Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate

Our Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate program is a multi-workshop program that is offered in partnership with the NH Department of Transportation. Our program currently includes five elective workshops held at our training locations in Portsmouth, Durham, and Manchester. The program is designed so that students can complete and obtain their certificate over a 12-month period. Students are required to attend & complete a minimum of 4 workshops to receive their certificate.

What is the Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate?

This certificate is designed for those who would like to familiarize themselves with UAS equipment and safety protocol while learning more about how UAS technology is being used in different contexts. Our course offerings are tailored to the current spectrum of UAS applications, and prepare people of all experience levels for confident and safe flight. While the FAA only requires a Part 107 license for commerical flight, our certificate has proved to be well worthwhile for those looking to bring UAS applications into their business and/or expand their professional flight log. The FAA currently does not administer any type of user flight test in regards to UAV operation, which is where the UNH Drone Academy has come in.

What is the cost?

Each individual workshop varies in cost. You may view the tuition price of each workshop by following the links below. Payment when registering can be completed on a class-to-class basis, or all together. There is also a one time $50 certificate administration fee.

How do I register?

Select your course(s) below and continue to "Enroll Now." Follow the steps provided to register for the workshop and reserve your seat. To enroll in the Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate program, add the "Drone Certificate Enrollment fee" to your cart at checkout when signing up for any of the elective workshops.  (An additional one-time $50 fee.)

When should I register?

We highly recommend registering for these workshops early as they tend to fill up. Some courses may have limited seats/spots available. Enrollment may close up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.


2021 Certificate Required Workshop Schedule

Complete Any 4 Courses to Receive Your Certificate:

Please note that the UNH Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate is a non-credit, continuing education certificate program. This certificate is not intended to replace any certificate and/or licensure provided by the FAA or any other federal organization.


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Custom Training

Need more specific training for your group or business? We offer Custom Training and Services! Visit the UNH Drone Academy for more information.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

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FAQ and Contact

A course I want to register for is currently "Unavailable." Why is this?

This may be due to the course being at maxiumum capacity, cancelled, or not currently scheduled. We recommend checking back routinely for updates. You may also contact us for further information.

Do I need my own drone to attend these courses?

No, you do not. For all courses that include flight-training, drones will be provided.

I'm not sure which course(s) to take or begin with.

No problem! Please reach out to Kyle.Hirshkind@unh.edu for recommendations depending on your current experience level.

I have a question not listed here.

View our general FAQs below. You may also call us at (603) 862-7380


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