Drone Pilot Operator Certificate

Learn to pilot drones safely and legally with Oakton College’s new Drone Pilot Operator Certificate. Complete your certificate in just 16 weeks. You’ll take two eight-week courses that cover important safety and regulatory information and will give you hands-on training in a variety of scenarios.

Join the growing field of drone operation with two courses that will prepare you for the Federal Aviation Association's licensing exams:

  • FAA TRUST certification for recreational pilots
  • FAA Part 107 certification for commercial pilots
Drone technology is widely used in public safety for search and rescue situations. The infrared capabilities allow searchers to find people in remote areas and photograph traffic crashes and crime scenes. Law enforcement agencies also use drones to monitor large crowds during public gatherings to prevent dangerous situations.

Drone pilot operators can also find employment opportunities with competitive pay in a variety of industries such as videography, real estate, and land surveying.


Unlock the skies and seize your future with Oakton College's cutting-edge Drone Pilot Operator Certificate program.

This dynamic one-semester program equips you with the skills to operate small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) safely.

You'll master the regulations and procedures essential for both recreational and commercial drone flight. Plus, the program sets you on a trajectory to achieve coveted certifications as a recreational and commercial drone pilot, administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through the TRUST and PART 107 examinations.

You'll be in the pilot's seat of your own success. Join us, and let's make your aerial dreams take flight.

Learn more about the certificate.

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If you have questions, please contact James Humenik, Chair, Associate Professor Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice via the form below.