Drone Training for CASA Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)

Why do you want to train with us?

  • CASA Selected our Drone Airspace Map as the official map to find out where you are allowed to fly in Australia. Will be released in May 2017. Read the news release on CASA’s website by clicking here.
  • RPAS Training & Solutions is CASA Certified. (CASA.UOC.0046).
  • ALL Inclusive costs for Remote Pilot Training courses: Radio Certificate, CASA Application fee, English Language Proficiency & Practical Training included. No extra costs.
  • CASA certified RPAS Training for Multirotor <7kgs & Fixed Wing <7kgs – Courses for Multirotor >7kgs to be announced very soon.
  • Courses in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kiama
  • RPAS Training is the ONLY company that have developed a multi platform software solution to manage your CASA compliance in “Drone Complier“.
  • RPAS Training aim to establish a long term relationship when you use RPAS Training. We are not about quantity, we are about quality.
  • RPAS Training does not compete against you. RPAS Training provide training, assistance and support and we do not use your contacts to develop our photography, surveying or any other RPA operations.

5-Day RePL Syllabus CASA Certified Remote Pilot Training courses.

Scroll for our dates in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Nowra and Kiama.

Contact Us: Please complete the form below for further information or call us on +61 2 4203 3007

Adelaide: (Adelaide CBD)
8 May – 12 May (FULL)
26 Jun – 30 Jun

Brisbane: (Redcliffe)
15 May – 19 May

22 May – 26 May

29 May – 2 Jun

1 May – 5 May
15 May – 19 May
22 May – 26 May
5 Jun – 9 Jun
19 Jun – 23 Jun
3 Jul – 7 Jul
17 Jul – 21 Jul
24 Jul – 28 Jul
31 Jul – 4 Aug
14 Aug – 18 Aug
21 Aug – 25 Aug
28 Aug – 1 Sep
11 Sep – 15 Sep
18 Sep – 22 Sep
25 Sep – 29 Sep

Perth: (Jandakot)
8 May – 12 May
15 May – 19 May
29 May – 2 Jun
12 Jun – 16 Jun
26 Jun – 30 Jun
3 Jul – 7 Jul
17 Jul – 21 Jul
24 Jul – 28 Jul
31 Jul – 4 Aug
7 Aug – 11 Aug
14 Aug – 18 Aug
21 Aug – 25 Aug
28 Aug – 1 Sep
4 Sep – 8 Sep
11 Sep – 15 Sep
18 Sep – 22 Sep
25 Sep – 29 Sep

Sydney: (North Ryde)
1 May – 5 May
29 May – 2 Jun
26 Jun – 30 Jun
17 Jul – 21 Jul

Kiama** (NSW):
8 May – 12 May
5 Jun – 9 Jun
19 Jun – 23 Jun
10 Jul – 14 Jul
24 Jul – 28 Jul
7 Aug – 11 Aug
21 Aug – 25 Aug
28 Aug – 1 Sep
11 Sep – 15 Sep
18 Sep – 22 Sep
25 Sep – 29 Sep

**For 5 day Remote Pilot and Fixed Wing Training courses in Kiama only, minimum 4-5 night accommodation is included at no extra cost. How much?? $2700.00 + GST.

The 2-day practical component for our online students are conducted on the Thursday / Friday of each scheduled course above. Please note in order to do Online Course, you MUST be a competent flyer.

Australia: We are CASA Certified (CASA.UOC.0046) to deliver RPAS Training that will give you your Remote Pilot Licence (RePL).

USA & Canada : FAA & Transport Canada approval to conduct oil & gas inspections

You own or represent a BUSINESS/COMPANY and need a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC)

You will be known as a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) Holder.

A ReOC holder can employ one or more Remote Pilots (individual pilots).

To apply for a ReOC, the business/company needs to develop an Operations Manual and an RPAS Operational Library.

The nominated Chief Controller will then be assessed by CASA on their knowledge of the safety practices outlined in the manuals as well as a sound knowledge of the regulations.

We can assist with preparation of the manuals and help you prepare for your assessment.

Read more on our ReOC page

For detailed information, please complete the contact form.

Please read about the new <2kg laws effective September 2016 here

Are you an INDIVIDUAL and want to fly drones commercially.

You will need a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL).

The RePL Training course is available as a:

  • 5 day face-to-face course, or
  • online course with 2-day face-to-face component (Experienced flyers only)

The course includes both a theoretical and practical assessment and it is all completed under the one location. Complete the course and your application will be sent to CASA.

Cost: $2700.00 + GST (Australia wide)


  • 5 day Training course or Online Course
  • Practical Flight Training
  • Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC)
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Training Materials
  • CASA RePL Fees
  • Staff Support

*For Kiama courses only, 4-5 night Accommodation is included at no extra cost.

Read more on our UAV Controller Certification Page

Please note that the business or company that you will be working under requires a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC). 

RPAS Training can assist with the process to obtain the ReOC, including:

  • Development of RPAS Operations Manual & Operational Procedures Library
  • Our Drone Complier software, a useful tool for all Remote Pilots to project manage their operations.
  • Staff Support / IT Support (Drone Complier)

For more information and costing, please complete the
Contact Form.

As of 29 September 2016 new rules have come into effect for RPAs under 2kg.

Is your Drone / RPA (eg. DJI Phantom) below 2kg?

  • There are still strict conditions under which uncertified operators may potentially fly it legally for commercial gain.
  • What are the new conditions?
    • You must only fly during the day and keep your RPA within visual line-of sight.
      • This means being able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (rather than through first-person-view (FPV)) at all times.
    • You must not fly your RPA higher than 120 metres (400ft) AGL.
    • You must keep your RPA at least 30 metres away from other people.
    • You must keep your RPA at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes.
    • You must not fly your RPA over any area where, in the event of a loss of control or failure, you create an unreasonable hazard to the safety of people and property on the ground.
    • You must not fly your RPA over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval).
      • This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue.
    • You can only fly one RPA at a time.
  • Visit the CASA website for further information.

What does this translate to? Real Estate photographers will usually NOT be able to conform with ALL these conditions and will therefore REQUIRE a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) which is the CASA certification to operate legally.

The ultimate solution to obtain your CASA Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC):

  • Remote Pilot Licence / UAV Controller Certificate.

  • Choose  between:
    5-day Face to Face Course or
    Online Course with 2 day Practical (Competent flyers only)
    (Multirotor <7kg, Fixed Wing <7kg
  • ReOC Application support.

    We support you in developing your ReOC manuals until it is ready to submit to CASA and ongoing support until it is approved by CASA.

  • Drone Complier.

    • Setup your ReOC manuals in Drone Complier and stay current with all your CASA ReOC compliance management.
    • 12 Months free subscription for the first 2 users.
Contact Us: Please complete the form below for further information or call us on +61 2 4203 3007


I would like to try and clear up a lot of the ‘confusion’ about the legality of flying Drones in Australia.

We receive many calls and emails every day asking for information. The question is usually around “What is the correct path for ME”.  We work very hard to ensure that the information we share is 100% legal yet easily explained.

RPAS Training and Solutions Pty Ltd is certified by CASA to offer the new syllabus Basic RPAS Training course for level 1 required in order to receive your official UAV Controller Certificate (UAV CC) aka Remote Pilot Certificate to fly an RPA for commercial gain in Australia.

We are also CASA certified to offer RPAS Type Training for multi-copter drones below 7kg and / or below 20kg and / or fixed wing aircraft below 7kg.

So, what are the official CASA terms used for drones and the overall UAS industry?

RPAS = Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. This falls under the bigger umbrella of UAS = Unmanned Aerial Systems which includes weather balloons & fireworks which has nothing to do with RPAS. In the USA they refer to RPAS as sUAS (small UAS) which falls under the main UAS banner.

RPA = Remotely Piloted Aircraft indicates there is an actual human observing and able to take over control when required. This term replaced the previous term of UAV = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or commonly known as a drone.

UOC = UAV Operator Certificate. (This can cause some confusion as CASA refers to PEOPLE as operators for the AROCP) The UOC is issued to the COMPANY or business entity. Think of it as Qantas will need a UOC and their pilots will need a UAV CC.

Civilian UAV / RPAS training is what we offer and refers to drones that will be used outside of the military. There are many remote pilots that flew in service of the Australian Defense Force and they are also required to complete their RPC training as their military training and experience are currently not recognised by CASA.

Remote Pilot licence (RPL) :

This does not exist. I am not saying CASA will not introduce it in the future BUT at the moment there is NO such thing as a Remote Pilot Licence. CASA does have a RPL but this stands for “RECREATIONAL Pilot License” which allows real human pilots to fly their planes. This was introduced by CASA on 1 September 2014. Here is a link to the CASA RPL fact sheet and here is a link to all types of LICENSES issued by CASA.


The RPC is usually what people are referring to when they talk about a Remote Pilot LICENCE. CASA used to call it the UAV CC then changed it to RPC and now they refer to UAV CC again.

The RPC is 1 of 2, yes 2 options you can choose from in order to become a legal “Remote Pilot” (RP) or “UAV Controller”. (I will refer to both options as Remote Pilot form now). The second option is the UAV Controller Certificate (UAV CC). Both are CERTIFICATES, not licenses. Here is a link to the CASA website explaining the 2 options.

Now, when you go and look at the link above you will notice that in Option 2 there is NO mention of the English Language Proficiency test. (More about this later). The reason I mention this is to note that even the information you get from the CASA website may be outdated. You need to reference the comlaw website and review the actual law in order to stay current.

The best way to explain Option 1 – Remote Pilot Certificate is to actually first explain Option 2 – UAV Controller Certificate. Why? It forms the foundation of the RPC when you look at the several requirements.

Option 2 – UAV Controller Certificate

  1. Aircraft Radio Operators Certificate (AROC). This used to be a half-day course of theory and practical assessment. Since 1 September 2014 CASA requires an English Language Proficiency test pass before the AROC can be issued. Find out more about the ELP on CASA website here.
  2. You need to pass the PPL Theory exam. This is the MAIN point of difference between the UAV CC and the RPC.
    • For the UAV CC you need to pass the PPL theory exam (70% pass mark). A portion of the theory studied for the PPL exam is irrelevant for flying any RPA (combustion engine, weather at 30 000 ft etc) and many people complained about this.
    • CASA decided to create an ‘integrated theory course’ that will cover the relevant PPL theory for RPAS and remove the requirement to sit the PPL exam.
    • In order to certify Remote Pilots CASA now allow UOC holders (companies that have been issued with a UOC) to create a course for “Basic RPAS Training”. When CASA approves this course the UOC holder can then offer the training and when the student completes it successfully the RPC is issued by CASA soon after. The main difference here is that it is COMPETENCY based. That means there is no official exam. The student needs to demonstrate that they will fly competently and that is it. No PPL exam.
  3. Instrument rating exam. Most people request an exemption as they are not applying to fly beyond visual line of site (BVLOS)
  4. Type Training. This is training on a RPA according to categories. So, you can fly a multi-rotor RPA that weighs less than 7 kg. When you complete this type of training you will get the category of multi < 7kg on your certificate. That means you can fly any aircraft in that category.
    • The “Restricted” and “Unrestricted” training does not exist. All categories are ‘unrestricted’. Now, if you were to go and fly a 80kg RPA then you will obviously get a training specific for that aircraft but it can fall under a category. This is also the case with real pilots. You can get certified on a King Air and it is now not named as a type on your licence but a category of multi-engine < 5700 kg.
  5. You need to have 5 hours of actual flying logged in your logbook for the RPA category you are applying for.

Now, Option 1 – Remote Pilot Certificate aka UAV Controller Certificate

This is a competency based course

  • Same as the UAV CC you will still need to complete your Aircraft Radio Operator Certificate & English Language Proficiency test as mentioned under point A above. This happens during the course.
  • You will NOT be required to complete the PPL Theory exam. You will have to complete the RPAS theory curriculum training by the approved UOC RPAS Training school which covers the following topics.
    • RTS001 RPA Aerodynamics Rotary
    • RTS002 Navigation
    • RTS003 Energy Management LiPo Batteries
    • RTS004 RPA Air Law
    • RTS005 “Unrestricted” Manufacturer Training & Assessment
    • RTS006 AROC
    • RTS007 Meteorology
    • RTS008 Human Factors
    • RTS009 Risk Assessment
    • RTS010 Flight Assessment
  • As the RPC is competency based it does not mean there is NO assessments. Each student will have to demonstrate their ability to plan & operate a RPA and demonstrate a competent level of knowledge for the topics covering the full RPAS curriculum above.
  • Same as the UAV CC the manufacturer training same as in point D above.
  • Same as the UAV CC you will still need to provide a logbook with 5 hours minimum before the RPC can be issues. In practice you will usually have more than 5 hours as it is the minimum but you still have to demonstrate you flying skills and your practice time will be logged too.

So, you can see that the difference is not really that much on paper. In reality the time it takes to study for the PPL Theory exam can be frustrating for some. We have had students who attend our PPL theory training course and pass within a few days of completing the exam and then there are other students who struggle and will be better served by attending the RPC course.

Why do you want to choose the UAV CC option?

  • You have already passed a CASA PPL Theory exam in the past. If you passed a PPL theory exam 20 years ago it will still be on CASA’s records and you do not have to sit the exam again.
  • If you hold a PPL, CPL or higher licence from CASA you only need to complete the Manufacturer training course as you already passed the PPL exam & the radio exam.
  • Students who are planning to learn to fly in the future may choose the UAV CC option as it will benefit their future flying training.
  • If you want to pace your training due to time, finances or other constraints you can do a single course at a time over a longer period.

Why do you want to choose the RPC?

  • You want to obtain your RPC as quickly as possible. (Please note that even though you may be able to complete your RPC quickly you will still NOT be allowed to fly it legally until the company you will be flying under is issued with their UOC
  • You do not wish to sit an exam and rather complete the training in a more ‘relaxed’ atmosphere.
  • Time constraints. Most RPC courses are between 5 and 10 business days. You only need to take 1 week off of work and be qualified as a Remote Pilot (Weather permitting J )
  • We offer 2 options with the RPC training.
    • 5-Day full time course that covers 2-3 days theory training & 2 days theory & practical assessments
    • 2-Day practical assessment after you have completed our theory training online via our online RPC Theory course. (Experienced Flyers only)
    • We have scheduled several 5-day courses around the country.

Preparing your UOC application.

There are mainly 2 options available when you start the project to apply for the company UOC.

  • Do It Yourself. This is what CASA provides on How to become a safe RPA operator
  • Engage a company – yes, such as us – to help you in the development of your manuals.

If you plan to take the DIY route then you can get a basic Operations Manual template from CASA at this link.

The requirements for the UOC application can be found here.

There are many companies out there that say they provide assistance / consulting / help in preparing your UOC Operations Manuals and most of them actually do.

Some just issue you with a suite of documents to submit to CASA and although you are able to pass the CASA requirement and the manuals look great you need to be aware that you are shooting yourself in the foot. You must understand why the manuals say what they do and most importantly how to operate accordingly.

If a company just gives you a suite of manuals quickly then please rather choose the DIY route as you will be much better off at the end when CASA does the practical assessment to decide whether they are going to issue your UOC or not.

Over the last 18 months we have learned a lot by supporting our clients and interacting with CASA. One of the biggest lessons was that most UOC holders are micro-businesses and that their needs, requirements and emotional attachment is totally different compared to an employee of a larger organisation where a salary is guaranteed.

Through many successes (and frustrating challenges, employee turnover etc ) we realised that the key to obtaining the UOC AND operating a SAFE operation is training around the manuals and not the manuals themselves. The other problem we noticed is how time-poor most people are and that even once they have obtained their UOC they struggle to balance the load of business development with compliance management. In order to comply with all the flight logs, battery logs, flight safety assessments etc and earn money most people work very long hours.

We developed Drone Complier to help with exactly this. We develop the manuals with and have it setup within Drone Complier and then you actually have your UOC Operations Manual available online to manage your jobs and it syncs with your mobile phone / tablet to manage flights and checklist etc. This makes all future CASA audits much easier and gives you more time to focus on the work that matters.

We do not only provide the UOC Ops Manual consulting but look at how we can train you and your future employees to comply with the UOC Manuals and CASA requirements by building the training into Drone Complier.

Usually the CASA application fee is approximately $1500.00 and at the moment takes about 3-4 months to be processed.

There are only a few UOC holders in Australia who are certified by CASA to deliver the Remote Pilot Certificate courses. You can find a full list of all UOC holders at this link or on this website.

We have a full package available that covers the training and support for:

With all of that information I hope that it provides some clarity. The next update will be about the planned changes to the sub-2kg category. If you are waiting for this please note that if you live in a populated area and want to be able to really build your business you will need to get your UOC. If you want to be a weekend warrior trying to pay for your hobby then it may be an option.



Steps to Obtaining your Remote Pilot Certificate / UAV Controller Certificate

  1. Obtain your ARN (Aviation Reference Number)
  2. Log 5 hours of flying
  3. Complete the Theory Course (face-to-face or online)
  4. Pass the Practical Flying Assessment
  5. Obtain your AROC (Aviation Radio Operator Certificate) included in our course.
  6. Pass the English Language Proficiency (ELP) included in our course.
  7. RPAS Training will submit the application to CASA on your behalf.

The RePL / UAV CC does not require passing the PPL theory exam and is a much easier way to obtain Remote Pilot certification if you have no previous aviation experience.

Obtaining your CASA UAV Operator Certificate

  1. Introduction to ICAO, CASA, CASR101 and relevant RPAS Operations
    1. Aerial Spotting
    2. Aerial Photography
    3. Power line inspections
    4. Aerial Surveying
    5. Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
    6. Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
    7. Etc.
  2. Development of a Business Plan and market analysis;
    1. Determine aircraft / UAV / Drone / RPA to use;
    2. Market Analysis
    3. Etc.
  3. Conduct a Risk Assessment;
    1. What is a Risk Assessment and why do you need to integrate them into your RPAS operation
    2. Which types of risk assessment need to be completed
    3. When should the Job Risk Assessment or Flight Risk Assessment be completed
  4. Crew Induction – RPAS Operation
    1. Pilot Records
    2. Remote Pilot Certificate checks
    3. Understand internal operations procedures
    4. Etc.
  5. Crew Induction – Technical
    1. How to complete a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
    2. Maintaining RPAS aeronautical radio communications
    3. How to manage human factors in RPAS Operations
    4. How to apply regulations and policies during RPAS operations
    5. Navigating Remote Pilot Aircraft
    6. Use of Information Technology devices in the workplace
    7. How to manage RPAS pre- and post-flight actions
    8. Controlling the RPA on the ground
    9. Launching a RPA
    10. Controlling the RPA in normal Flight
    11. Recovery of the RPA
    12. How to manage RPA in abnormal flight conditions
    13. How to manage RPAS energy / battery resources
    14. Manage situation awareness in RPAS operations
  6. Developing an Operations Manual divided into:
    • Part A – General Policies and Procedures
    • Part B – RPAS Operating Procedures
    • Part C – Internal Training
    • Part D – Aerial Work Operations
    • Part E – RPAS Training School Operations
  1. Appoint the Chief Controller ( Remote Pilot Certificate needs to be approved already)
  2. Compile the Operations Manual suite of documents for the pre-application interview
  3. Request a pre-application interview and and submit the Operations Manual suite once the interview is confirmed
  4. Conduct the Pre-Application Interview with CASA
  5. Lodge official UOC application form 041
  6. Address comments and changes required by CASA until the Operations Manual suite is approved (Desktop Approval)
  7. Prepare for the practical flying assessment
  8. Obtain Public Liability Insurance;
    1. We have already contacted some insurance companies and help you to develop your Operations Manuals to
    • Incorporate the information required where applicable
    • Easily answer the questions required to apply for PLI Qoutes
  1. Complete the practical flying assessment
  2. Once the assessment is passed, WAIT FOR YOUR UOC TO BE ISSUED :).

Official RPAS Operators are companies that have officially applied for and had their UAV Operator Certificates issued by the national civil aviation authority. Some examples of these regulating authorities are CASA in Australia, FAA in the USA, CAA is South Africa and the UK etc.

If you operate a UAV / RPA / Drone in a commercial or business related environment in Australia for any of the following special operations (this list is a short sample and does not mention every type, it is only used to give you an idea) you need an UAV OC from CASA.

  • Aerial advertising
  • Aerial Photography
  • Real Estate Photography
  • Aerial spotting
  • Aerial survey
  • Powerline inspections
  • Surveillance
  • Agricultural operations
  • UAV type conversion training
  • Low level aerial mapping

Official UAS terminology:

UAV : Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Also known as a drone.

UAS : Unmanned Aircraft System

RPA : Remotely Piloted Aircraft

RPAS : Remotely Piloted Aircraft System

UACS : Unmanned Aerial Combat System

RP : Remote Pilot

CC : Controller Certificate

RPS : Remote Pilot Station

We have offices in NSW, QLD and WA with satellite offices in VIC & SA.