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Centria Drone Lab

Centria has strong expertise in drones and other autonomous devices. We use a wide range of ready-made commercial solutions but can also design and manufacture autonomous equipment for different uses.

Possibilities of our equipment

Comprehensive equipment enables demonstrations of a wide range of applications on the ground, air and water surface and under the surface. In general, cases of use arise from the needs of companies and public authorities. The aim is to develop new types of solutions and to utilise and further refine the data produced by the solutions.

Centria uses a wide range of ready-made commercial solutions in its operations, in addition to which autonomous equipment can be designed and manufactured for different uses. Customized solutions can be designed, simulated and their strength calculation can be done using the 3D modeling software. Different materials can be used in the manufacture parts, and they can be made in different ways, such as using a 3D printer.

In Centria, drones and autonomous equipment are actively used in several research and development projects and service activities. Centria also offers training and supervised A2 theory tests.

You can visit the Ylivieska laboratory to find out about the equipment and the possibilities they bring.

Examples of use

Supervised A2 additional theory tests in Ylivieska, Pietarsaari and Kokkola

If you want to fly drones that weigh between 500 g – 2 kg in a densely populated area, it is an open category sub-category A2 operation. In this case, in addition to the A1/A3 online theory test, you must have self-managed practical training and a supervised A2 additional theory test successfully completed.

We also offer training in operating a drone

The training is intended for persons with a background in hobbies, studies or work in technology and an interest in drones.

What is it about?

In the Dronemaster project, the University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Centria University of Applied Sciences have created a free modular online course package in English that can be used by students, researchers and staff of the universities, as well as companies in the region.

Drone piloting as a profession?

Finnish industry and research urgently need new professional drone pilots. Applications can be found in a wide range of sectors, such as monitoring and observation, waste management, agriculture, logistics, intelligent transport, energy and construction.

To operate with the drones, operators often need to master a variety of camera and instrumentation technologies and the analysis of the data they produce. This requires university-level technical expertise in areas such as wireless data transmission and statistics. In addition, knowledge of drone-related legislation is needed to avoid abuses and claims.

For whom?

The Dronemaster is for you if you have a hobby, study or work background in technology and an interest in drones.

What is the content of the training?

The English language course covers modern unmanned aircraft technologies and introduces the basics of aerodynamics and mechanics, mechanical components of unmanned aircraft, various mission-specific instrumentation and covers the basics of drone operation and flight.

In addition to the technical aspects, the course includes a comprehensive coverage of EU level laws and regulations.


No pre-requisites.


The course is open on the Digicampus platform. The first time you register you will need to register to access the course selection.

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Marjut Koskela

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