Alpha Drones USA Drone Pilot
Qualification and Internship Program

The Qualification and Internship program is a five phase vocational training program for Commercial Drone Operators:

Phase 0 – Enrollment

All who are interested must attend a live or virtual Information Session to learn more about this program. This information session includes a live Question & Answer session. You can request an invitation to the next upcoming info session by emailing us at

Phase I – FAA Remote Pilot Certification Course

This course is designed to prepare the airman to take and pass the FAA Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam. Upon passing the multiple-choice exam, the license is earned upon submitting exam results to the FAA. The license will provide the commercial privilege to fly small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) legally in the United States national airspace system.

Phase II – Qualification Training

FAA Remote Pilots will choose which small unmanned aerial system (sUAS), or unmanned aerial system (UAS) from the Alpha Drones USA drone fleets. Upon selection, the Remote Pilot will receive distance learning, ground school and flight training specific to the sUAS/UAS.

Upon demonstrating equipment competency, the Remote Pilot will then learn how the specific drone applies to a specific service (agriculture, pest control, building exterior cleaning, window washing, window rinsing, anti-icing/de-icing, cinematography, real estate marketing, film & production, etc.)

Phase III – On the Job Internship Operating Experience

Selected Qualified Remote Pilots will build onsite operating experience specific to the qualified drone and service(s).

Phase IV – Job Readiness Preparation

Selected Qualified Remote Pilots, at the completion of the operating experience, will prepare for interview opportunities with the intent to secure any of the following:

– Full time employment

– Part time employment

– Contractor or Subcontractor



Class Schedule Dates



Course Supplies

Computer-Based Training software is included in the price of Phase I
PPE and Safety Equipment is available for daily use during Phases II and III, and must be returned.

All other PPE, including uniform shirts, badges, and other employee/contractor gear will be available for purchase upon hiring.

Course Prerequisites

In order to obtain an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, each applicant must be 16 years of age, be able to read, write and speak the English language. Certain medical issues and criminal history may disqualify you from training. Please reach out with any specific questions.

General Course Calendar and Overview:

Phase I: 4 weeks, consisting of ten online classroom sessions, with self-study computer based training software.
Phase II: Ground school (in class training sessions): 4 hours; Flight school (hands on training): 10 hours.
Phase III: Three full days of on-the-job internship experience*

*Scheduling based on factors such as weather and availability.

Program Costs:

Complete program cost is $4,000. This does not include the FAA Written Examination Fee.
Some states will fund this program through the WIOA Grant, which may also cover a paid internship experience.

Funding Options:

Option 1: Payment in full due at the end of Phase 0.
Option 2: Students may have the option to pay 50% at enrollment, and the remaining 50% at the completion of Phase I.

Alpha Drones USA is a grant-funded eligible training provider in several states.

Partial refunds, minus any fees, may only be considered for medical or emergency reasons.

You must attend an Information session to learn more about these opportunities.

Email us at for enrollment information!