Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201


sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate Program

Drones/multicopters all considered small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)

The Program will provide training 4 times per year, for approximately 20 people over each 4-week instructor-led program. A Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) Certificate of Achievement will be issued to the participants who pass both courses and the FAA administered exam.

Course Descriptions

Following courses will be conducted in small groups so you will receive personnel attention and have your questions answered by instructors.

CEEN 10101 Course: Small UAV Operation Proficiency
12 Contact Hours (lecture portion at OU/flying skill at OU & DCT hanger)

Attendees will receive hands-on lessons on owning, flying, and maintaining a small UAS. Each attendee will have hands-on flight training using a simulator, and learn how to fly multicopters in an indoor and an outdoor environment. This course will also introduce the FAA regulation Part 107 which is meant to prohibit sUAV from endangering the safety of the immediate surrounding. It will cover cases and scenarios of safety procedures, operations, maintenance, responsibilities, insurance, laws and ethics of sUAS. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in operations of an sUAV and required to pass a written and flying skill test. Flying skill test will include being able to fly an sUAV in multiple directions and orientations, take off and land, and fly through an obstacle course, demonstrating safety and proficiency.

CEEN 10201 Course: FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge
12 Contact Hours (lecture at DCT Aviation)

This course will prepare students to understand the FAA regulations pertaining the operations of sUAS below 55 pounds, safety procedures and operation, laws, and ethics. The topics includes provision referred to as FAA Part 107 meant to prohibit sUAV from endangering the safety of the immediate surrounding and the National Airspace Systems, and the FAA Airmen Certification for the sUAS. The Federal Aviation Regulations topics to be covered includes small unmanned aircraft loading and performance, maintenance and preflight inspection, emergency procedures, aerodynamics and aircraft operations, navigation, crew resource management, aeronautical decision making, weather theory, reports and forecasts. The course will review the FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement FAA-CT-8080-2G and requirements standards FAA-S-ACS-10. Student will submit the FAA Application through a Certified Flight Instructor, and take the FAA sUAV Remote Pilot Certification Test at the end of the course.


To earn a diploma for the sUAS* Remote Pilot Certificate Program from Oakland University, a student must pass

  1. Hands-on skill test for operating an sUAV in an obstacle course (CEEN 10101)
  2. Written tests for preparation and maintenance of sUAV (CEEN 10101 & 10201)
  3. sUAV Remote Pilot Knowledge Test (administered by FAA, CEEN 10201)
Students must
  1. Be sixteen years or older
  2. Have adequate sensory-motor capability to operate sUAV.

Required materials (before class)
  1. Register with the FAA sUAS registration (approx. $5 cost)
  2. Become a member of the Academy of Model Aviation (approx. $75) to receive insurance coverage and latest updates.
  3. Each student is required required to buy a Blade Nano QX quadrotor.


The CEEN 10101 Course. The Small UAV Operation Proficiency will be conducted by one or more of the following Oakland University instructors:


Steve Durecki, Certified sUAV Remote Pilot

Aerial Photography and Video
Dr Nick Zorka, Model Aicraft Pilot

NICA LLC               

Oakland University

Prof Ka C Cheok, ECE Dept, SECS

Prof Osamah Rawashdeh, ECE Dept, SECS

The CEEN 10201 Course. The FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge will be conducted by DCT Aviation certified pilots:

DCT Aviation

Certified GA & sUAV Pilots

Cost (Including Materials)
CEEN 10101: $325
CEEN 10201: $600

Note: Testing for the FAA Certification is an additional charge ($150) paid directly to the FAA at the time of testing. Testing for and passing the FAA certification exam is required from the FAA to operate a Drone Commercially.

Course CEEN 10101
Oakland University or DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI

Course CEEN 10201
DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI

FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Exam
DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI

Example schedule
Course CEEN 10101
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
4 weeks on Wed, 6 – 9 p.m.

Most weeks by arrangement
Course CEEN 10201
Friday 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 9-noon, 1 – 4 p.m.
Sunday 9 – noon

FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Exam
Sunday 1 – 6 p.m.

All attendees must enter a waiver of claim and covenant not to sue agreement, with Oakland University and the instructors for liability.
How to Register

Registration will be through Oakland University.