Colorado State University drone training

Colorado State University drone training course is back — and you don’t even have to live in Colorado

On the heels of a successful virtual drone training program held in 2020, Colorado State University Online is back with another course this spring and summer for students looking to build up their career in drones.

Beginning on May 8, 2021, Colorado State University will offer a 2-week online Drone Training Program, designed to help you pass the Federal Aviation Administration Remote Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Test (commonly referred to as the Part 107 test). By the time the 2-week class ends on May 21, you should be set to have the knowledge needed to pass your test and to obtain your drone pilot’s license

And you don’t have to live anywhere near Colorado to take the course, thanks to the virtual format. Anyone can enroll in the class, regardless of whether you’re of college age, or what state you live in. Additionally, there are no other prerequisites to enroll, as this is a standalone course.

The CSU Online program has a nearly 100% pass rate for students who have completed it. No experience necessary to get started. You can enroll in the spring course (registration closes on May 7) now and your online courses begin on May 8. The course costs $199.

CSU says students will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to pass the FAA Part 107 test the first time including: 

  • Flight safety 
  • FAA rules and guidelines 
  • Drone technology and parts basics 
  • The “rules of the sky” 
  • Hands-on flight experience 
  • Limited class size 
  • Six structured, live review sessions with the instructors
  • Practice questions from the actual exam 

The Colorado State University drone training courses are taught by founder and director of the CSU Drone Center, Christopher Robertson, alongside other instructors with real-world drone flight experience.  Robertson has been employed by Colorado State University for the past 20 years primarily with the Colorado State University Police Department and is an alumnus of Colorado State University himself. He got into drones seriously over the past five years, assisting in founding the Larimer County UAS Team to provide fire, police, and search and rescue drone services for Larimer County.

If you’re interested in the course, but that overlaps with your summer break — or whatever else you have going on now that things are opening back up — you can also enroll in the same course later this summer. CSU is set to host another online Drone Training Program from Aug. 14 to Aug. 27, 2021. Enrollment for that course is also open now.

CSU’s Part 107 courses have been going on for a couple years now — first as an in-person course. COVID forced it online, but even now with vaccines rolling out, the format is staying online — making location no longer a factor.

Click here to learn more (or enroll) in CSU’s online Part 107 Drone Training Program.

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