CCM to hold information meeting for drone pilot certification course

Call it workforce development for the modern age: The County College of Morris is offering a semester-long course that will prepare students to become certified drone pilots.

The Drone Pilot Certification course, which runs from Jan. 24-April 29, teaches students what they need to know to work as commercial drone pilots. The course offers drone-flight lessons, drone-pilot readiness training and in-class preparation for the certification exam administered by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Interested members of the community are invited to meet the drones up close and talk with the instructors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at CCM’s Health and Physical Education building, near Parking Lot 7.

Certified drone pilots Kelvin King, Carlos Velasquez, Andrew Flor and Devon Keena teach the course and instruct students in both the practice and theory of piloting commercial drones.

King, who also is an airline pilot, said the need for the skill is growing.

“Drone pilots are in high demand in industries such as photography, real estate, forestry, logistics and distribution, emergency management, surveillance and agriculture,” he said. “This course allows CCM students to be among the first in New Jersey to earn drone pilot certification.”

The course is taught in a hybrid mode, combining remote instruction with in-person labs. Classes meet Tuesdays (6-8:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m.-noon). Labs take place on Saturday on CCM’s campus at 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph.

Students who complete the entire course are able to take advantage of internship opportunities. The cost is $3,999, which can be paid in two installments. For more information, click here.