Certificate III in Aviation V Remote Pilot Licence:
what’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot: Visual Line of Sight) and the Remote Pilots Licence (RePL)?

A lot of people ask us about the difference between UAVAIR’s Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) and the Remote Pilots Licence (RePL). The difference is actually greater than you might think.

If you want to fly a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) commercially in Australia, outside the excluded category (sub 2kg), then you need to be licensed and/or certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). UAVAIR, as a delegate of CASA, can provide this license.

This authorisation comes in the form of a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL), allowing individuals to fly for operators, who in turn need to hold an RPA Operator’s Certificate (ReOC).

As stated above, this is purely an authorisation from CASA granting the individual to fly under an approved ReOC for commercial gain, not a Nationally Recognised qualification. If you would like to gain a Nationally Recognised qualification related to flying drones, UAVAIR provide students the ability to achieve this in the form of our AVI30316 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight).

UAVAIR, operating under parent company and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Basair Aviation College, RTO ID 1327, are required to meet the requirements, not only set out by CASA, but also another entity called ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) in order to deliver the AVI30316 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight).

ASQA requires UAVAIR’s training and assessment strategies and practices to include a specified amount of training, consistent with the requirements of training package and enable each student to meet the requirements for each unit of competency or module in which they are enrolled.

UAVAIR determines the amount of training they provide to each learner with regard to:

  • the existing skills, knowledge and the experience of the learner;
  • the mode of delivery; and
  • where a full qualification is not being delivered, the number of units and/or modules being delivered as a proportion of the full qualification.

UAVAIR also, for all of its scope of registration, and consistent with its training and assessment strategies, sufficiently ensure:

  • sufficiently qualified trainers and assessors deliver the training and assessment;
  • educational and support services meet the needs of the learner cohort/s undertaking the training and assessment;
  • learning resources enable learners to meet the requirements for each unit of competency, and which are accessible to the learner regardless of location or mode of delivery; and
  • facilities, whether physical or virtual, and equipment to accommodate and support the number of learners undertaking the training and assessment.

UAVAIR meet all requirements specified in the relevant training package under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for qualifications in the Australian Education and Training system. The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 requires that RTOs comply with the AQF as a condition of their registration. The AQF recognises RTOs as ‘authorised issuing organisations’, able to issue AQF qualifications and statements of attainment to learners who have satisfied the relevant competency requirements. All authorised issuing organisations are required to comply with the requirements of the AQF, including the volume of learning.

So, what does all this mean for you as a person wanting to fly your drone legally and for commercial gain? By completing a AVI30316 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot, Visual Line of Sight), you will gain a Nationally Recognised qualification. You will also receive a guaranteed level of education and can be assured that you will leave the course, not only with a level of satisfaction in knowing that you’ve competently gained your Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) and your Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC), but you’ll also received a Nationally Recognised Qualification at a Certificate III level.