Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate

Offered in partnership with the NH Department of Transportation, this program is designed for current or future UAS pilots based in New England. Familiarize yourself with UAS equipment and safety protocol while learning more about how UAS technology is being used in different contexts. After completing this program, deep dive into these content areas by signing up for one of our content-specific 2-day workshops focused on emergency response, GIS/engineering and photography. This four-day Drone Operator program focuses primarily on hands-on flight activities that are appropriate for the beginner or intermediate drone pilot. Approximately half of the class time will focus on outdoor flight exercises that introduce students to progressively more difficult navigational tasks and scenarios.

Drawing on recent case studies and knowledge gleaned from the NH DOT and FAA, our instructors will focus on operational laws, airspace, insurance, equipment, system operation, flight roles, role coordination and many other topics. The UNH Drone Operator workshop and follow up courses provide the highest quality experience for the most affordable price. Case in point: Our largest competitor charges $580 for a one-day operator workshop compared to our $1250 four-day program. Perhaps most importantly, UNH’s programs prioritize flight time, support from Part 107-certified flight instructors and frequent interaction with regional UAS experts who are familiar with the nuances of UAS operation in New England. See our program agenda, student testimonies and FAQ section for more details.

All students completing the UNH Drone Operator workshop will receive a certificate of course completion, and a UNH Drone Academy hat.

Students do not need to bring their own UAS to this course. Several different UAS platforms will be available to students for hands-on exercises. The age requirement for this program is 15. Please note that this course caps at 20 students to allow for a low flight assistant to student ratio.


What You Will Learn


Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate

Course Agenda 

UNH Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate

*Subject to change


Day 1 – Introductions, Regulations, Safety, Ethics



9:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast, Introductions, review course schedule

10:00 – 11:00 – Safety precautions, Preflight checklist review, FAA regulations

11:00 – 12:00 – Part 107 introduction, Hobbyists vs Commercial Pilots, DJI App Introduction


12:00 - 1:00 – Lunch



1:15 - 3:30 – Flight Exercises (weather permitting)

  • Overview of checklist
  • Basic control movements
  • Figure 8s, circles
  • Depth perception
  • POI


Day 2 – UAS Equipment, Flight Scenarios, DJI App



9:00 - 10:00 – DJI App overview, Components of a UAS

10:00 – 11:00 – Review of “What if” scenarios, flight training



11:00 – 12:30 – Flight Exercises (weather permitting)

  • POI
  • WayPoints
  • Maneuver through cones
  • Locate objects
  • Camera stability


12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch


1:30 – 3:30 – Flight Continued (weather permitting)


Day 3 – Regulations, Mapping, Advanced Flight



9:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast, commercial drone usage, mapping introduction

10:00 – 11:00 – Mapping technology, usage



11:00 – 12:00 – Flight Exercises (weather permitting)

  • Utilization of VO – No look drone
  • Line of sight
  • Cone obstacles
  • Revisit past exercises
  • Mapping demonstration (Jim)


12:00-1:00 – Lunch


1:00-3:30 – Flight Exercises Continued (weather permitting)


Day 4 – Mastering Controls, UAS Applications



9:00 – 10:30 – Breakfast, review situations from past classes, questions (hobbyist, commercial)



10:30 – 12:00 – Flight Exercises (weather permitted)

  • Spark through the woods
  • Photography/Videography
  • Drone Bingo
  • Revisit past applications & exercises


12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch


1:00 – 3:30 – Flight Exercises Continued (weather permitted)

Travel & Site Information


Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate

The Browne Center for Innovative Learning

340 Dame Road, Durham, NH, 03824

From the South - Boston

  • Follow I-95 North into New Hampshire
  • Take Exit 4, on the left, to merge onto NH-16N/US-4 W to White Mountains
  • Take Exit 6W to merge onto US-4 toward Durham/Concord...

From the North - Maine

  • Follow I-95 South into New Hampshire
  • Take Exit 5 onto NH-16N / US-4 W toward Newington/Dover
  • Take Exit 6W to merge onto US-4 toward Durham/Concord...

Directions Continued

  • Take the NH-108 Exit toward Durham/Newmarket
  • Turn onto NH-108 South
  • Turn left at the lights to stay on NH-108 South
  • Turn left onto Durham Point Road, follow for 3.3. miles
  • Turn right on Dame Road, turns into dirt road, follow for .4 miles
  • Turn left at the blue Browne Center sign (sign is on right side of road)
  • Follow driveways to the end, past main building into the large parking lot

Instructor Bios


Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate

  • Jim Cloutier

    Jim Cloutier is the President of Red Dog Aerial Media a UAS service provider that specializes in training and consulting for companies interested in starting UAS programs in house. Red Dog Aerial also offers aerial photography, videography, infrastructure inspection and mapping services for engineering, construction, commercial real estate and insurance companies. Jim has over 10 years building, designing and flying UAS platforms and holds his FAA Remote Pilot Certification.

    Jim graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. His electrical engineering career in the manufacturing industry included electrical design and programing for brewing and packaging systems, project management, information technology infrastructure design and deployment, software and hardware lifecycle analysis and technical training.  Jim is currently the Information Technology Manager at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, NH.

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