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.  

2023 Training Dates

Instruction Dates Instruction Days Instruction Time
March 14 – May 4 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.
May 9 – June 29 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.
July 11 – August 31 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.
August 8 – September 28 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.

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.


In order to enroll in Goodwill’s Drone Pilot course, you must first successfully complete Goodwill’s Construction Basics course.

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Launch Your Career

As a participant in one of Goodwill’s intensive training programs, you will be paired with a Career Navigator who will provide comprehensive and accelerated services to prepare you to advance and leverage career readiness and essential skills. They will provide ongoing career coaching activities such as resume development, elevator pitch, mock interviews and more. As you near completion of your training course, you will be connected with a member of the Employer Engagement Team for employment assistance. The Employer Engagement team partners with employers to facilitate employer led trainings, site tours, hiring events, and direct placements into high-paying industry related employment opportunities.


    • If you’re interested in this program and you live within our service area, fill out our application form then follow the prompts to schedule a virtual appointment.
    • If you’re unable to reserve a virtual appointment or would rather meet with one of our team members in person to begin your application process, we also accept walk-ins at all of our career centers.

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