In order to get your RPA operator’s certificate, you need to hold your remote pilot licence (RePL). There are two ways to do this:
1. If you are coming into the RePL with no prior knowledge, then you need to complete a course on this. We run the necessary courses –please click here for more information on the RePL
2.If you’ve passed an aeronautical knowledge exam for a flight crew licence, then you will be able to undergo operation (practical) training
Once you have your RePL, you can apply to get your own certificate.
The RPA operator’s certificate is what allows a company or individual to work for, hire or reward with an unmanned system. The process to obtain this is more complex than obtaining a controllers or remote pilot certificate, but it is not a difficult process. As part of the process, you will need to compile an Operations Manual. This manual sets out the legal obligations that the company, Chief Controller and other controllers employed by or under agreement with the company need to adhere to on a day-to-day basis and when fulfilling the obligations of the ReOC.
The Operations Manual needs to detail how you will manage the risk of operating your RPA, to both the aviation community in the form of manned aircraft, as well as the general public. For this reason the operations manual may contain risk registers, safe work method statements, job safety assessments and any other measures or methods you will use to control the risk. If you are new to this industry or new to risk management, don’t panic. CASA has provided generic versions of these documents in their generic operations manual. You can find a copy of this below: