FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions for UVM’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)/Drone Workshop.  If you have additional questions about the program, be sure to reach out to our Advisor Team at 802-656-2085 or submit the inquiry form available on this site.

What are the goals of this workshop?

The goal of this workshop is for participants to understand how they can employ drones to collect data and use the appropriate software to turn it into information that can be used for geospatial analysis. Participants will also gain experience flying different drone platforms to acquire photos.

What are my career options once I complete this workshop?

Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will have a broader understanding of the employment of drones for a number of applications, including use in agriculture, emergency services, geospatial services, atmospheric science, and more. As the use of EAS, GIS, and other geospatial technology expands, numerous opportunities for specialists are becoming readily available.

Who should attend this workshop?

Professionals who are looking to further their knowledge of UAS.

What is the cost of this workshop?

The price is $900.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is not available for this workshop.

What is a typical schedule like if I enroll in the UAS/Drones Workshop?

The workshop will take place online during three weeks in September and January and will have live and asynchronous sessions. Participants will log approximately 18 training hours over the course of the three weeks.  The third week of the course will be used to complete homework.

Do I need any prior knowledge of drones or are there any prerequisites  or specific technology I need for the workshop?

Participants will need access to a computer (Windows, Mac, or Chromebook) with a broadband internet connection (5 Mbps upload/download minimum). The only software required is a free virtual machine thin client and thus participants will need to be able to install this software on their computer. All participants will be provided access to a virtual Windows desktop running the software used in the course, which consists of flight planning, photogrammetry, and GIS applications.  A basic familiarity with the Windows operating system and simple tasks, such as unzipping a file, navigating to specific file locations, and launching different software packages, are prerequisites for this course.  Accounts will also be provided for web-based mapping. No prior experience with drones required. However, participants should have basic data management, you need to be able to operate in Windows and have basic computer skills.

How many participants are accepted?

20 participants.

What is the payment policy for this workshop?

Students may register by paying the full $900 workshop fee online via credit card or by calling us at 802-656-8407 to make a partial payment of $500. Should you make a partial payment, the remaining $400  must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the start of this offering. If payment is not received by then, you will automatically be dropped from the workshop the following business day. Refunds will be issued less a $25.00 cancellation fee.

What is the refund policy for this workshop?

If you need to cancel your attendance, you must notify us via email at noncredit@uvm.edu or call us at (802) 656-8407 at least three business days prior to the start date of the workshop to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of refund.

Have a question that is not listed here?

Our Advisors are here to help.  Please call us at 802-656-2085 or submit the inquiry form available on this site.