Across the globe, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; under 55 lbs.) are rapidly transforming businesses and industries as we know them. From individual enthusiasts to major corporations, sUAS users are striving to harness the power of these systems, while keeping up with the industry’s ever-evolving technology and legal regulations. That’s why Embry-Riddle Worldwide created the professional program in small unmanned aircraft systems.
Consisting of three online courses, this non-degree program features the history and design of unmanned aircraft systems, delving into how industries across the board are using them now. Students explore today’s most innovative and exciting sUAS applications, from preventing wildlife poaching to filming blockbusters. They also learn about operating sUAS safely and legally, for both professional and recreational purposes. Most importantly, students connect with resources to help them stay current on this quickly changing industry.
If you have a passion for sUAS, these professional education courses will help you take the next step toward effective application and exciting innovation.
Note: This non-degree program does not substitute for a license, degree, certification or required professional credential. A certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion of all three courses.
NEW Requirement: A certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion of three sUAS professional courses. Starting in January 2018 for participants who have not completed the three courses, participants can choose two courses from this program and substitute any other available ERAU online SUAS professional course to receive the certificate of completion. Participants who are seeking a certificate of completion must complete two of three courses, selecting from SUAS 1000, 1100 and 1200 and select one more course from SUAS 1300, SUAS 1400, SUAS 1500, SUAS 2000 or SUAS 3000.
*For participants who can provide proof of a remote pilot certificate (RPC) from the FAA, only one course is required from the professional program (either SUAS 1000, 1100 or 1200) – and any other two individual courses to receive the certificate of completion for a sUAS professional program.
Small unmanned aircraft systems guide: Exploring designs, operations, regulations, and economics. By Terwilliger, B., Ison, D., Robbins, J., & Vincenzi, D.
Newcastle, WA: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Courses may be taught by any of the following instructors:
"This course allowed the student to explore the dynamics of UAV flight systems to any level of technical depth as it was quite self guided. The discussion and interaction with other students and the professor's comments also led to areas of further research and study. The best part was the flight simulations based on the custom made UAV built in the ARVL Workshop. This is a must-take course for business planners and mission planners alike."
"This class taught me a lot in terms of how to evaluate the design and capabilities of "off the shelf" systems. I have a better understanding of what is inside a UAS in terms of controls, systems, and sensors and how those things effect performance. I think that I will apply this knowledge in the evaluation process of choosing a platform for business use in future jobs."