National code: AVI30419

Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)

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Overview About this course

Propel your career to new heights as a commercially licensed drone operator, and develop technical and niche skills that can help you to stand out in any industry. Make your mark in an emerging field and disrupt the status quo with your innovative ideas inspired by a unique point of view.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Launch, control, and land or recover a remote aircraft

  • Operate aeronautical communications

  • Use maps and charts for navigational purposes

  • Plan flights

  • Understand legislated regulations in relation to the aviation industry

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Use programs to generate 2D and 3D live mapping

  • CASA Operator accreditation and Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) sub 7kg, Multirotor

  • Specialist skills for application in a variety of industries e.g. building inspections, agriculture, search and rescue

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • You must meet general, as well as Aviation, English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements as directed by aviation regulatory authorities

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A commitment to work through a challenging course load

  • An understanding of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Air Services Australia and their roles

  • Visited the DJI website to access tutorials, explore the products and learn about the Phantom 4 Pro aircraft

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: remote aircraft pilot and commercial drone operator.


Through this course, you will gain some of the requirements needed for certification by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). For more information, please visit the CASA website.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

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Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 9 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Operate and manage remote pilot aircraft systems AVIW0028

  • Control remote pilot aircraft systems on the ground AVIY0052

  • Navigate remote pilot aircraft systems AVIH0006

  • Apply situational awareness in remote pilot aircraft systems operations AVIZ0005

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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