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2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Fundamentals, Certificate of Achievement

School of Applied Technologies (AT)

This certificate provides students with the fundamental skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully implement a UAS project.  Topics include safety, regulations, flight skills and practice, and use of UAS-based data to generate products such as topographic models or imagery.  This certificate is appropriate for professionals currently working in construction management, surveying, mapping, marketing, and other fields utilizing UAS technology.

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is a Certificate of Achievement.
  • This educational option can be completed:  One Term.
  • This educational option is designed for: Students including professionals, who wish to learn the basics of UAS regulations, safety, flight skills, and work flows. 
  • This educational option can be started:  Fall and Spring terms .
  • Primary course location:  CNM Advanced Technology Center Campus.
  • Special requirements for this educational option:
  • The cost of a basic UAS is included as a $50 course fee on UAS 1010.
  • Students completing UAS 1011 (UAS Standards, Regulations and Law and Exam Prep) can sit for the FAA Part 107 Exam.  The exam itself is not included as part of this educational option.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

Students completing this certificate can complete the UAS Certificate of Completion with one additional term.

Career Opportunities

UAS is a growth area with applications in a variety of fields.  New Mexico employers currently utilizing this technology represent construction and design, mapping, public safety, government and film industries.  According to the FAA, sales of UAS for commercial purposes are expected to grow from 600,000 in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020 (https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=85227).  UAS also provides excellent entrepreneurial opportunities.