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Trusted Operator Program™ Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification Our Trusted Operator Program Level 2 training consists of 1.5 days 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

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:

  • TOP Level 1 Certification
  • 1.5 Days of In-Person Instructor Led Training
  • Hands-on Flight Evaluation with DARTdrones Instructor

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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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.

Day 1

  • Preflight Planning
  • Maintenance & Preflight
  • Onsite Assessment
  • Crew Management & Briefing
  • Real-World Operations

Day 2

  • Aerial Inspection Techniques
  • Managing Drone Emergencies
  • Flight Assessments

    One-on-one flight assessments

Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Certification Curriculum

Course Curriculum

  • Lesson 1
    Preflight Planning

    • Regulation Review
    • Airspace/TFRs
    • Weather
    • Site Evaluation
    • Waiver Requirements
    • Flight Performance
  • Lesson 2
    Maintenance & Preflight

    • Preflight Regulations
    • Aircraft Maintenance
    • Preflight Procedures
    • Mitigating Failure
    • Maintenance Records
  • Lesson 3
    On-Site Assessment

    • Weather
    • Hazards
    • Takeoff/Landing Points
    • Flight Profiles
    • Lost Link Settings
  • Lesson 4
    Crew Management & Briefing

    • Crew Roles and Responsibilities
    • Crew Management
    • Determining Fitness for Flight
  • Lesson 5
    Real World Operations

    • Public and Law Enforcement Interactions
    • Deconflicting with Other Drones
    • Manned Aircraft Considerations
    • Human Centric Threat and Errors
    • Go/No Go
  • Lesson 6
    Aerial Inspection Techniques

    • Imagery Types
    • Focus Areas
    • Flight Profiles
    • Shots and Shot Lists
  • Lesson 7
    Managing Drone Emergencies

    • Flight Hazards Around Structures
    • Common Emergency Situations and Responses
    • Disorientation
  • Lesson 8
    Flight Evaluation

    • During the TOP Level 2 flight evaluation, remote pilots will demonstrate proficiency in a variety of ground and flight elements by executing a sUAS flight for the evaluator. Remote pilots will conduct a complete sUAS flight evolution to show competency in areas like preflight planning, checklist usage, system checks, adherence to regulations, basic airwork and emergency procedures.

Upcoming Classes

Trusted Operator Program Level II Remote Pilot Certificate Apr 27 - Apr 28

Chicago, il
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Comfort Inn and Suites – Geneva

Looking for a course near you? Reach out and let us know where our next course should be held.

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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.

Your Questions. Our Answers.

What is the Trusted Operator Program?

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.

How long is my TOP Level II Certification valid for?

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

What qualifies me to get TOP Level II certified?

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.

If I am an experienced drone pilot, can I skip ahead to Level 3?

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.


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