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Drones for Construction (Certificate L7, 10 ECTS)

  • Status: APPLY NOW

  • Campus: Blended

  • weeks: 24

  • Fees: HCI Pillar 3 funding. See Fees section below.

Course Overview

The aim of the module is to provide learners with the relevant knowledge and skills in the operations of on-site procedures in this particular sector, and aircraft technical and maintenance specifications. Learners will build their knowledge of flight limitations and emergency procedures and develop skills to ensure safe and efficient use of Drone captured data with training in drone flight operations.

This programme aimed at people interested in the development of drone skills, especially those who are involved in construction projects


In collaboration with Munster Drone Services

Contact Details

General Queries

Flexible Learning Office


Telephone: (061) 293802

Academic Queries



What are the entry requirements?

A level 6 qualification or equivalent is required.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements but who are aged 23 and over will be considered for entry on the basis of an assessment and, if appropriate, also an interview.

Equivalence can be demonstrated by an appropriate qualification and significant relevant experience in the construction industry.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) 
Please review the academic entry requirements for this programme.
If you do not hold these qualifications but would like your application to be assessed under RPL please select YES on the online application form.
Once you have submitted your online application you will then receive an email acknowledgement with further instructions on RPL.

HCI Pillar 3 Funding 

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for the HCI Pillar 3 funding, as set out by the HEA. We would encourage you to read the criteria prior to making an application, to ensure you are eligible to apply. Details can be found HERE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a score of 5.5 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a score of 6.0 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Course Content

  • Fundamentals of Drone Operations

    • Introduction to drones
    • EU and National Regulations
    • Legal and safety obligations
    • Pre-flight planning
    • Risk assessments and on-site procedures

    Drone Skills Acquisition

    • Drone Pilot Registration with IAA Accreditation
    • Simulated pilot training skills
    • Surveys, data collection, and storage
    • Flight training for Competency Test

More Information

  • Tuesdays and Thursday evening online lectures 19.00-21.00hrs fortnightly 

    Full day Face to face practical workshops and site visits on Fridays or Saturday (TBC)

    The proposed delivery schedule is subject to change.

  • Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

  • Assessment will be through a range of continuous assessments, which will involve:

    • Case Studies
    • Online Quizzes
    • Project Reports
    • Final Project
  • Certificate in Drones for Construction (Special Purpose Award, L7, 10 ECTS)

  • €1,250 HCI Pillar 3 Funded  – Student pays €250


    All students will be required to complete an Open A2  (UAS Remote Pilot Competency Certificate) during the programme- this is a requirement for remote pilots operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Cost – €149



  • Application Deadline: 11 August 2024. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, prioritizing unemployed and returning applicants. Course will be closed once the maximum number of applicants is reached. Courses run subject to viable numbers.