The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Certificate program prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing area of unmanned aircraft systems, including piloting, mission planning, data collection and analysis, and other related skills. Students have the opportunity for flight training with multi-rotor and fixed wing unmanned aircraft systems. Through course work, simulation, and flight training, students may achieve the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) remote pilot operator certificate (FAA Part 107 licensing). Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examination.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certificate
Earn a certificate in only 4 courses to a cutting edge career!
- According to Indeed.com, Unmanned Aircraft System Operators (UAS) and Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle Operators (UAV) make an estimated average salary of $44,577 per year in the United States.
Our professors offer real-world, diverse career experience within the aviation industry and are able to connect our students to working professionals for internship and job opportunities during the program and after graduating.
Our classes combine lecture with hands-on training using the latest flight simulators, air traffic control towers simulator and radar system.
Students have the opportunity to hands on learning experience with up to 20 types of different drones, ranging from $500-$30,000. These drrones include multi-coptor and fixed winged units. We have seven flyable aircraft that are housed at Brackett Field in La Verne, available for students who are interested in learning to fly. Last year, the program welcomed a new aircraft used for emergency maneuver training, and with this addition, it makes us the only Aeronautics program in California to offer tailwheel training, which allows a pilot to fly in Alaska and other countries.
In addition to an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certificate, we offer a commercial flight degree. As one of the original 12 air traffic control (ATC) college programs in the United States, and we are one of only two schools in California with ATC. We’ve partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration since 1997 to prepare students, under the training of professional air traffic controllers, in this field.
Students continue to learn outside of the classroom by getting involved in our award-winning student organizations, including our nationally-recognized championship Flying Team, active student chapter of Women in Aviation International (19 percent of our graduating students are female, compared to the national average of 6 percent) and the Student Air Traffic Controllers Association (SATCA). Not only do these organizations offer exceptional professional experience, but they also allow our students to apply for scholarships and connect with our industry expert alumni.
- The estimated tuition costs are based on the college’s current tuition rates of $46/unit for in- state students and $288/unit + $46/unit enrollment fee for out-of-state/non- resident students.
Residents* $552 Non Residents* $3,502
*Please note: The estimation above is only for enrollment tuition and does not include school fees. For more information on Tuition & Fees, please see Admission Fees.
- The Aeronautics Program awards over $20,000 in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarship opportunities through our scholarships website.