The National UAS Credentialing Program
On March 29, 2016, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC), State of Texas FAA UAS Test Site, announced the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP). NUASCP offers Section 333 exemption holders the opportunity to receive a 3rd party vetting and "Live-Flight" operational audit of all of their operational and safety policies, procedures and qualifications required through the 333 exemption process.
Qualified vendors and operators that complete the program are provided with a certificate that serves to differentiate them from the over 4,500 (and counting) exemption holders as voluntarily enrolling in and satisfactorily completing a program to further demonstrate their ability to safely and effectively operate Section 333 exempted small UAS in the NAS.
Moreover, this credential offers qualified vendors exclusive access to selected TEEX-LSUASC UAS programs and opportunities under development such as support to State and Federal disaster and emergencies and potential access to energy sector and other Industry partners for the purposes of infrastructure inspection and other remote sensing support that may contribute to the growth and enhanced business operation for the qualified vendor. TEEX and the LSUASC continue to add “Stake Holder” partners to the program that may at their choosing elect to require successful completion of this program in order to be considered for contracted services.
For more information contact Mr. Steven Williams, Director of Operations and Strategic Development for TEEX/ICHS at Steve.Williams@teex.tamu.edu, or Mr. Joe Henry, Director of Outreach & Commercialization for the LSUASC at Joe.Henry@tamucc.edu.