Certified Drone Pilot Training Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online Certified Drone Pilot Training Course. This course is provided by our accredited college at internachi.edu


This course is designed to help members pass the Unmanned Aircraft General–Small (UAG) Test required to attain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You will need the certificate to be considered a certified commercial drone pilot to operate a drone legally for property inspections. The course covers the main knowledge areas to prepare for the test, which must be taken in person at an FAA-approved testing center. This course does not certify you. Visit the FAA site for more information.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand:

  • the requirements to become a drone pilot;
  • the effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance; 
  • radio communication procedures; and
  • the physiological factors that affect pilot performance.

Course Includes:

  • 6 InterNACHI® CE credit hours;
  • 43,549 words;
  • online videos and graphics;
  • Inspection and Writing Assignment; 
  • Research and Writing Assignment;
  • 68 quiz questions in 9 quizzes;
  • a 60-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading; and
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion.

You will learn the following topics:

  • Aviation Weather Sources
  • Effects of Weather on Aircraft Performance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Radio Communication Procedures
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Loading
  • Airport Operations
  • Maintenance Procedures
  • Preflight Inspection Procedures
  • Aeronautical Decision-Making and Judgment

In keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this course is open and free to all members and can be taken again and again without limit.

Important: You are required to get certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). If you already have an FAA certification, you may download and use this logo by emailing education@internachi.org with a copy or a picture of your FAA Drone Remote Pilot Certificate.

Certified Drone Pilot Training Course
Course #4700, Student Catalog

Student WorkTime CalculationEstimated Clock Hour Time for the Average Student
Attendance for "Seat Time" 1# of minutes of student attendance / 5018.2
Participation in Learning Activities 2# of minutes of online student participation / 501.0
Interactivity 3# of minutes of student interactivity / 500.5
Reading the Course Text 4# of words in the course / 100 words per minute / 508.7
Reading the Course Textbook 5# of words in the book / 100 words per minute / 502.0
Academic Engagement 6# of words in the course / 100 / 503.0
Direct Communication 7# of minutes of communication / 500.5
Instructional Video Learning 8# of minutes of video / 500.0
Reinforcement Q & A  9# of questions X 1.85 / 502.5
Writing Assignment of the Inspection  102.0 hours per assignment2.0
Writing Assignment of the Research  114.0 hours per assignment4.0
Academic Activities for an Inspection  126.0 hours for each inspection assignment6.0
Performing an Inspection  138.0 hours for each inspection8.0
* nachi.org/catalog-credit-hour-calculation
Total clock hours
38.0 clock hours
38.0 InterNACHI CE Hours
3.8 CEU

Reminder to members:  InterNACHI's Code of Ethics 1.10 requires that you comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where you conduct business.  InterNACHI's courses and Standards generally exceed the Standards of Practice that you are required to abide by locally.  

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