Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate

No college degree or prior experience is required. The UAV Pilot Training Program consists of three phases. Phase 1 (web based ground school-16 hours) and Phase 2 (UAV/Drone PC-based simulator flown on your PC – 10 hours) are conducted from your home. Phase 3 (hands on flight training – two full days) is conducted by one of our expert flight instructors at one of our flight schools located around the USA. At the end of the program, students will receive the UAV Pilot Certificate that shows 10 hours of simulator, 16 hours of ground school and 16 hours of flight training for a total of 42 hours of training. In this new industry, UAV pilots are making a top salary of $275,000 and an average annual salary of $104,000. We will contact you after payment is received to give you your login instructions for the ground school. We will also ship a simulator to you after payment is received. If you have a group of students, we can come to your location to train UAV pilots. This training is only available to citizens of the United States and Canada. Some exceptions can be made.
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Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate Cost

  • Includes Phase1: 16 hours of ground school, Phase 2: 10 Hours of simulator, Phase 3: 16 hours of flight training.

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The simulator was a good way to get an idea of how the controller (transmitter) works. I found the challenges with the 10 levels to be great skill builders. The levels made you put the multirotor in certain places (landing in certain areas/flying through certain obstacles) which at first was challenging but with a lot of practice became second nature.

I really could not have asked for anything more out of phase 3. Scott was very professional and really built Jon and my confidence with several multirotors. He showed us how to update software and firmware for Dji products and tons of features that the Phantom 2 Vision plus and S1000 are capable of. We both had a lot of flight time with multiple platforms. Jon and I walked away with a great deal of knowledge and confidence with flying the platforms that we will be using for work. Scott is a top notch instructor and I am very grateful that I was able to receive instruction from him.

Billy, Department of Defense
As the owner of a small photography studio, I always have to be on the alert for the next big wave of change that can enhance my business. When I started to learn about drones I realized that they could become an important part of the creative services I offer my individual and corporate clients. Providing them with the ability to capture a moment or gather the visual information they need from the air makes me that much more important to them. When I found out about Unmanned Vehicle University, I knew I had to take the course — and I am glad I did. Before taking the course at UVU, the only thing I ever flew was a paper airplane. The course gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to expand my photography/video business in a whole new exciting direction aimed toward the future.
Joe Polillio, Productions Still & Motion Photography
I recently started the doctoral program at the Unmanned Vehicle University and thought the 3-day UAV Seminars course would be a great overview for all of the upcoming courses in my future. Indeed, I was extremely impressed with the amount of material we covered in such a short time. The topics give a well-rounded look at the industry, covering not only the full system perspective of the vehicles, payloads and ground control stations, but where we stand with current legislation, commercial opportunities and what future technologies are being worked on. The support material included provides plenty of sources for review and guidance for further topic exploration. There were numerous multi-media examples, as well as great class discussion. Speaking of the class, it was a diverse group of professionals that were all interesting to spend time with. It appears we made great friends as well as a new network of folks passionate about the aerospace industry and all of the benefits unmanned systems will bring. Dr. LeMieux mentioned in the initial introductions how the industry is changing almost daily. True to that statement, we had several relevant articles presented each day that were hot off the press. The material is fresh, maintained well and professionally put together. As an instructor, Dr. LeMieux was engaging, extremely knowledgeable and accountable for bringing back answers the following morning to the rare couple of questions he said he needed to check on. He cares about the program and it shows. I give my highest recommendations for the UAV Seminars Course.
Darrin Guilbeau
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Group Rates

For groups of five or more we can train at your location. Discounts available. Call for pricing! (602) 759-7372

UVU Flight Training Centers:

  • Denver, CO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Danbury, CT
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Sarasota, FL

Additional locations can be arranged by special request. Please call (602) 759-7372

Phase 1

(At Home) Students will complete the UVU Small UAV Ground School which consists of the following topics: Checklists, General characteristics, Dimensions & weight, Motors, Propellers, Electronic speed controls, Wireless links, Fuel/Flight, Battery, Flight Parameters, Limitations, Emergency Procedures, Normal procedures, Performance Flight times & wireless transmission, Weight and balance, Air Vehicle Systems Description Handling, service and maintenance.

Phase 2

(At Home) As soon as payment is received, we will ship a simulator to you in the mail. The simulator consists of software and a controller that plugs into the computer USB port. After you install the software, you will be able to fly 47 different small UAVs from 6 different sites. This instruction will include only rotor wing aircraft. Fixed wing aircraft can be added for a nominal charge. Students will practice the basics of the RC controller, flight characteristics of the individual aircraft, and take off/landing procedures. The flight instructor that will be conducting phase three will contact the student to answer any questions and be available to assist with the simulator classes. This hands-on experience will prepare you for flight with several real small UAVs during your 2 day flight training class.

Phase 3

(At Flight School) After completion of the home based ground school and simulator training, students will be scheduled for 2 days of flight training at one of our flight training centers. Standard training includes rotary wing (quad copter) and increases in difficulty over the training syllabus. Fixed wing training is available as an optional second day curriculum, (may require travel to a training site not closest to the student). Day 1 includes preflight, set up, planning and basic maneuvers. Day 2 includes advance procedures and flying scenarios. Extended training time is available. Tailored end user training in specific commercial and government agencies is available from our experts. Call (602) 759-7372 if you have any questions.


Unmanned Vehicle University trains pilots and sensor operators that are citizens of the US and Canada. Some exceptions can be made, call us today to discuss more. Our pilots are qualified on Hermes, Aerostar, Tigershark, Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk UAVS, Please call us for a quote at (602) 759-7372 or send email to admissions@uxvuniversity.com

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