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Commercial Drone Operations Certificate Program


Housatonic Community College in partnership with Aquiline Drones introduces a ground-breaking two-part Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) training and educational program that enables students to obtain a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified Drone Pilot license and operate a commercial drone business.

As participants, you will embark on a high tech journey and you will experience the power of full life cycle cloud connectivity in drones.

Course Description

This is a two-part program.

The first part of the program, Introduction to Commercial Drones, is designed for the beginner as a foundation for entry and prepares the student to successfully pass the FAA drone pilot examination.

The second part of the program, Cloud Connected Drone Operations, takes the beginner student on a path to learn about entrepreneurship highlighting industry use cases. Each course will take approximately 4 months; they are offered entirely online and can be started at any time.

Student Testimonials

“Some of the items such as Newton’s laws of motion were better explained in this course than when I was working through my private pilot training.”

“I know a lot about drones and drone science already, and loved the background information, white papers and website links.”

“Really looking forward to this journey with you and y’all have done a great job!”


Module 1: Introduction to Commercial DronesDrone pilots at work site.

The primary focus of this 45-hour course is to prepare students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot examination. (Please note that there is a separate FAA registration fee of $160 for the examination.)

From drone science and engineering to weather theory, the role of the FAA, regulations and safety procedures, this course will prepare you to get certified as a commercial drone operator. You will also learn about cloud computing and other technologies that are transforming the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry.

Module 2: Cloud Connected Drone Operations

This 45-hour course highlights mission planning, operations management and many use cases across industries. It is offered entirely online and can be started at any time.

Topics include:

Woman holding a drone
  • Introduction to Total Planetary Protection
  • Mission planning
  • Managing your operations
  • Full life cycle management with TPP
  • Industry overview
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 102
  • Business plan and services
  • Financial services
  • Mission assets


Introduction to Commercial Drones or the FAA Part 107 License.


  • PC or Mac device
  • Windows 7 or later operating systems
  • Mac 10.10 Yosemite or later
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Fall 2022 CRN#34054

  • Instructional Method: Online– These classes are fully online. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
  • Date: This course can be started at any time and taken when your schedule allows.
  • Cost: $1,600, instructional materials for this course are included and are available online.

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit our Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.