Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)

Course Overview

This course provides you with the important training required to legally operate a remote piloted aircraft system (RPAS). It is designed to take students from having never operated an RPA to obtaining your Certificate III under the guidance and tuition of experienced course instructors. This is for candidates new to aviation and remote piloting. It will require a mix of practical and theoretical skills to be able to meet the requirements.

This qualification is relevant to individuals operating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and national operating standards.




Face-to-Face & Distance learning


3 - 12 months

Increasing Relevance

It is relevant to individuals operating remotely piloted aircraft (Drones) within visual line of sight (VLOS), below 400 feet above ground level (AGL), in day visual meteorological conditions (VMC), outside of controlled airspace (CTA), greater than 3 nautical miles from an aerodrome and outside of populous areas. Remote pilot duties include applying technical and non-technical aviation skills and knowledge within Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operational environments. This qualification forms some of the requirements for certification by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as described in Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 101 Division 101.F4 –Certification of RPA operators. Civil and military personnel seeking certification as remote pilots should check requirements with CASA.

Improving Compliance

Licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. This qualification aligns to Remote Pilot Licensing requirements described in Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 101 — Unmanned aircraft and rockets and Part 101 Manual of Standards.

With the increased capabilities and opportunities that drone technology can deliver, businesses across many industries, including real estate, entertainment, commercial farming and photography, to name a few, are turning towards this safer, more cost-effective solution. As a result, many businesses are progressively replacing many of the most dangerous and high-paying jobs in their organisations with drone technology.

Course Breakdown

Core Units


Manage human factors in remote pilot aircraft systems operations


Navigate remote pilot aircraft systems


Operate and manage remote pilot aircraft systems


Perform operational inspections on remote operated systems


Control remote pilot aircraft systems on the ground


Manage remote pilot aircraft systems energy source requirements


Apply the principles of air law to remote pilot aircraft systems operations


Apply situational awareness in remote pilot aircraft systems operations


Launch, control and recover a remotely piloted aircraft

Elective Units


Operate multi-rotor remote pilot aircraft systems


Operate aeronautical radio


Conduct aerial search using remote pilot aircraft systems


Conduct aerial application operations using remote pilot aircraft systems


Complete a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)

Career Outcomes

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, students will need appropriate language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete the training and assessment requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can apply for RPL if you have the knowledge and skills gained through work, formal study, volunteering, informal or formal training, social activities or general life experiences. If you feel that you may qualify for RPL, please contact our office for further information about the process to demonstrate your experience and knowledge.

Course Fees


(this includes $400.00 non-refundable enrolment fee)

Students are responsible for the purchase of textbook/s relevant to this qualification.


  • Course learning and assessment material (excluding textbook/s)
  • Certification upon successful completion

Payment Plans

Alana Kaye believes that everyone should have access to quality education, which is why we have a range of payment options to choose from.

Up-front Payment

A payment of $1,400 is required prior to commencement of your course. This includes the non-refundable enrolment fee of $400 paid on enrolment. The remainder of the course fees can be paid on commencement or a payment arrangement can be negotiated by completing a Payment Plan Agreement.

We accept payments via VISA, MasterCard or bank deposit. The Qualification will not be awarded until all payments are received.