Advanced RPAS Operators Ground School Course
Until June 1st, 2019, any person wishing to pilot a RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Vehicle), or more commonly referred to as a UAV or a "drone," for commercial purposes - whether operating under the Exemption, or under a Special Flight Operations Certificate - is required to complete a Transport Canada registered and compliant commercial RPAS Ground School course. Pilot will be required to pass a final exam to a minimum standard of 60%. They may then apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada.
After June 1st, 2019 any person operating a drone between 250g up to and including 25kg will be required to pass an exam administered by Transport Canada. You will be required to pass a federal exam testing the knowledge requirements for pilots of RPAS operating within visual line of sight in Canada.
After June 1st, pilots operating within controlled airspace, or within 100ft of people not associated with your operation, or for operations within 3 nautical miles of a certified airport (“Cert” in the Canadian Flight Supplement), operators must possess an Advanced Operations endorsement on their sRPA (small Remotely Piloted Aircraft) Pilot Certificate.
This course consists of 16 hours of instructor-led training, and approximately 25 hours of online self-directed study through our Learning Management System.
Advanced RPAS GROUND COURSE DATES
The Advanced RPAS operators Ground School courses is offered from coast to coast across Canada. From St. John’s to Vancouver, Yellowknife to Ottawa, and across the Canadian Prairies. Price for registration is $799.00 per person. Look for a course near you!
Winnipeg, MB: May 14-15th, 2019
Yellowknife, NT: June 20-21st, 2019
Whitehorse, YT: September 21-22, 2019
FUTURE COURSE LOCATIONS:
Further courses to be announced! If you are interested in taking a course in one of the following cities, please let us know as they’re on our list to schedule in the near future!
Thunder Bay, Moncton, Whitehorse
Just Need Refresher Training?
If you’ve completed another RPAS Ground School program in the past and are not sure what is the required knowledge required to pass the Advanced RPAS Operations Pilot Certification exam on the Transport Canada website… we have special refresher training that will give you a knowledge top-up to write the exam!
Transport Canada Compliant
M3 Aerial Productions is a registered educational provider with Transport Canada.
Graduates of our course will receive a certificate of completion of RPAS Ground School, and will possess the skills and knowledge required to operate a UAV for commercial purposes, whether under an SFOC, or an Exemption from an SFOC (if they can meet all of the other requirements).
Click here for a link to the current list of Transport Canada compliant Ground Schools.
University Credit UAV Ground School
We are very proud to have offered our training program through Brandon University's Applied Topics in Geography: UAV Ground School course offered in the Fall and Winter of 2017-2018, and continuing in the Geographic Information Systems program going forward.
Read more about our course at Brandon University here.
Special flight operations certificate
Our in-class sessions are designed to help you through the SFOC application process, as well as familiarization with industry standards, insurance policies, check-lists, operation procedures (including filing NOTAMs and communicating with Air Traffic Control) and so much more. We have the most comprehensive course in Canada.
"our graduates NEED to know
everything that our pilots
This course is what we use to train our own employees, so EXCELLENCE is a REQUIREMENT.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS AN SFOC, AND DO I NEED ONE?
It is a Special Flight Operations Certificate, a document issued by Transport Canada which grants you permission to fly a UAV for commercial purposes. Learn more about the SFOC at the Transport Canada website.
IS THIS COURSE TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVED?
M3 Aerial Productions are one of only a handful of registered training organizations in Canada that are on the list of Compliant Trainers at Transport Canada. Our courses meet the requirement both of Staff Instruction (SI) No. 623-001, and TP15263. When you complete our program, we provide you with a Certificate of Completion of UAV Ground School which you may cite on your SFOC application to get approval for commercial UAV operations.
IS THIS COURSE APPLICABLE OUTSIDE OF CANADA?
Yes! Our LIVE Webinar UAV Ground School version of this course will not only provide you with valuable information to help you run a high quality UAV operation, but the knowledge you will gain will allow you to pass any entrance commercial UAV examinations in any of the 191 ICAO (International Civial Aviaition Organization) states around the world!
HOW DO I TAKE THE EXAM?
When you complete both portions of the course - PART 1: The Online Training Package (takes 20-30 hours to complete) as well as PART 2: The In-Class UAV Ground School takes 16 hours spread over 2 full-day sessions (usually weekends from 8:30AM-4:30PM)
IS THIS COURSE LEGITIMATE?
Our course is currently being offered as third-year credit courses in two Canadian universities (Brandon University and the University of Manitoba). We are the only course in Canada to be offered for university credit at multiple institutions. Our Certificate of Completion of UAV Ground School is highly regarded by Transport Canada, as we have helped hundreds of individuals and companies get their UAV pilot certifications.
DO YOU OFFER FLIGHT TRAINING ON UAV SYSTEMS?
Yes, if you are able to attend our Flight Training events. You must have completed a UAV Pilot Ground School in order to be able to participate in Flight Training. You'll learn how to program autonomous mapping missions, emergency flight maneuvers, basic aerial photography skills, maintenance procedures, data transferring methods, and much more! Check out our Flight Training section for more information!
HOW OFTEN DOES THE COURSE RUN?
We have select dates when the UAV Ground School is offered in cities across Canada. Please see the above noted dates. We do offer private enterprise training which is a different rate, but can be scheduled around your requirements.
WHAT TIME DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
We usually run our training sessions in 4-hour time blocks at various times throughout the week. The times are not consistently run at the same times, and are often coordinated between several people taking the training, though we often run training in the evening hours on Weekdays, and throughout all hours of the day on Weekends.
IS THIS TRAINING MANDATORY?
Yes it is. You must complete UAV Ground School training from a compliant UAV Ground School in order to operate a UAV commercially either under the exemption rules or with an SFOC.