Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)

AVI30419 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)

Passionate about aviation? Looking to start a career in the rapidly evolving drones’ sector? Gain your Certificate III, CASA Remote Pilot Licence and Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate in a single learning journey – get ready for take-off!

AVI30419 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) prepares you for a role as a drone pilot and will provide you with the skills and knowledge to operate commercially. The curriculum has been uniquely designed to also incorporate the CASA Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) theory, in a single learning journey.

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
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Benefits Of Studying This Course

  • Gain a nationally recognised accredited qualification
  • Obtain your CASA Remote Pilot’s Licence (RePL) with an option for your Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC)
  • According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook Service, the Aviation sector has “Strong” future growth prospects and provides strong career pathways into a diverse range of careers across multiple industries
  • Access an employment area that offers a diversity of roles and working conditions – including flexible hours and geographic location

Employment Opportunities

Industry sector application:

  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Real estate
  • Defence
  • Agriculture
  • Disaster management
  • E-commerce

With ever evolving technological advances, drones are increasingly utilised across a wide variety of industries. The anticipated growth in the uptake of drones will create new opportunities for industry by improving/automating production processes and leading to cost savings over the medium to long term.

Emerging areas where drones are being utilised include new transport delivery services and e-commerce. Deloittes’ estimate that over the next 10 years the increasing usage of drones will add 2,000 jobs per annum in the sector and deliver an estimated economic benefit of up to AUD$15 billion over the same period. This qualification will position you uniquely to be part of this growth story.

Key tasks and functions this qualification will prepare you for include:

  • Performing operational inspections on remote pilot aircraft
  • Launching, flying and landing remote pilot aircraft
  • Operating multi-rotor remote pilot aircraft systems
  • Controlling remote pilot aircraft systems on the ground
  • Operating aeronautical radios

Remote pilots operating at this level will apply technical and non-technical knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy and judgement and will take limited responsibility in known and stable operational contexts within established regulatory parameters.


14 units of competency – nine core units and 5 elective units to gain Certificate III qualification.

On successful completion of this course students will also qualify for their CASA Remote Pilot’s License (RePL) and will be eligible to achieve the AROC (Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate) for an additional fee.

The qualifications gained through this course form the necessary requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as described in Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) part 101, division 101.F3 – Certification of UAV controllers.

Core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Manage human factors in remote pilot aircraft systems
Perform operational inspections on remote operated systems
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
Control remote pilot aircraft systems on the ground
Launch, control and recover a remotely piloted aircraft
Operate and manage remote pilot aircraft systems
Navigate remote pilot aircraft systems
Elective Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Complete a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
Operate multi-rotor remote pilot aircraft systems
Operate remote pilot aircraft systems under night visual line of sight (NVLOS)
Operate remote pilot aircraft systems in extended visual line of sight (EVLOS)
Operate aeronautical radio

The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 1 – 2 years, however with both face-to-face training, and flexible online learning, learners are typically completing within the first 6 – 12 months. How quickly an individual is able to complete the course will depend on how fast they work through the content, their commitment to learning and their level of competence.

  • Paper-based and digital content with assessments accessed online
  • Access to Skills Generation Learning Management System (LMS) including Library resources
  • Zoom/other for training sessions or meetings, group discussions, seminars and virtual classrooms
  • Inclusive learning strategies are also available for learners with disabilities, enabling them to participate on the same basis as other learners
  • Professional discussions/mentoring with your trainer
  • Multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Individual tasks and assignments
  • Practical assessments in a face-to-face environment
  • Flying test
  • Demonstration of practical skills through digital recording as applicable

On successful completion of the course you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:

  • AVI30419 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)

The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO 41008, with training and assessment delivered by Skills Generation or an approved Third Party training provider on behalf of Skills Generation.

Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)


  • Access to a computer with word processing, email, Zoom/other, PDF reader capabilities and a reliable internet connection
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels that indicate you have a high probability of being able to successfully complete the course. Skills Generation can help assess your current LLN levels as required to ensure we are able to effectively support you
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

The Commonwealth Government requires all learners undertaking nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.

If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. If you wish to undertake an RPL process, please discuss with our Student Services enrolments team.

Funding and Fees

This course currently attracts government funding for eligible students. Depending on the funding program, students who access funded training may be required to pay a co-contribution fee that represents a small fraction of the total course fee.

Eligibility criteria for funding can be found on our Funding and Fees page or contact us to discuss your circumstances and determine your eligibility.

Students who are not eligible for subsidised training pay the full course fee.

Students in this course have the opportunity to receive their Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC). The AROC is optional and attracts an additional fee for those students who decide to gain this certificate. Students eligible for Government funding may be exempt from paying the AROC fee, depending on the funding program.

Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform making it easy for students to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments.

Why Skills Generation

Committed to supporting your success!
Training provided by our highly qualified Chief Remote Pilot, Chief Flight Instructor and lead educator in Aviation with extensive industry experience
‘Top flight’ aviation training for a growing industry with strong career pathways in a diverse range of careers across multiple industries

When you complete this course, you may want to enhance your skills and knowledge and your job promotion prospects by going on to study:

AVI40419 Certificate IV in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Beyond Visual Line of Sight)

Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.

Course Summary


AVI30419 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)
Number of Units: 14

Study Mode:

Blended - Online and In-Person Practical Activities
Typically Completed In: 6-12 months
Hours per Week: 10-15 hours (approx.) includes practical activities
Funding: Available To Eligible Students

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