A Certificate Program Designed for the Professional Remote Pilot.


Unmanned Safety Institute’s Professional Remote Operator (PRO®) ratings go above & beyond the FAA regulatory minimums and are an industry leading credential for remote pilots entering a crowded field. With four rating levels to match the needs of the industry, a PRO® rating will only be awarded to remote pilots who meet USI’s high standards of practice.  PRO® applications and documentation are vetted and evaluated by the USI team for accuracy.

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Why Should You Want to be a PRO®?

Remote pilots that hold a PRO® Certification aren't just professionals, they are the competitive elite. Substantial experience and education that goes above and beyond the industry's basic requirements and continuously improving qualifications are what sets a PRO®apart from thousands of other remote pilots in the field.

Benefits of being a PRO® include:

  • Industry Certification: The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions and our certifications are recognized and endorsed throughout the unmanned industry. Holding an elite PRO®  certification demonstrates professionalism, a commitment to safety, and a desire to continuously gain more knowledge, skills and experience which will help remote pilots stand out as competitive and desirable in an increasingly crowded field. 

  • Professional Development: With four increasingly demanding levels of PRO®certification, remote pilots have the opportunity to challenge themselves to become better, more experienced professional pilots. 

  • Employment Opportunities: USI is partners with numerous organizations and employment agencies that are looking for professional and credentialed remote pilots all over the country. Remote pilots that hold a USI certifications are preferred and PRO® rated pilots are the first the be recommended. 

    Potential employers are able to search by certification for remote pilots in their area using USI's Unmanned Connectdatabase. Employers looking for remote pilots that meet higher standards of performance will be able to reach out to you directly with opportunities.

  • Insurance Discounts: A remote pilot holding a PRO rating will be eligible to receive insurance discounts from veteran aviation insurance company, United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG).