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Lara Herter, Program Coordinator

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UAS Bootcamp

If you are looking for a fast-track to an exciting career in new technology—consider One in the commercial drone industry. 

Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) and the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) have partnered to bring accelerated unmanned aviation training to our area. This specialized training is for both those without prior experience and the serious drone hobbyist. Active military, veterans, spouses and their dependents, are especially welcome and given priority approval. Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are now being used across a broad spectrum of industries to improve our water, energy, transportation—even healthcare. This technology is deployed for severe weather event monitoring, surveying, photography, agriculture, and even construction projects. The UVS Bootcamp offers new skills that can enhance job advancement for those already working in the Public Safety industry: emergency response, search and rescue, fire and explosions, environmental spills, and law enforcement. The commercial application for remote surveillance is almost limitless! 

The UAS Bootcamp instruction is provided by GCSC and USI instructors in a hybrid format (live and online) and can be completed from the comfort of your home. In person flight training will take place on site and will occur at the end of the program cycle in a choice of locations. For questions regarding the curriculum and certifications, please email the Unmanned Safety Institute at

Stage 1

Part 107/VLOS Operations, Aircraft 20 lbs or Under, Low Risk Operations, Automation 

Stage 1 includes USI Initial Qualification Training (IQT) & Unmanned System Safety Course, sUAS Operations Course, sUAS Safety Ground School Course and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Course. Stage 1 offers a five-week, fast-tracked, condensed module that will include one week in-person flight training at the end. NOTE:  Students must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA (Part 107) prior to the completion of Stage 1. Students are responsible for the cost of the exam ($175). This exam is not provided by USI or GCSC.

Three Certifications Earned:

  • Small UAS (sUAS) Safety Certification™ Level 1 & 2
  • Visual Line of Sight System Operations™ (VSO™)  
  •  Stage One Professional Remote Operator (PRO®)

Summer Semester:

Stage 1 courses (6-week classes):

S1-23-05: Start Date; Monday, May 29, 2023 – July 7, 2023.
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2023.

S1-23-07: Start Date; Monday, July 17, 2023 – August 18, 2023.
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2023.

Stage 1 Course (11- week class)

S1-23-06: Start Date; Monday, May 29, 2023 – August 11, 2023.
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2023.

Stage 2

Spring semester:

S2-23-02: (11 week class):
Start Date; Monday, April 24, 2023- Friday, July 7, 2023.
Registration deadline: April 10, 2023.

Advanced Operations, Aircraft >20 lbs and <1320 lbs, Medium to High Risk Operations.

Stage 2 includes OEM Approved Flight & Systems Training, OEM Approved Ground School and Simulation, Unmanned Safety Management Course and the Unmanned Operations and Personnel Course. Stage 2 training, for advanced safety and professional remote operator certifications, is held over approximately 11 weeks.

Four Certifications Earned:

  • Advanced Unmanned Safety Certification™ Level 1
  • Advanced Unmanned Safety Certification™ Level 2
  • Advanced Unmanned System Operations Certification™ (AUSO™)
  • Stage Two Professional Remote Operator (PRO®)

Monday - Friday, January 9 - March 24, 2023, 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. (EST) 11 Weeks
Gulf/Franklin Campus | Building C | Room 109
Must register by Monday, December 26, 2022

Participants can Earn a Total of Seven Industry Certifications in Just a Few Months!

Who can Attend and What is the Cost?

Thanks to funding made available by Gulf Coast State College, USI and Triumph Gulf Coast, this program may be available at no cost to:

  • Residents of Northwest Florida residing in the following Florida counties: Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa,
    Santa Rosa, Walton, and Wakulla.
  • Current military, their spouses and dependents.
  • Exiting military who are entering the workforce, their spouses and dependents.
  • In addition, qualified veterans, spouses, and dependents may be eligible to use VA benefits if they enroll in, or are currently enrolled in the UVS-AS degree program at GCSC. Visit the college's Veteran Services or contact Dave Jantzen at 850-769-2551 ext 3210 for more information.
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