Course Detail: SUAS-4000L2 - TOP Level 2 in association with AUVSI [sUAS 4000L2]

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 2 Certification is designed for remote pilots who have completed AUVSI TOP Level 1 certification. This program is available online with a required Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) scheduled at a later date. Level 2 certification is for operators who require a CFR Part 107 waiver, a visual observer or sensor operator, or those who fall outside the CFR Part 107 regulation. This course may be taken individually or toward satisfaction of Embry-Riddle's AUVSI TOP professional education certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Level 2 certification builds upon the skills and knowledge of TOP Level 1 and provides an in-depth analysis of the following learning outcomes:

  • Operations that require a FAR Part 107 waiver
  • Operations that require a visual observer, or sensor operator
  • Operations with elevated risk factors or complexity including, but not limited to; operations close to airports, helipads, populated areas, people and livestock.

Operators are required to already possess a current CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate and AUVSI TOP Level 1 certification.

Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) RequirementsTwo operators flying a sUAS over desert

  • Students must develop apparatus used for flight assessment according to NIST standards for virtual PFA.
  • Student is responsible for appropriate streaming platform required for virtual PFA.
  • Students must use their own commercial, off-the-shelf aircraft with a gimbaled RGB camera (e.g., DJI Mavic Pro, Phantom 4, Yuneec Typhoon H).
  • Students must provide proof of current RPC.
  • Students must provide a current logbook.
  • Students must have commercial liability insurance in place during their PFA (Verifly, SkyWatch AI, or similar with 1 million liability).
  • Flight standards will be in accordance with ASTM F3266.7100 and flown on a NIST apparatus.
  • Batteries must be OEM and not modified.
  • There is no guarantee that the student will pass the PFA. This course is for experienced users only.  Recommends students possess flight training prior to attending this course.
  • Transportation to/from the classroom and flight area is the responsibility of the student, if attending in person.

Upcoming PFA Schedule:

Please note: Embry-Riddle is not responsible if weather precludes completion of the PFA. PFAs are typically planned for weekends. However, Embry-Riddle reserves the right to schedule in accordance with group size.

*Trusted Operator Program is the trademark of AUVSI

 Session Detail: W0222-SUAS4000L2-H1

Schedule: February 1, 2022 to February 28, 2022
Times: 12:00am - 11:59pm
TOP Level 2 Certification Training Registration Fee : $1399.00

Additional Information

Students may only drop a course through the Office of Professional Education without transcript notation or financial penalty during the drop period. All drop requests or session transfer requests require written communication by the student in order to be processed. Due to the short duration of courses, the drop period ends on the fourth business day of each session. Course fees will not be refunded after the conclusion of the drop period unless an exception request is submitted and granted. After the drop period, students can elect to transfer enrollment to a future session of the same course for a 25% administrative fee. For questions regarding course cancellation, drop period, or exemption requests, please contact the Office of Professional Education by email at or by phone at 386.481.9070.


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Facility Detail

Worldwide Online
Online Course with Practical Flight Assessment (PFA)
1 Aerospace Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 481-9070