CARSS Certification


The Certified Aerial Roof Survey Specialist designation is a credential created by Drone Launch Academy for drone operators who have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to use UAS to aid in the measurement and assessment of residential and commercial roofing systems.

By becoming a Certified Aerial Roof Survey Specialist, you show employers and prospective clients that you take your work seriously, are professional, and have the skills to successfully and safely complete roof survey missions.

How to Become a Certified Aerial Roof Survey Specialist

To obtain the CARSS designation, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a valid, current, FAA-issued Remote Pilot Certificate;
  2. Successfully complete and watch all lectures in Drone Launch Academy’s Aerial Roof Inspection Pro course;
  3. Pass the Aerial Roof Inspection Pro final exam with a score of 80% or higher.
  4. Complete a capstone project consisting of two (2) roof reports: one residential and one commercial (more details in the “Capstone Project” lesson within this course);
  5. Agree to follow the CARSS Code of Professional Conduct for drone operators (details below), and,
  6. Apply to become a Certified Aerial Roof Survey Specialist here.
  7. Note: CARSS holders must complete an annual recertification exam.

How to Use Your CARSS Designation and Insignia

Once your application is accepted, you will be sent a certificate of completion for the Aerial Roof Inspection Pro course, along with the CARSS insignia to use on your website and other professional marketing materials.

If displaying the CARSS insignia/badge on your website, the hyperlink should point back to Drone Launch Academy’s list of active and approved CARSS designation holders (note: link forthcoming). This allows prospective clients and employers to verify your CARSS status.

CARSS Code of Professional Conduct

All CARSS designation holders must agree to the following code of professional conduct:

  • I will make safe operation of the UAS my top priority, and will never compromise the safety of myself or others around me by flying a UAS in an unsafe condition or environment.
  • I will adhere to all FAA regulations related to UAS operations, including but not limited to: obtaining proper airspace authorizations, when required; abiding by maximum altitude restrictions (no higher than 400 ft AGL except when otherwise designated by the FAA); and maintaining compliance with all other regulations set forth in 14 CFR Part 107.
  • I will utilize this course and other available resources to stay up to date with technological advancements in regards to flying and data collection techniques, software updates, and new methodologies for conducting successful roof surveys.
  • I will respect the privacy of those around me and will not use a UAS to impede someone’s reasonable expectation of privacy.
  • I commit to having integrity and honesty in all my business dealings.
  • I will obtain prior experience and flight proficiency for any model of UAS that I use for commercial operations.

Looking to Verify a CARSS Cerfication?

If you would like to verify that someone has become a CARSS through our roofing course, please email us at