Training Courses


  • UAS Response Technician
  • UAS Program Management
  • Night UAS Operations
  • UAS Part 107 Training

Image: Scenario-based training north of Tallahassee, Florida.

Training Program Based on Real-World Experience

The UAS Response Technician certification program consists of two hands-on courses - UAS Response Technician I (16 hours) and UAS Response Technician II (24 hours). At the end of the two courses, students will complete a written and a practical exam to earn the UAS Response Technician certficate. The courses can be taken in the same week, or you can split them up to better fit your schedule.

The program is designed to take existing UAS pilots and create safe, effective, professional opeators prepared to work on incident scenes including major disasters. Coursework includes safety management systems, crew coordiantion, hands-on scenarios, and best practices for a variety of missions including search and rescue, law enforcement support, fire fighting, hazardous materials and damage assessment. Each course includes homework, teachback modules, and a course workbook.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the profesionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

UAS Response Technician I

Current Offerings:

August 20-21, 2018 - Lynwood, IL

October 8-9, 2018 - Salt Lake City, UT

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16 Contact Hours
Delivery Method: Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights
Cost: $600 per student ($100 discount when taken in conjunction with UAS RT II)
Location: At CRASAR/CDRP facility or onsite

Sample Learning Objectives

  • Recognize all Federal regulations regarding operation of UAS in the National Airspace System.
  • Distinguish the need for jurisdictional and organizational policies regarding the operation of unmanned systems for public safety and emergency management.
  • Identify the components and purpose of the Incident Command System as well as the Air Operations Branch at the incident and State levels.
  • Determine personal minimums in regards to risk, including drug and alcohol effects, weather, and mission requirements utilizing a PAVE checklist.
  • Analyze issues with and risks to UAS operations created by conditions such as terrain, weather, obstructions, manned aviation, and airspace classification.
  • Evaluate all conditions for a UAS flight and make an appropriate "go/no-go" decision.
  • Identify appropriate locations and conditions to conduct UAS operations based on launch/recovery needs, airspace and regulatory factors, obstructions, terrain, and weather.
  • Plan a UAS sortie to accomplish a specific set of mission parameters given available resources.
  • Perform safe and effective UAS operations as part of a designated UAS crew.

UAS Response Technician II

Current Offerings:

August 22-24, 2018 - Lynwood, IL

October 10-12, 2018 - Salt Lake City, UT

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24 Contact Hours
Delivery Method: Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights
Cost: $800 per student ($100 discount when taken in conjunction with UAS RT II)
Location: At CRASAR/CDRP facility or onsite

Sample Learning Objectives

  • Identify typical payloads of UAS and methods for integration into the UAS environment, including maximum takeoff weight and the impacts of payload on flight characteristics.
  • Determine appropriate UAS airframes, payloads, and communication systems based on mission requirements and conditions such as weather, traffic density, and terrain.
  • Determine an effective communications plan to include two-way communication as well as monitoring for situational awareness.
  • Describe procedures for obtaining emergency authorization to fly in controlled airspace or other FAA restricted locations.
  • Formulate plans for multiple unmanned aircraft and crews to operate simultaneously over or near and incident scene.
  • Apply land navigation techniques and technology as well coordinate systems including United States National Grid (USNG) and latitude and longitude to identify, classify, and travel to locations on the ground.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate and apply UAS in nighttime conditions.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate a UAS in the following public safety mission types: damage assessment, route clearance, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement support, and surveillance/reconnaissance.

Image: The CRASAR/CDRP UAS workstation in Air Operations for Fort Bend County, Texas during Hurricane Harvey response.

Building a Program, Managing the Missions

Developing and managing a professional UAS program as part of a public safety or emergency management organization is a daunting task. The UAS Program Management course is a hybrid offering, combining online/distance learning with a traditional classroom experience.

The course delivers instruction on civil operations versus public aircraft operations, safety, pilot and resource management, training systems, and mission development and management. No flight experience is required for attendees.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the profesionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

UAS Program Management
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16 Contact Hours
Delivery Method: Hybrid - 8 hours online, 8 hours classroom
Cost: TBD
Location: At CRASAR/CDRP facility or onsite

Sample Learning Objectives

  • Recognize all Federal regulations regarding operation of UAS in the National Airspace System, including 14 CFR Part 107, 14 CFR Part 91, 14 CFR Part 61, and Section 333 and Section 336 of Public Law 112-95
  • Distinguish the need for jurisdictional and organizational policies regarding the operation of unmanned systems for public safety and emergency management.
  • Propose sample organizations policies
  • Identify the components and purpose of the Incident Command System
  • Determine the mission and purpose of the Air Operations Branch at the incident and State levels
  • Demonstrate how UAS resources can be maximized within a single jurisdiction
  • Apply Resource Typing standards to UAS resources
  • Apply Civil UAS Operations versus Public Aircraft Operations for a specified UAS flight
  • Demonstrate understanding of safety management systems, including methods for implementation
  • Develop mission plans for single UAS resources, UAS teams/task forces, and mixed manned/unmanned operations
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple aircraft in a given airspace, including methods to enhance aircraft separation and crew communication and coordination.
  • Recognize applicable missions and applications for UAS resources
  • Identify the levels of ICS/command and control structures that can influence UAS operations
  • Identify integration opportunities for UAS produced data and products
  • Understand legal liability and culpability concepts as applied to UAS operations.

Image: CDRP crews fly nighttime FLIR reconnaissance over lava flows from the Kiluaea East Rift Zone eruption in May, 2018.

Night UAS Operations

Flying at night is often a requirement for the public-safety or emergency management UAS operator. While provisions exist under 14 CFR Part 107 and Public Aircraft Operations for night operations, additional training is required (and always advisable). This course will familiarize students with the regulations requirements surrounding nighttime operations, as well as demonstrate techniques for mitigating risk to the aircraft and operator.

This course is eight hours long and includes both classroom and practical instruction. Students will fly UAS in daylight, evening and nighttime conditions, and learn the hazards of nighttime operation as well as methods to mitigate those risks.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the experienced profesionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

Night UAS Operations Course

Current Offerings:

None Scheduled

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8 Contact Hours
Delivery Method: Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights
Cost: $150 per student
Location: At CRASAR/CDRP facility

Image: CRASAR/CDRP staff prepare a mapping mission as part of the DHS CAUSE V exercise in Bellingham, Washington.

CRASAR Part 107 Training

CDRP and CRASAR are offering a one week introductory Part 107 UAS course that covers all the material required to pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command written exam. The course includes hands-on flight segments as well as all course material, including textbooks.

Part 107 UAS Training

Current Offerings:

July 23-27, 2018 - Fort Bend County, Texas

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36 Contact Hours
Delivery Method: Classroom and Hands-On Flight
Cost: $1,200 per student, includes course material and Part 107 exam