Offering Info

Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot - Visual Line of Sight)

  • National Course Code: AVI30316
  • TAFE NSW code: AVI30316-01V01-20KCL-033

Location – Kingscliff

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

12 Oct 2020

Study Commitment

36 Hours per week


2 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot Visual Line of Sight) will propel your career to new heights as a commercially licensed drone operator. Make your mark in an emerging field, disrupt the status quo with your innovative ideas and learn skills that apply across virtually any industry.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • How to launch, control, and land or recover a remote aircraft
  • Techniques to apply your skills e.g. building inspections, the agriculture industry, solar assessments, rescue missions
  • How to operate aeronautical communications
  • Take still photography and videography during flight
  • To use programs to generate 2D and 3D live mapping and produce volumetric calculations
  • The legislated regulations and gain a broad understanding of the aviation industry


Develop your natural talent and get ahead in this career:

  • Creativity to find innovative solutions to problems
  • Multi tasking ability
  • Fine motor skills, dexterity and hand eye coordination


Complete this course and gain:

  • CASA certification and Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)
  • Aircraft Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) - required to communicate with other airspace users

Career opportunities:

  • Remote aircraft pilot
  • Commercial drone operator


This course licenses you to fly remote aircrafts within certain parameters. Continue to build your skill set and expand your horizons with additional endorsements.


Emerging services like drone deliveries and drone taxis are already being trialed in Australia. This technology is set to become central to business operations and demand for remote aircraft pilots will skyrocket.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To enter in this qualification, you will need to satisfy:

  • General, as well as Aviation, English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements as directed by aviation regulatory authorities

Check with the CASA or Defence aviation for specific requirements.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot - Visual Line of Sight) as a traineeship.

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Meet the above entry requirements
  • Be employed in a relevant industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed?traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship. Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Are committed to work through a challenging course load
  • Get to know CASA and Air Services Australia to understand their role in the industry
  • Visit the DJI website to access tutorials, explore the products, learn about the Phantom 4 Pro, and create a login that you will need to use products in class

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


Civil and military personnel seeking certification as remote pilots should check requirements with CASA.

You will also gain an Aircraft Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) which is needed to communicate with other airspace users e.g. other aircrafts within the vicinity of an airport.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 6 hours a day of class, for 10 days.

The initial 10 day block is a combination of online-connected learning using MS Teams and face-to-face campus learning.
Week 1 consists of online-connected learning through MS Teams session and week 2 consists of practical learning on campus.

You will receive a delivery timetable prior to your first day of class with further details for online-connected learning.

You may also be required to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent research/activities for the duration of the course.


This course offering is designed for:

  • People seeking employment either part time or full time
  • Entrepreneurs and existing workers in the industry wanting to build skills and knowledge to gain recognition of skills obtained in industry
  • Have general Language Literacy Numeracy and technology skills to operate effectively in the industry. This is usually achieved through work experience and/or age.

Remote pilot duties include applying technical and non-technical aviation skills and knowledge within RPAS operational environments.

This qualification is relevant to individuals operating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) within visual line of sight (VLOS), below 400 feet above ground level (AGL), in day visual meteorological conditions (VMC), outside of controlled airspace, greater than 3 nautical miles from an aerodrome, outside of populous areas.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled to run for 10 days (First two weeks), Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 4.00pm. This course is an 18 week enrolment.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
AVIF3023 Apply regulations and policies during remote pilot aircraft systems operations
AVIZ3052 Apply situational awareness in remote pilot aircraft systems operations
AVIY3075 Control remote pilot aircraft systems in normal flight
AVIY3073 Control remote pilot aircraft systems on the ground
AVIY3074 Launch remote pilot aircraft systems
AVIF0013 Manage human factors in remote pilot aircraft systems operations
AVIY3078 Manage remote pilot aircraft systems energy source requirements
AVIY3077 Manage remote pilot aircraft systems in abnormal flight situations
AVIW3037 Manage remote pilot aircraft systems pre- and post-flight actions
AVIH3019 Navigate remote pilot aircraft systems
AVIE0001 Operate aeronautical radio
AVIW3038 Operate and manage remote pilot aircraft systems
AVIY3076 Recover remote pilot aircraft systems
AVIK3002 Use infotechnology devices in an aviation workplace

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Cudgen Road, Kingscliff
Phone 131 601

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