Any public two-year institutions of higher education that participate in the UAS-CTI program will also be designated as members of the Consortium for Small Unmanned Aircraft System Technology Training. The FAA will invite members of this consortium to participate in annual meetings and other events with the agency, and we will facilitate the development sharing of best practices through this consortium.
Post-secondary institutions with UAS curriculums that want to be recognized as UAS-CTI participants now have the opportunity to apply for this distinction.The results of this collaborative working relationship will include a continuous dialogue with stakeholders to connect with colleges and universities with general industry, local governments, law enforcement, and regional economic development entities to address labor force needs.
The FAA's 2018 Reauthorization Act required the FAA to establish a collegiate training initiative program relating to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI) Program was launched in April 2020 and addresses the Section 631 requirement of the FAA 2018 Reauthorization Act.
To qualify for the UAS-CTI program you must be a not-for-profit, two- or four-year, post-secondary educational institution, institutionally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and currently offer a Bachelors or Associates degree in UAS; or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS.
Read the UAS Collegiate Training Initiative Program.
View the UAS Collegiate Training Initiative Program Briefing Deck.
Requests for participation in the UAS-CTI program should be submitted to 9-FAA-UAS-CTI@faa.gov.
Please include the following: name of your school, point of contact, school type, accreditation, description of UAS degrees or certifications. The FAA will send qualified schools an initial questionnaire to establish eligibility for the program.
Participating institutions will engage with the FAA, other participants, general industry, local governments, law enforcement, and regional economic development entities to address labor force needs. This collaboration will ensure that UAS-CTI school graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a successful career in a UAS-related field.
Public two-year colleges that become a UAS-CTI school will be designated as members of the Consortium for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology Training. In addition, these new UAS-CTI Partners will support the FAA's efforts to expand the aviation workforce of the future while providing additional opportunities for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) students.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative
The Federal Aviation Administration cultivates a culture of inclusion that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness. The UAS-CTI program recruits socio-economically diverse and minority serving institutions (MSI) that have programs which prepare students for careers in UAS.
The students that are participating in the UAS-CTI program through eligible institutions, upon completion, will have the learned skills to successfully engage in a career in a UAS field. The program is meant to not only equip participants with the necessary skills to succeed in the field of unmanned aviation, but also to promote inclusion within the field. By drawing and promoting participation from academic communities across the country, inclusive of 2-year and 4-year colleges, and MSIs including HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs, there is the insurance of rich and diverse participation.
The FAA’s UAS-CTI program fosters a diverse environment that is equitable and inclusive and we hold UAS-CTI schools to the same standard, expecting them to actively embrace these principles and affirmatively work to demonstrate diversity and inclusion in their UAS programs.
In 2019 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) organized "National Drone Safety Awareness Week", which was annually until 2021. In 2021, the FAA evolved their approach with ONE Drone Safety Day – which is retuning for its fifth consecutive year on Saturday, April 29th!
Check out the Drone Safety Day site to learn more about the event, get involved in events happening in your local community, access event host resources and more.
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