Introduction to Drone Technology Instructor Certification Program
FOR OHIO TEACHERS

A CONDENSED PATHWAY TO INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUR STUDENTS.

Drones Are A Fun Way To Introduce Aerospace, Autonomous and Robotics Technology In Your Classroom

THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR NECESSARY FOR OHIO TO BECOME THE NATIONAL LEADER IN DRONE TECHNOLOGY IS HAVING PROPERLY TRAINED & QUALIFIED TEACHERS.


Untitled design (14)-1This program is open to High School, CTE, STEM, Community and Technical College Teachers and Instructors in Ohio.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Those outside of Ohio are welcome to apply, however, in-person flight training takes place in Columbus at The Ohio State University. Also, Ohio TechCred Funding is only available to Ohio Teachers.

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The Introduction to Drone Technology Instructor Certification Program for Ohio Teachers consists of:

  • USI Primary Certifications Levels 1 through 4
    (Small UAS Safety Certification – Level 1 and 2 and Visual Line of Sight Operations Ground and Flight school)

  • The Program will prepare you for the FAA Part 107 written examination (and will pay for this certification test)

  • Each participant will receive:
    • Access to online learning management system (LMS)
      • Includes content, practice exams, and learning aids
    • Access to digital workbook
    • FAA Part 107 Study Guide
    • USI Instructor Safety Kit (numerous handy and essential items to promote drone safety)
    • One year license to UAS simulation software and required controller
    • Leading commercial drones for use during on-site flight training and certification test

The course opens January 29, 2024 in an online, self-paced, virtual instructor-supported offering. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2024.

Knowledge-based, self-paced curriculum runs through May 31, 2024.

Multiple offerings available in June 18-20, 2024 for an in-person, 3 day / 2 night, hands-on flight instruction located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Travel expenses are not included in course fees.

 

This special package is being offered at:

  • $1,975 for USI Small UAS Safety Certification – Level 1 and 2
    (Includes the cost of the FAA Part 107 certification exam)
  • $1,975 for USI Small UAS Visual Line of Sight (VSO) Ground and Flight school

TOTAL: $3,950 for the entire USI Primary Certification Program

✨FUNDING OPTION:

Ohio TechCred recognizes USI Credentials:

  • Small UAS Safety Certification - Level 1 & 2 (Qualifies for reimbursement up to $2,000)
  • USI sUAS Visual Line of Sight (VSO) Flight (Qualifies for reimbursement up to $2,000)

You can initiate the TechCred Application process effective January 2, 2024 here: https://techcred.ohio.gov/apply

The next application period for TechCred funding opens March 1, 2024.

In order to qualify for reimbursement, the TechCred Program Guidelines require the employer to pay for the training.

TechCred asks that applicants allow up to 60 days from the end of an application period for them to complete their application reviews and make award announcements.

Learn more about Ohio TechCred at https://www.flyusi.org/ohio-techcred 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Travel expenses are not included in course fees.


Drones are Leading the Most Significant Evolution in the Aviation Industry Since the Jet Engine!

Drones are a combination of many of today's fastest growing and most in-demand technologies. The FAA predicts a need for more than 400,000 commercial drone pilots by 2027.

The state of Ohio has extended its leadership in Aerospace Technology with numerous academic, workforce development, and business development programs.

Did you know that YOU are the most important factor for propelling the state toward becoming the national leader in drone technology? 

IN ORDER TO HAVE A HIGHLY-SKILLED UAS WORKFORCE,
WE NEED HIGHLY SKILLED TEACHERS AND INSTRUCTORS.

  • Why Choose This Fast Track Instructor Program?

    Unlike simply passing a written test, our fast track program takes your drone piloting skills to the next level. We go beyond the basics, teaching you real-world decision-making in complex scenarios. Think of it as going from a learner's permit to becoming a seasoned driver. Then we provide the learning aids and classroom resources to support you as an instructor in the classroom.

  • The Difference is in the Details

    Just like a driver needs to handle various road situations, you'll gain specialized knowledge in drone systems, flight planning, and emergency procedures. This knowledge goes beyond the certificate requirements, making you a safer and more efficient pilot.

  • What You'll Gain

    Our certification program is your bridge to becoming a proficient and knowledgeable remote pilot and instructor. It's an investment in your skills, your safety, your students, and your shared success.

🌟USI Safety Level 1: Understand system architecture to enhance safety, address maintenance issues, and adapt to evolving UAS technologies.

🌟USI Safety Level 2: Comprehend airspace design, operating rules, aviation communications, and weather reports.

🌟USI Safety Level 3: Learn proactive safety planning, hazard assessment, best practices, and structured decision-making.

🌟USI Safety Level 4: Master UAS control in different autopilot modes, adhere to SOPs and regulations, and maintain mission readiness and records.

USI CERTIFICATIONS RECOGNITION IN OHIO

Ohio Department of Education and Workforce Industry Recognized Credentials

Ohio TechCred Credential List

Ohio Transfer Credit ITAG

Online instruction supported by USI Instructors. These hybrid live instruction programs can be completed from the comfort of your home.

Flight training will take place on-site at The Ohio State University over three days: June 18-20, 2024.

Are You Ready?

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Don't settle for a mediocre drone program that only gets your students to Part 107. Teach them the skills they need to get hired. Join the evolution of aviation and help keep Ohio at the forefront of the Aerospace Industry.

Invest in Your Skills, Your Safety, Your Students, and Your Shared Success.

IS YOUR SCHOOL LOOKING FOR AN EXCITING NEW PROGRAM TO OFFER TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OR ADULT LEARNERS?

Drones Incorporate Many of Today's
Most Exciting and In-Demand Technologies

Including:

  • Autonomous Technology
  • Electric and Other Sustainable Power Supplies
  • Robotics Technology
  • Sensor Technology Including Optical Camera, Thermal Sensors, Radar, Lidar, and Other Multispectral Cameras
  • Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis
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Unmanned Safety Institute

Upon successful registration and payment, participants will receive the "USI Safety Kit" containing many items for you and your classroom that will improve the drone experience for everyone:

Interested, But Not Ready to Apply Yet?

Read through the FAQs below, Download a PDF, or Email Us!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When does the flight training take place at The Ohio State University?

The in-person flight training takes place at The Ohio State University over three days - June 18, 19, and 20th. 

If you are unable to attend these dates, alternate arrangements may be available. Please keep your USI Instructor informed if you are unable to attend the June 2024 dates.

What happens if I can't make the in-person flight training dates at The Ohio State University?

The in-person flight training takes place at The Ohio State University over three days - June 18, 19, and 20th. 

If you are unable to attend these dates, alternate arrangements may be available. Please keep your USI Instructor informed if you are unable to attend the June 2024 dates.

Are travel and accommodation costs covered under this program?
No - Travel and accommodation are not covered under this program.
I don't have any drone experience, can I still take part in this program?
Yes! If seats are available, this program is available to you.  
I don't live or work in Ohio. Can I apply?

Yes! It is $3,950 to complete the program. 

This was designed for those in the state of Ohio due to funding that is available for reimbursement from Ohio TechCred. 

If you do not live or work in Ohio, please note that the in-person flight training will take place at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH in June. There will be multiple options available so that you may select the one that is most convenient for you. 

Travel expenses are not included in course fees.

What is the recommended timeframe for completing each certification course?

We have prepared a program overview and pacing guide to help you find success with completing the coursework ahead of the in-person flight dates.

Please click here for that pacing guide and remember to please reach out to your instructor if you have any questions or need support.

How does payment work?

We accept purchase orders paid by either credit card or check. 

If you do not require a purchase order, you may also pay via credit card or by check.

Tuition must be paid in-full before you will receive access to the coursework.

Do I have to start the coursework as soon as the course opens?

The knowledge portion of the coursework is self-paced. The course is available to complete between January 29, 2024 and must be finished by May 31, 2024 in order to attend the in-person flight training at The Ohio State University.

 

On average, users set aside around 40 hours per certification. You are welcome to complete the coursework at your own pace.

 

Online instruction is supported by USI Instructors. This hybrid live instruction program can be completed from the comfort of your home.

How long does it usually take to find out if my application will be approved by Ohio TechCred?

While this is a terrific question to ask Ohio TechCred directly, the great folks at TechCred have shared with us that it typically takes up to 60 days after the last day of the application period.

To learn more about Ohio TechCred, please visit: https://techcred.ohio.gov/apply

Can I pay for myself if I plan to get Ohio TechCred reimbursement?

If you plan to apply for Ohio TechCred funding, your employer must pay for the program.

To learn more about Ohio TechCred, please visit: https://techcred.ohio.gov/apply

When is the next application period for Ohio TechCred?

Ohio TechCred keeps their application dates current on their website.

Please visit their website at: https://techcred.ohio.gov/apply