Course Detail: SUAS-4030L3 - TOP Level 3 Recertification in association with AUVSI [sUAS 4030L3]

Two sUAS in a hazy sky


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's (ERAU) Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) Trusted Operator Program* (TOP) Level 3 Recertification is designed for TOP Level 3 remote pilots seeking recertification. AUVSI requires TOP Level 3 pilots recertify every 2 years. This course is available online with a required Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) scheduled at a later date. Students must complete all recertification academic requirements by the last day of the course. Level 3 certification provides standards for operating in "safety critical" areas, such as near chemical, oil, gas or nuclear facilities, an extended line of sight, pipeline, power line, and cell tower inspections. 

*AUVSI Recertification fee of $120 not included. Payment of TOP Level 3 certification fee is required for recertification.

The required practical flight assessment (PFA) is not included. Students must register for SUAS 4030L3PFA separately.

Learning Outcomes

Level 3 certification is designed for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations that include any of the characteristics of Level 2 plus the following learning outcomes:

  • Operations in safety-critical and complex areas that require higher levels of risk mitigation, which include:
    • Industrial and chemical facilities, such as offshore oil rigs, mine sites, power plants
    • Infrastructure, such as wind turbines, powerlines, communications towers, rail and pipelines
  • Operations in any hazardous or extreme environments including:
    • From ships, moving vehicles, aircraft, confined areas and underground
    • Within close proximity to and within severe weather (storm research)
    • Remote, harsh or hostile locations, including wildlife considerations
  • Operations requiring the development and testing of new procedures

Operators are required to already possess a current FAA CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, AUVSI TOP Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 certifications.

Who Should Attend

To achieve TOP Level 3 Recertification, operators are required to already possess TOP Level 3 certification, TOP Level 2 certification, TOP Level 1 certification and a current CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate:

  • Remote pilots looking to recertify expired or expiring TOP Level 3 certification

*Remote pilots that do not have a current CFR Part 107 RPC or initial TOP Level 3 certification should enroll in SUAS 2000 Ground School, TOP Level 1, TOP Level 2 and TOP Level 3.

Check out more about AUVSI's Trusted Operator Program!*

See Available Sessions below. Please contact the ERAU Worldwide Office of Professional Education for the latest information and any questions related to recertification.

*Trusted Operator Program is the trademark of AUVSI

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