Goodwill’s free Drone Pilot training course helps participants quickly develop the knowledge and skills needed to operate drones. This eight-week Drone Pilot training course, which we refer to as “Intro to Commercial Drones,” includes comprehensive, hands-on training that teaches you the skills and information you need to pilot drones safely and legally. In addition, we’ll cover the types of flight systems available; their capabilities and which one would be best for your use; how drones can be used in business and industry applications; how to apply drone technology to bring efficiencies to business; and drone photography and videography skills.  

Upcoming Training Dates

The Goodwill University team is currently finalizing the 2023 course schedule. Please check back soon for training dates.

Course Timeframe

Goodwill’s Drone Pilot training course lasts eight weeks. We offer this course in the evenings to accommodate students who may work during the day.

Requirements for Completion

To successfully complete Goodwill’s Drone Pilot course, you must:

  • Have at least an 85% attendance rate
  • Achieve a passing score (70%) on the Part 107 pre-test
  • Pass the six Performance Profile tests
  • Achieve a passing score of 70% on the FAA remote pilot test
  • Complete end of class practicum
  • Participate in showcase

Certification Opportunities

The FAA remote pilot knowledge test Unmanned Aircraft – General includes 60 questions and requires a passing score of 70%. The test costs $160 and is paid for by Goodwill after meeting the requirements for class completion.

Related Career Information

To find out more information about potential careers, trends, wages and benefits for those that complete this course, visit www.onetonline.org

Job Search Support

As a participant in one of Goodwill’s training courses, you’ll have access to a Career Navigator who can help you with your resume and interview skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with our Employer Engagement Team, who can help you find and secure employment.

How to Get Started

If you are interested in taking this course, you live within our 18-county territory in the Carolinas and…

If you have already completed Goodwill’s registration process:
If you have NOT already completed Goodwill’s registration process:
We also accept walk-ins at all of our career centers.

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions about our training courses, complete our training inquiry form, and someone on our team will be in touch with you soon!