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Each training provider undergoes a rigorous examination of training and operations protocols and documentation, safety management systems, and evidenced proven flight expertise. Consortiq can help you discover which level certification is right for you.

What is the Trusted Operator Program?

AUVSI harnessed the best practices and training protocols from over 197 organizations and high-level safety and risk management authorities to develop a set of standards for unmanned aerial vehicle operations (drone operations).

Drone pilots and other unmanned vehicle operators/organizations can attain level one, two, or three depending on the complexity of the work in which they are involved.

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1

Level

Intended for the operator who is performing routine flight in unchallenging circumstances, such as a real-estate photographer or residential roof inspector.

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2

Level

Intended for the operator who requires specialized knowledge, such as emergency situations, restricted areas, closer proximity to airports, people, or animals.

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3

Level

Intended for very high level operations in restricted, foreign, and/or hostile environments, requiring night flying and/or Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), where operations also require advanced payload, scanners, and industry specific expertise such as tower inspections, power or oil and gas pipeline or mining inspections.

Top Manual

Protocol Certification Manual

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How does TOP certification help you?

All highly technical professional fields require baseline and ongoing qualifications and/or certifications. Think of accountants, pilots, lawyers, doctors, teachers, nurses, engineers, etc. Safe unmanned aerial vehicle operations require an in-depth knowledge of the FAA Part 107 rules, airspace, weather, human factors, flight planning, emergency procedures, etc.  The decision-maker hiring UAV services will require some assurance that the Pilot-in-Command possesses the knowledge and experience to conduct missions safely, effectively, and efficiently.

The only requirement imposed on commercial drone operators to date is the passing of the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot qualification exam, which can be accomplished by merely studying and memorizing the rules. No assessment of actual drone flight operations is required.

In order to build trust with potential clients, drone operation service providers with a TOP certification can substantiate their qualifications which will mitigate risk and make the case for the pilot/provider’s past accomplishments and current safety management. TOP certification is that proof.

TOP Courses

TRUST is one of the most compelling reasons we select professionals. AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program has established the standard that consumers, businesses, and government entities can trust when hiring UAV/drone pilots. TOP Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates are proof that professional remote pilots and training organizations have demonstrated RELIABILITY, SAFETY, PROFESSIONALISM, and SUPERIOR FLIGHT SKILLS in the UAS industry. Here are three pathways to certification:

TOP 1

TOP 1 Remote Pilot

$640.00

Provides needed guidance to satisfy all TOP Level 1 Remote Pilot requirements via an online training module and one-on-one virtual guidance to complete the provided Operations Manual template.

Prerequisites

  1. Valid FAA sUAS Remote Operator certificate (Part 107)
  2. Protocol Certification Manual (PCM)

Timeline to Complete

  • Online modules: 1-2 weeks (trainee)
  • Operations Manual review/modification: 1 week (trainee)
  • Operations Manual and compliance validation: 1 week (trainee/Consortiq)


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TOP 2

TOP 2 Remote Pilot 

Includes Flight Essentials

$1,800.00 

Prerequisites

  1. Top Level 1 Remote Pilot certification
  2. Valid FAA sUAS Remote Operator certificate (Part 107)
  3. Unmanned Aerial System and all needed support equipment

Timeline to Complete

  • Operations Manual review/modification: 1 week (trainee/Consortiq)
  • 2 day in-person workshop (trainee/Consortiq)
  • Document and performance validation/certification: 1 week (Consortiq)


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TOP 2 Remote Pilot Instructor

$2,000.00 

Provides needed guidance to satisfy all TOP Level 2 Remote Pilot Instructor requirements via a 2 day workshop preceded by one-on-one virtual guidance to complete the provided Operations Manual template.

Prerequisites

  1. Top Level 1 Remote Pilot certification
  2. Valid FAA sUAS Remote Operator certificate (Part 107)
  3. Unmanned Aerial System and all needed support equipment

Timeline to Complete

  • Operations Manual review/modification: 1 week (trainee/Consortiq)
  • 2 day in-person workshop (trainee/Consortiq)
  • Document and performance validation/certification: 1 week (Consortiq)
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TOP 1 and 2 Service Provider

Individual & Organization

TOP 1 Service Provider  $1,500.00

TOP 2 Service Provider $2,500.00

TOP 1 Service Provider

Provides needed guidance to satisfy all TOP Level 1 Service Provider requirements via one-on-one virtual guidance to complete the provided Operations Manual template and other required documentation.

Timeline

  • Operations Manual review/modification: 2-4 weeks (Trainee)
  • Document review and validation: 2 weeks (Consortiq)

TOP 2 Service Provider

Provides needed guidance to satisfy all TOP Level 2 Service Provider requirements via a 2 day workshop preceded by one-on-one virtual guidance to complete the provided Operations Manual template and other required documentation.

Please inquire for details.

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TOP 3

Enterprise Account

Each enterprise account has unique requirements. Please inquire for a consultation: Ben Snyder

Our USA team includes instructors who have developed and executed UAS solutions for Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, US Marine Corps, Department of Homeland Security, Naval Air Systems Command, Quadrocopter, BuzzFeed, Vice News, among other high-profile UAS manufacturers, end-users and solutions providers.

Consortiq takes knowledge from training over 1,700 drone pilots including police, fire, government, media, energy, oil and gas, using the Consortiq Unmanned Aerial Qualification (UAQ) training program. We’re now giving organizations the ability to leverage our experience to train and manage their own drone pilots in-house.

We are ready to produce the pathway to your success to achieve Trusted Operator success. 

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Meet Our Training Team

TRUST is one of the most compelling reasons we select professionals. AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program has established the standard that consumers, businesses, and government entities can trust when hiring UAV/drone pilots. TOP Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates are proof that professional remote pilots and training organizations have demonstrated RELIABILITY, SAFETY, PROFESSIONALISM, and SUPERIOR FLIGHT SKILLS in the UAS industry. Here are three pathways to certification:

Bryce Allcorn

Bryce Allcorn

Global Service Delivery Manager

Bryce Allcorn draws from decades of experience in engineering, emergency management services, and software support. Having flown rotary and fixed wing UAS for over 10 years, both recreationally and as a member of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services Aerial Observation team, Bryce also serves as Crew Manager and instructor for a fire station. In addition to a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) for UK-based UAS operations, Bryce holds an FAA-authorized Remote Pilot Certificate with sUAS rating (“Part 107 Certificate)

John Fernandez

John Fernandez

Chief Flight Instructor

John Fernandez is contracted by a leading US-based UAS flight controller manufacturer where he provides product support for civilian and government customers as well as flight testing and project management of new products and features. John has served as a civilian police officer in positions including criminal investigator, narcotics investigator, SWAT operator, and organized crime investigator.

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