Earn an Applied UAS Technologies Certificate

The industry-driven Applied UAS Technologies certificate program imparts students technical skills required to become a drone operator or data collection technician.

Blue Ridge CTC’s Applied UAS Technologies certificate program offers students hands-on training to obtain real-time techniques required to operate various unmanned aerial systems for data collection and manipulation.

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Why Earn a Certificate in Applied UAS Technologies

With the Applied UAS Technologies certificate program, students develop real-time skills and an understanding of the foundations of UAS technology to become workforce ready. The program allows students to:

    • Learn skills for flight planning, project planning, data collection, and manipulation.
    • Gain knowledge about Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
    • Build a solid base for occupations like drone operators, GIS technicians, and more.
    • Earn credits to be used toward a future degree.


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Plan a Rewarding Career with an Applied UAS Technologies Certificate

The Applied Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technologies certificate helps students learn in-demand technical skills from technology experts.

This program enables students to implement the latest skills in real world situations related to operating drones and preparing small flight plans to collect and manipulate data.

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What You Will Learn - Curriculum Overview

With our Applied UAS Technologies certificate, students obtain hands-on instruction from highly trained faculty about the essentials of UAS technology.

Students learn core concepts of UAS technology such as introduction to drone applications, drone operations (I & II), introduction to GIS, private pilot ground school, and much more. The Applied UAS Technologies certificate program outcome includes:

    • Learn operating drones and other high-tech UAS equipment.
    • Interpret FAA part 107 legislation to prepare for remote pilot certification.
    • Prepare small pilot flight plans.
    • Gain understanding about geographic information systems.

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With a one-year economical, time-saving certificate in Applied UAS Technologies, students gain foundation knowledge of UAS technology to seek potential workforce entry as a drone operator, GIS technician, and similar job role. The Blue Ridge CTC Applied UAS Technologies Certificate program develops skills through hands-on training and expert guidance from qualified faculty.
With our Applied UAS Technologies certificate program, students learn core concepts and theories such as flight planning, project planning, data collection, and manipulation to successfully plan a career in the UAS technology field.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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