Trusted Operator Program™ Level 1 Remote Pilot Certification | DARTdrones: The National Drone Pilot School

Prove Your Expertise. Become a Certified Level 1 TOP Operator™.

As a Trusted Operator Program Level 1 Remote Pilot, you will earn global recognition for your dedication to safety, advanced unmanned pilot skills and reliability within the drone industry.

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Trusted Operator Program™ Level 1 Remote Pilot Certification course built by

  • Amelia Owre, Fire Scout UAS Curriculum Developer, Navy Helicopter Pilot
  • Colin Romberger, Embry Riddle Masters in UAS
  • Jerry White, Airline Pilot & Business Owner

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Stand out as a certified remote pilot by earning the drone industry's first industry qualification. The AUVSI Trusted Operator Program (TOP) was created to fill gaps in the drone industry and help drone pilots differentiate themselves.

Passing the Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam does not prove a pilot is safe.

The TOP Level 1 courses teach the practical knowledge that is missing from the Part 107 Exam.

Clients have no way to know which drone pilots are safe and experienced.

The TOP Program certifies pilots at different levels.

5.0 student rating for our Trusted Operator Program™ Level 1 Remote Pilot Certification curriculum!

TOP Level 1 Pilots Must Complete the Following Training:

    • UAS Code of Conduct
    • Remote Pilot Responsibilities
    • Privacy
    • Mitigating Risks
    • FAA 'Dirty Dozen'
    • Communication
    • Risk Management
    • Hazard Identification
    • Historical Data
    • Risk Matrix
    • Likelihood of Risk
    • Severity of Risk
    • Risk Mitigation
    • Pilot Considerations
    • Customer Expectations
    • Considerations
    • Customizations
    • Implementation
    • Flight Planning
    • Preflight
    • Crew Briefing
    • Flight Execution
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Post Flight
    • Maintenance
    • Hazard Identification
    • Satellite Imagery
    • Flight Planning
    • Manmade Structures
    • Terrain Variations
    • Natural Obstructions
    • Low-Level Turbulence
    • Interference
    • Forecast Sources
    • METARs
    • TAFs
    • Visibility, Clouds
    • Sky Condition
    • Precipitation
    • Wind
    • Temperature
    • Part 107 Requirements
    • Go/No-Go Decision Making
    • Airspace Classifications
    • Controlled Airspace
    • Uncontrolled Airspace
    • Prohibited and Restricted Areas
    • TFRs
    • LAANC Authorizations
    • Part 107 Requirements
    • Roles
    • Responsibilities
    • Positioning
    • Crew Management
    • Crew Briefing
    • Communication Methods
    • Communication Procedures
    • Aerodynamics
    • Aircraft Axes
    • Angle of Attack
    • Turbulent Air
    • Weight and Balance
    • Prevention
    • Disorientation Responses
    • Practice Maneuvers
    • Close Range Line of Sight
    • Medium/Long Range Line of Sight
    • First Person View
    • Prevention
    • Emergency Responses
    • GPS Signal Loss
    • Datalink Interference
    • Compass Errors
    • Flyaways
    • Hardware and Software Failures
    • Battery Issues
    • Collisions
    • Types of Communications
    • CTAFs
    • Scanners
    • Transceivers
    • Standard Format
    • Common Conventions
    • Traffic Patterns
    • Aircraft Position
    • Manufacturer Recommendations
    • Preflight Inspections
    • Post Flight Inspections
    • Flight Logs
    • Aircraft Logs
    • Patterns of Wear and Tear
    • Maintenance Protocols
    • Battery Types
    • Capacity
    • Specifications
    • Charge Cycle
    • Discharging
    • Maintenance
    • Damage
    • Disposal
    • Storage
    • Flight Regulations

    • Registration Requirements
    • Responsibility of Remote PIC
    • Daylight Operations
    • Hazardous Operations
    • Crew Regulations
    • Operating Limitations

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Meet our Trusted Operator Program™ Level 1 Remote Pilot Certification developers

  • Amelia Owre

    Fire Scout UAS Curriculum Developer, Navy Helicopter Pilot

    TOP Committee Member

  • Colin Romberger

    Embry Riddle Masters in UAS

    TOP Certified Instructor

  • Jerry White

    Airline Pilot & Business Owner

    TOP Certified Instructor

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Trusted Operator Program™ Level 1 Remote Pilot Certification

What You Get

  • 8+ Hours of Classes
  • 14 Online Micro Courses
  • A Digital Copy of the TOP Protocol Certification Manual
  • AUVSI TOP Level 1 Gold Embossed Certificate
  • AUVSI TOP Level 1 Pin
  • Listed on TOP Operator Directory as TOP Level 1 Pilot

Why Earn Your TOP Level 1 Certificate with DARTdrones?

Differentiate Yourself

The Trusted Operator Program is designed to help drone pilots differentiate themselves by proving safety and expertise.

TOP Early Adopter

DARTdrones is participated in the creation of TOP by working with dozens of experts in the industry.

Interactive Training

Beyond earning your TOP Level 1 Certificate, the training required for TOP is extremely informative and interactive.

Availability for TOP Level 2

If you'd like to progress to earn your TOP Level 2 certificate, DARTdrones offers TOP 2 Trainings in-person in multiple cities.

Most TOP Alumni

DARTdrones has trained more TOP alumni than any other company. We also have thousands of alumni across the country and train some of the largest organizations in the world.

Show Your Dedication to Safety

This industry certification is helps the drone industry progress by promoting safety.

As seen on ABC's "Shark Tank"

WHY DARTDRONES? We have a proven track record for training pilots in dozens of industries.

35Qualified Instructors

Our instructors have manned aviation experience flying airplanes and helicopters and have gained the highest drone piloting recognitions in the industry. Many own successful UAS businesses themselves.

30+Cities Nationwide

As featured on ABC's Shark Tank, we are the nation's leading drone training company with an extensive network of alumni and partners throughout the country.

150+Hours of Material

Created and refined by UAS training experts, including our Director of Training, who is a UAS Navy Curriculum Developer and former Navy helicopter pilot.

11K+Pilots Trained

With a community of over 50,000 drone enthusiasts across the US and internationally, DARTdrones is at the forefront of UAS technology.

Expert Instructors

Our students absolutely love our instructors! Our classes are engaging, fun, and extremely informative.

Advanced Training Courses

We don't just train our students on the basics. We have extensive advanced training courses to help our alumni succeed in mapping, inspections, disaster response, aerial photography, night operations, and search and rescue.

Industry Certified and Vetted Curriculum

DARTdrones has curriculum vetted and certified by AUVSI, the leading UAS industry association, to ensure professional quality.


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