I am a qualified UAS operator in New Zealand.
I completed my initial training at the Flight School of Massey University in 2019. This was preceeded by and continues to be suplimented with hands on use of a range of aircraft.
UAS is the internationally recognised abbreviation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. People may be more familiar with the phrase "Drones" or possibly "UAV" (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or even "RPAS" (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems). UAS has been adopted for clarity across both military and civilian fields of operation. More especially because a professionally operated unmanned aircraft involves more than just the aircraft itself. The system may include the aircraft, the operator, an observer and the required approvals. All are vital components of a successful operation.