I'm sure it's all good stuff. May be worth the $$ depending on one's experience. Embry-Riddle has been the preeminent aviation university since the 1930s. However, it concerns me that young kids may not understand what the certificate training (not degree programs) will really qualify them for. A $200 online class like UAV Coach will get you the Part 107 RPC w/o a need to spend thousands. A youngster aspiring to a UAV career will need lots of training and logbook hours in the big stuff.
Unless a young person goes into the military and logs thousands of hours in the big birds (and gets a commercial pilot /IFR certificate) as a minimum, the big companies nor the feds are going to take a look at you. That's where the real money is.
Things will no doubt change and I foresee future FAA ratings added to the RPC much like manned aircraft, perhaps based on aircraft weight and operating altitude. I seem to remember reading about a school that teaches students to fly Predator size birds, for a lot of $$... Here General Atomics UAV pilo job qualifications:
Typically requires education/formal training equivalent to the completion of a four-year technical degree or trade school equivalency and five or more years’ experience in UAV operation or aviation. Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV or aviation may be substituted in lieu of education.
Must demonstrate a detailed understanding of UAV and FAA principles, theories and concepts.
Must possess: (1) FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with a current instrument rating and ability to maintain commercial certificate and instrument currency or a specialized aircraft system qualification; (2) at least five hundred (500) hours as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) with UAV instructor or multiple UAV aircraft qualification; (3)ability to obtain DOD secret clearance as well as customer specific clearance(s); (4) excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees and military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew; and (5) detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.
The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD clearance.
US citizenship required.
USAF qualified MQ-9 pilot (LRE/MCE), with a current Form 8 is strongly desired.
Possession of at least five hundred (500) hours as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) in the Predator/Reaper family of aircraft is strongly desired.