RPAS (Drone) Certification Training and Flight Review
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Drones, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), are revolutionizing the way we work. From construction projects to aerial photography to emergency response activities – drones are an essential tool for image capture and data collection. If you fly a drone that weighs between 250 g to 25 kg, as of June 1, 2019, you are required to have a Basic or Advanced Operations RPAS Pilot certificate as per Transport Canada Legislation.
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Mohawk College offers training that will prepare students for the Transport Canada Basic and Advanced Operations online exams, as well as the Advanced Operations in-person Flight Review.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (Drone) Training and Certification courses include:
- Ground School
- Flight Training
- Flight Review
In addition to the training and certification courses, Mohawk also offers workshops:
- Drone Introduction
- Aerial Photography Techniques
Courses are delivered at the Mohawk College Fennell Campus. New in Spring 2020 – Ground School is available online. In all courses, students receive both theory and practical instruction, led by expert instructors.
Custom and on-site delivery options are available. Please email cetechnology [at] mohawkcollege.ca
Admission & Registration
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered. Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.
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|Course Number||Course Name||Course Description|
|AFTD10033||Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (Drones) Ground School||Designed to meet and exceed Transport Canada’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Pilot Knowledge Requirements (TP 15263) this training covers the knowledge required to conduct advanced flight operations with small RPAS (drones) in Canada. Upon successful completion, students will be able to confidently challenge the online Transport Canada certification exams. 28 hours.|
|AFTD10034||Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (Drones) Flight Training||Prepare students to undertake the Transport Canada flight review requirement for advanced operations in this practical course. Explore rudimentary aircraft attitudes and movements and then progress though exercises devoted to developing the necessary hand eye coordination and situational awareness to manipulate these aircraft. Students must bring their own drone. 6 hours.|
|AFTD10035||Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (Drones) Flight Review||This mandatory assessment is required for candidates wishing to apply for their small RPAS endorsed for advanced operations pilot certificate. Work through skills documented in TP15395 while under the careful assessment of one of our approved flight reviewers. Note: In order to be admitted to this course, the candidate shall have successfully completed and passed the Transport Canada Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft (VLOS)–Advanced Operations exam. Drone required. 2 hours.|
Optional Introductory Courses
|AFTD10036||Drone Introduction||Interested in Drones? Curious as to how drones work and how to fly one? Want to see how using a drone could help you in your business, or just for fun? Come out to our Drone Introduction workshop to see what can be done with drones, and to learn more about our RPAS courses. Instructors will demonstrate flying outside (weather permitting); students participate in basic flight control manoeuvers during indoor exercises. 6 hours.|
|AFTD10037||RPAS (Drone) Aerial Photography Techniques||Discover the preparation, in-flight and post-production techniques needed to understand aerial photography and video for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) also known as drones. Includes pre-flight planning, shooting strategies, maneuvering, file formats and Adobe Photoshop, plug-ins and Adobe Lightroom post production tips. 12 hours.|
The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change.
|Course Code||Course Name||
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
|AFTD10033||Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (Drones) Ground School||
|AFTD10034||Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (Drones) Flight Training|
|AFTD10035||Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (Drones) Flight Review|
|AFTD10037||RPAS (Drone) Aerial Photography Techniques||
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