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School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201

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sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate Program

 The two-course program is specifically designed to provide both basic airman knowledge, hands-on flying skill, and preparation to apply for and pass the FAA sUAV (sUAS or drone) Remote Pilot Certification Test.  Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and operations of a sUAV through both written and flying skill tests throughout the program.

Because the FAA’s sUAV Remote Pilot Certification Test is required for commercial operation, the program is ideal for individuals that will be taking on the responsibility for sUAS operation on behalf of their company or for those individuals interested in starting up their own sUAS related business. 

A Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) Certificate of Achievement will be issued to the participants who pass both courses and the FAA administered exam.

Course Descriptions

The following courses will be conducted in small groups so you will receive personal attention and have your questions answered by instructors.

CEEN 10101 Course: Small UAV Operation Proficiency
12 Contact Hours (lecture portion at OU/flying skill at OU & DCT hanger)

Attendees will receive hands-on lessons related to owning, flying, and maintaining a small UAS. This course will also introduce FAA regulation Part 107, which is meant to prohibit sUAV from endangering the safety of their immediate surroundings. It will cover cases and scenarios related to safety procedures, operations, maintenance, responsibilities, insurance, laws, ethics, and introductory business concepts with sUAS. Students will be required to both demonstrate proficiency in the operation of an sUAS and pass written and flying skills tests. The flying skills test will require students to fly an sUAV in multiple directions and orientations, take off/ land, and fly through an obstacle course all while demonstrating safety and proficiency.

CEEN 10201 Course: FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge
12 Contact Hours (held at DCT Aviation)

This course will help students to understand FAA regulations related to the operation of sUAS below 55 pounds, safety procedures and operation, laws, and ethics. The topics include FAA Part 107,  the National Airspace Systems, and the FAA Airmen Certification for the sUAS. The Federal Aviation Regulations topics to be covered include small unmanned aircraft loading and performance, maintenance and preflight inspection, emergency procedures, aerodynamics and aircraft operations, navigation, crew resource management, aeronautical decision making, weather theory, reports, and forecasts. The course will review the FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement FAA-CT-8080-2G and requirements standards FAA-S-ACS-10. Students will submit the FAA Application through a Certified Flight Instructor and take the FAA sUAV Remote Pilot Certification Test at the conclusion of the course.

Certificate Information

To earn a Certificate of Achievement for the sUAS* Remote Pilot Certificate Program from Oakland University, a student must pass

  1. Hands-on skill test for operating an sUAV in an obstacle course (CEEN 10101)
  2. Written tests for preparation and maintenance of sUAV (CEEN 10101 & 10201)
  3. sUAV Remote Pilot Knowledge Test (administered by FAA, CEEN 10201)
Students must
  1. Be sixteen years or older
  2. Have adequate sensory-motor capability to operate sUAV.

CEEN 10101: $600
CEEN 10201: $325
There is a 1/2 price tuition discount available for students who wish to enroll. A 10% discount is available for OU faculty & staff. E-mail for more information. 

Additional Costs Associated with the Program
  • Register at the FAA Drone Registration page (approx. $5).
  • Become a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics ($75) to receive insurance coverage and latest updates.
  • Each student is required to buy a Blade Nano QX quadrotor. *If you have your own drone, please email to inquire as to whether or not you will be able to utilize it for this program. 
  • Testing for the FAA Certification is an additional charge ($160) paid directly to the FAA at the time of testing. Testing for and passing the FAA certification exam is required from the FAA to operate a Drone Commercially.

Course CEEN 10101
Oakland University Main Campus (exact room TBD)

Course CEEN 10201
DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI

FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Exam
DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI


2019 Dates

CEEN 10101: Small UAV Operation Proficiency

Our next offering of the program will begin in November, as outlined below. There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving. 

Registration for this course is now OPEN! Please click this link to register

The courses will run on 4 consecutive Wednesdays


CEEN 10201 FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge 

Dates:  For the November course: 12/13 6pm-9pm, 12/14 9am-4pm, and 12/15 9am-12pm 

Registration: Registration for the November course is now OPEN! Please call 248-370-4699 for questions about registration. 

FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Exam
Sunday, 9/15 and Sunday, 12/15: Students will schedule their time slot with the instructor. The exam can be taken after the CEEN 10201 course is completed, and is a separate fee.

All attendees must enter a waiver of claim and covenant not to sue agreement, with Oakland University, DCT Aviation, and instructors for liability.
How to Register

Registration will be through Oakland University. Click the gold "Register Now" button above and type "CEEN" in the search bar to find the course. Call us at 248-370-3177 if you have trouble registering.  

For information or questions about the program, please contact OU PACE:  248-370-3177
*Oakland University reserves the right to cancel courses due to low enrollment. To allow maximum enrollment, you will be notified of course cancellation 24 hours before the course start date via your home email or phone on record. 
FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge for Recertification

Course Description
The FAA sUAV Recertification Test is required two years after passage of the original exam, and this stand-alone course provides updated information to current rated pilots. Students will be presented with the new FAA regulations pertaining to the operation of sUAS below 55 pounds. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge in areas related to operations, safety procedures, laws, and ethics. The course is ideal for individuals who engage in sUAS operation on behalf of their company or for those interested in continuing their own sUAS-related business.

Students will also demonstrate continued proficiency in the following seven areas:

  • Applicable Regulations
  • Maintenance and Preflight Inspection Procedures
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Crew Resources Management
  • Airspace Classification, Operation Requirements, Flight Restrictions
  • Aeronautical Decision-Making and Judgement

*Note: This course is NOT part of the 2-course sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate but is a separate, stand-alone course that aims to aid pilots who are seeking recertification.

Course Details
Dates: August 23rd and August 30th
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Oakland University Main Campus
Cost: $350

To pre-register for this course, please click here and we will notify you once official registration is available! 

Prerequisites and Other Requirements
Students must be:

  • 16 years or older to take the exam
  • Have adequate sensory-motor capability to operate sUAS/sUAV

Prior to class, students must:

  • Register with the FAA (approx. $5 cost)
  • Become a member of the Academy of Model Aviation (approx. $75) to receive insurance coverage and the latest updates
  • Register and submit payment through Oakland University PACE