The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) has launched a major career and technical education (CTE) workforce development initiative in conjunction with high schools and colleges throughout the United States.

The program provides teacher credentialing and all course materials, including a 400-page academic textbook, to secondary educational institutions.  Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take USI’s credentialing exam leading to the Small UAS Safety Certification, an industry certification demonstrating expertise as a professional remote pilot and making them highly qualified for careers in the burgeoning industry of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones.”

“The Unmanned Safety Institute is proud to announce the launch of its national CTE education program supporting teachers and students in secondary education programs across the country,” says Aaron Greenwald, president at USI.  “We are honored to have the privilege of supporting education partners in preparing promising young students for high-paying careers in unmanned aviation.”

In August 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) placed into effect 14 CFR Part 107 governing the widespread use of UAS for commercial purposes.  Since then, businesses across the country have discovered and realized tremendous benefits in utilizing drone technology from a cost-savings, time-efficiency, and personnel safety approach.  The rapid proliferation of commercial drones has created tremendous demand and the FAA estimates there could be as many as 2.3 million licensed drone pilots by 2020.

USI already boasts a network of nearly 100 USI Certified Instructors throughout the United States who have already educated thousands of students to its Small UAS Safety CertificationMany enterprises and organizations around the world use USI for remote pilot training and certification.

The curriculum comprises four college-equivalent courses totaling more than 150 hours of instruction and addresses key topics, including:

  • Foundations of Unmanned Aviation
  • Robotics
  • Data Links
  • UAS Command and Control
  • Payloads
  • Meteorology and the Elements
  • Small UAS Applications
  • Rules and Regulations (FAA)
  • Airspace Operations
  • Human Factors
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Aeronautical Decision-making
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Safety Assurance
  • Safety Promotion
  • Professionalism

USI’s education program, now in its third year, has been successful in Florida, achieving statewide articulation with the Department of Education and having grown to 95 high schools educating more 2,500 students.  The program is rapidly expanding to new schools throughout the United States and in place in several countries throughout the world.

About USI

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is a leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, enterprises and organizations focused on integrating and operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. USI is a portfolio company of ARGUS International Inc., and is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., with safety assurance offices in Denver.