Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drone) Systems Flight Technician - Certificate | Virginia Peninsula Community College

Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drone) Systems Flight Technician - Certificate

Man operating a drone
Program Details
Career Studies Certificate
Academic Division: 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
You can get one step closer to taking your business to the next level, pass the FAA test and fly drones.
Get the knowledge you need to pass the required to earn the FAA Remote Pilot with small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rating in one class.
Learn about regulations for small UAS (Drones) operations, loading and performance, emergency procedures, maintenance/inspection procedures and more.

This certificate is designed to prepare participants to skillfully fly and maintain a sUAS and to earn the FAA Part 107 certificate. If you want to fly a drone legally you must earn your FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification.


Earn the 19 credit Unmanned Systems Certificate through the following courses:

UMS 107 - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilot Ground School (3 credits)

  • Prepares you for the test.

UMS 111 - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) (3 credits)

  • Learn to fly. Take the Drones on field trips to shore lines, the Eastern shore, lavender fields and more.

UMS 177 - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Components and Maintenance (3 credits)

  • Learn how to maintain and repair your drone.

ITE 115 - Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts (3 credits)

SDV 100 - College Success Skills (1 credit)

GIS 200 - Geographical Information Systems I (3 credits)

UMS 211 - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) II (3 credits)

Virginia Peninsula's Unmanned Systems courses prepare you to take the exam. Virginia Peninsula supplies the Drones for all three courses. No prerequisites needed. Just you.


Knowledge of the safe and legal operation of an unmanned aircraft (drone) and the collection of imagery for customers is on the forefront of employer demand for many new and emerging fields. This program develops these competencies and allows participants to succeed in this challenging and demanding field.

The novice pilot will learn manual flight skills and how to legally fly in a commercial operation. The courses in this program can be used as electives in the AAS in Information Systems Technology or the AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology, graduating with both an AAS degree and this Career Studies Certificate.

*Search Unmanned Systems in the college catalog for class information.

Julie Young
Head of Unmanned Systems


The possibilities are endless. Drones can get you into remote sensing of the atmosphere; disaster response, police and fire response; weather forecasting; scientific research; agricultural survey of crops, soils, and livestock; crop dusting; wildfire surveillance; wildlife surveys; power line and pipeline survey; industrial security; oil, gas, and mineral exploration; payload transport; search and rescue; and aerial photography for fields like real estate, construction, film and entertainment industry, and accident investigation and so much more. Graduates from the program are in demand by a wide range of industries. The potential commercial uses of unmanned systems, or drones, are endless.

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Learn more about a career in this field, how much it typically pays, what the demand is, and how your education can help you become qualified.

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College Catalog

For the most up-to-date information about this program, including courses, credits, and other requirements, please refer to our College Catalog.

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