ODOT giving free drone certification course

Today, 1.7 million drones are registered with the Federal Aviation Administration; however, only about 208,000 pilots are certified to fly them.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is offering free e-learning courses that provide the fundamental knowledge needed in preparing for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Remote Pilot Certification Exam. This is a start for individuals that currently fly as a hobby or would like to fly UAS for work-related applications.

Becoming a certified pilot will provide the knowledge and background needed to safely fly drones. UAS remote pilots utilize their skills in performing work such as surveying and inspections of property, roads, bridges, buildings, and telecommunications structures. They can do filmmaking, photography, and homeland security.

There are currently job opportunities all over Ohio where companies are looking for UAS pilots to join their team. Interested persons can access the courses through the Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) website learning.transportation.ohio.gov.

After completing the free e-learning courses participants will be prepared to take the certification exam. ODOT is providing this information for individuals and those looking to expand their businesses capabilities.

More information is available at ltap@dot.ohio.gov or 1-877-800-0031.