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Trusted Operator Program™ Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification

Our Trusted Operator Program Level 2 training consists of 1 day of in-person training followed by a hands-on flight evaluation. Showcase your level of professionalism and expertise by becoming a Level 2 TOP Operator™.

In-Person Course & Flight Evaluation
$ 1,850.00

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Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Training Schedule


Completion of TOP Level 1 Certification

Students need to earn a TOP Level 1 Certification before attending the TOP Level 2 Training.


**During evaluations, students must provide their own equipment as well as proof of insurance on the equipment.

Day 1

  • Preflight Planning
  • On-Site Assessment
  • Mitigating In-Flight Risk
  • SOP & Maintenance Manual Review
  • Flight Demo:
    Practical Flight Evaluation Maneuvers

Day 2

  • TOP Level II Practical Flight Evaluations
Trusted Operator Program Level II Certification

Workshop Overview

  • 14 CFR 107 Regulations Review
  • Aviation Charts
  • LAANC System
  • Site Evaluation
  • Aviation NOTAMS
  • Weather
  • Applications
  • Waivers, Approvals & Permissions

  • Steps
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Electromagnetic & Frequency Interference
  • VLOS
  • 14 CFR 107 Regulations
  • FAA Regulations Governing Drug & Alcohol Use

  • Close Proximity Operations
  • Aviation Radios
  • sUAS Emergency Situations
  • Human Centric Threats & Errors

  • Review

  • Practical Flight Evaluation Maneuvers

  • TOP Level II Remote Pilot Practical Flight Evaluation
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Earn Your TOP Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification

As a Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Certified Pilot, you will earn global recognition for your dedication to safety, advanced unmanned pilot skills and reliability within the drone industry. The Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification requires all pilots to complete the following:

Upon completing the above requirements, the newly designated TOP Operator will receive the following:

  • AUVSI TOP Level 2 Gold Embossed Certificate
  • AUVSI TOP Level 2 Pin
  • Listed on TOP Operator Directory as Level 2 Pilot
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Our Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Flight Instructors

Our TOP certified instructors use their real-world industry experience to help you earn your TOP Operator Level 2 Certification.

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Colin Romberger

Colin is a both a private pilot and advanced ground instructor, and holds a Master’s Degree in UAS Design and Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has been building and flying R/C aircraft for over 20 years, and currently owns and operates a drone services company in Pennsylvania with a focus on mapping and inspections.

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Jerry White

Jerry has his own video production company and has been in the business for more than 20 years. When he’s not shooting videos or flying sUAS, he flies as a contract pilot for different clients in Central Texas. He has 3,000 hours of flight time and has been a flight instructor, full-time corporate pilot, and an airline pilot.

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Your Questions. Our Answers.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has developed the Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for drone pilots and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training organizations. The TOP is a UAS community initiative to facilitate best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for drone pilots. As a TOP Training Provider, DARTdrones facilitates consistent and expert training to provide drone pilots with a reliable, safe and professional foundation to further distinguish themselves in the market. You can learn more about the overall TOP here.

We require students completing the TOP Level 2 evaluation to fly their own equipment so that you can show the instructor your typical pre-flight process, setup, and settings. In order to be covered by insurance to fly as a student in a DARTdrones class, you must provide your own insurance. You can easily utilize an on-demand insurance policy through Verify or another carrier during the class for under $20. Once you purchase the course, you will be prompted to upload your insurance policy here.

All Trusted Operator Program certifications are valid for two years from the date of issue.

In order to be eligible for TOP Level 2 training, students will need to show they have completed an approved TOP Level I training syllabus at a certified TOP training provider and achieved a TOP Operator Level I Remote Pilot certificate. It is encouraged that students complete both TOP Level I and Level II with DARTdrones, but that is not a requirement.

TOP Operators are required to complete each level before they can progress to the next level. Even if you are experienced and wanted to earn Level 3, you would have to complete Level 1 and 2 first.