FAA NEW Drone Training Program

FAA NEW Drone Training Program

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI) is a new program designed for universities, colleges, and technical schools by the FAA to recognize institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. Post-secondary institutions with UAS curriculums that want to be recognized as UAS-CTI participants now have the opportunity to apply for this distinction. The results of this collaborative working relationship will include a continuous dialogue with stakeholders to connect universities with general industry, local governments, law enforcement, and regional economic development to address labor force needs.

How to Qualify

The UAS-CTI program guidelines are as follows:

  • School type: Not-for-profit, two- or four-year, post-secondary educational institutions are eligible.
  • Accreditation: Must be institutionally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  • Degree/Certification: To be eligible, schools must currently offer a Bachelors or Associates degree in UAS; or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. The FAA considers a degree viable only if it is active and students graduate with the degree or certification.

Read the UAS Collegiate Training Initiative Program (PDF).

View the UAS Collegiate Training Initiative Program Briefing Deck (PDF).

How to Apply

Requests for participation in the UAS-CTI program should be submitted to 9-FAA-UAS-CTI@faa.gov and include:

  • Name of your school
  • Point of contact
  • School type
  • Accreditation
  • Description of UAS degrees or certifications

The FAA will send qualified schools an initial questionnaire to establish eligibility for the program.


Participating institutions will engage with the FAA, other participants, general industry, local governments, law enforcement, and regional economic development entities to address labor force needs. This collaboration will ensure that UAS-CTI school graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a successful career in a UAS-related field. Public two-year colleges that become a UAS-CTI school will be designated as members of the Consortium for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology Training. In addition, these new UAS-CTI Partners will support the FAA’s efforts to expand the aviation workforce of the future while providing additional opportunities for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) students.


Updated: May 6, 2020 — 10:51 am

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