AVI30419 - Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot)

The aviation industry is growing rapidly, and the demand for qualified remote pilots is on the rise. This course is the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to start a career in aviation or expand their existing knowledge and skills. Whether you're a hobbyist, a professional pilot, or simply looking for a new challenge, this program is designed to meet your needs and help you achieve your goals

Course Overview

The Certificate III Aviation (remote pilot) qualification is recognized by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and is essential for anyone looking to operate remotely piloted aircraft commercially. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a certified remote pilot, where you will learn about flight operations, air traffic control procedures, aviation regulations and more. The course will allow you to fly without many of the weight or operating restrictions applied to recreational users. Our experienced instructors will guide you every step of the way to ensure you are fully prepared for your career ahead.

From improving efficiency to broadening their services and expanding commercial prospects, companies from many different industries are reaping the rewards of drone technology. With this growing demand for drone technology, now is the perfect time to start your journey to becoming a remote pilot.



3 - 6 months


Study online. Gain real world skills.



Career opportunities

Remote Pilot | Drone Maintenance Technician | Aerial Photographer


14 units of competency | Nationally recognised

Entry requirements

No formal prerequisites | Computer and internet access required


Bachelor of Aviation | Commercial Pilot | Various industry pathways


Experienced industry experts


Combination of online theoretical assessments and hands-on practical assessments in person.

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Course Delivery and Duration

Our guides and assessments have been uniquely developed to best equip you for the real world! We have ensured you will remain engaged while completing your studies and provide real life, relatable scenarios to set you up for your future!


This course can take three to six months to achieve the Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot). The course is designed as a blend of online and in-person learning, and is conducted at any of our training centres located in Queensland. Based on demand, other training venues and locations may become available throughout the year.  


Online learning for the theory component of the course provides flexibility and convenience, allowing students to study at their own pace and from any location with an internet connection. The practical assessment, however, requires in-person learning and evaluation. This combination of online and in-person learning helps students balance their studies with work, life, and other commitments by minimizing the amount of time spent in a conventional classroom setting.


Career Opportunities and Pathways

The Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) applies to a variety of career and study pathways, including:


Career Pathways in a variety of industries:

  • Remote Pilot: Graduates of the program can work as remote pilots, operating drones for a variety of applications, including mining safety inspections, agricultural land management, Military and law enforcement operations, civil construction project inspections, surveying, and mapping.
  • Aerial Photographer: Drone technology has revolutionized aerial photography, providing unique perspectives and capturing images that were previously difficult or impossible to obtain. Graduates can work as aerial photographers, providing images for use in advertising, real estate, and other industries.
  • Drone Maintenance Technician: Graduates can also work as drone maintenance technicians, responsible for repairing and maintaining drones and ensuring that they are operating safely and efficiently.

Study Pathways:

  • Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot License – Aeroplane): This program will prepare you to become a commercial pilot and operate aircraft for commercial purposes.
  • Bachelor of Aviation: This program provides a comprehensive education in the aviation industry and covers a range of subjects including air law, human factors, aviation management, and aircraft systems. This provides students with many career opportunities in a variety of aviation-related roles, including pilot, air traffic controller, aviation safety inspector, and aviation management.
  • Further studies within non-aviation industries that use drones
  These are just a few examples, and the specific career and study opportunities and pathways will depend on your skills, interests, and experience. A Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot is one of our most exciting, most popular courses due to the multiple industries  can provide a solid foundation for a career in finance and accounting and provide opportunities for growth and advancement.


In total, you need to complete 14 nationally recognised units of competency. This qualification is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and upon completion you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.


Core units:


AVIF0021 Manage human factors in remote pilot aircraft systems operations

AVIH0006 Navigate remote pilot aircraft systems

AVIW0028 Operate and manage remote pilot aircraft systems

AVIW0004 Perform operational inspections on remote operated systems

AVIY0052 Control remote pilot aircraft systems on the ground

AVIY0023 Launch, control and recover a remotely piloted aircraft

AVIY0053 Manage remote pilot aircraft systems energy source requirements

AVIY0031 Apply the principles of air law to remote pilot aircraft systems operations

AVIZ0005 Apply situational awareness in remote pilot aircraft systems operations.


5 Elective units to be chosen from:


AVIE0003    Operate aeronautical radio

AVIG0003    Work effectively in the aviation industry

AVIW0006    Perform infrastructure inspections using remote operated systems

AVIW0007    Perform aerial mapping and modelling using remote piloted aircraft systems

AVIY0027    Operate multi-rotor remote pilot aircraft systems

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course however students will require:

  • A sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy is required for students to be able to complete the required assessments
  • Basic computer skills
  • Access to a computer and internet

No previous drone/RPAS flying experience is required to undertake our course.

Support and assessments

Our trainers are dedicated to helping you succeed and will be available to answer your questions and provide feedback on your progress. They will provide you with the guidance and support you need to fully understand the course material, as well as offer suggestions for further learning opportunities.


Our online theory components include the support of experienced industry professionals and support staff to guide you through the program. Furthermore, you will have access to a wealth of up to date, easy to understand online course materials, including videos and tutorials which will help you to deepen your understanding of the course material.

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Upon completion of the course, you will possess not only real-world skills and understanding, but also a nationally recognized and accredited qualification. Apply your skills in a dynamic new position or pursue a new exciting career path - start your future now!


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