 remote pilot certification, an advanced pilot responsible for lifesaving tactical missions, or an engineer looking for more efficient surveying and inspection techniques, we have a course that fits your needs and skill level. Designed to be completed over a single weekend, the courses provide industry-leading instruction and feature highly qualified sUAS experts with extensive flight experience in practical applications.

All of our drone pilot training courses can be conducted on-site at your place of business. In addition, we can create a customized drone training program based on your needs. For more information or to request a proposal for on-site training, please contact us via the form below.


Professional Drone Pilot: Ground School and FAA Part 107 Test Prep – LEARN MORE

September 19-20, 2020
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Legally flying a drone for commercial use requires an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate. During this intensive course, flight instructors provide comprehensive classroom training and prepare drone pilots for the Federal Aviation Administration’s airman knowledge test, which must be passed to earn the certificate. Topics include regulations, airspace, weather, loading and performance, and operations.
$395 – Scholarships and various discounts available

Professional Drone Pilot: Foundations of Flight – LEARN MORE

October 17-18, 2020
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Learn the basics of flying small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Topics include familiarization with various aircraft and system components, basic flight planning, safe flight deck setup and operations, basic flight maneuvers, emergency procedures, autonomous flight mode options, multi-aircraft mission design, and effective programmatic record keeping. Students will become familiar with and receive individual hands-on flight time with a variety of aircraft systems, such as the DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Inspire I.
$995 – Scholarships and various discounts available

The following intermediate and advanced programs are only available via customized group training. Please submit the form at the bottom of this page to inquire about training for your group.


Introduction to Aerial Mapping and Inspection

Learn the basics of performing industrial inspection and aerial mapping utilizing small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Topics include familiarization with various imaging payloads, inspection reporting, basic flight planning, safe flight deck setup and operations, basic inspection skills with both visual and thermal imaging solutions, various mapping applications, and basic thermography skills.

Introduction to Aerial Imaging

Capture amazing pictures from the sky
Learn the basics of capturing stunning images from above using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Topics include familiarization with various aerial imaging systems and components, UAS imaging settings, basic photography and videography skills, as well as basic UAS flight planning and safe flight operations. Students will become familiar with and receive individual hands-on flight time with a variety of aircraft systems, such as the DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire I, and DJI Matrice 200 series.


For advanced drone users, the following courses require an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate.

Professional Drone Pilot: Matrice M210 Operator Proficiency

Master the DJI M210 platform
In this intensive two-day, hands-on course, operators will become proficient on the DJI M210 platform (the No. 1 multipurpose industrial-grade drone serving both first responders and companies); the X4S, X5S, Z30 and XT payloads; DJI flight control software, Pilot App; and safe flight maneuvers for failsafe situations.

Professional Drone Pilot: D3P™ Drone Program Manager Proficiency Training

Want to run a drone fleet in your organization?
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are only a small piece of a drone program. Along with having technical proficiency, managing a fleet of drones requires an understanding of federal, state and local laws and regulations. This course covers the many aspects of program management that must be addressed prior to launching a program, and also maintaining it once it begins operating. Intended as a starting point for the creation of a successful drone program, students will receive hands-on knowledge of the DJI Flight System via Drone Program Point Person (D3P™) training.

Professional Drone Pilot: Night Operations and Thermal Imaging

Operate your drone in the dark
Students learn the basics of night operations and thermal imaging utilizing small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Led by certified thermographers, this course provides an overview of regulations pertaining to flying UAS after dark, discussion regarding how to perceive the operating environment safely during nighttime operations, and lessons on the fundamentals of accurate thermal imaging and data interpretation. Various aircraft, such as the DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire, DJI Matrice 200 and DJI Matrice 210, are used during individual hands-on flight training sessions.

Professional Drone Pilot Training programs are conducted by FAA-licensed unmanned aircraft pilots from Adam Ringle Consulting (ARC), a Delaware-based industry leader in UAS training.

Q How do you find out more information on the program?

Questions about the Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy? Please use this form to contact us.

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Which drone pilot training class are you interested in?
Ground School and FAA Part 107 Test Prep
Foundations of Flight
Introduction to Aerial Mapping and Inspection
Introduction to Aerial Imaging
Matrice M210 Operator Proficiency
D3P™ Drone Program Manager Proficiency Training
Night Operations and Thermal Imaging

Contact the college department by filling out an online information request sheet.

Q What is the cost of the program?

UD Credit Tuition Rates and Fees, 2019-20
Tuition rates given are per credit hour. Undergraduate tuition applies to course numbers #000-499. Graduate tuition applies to course numbers #500-999. Tuition rates and fees are subject to change. Please note that Continuing Education students are not eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA) for courses.

Please consult the University’s Summer Sessions 2020 webpage for revised information regarding rates and deadlines specific to this session.

Undergraduate Tuition, per credit hour
Delaware residents—$530
UD Online part-time undergraduate nonresident tuition—$628 [How can I qualify?]
Graduate Tuition, per credit hour
Resident and nonresident rate—$1,898
The University of Delaware has a single graduate tuition rate for all graduate students, both resident and nonresident. However, some colleges and degree programs offer scholarships and other funding opportunities. In addition, colleges may establish different tuition rates for specific programs.
For details about UD’s graduate tuition policy, visit the Office of Graduate & Professional Education.
For details regarding the tuition scholarships offered by the College of Education and Human Development, refer to the Delaware Educator Scholarships.
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General fee

Online exam proctoring fees (A per-exam fee applies to online students who do not take their UD Online exams at a UD testing location. Students are also responsible to obtain any equipment or software necessitated by the online exam process.)
Additional fees apply for changes in registration, late payment, and for Continuing Education students who are approved for 12 or more credits. For details, please review current information at UD’s Office of Student Financial Services.
Refund Policy for Credit Courses
Each semester, the last day to register is also the last day for free change of registration. View the current semester’s academic calendar for the applicable date each semester. Students may drop courses in UDSIS through this date and receive a full refund of tuition. No tuition refund will be made for courses dropped after that date. All students who withdraw from courses after this date will owe tuition and fees. Refund policy also applies to Carpenter Sports Facilities fees. For more information, refer to Student Account Terms and Conditions or contact the ACCESS Center at 302-831-8843 or

Registration for Noncredit Programs
To register for any of the noncredit courses or programs offered by the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing studies, please view the course’s or program’s details and follow the web-based registration and checkout process, including any applicable refund policies.

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