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UHCL Drone Academy

Meet the need for skilled remote pilots in a rapidly growing industry by taking courses at UHCL's Drone Academy. Choose from any four training courses in the field of geospatial technologies that focus on the use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), better known as drones.

If you're a professional or student seeking knowledge and technical skills in operating drones to enhance your career and job opportunities, UHCL's Drone Academy is for you.

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Program Specializations

  • Drone Mapping
  • Drone Inspection
  • Drone Use in Public Safety and Emergency Response

Job Prospects

More than 10K new jobs will be created in the field of unmanned crafts in the U.S. by 2025, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).


All you need is basic computer skills; the ability to read, speak, write and understand English; and a desire to learn! ADA accommodations are available.

Length of Courses:
2-5 days

Program Cost:
$150-$2,000 per course

The FAA certification is offered online only. All other courses are offered at UHCL at Pearland.

Industries That Use Drones

  • Real estate
  • Emergency response to crime
  • Accidents and weather issues
  • Scientific research
  • Agriculture
  • Cinematography
  • Construction