Take your career to new heights
Obtaining your remote pilots licence is the first step to being able to operate remotely piloted aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones or UAV's for commercial or business purposes without weight operating restrictions. Students can progress to fly larger RPAS as they build their qualifications.
This course is the highest qualification available for secondary school students wanting to pursue a career in aviation and develop industry leading skills within the remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) industry.
This course equips students with the skills to command a sub two-kilogram drone aircraft, which lays the foundations for entrepreneurial endeavours such as filming for weddings, advertising purposes and other light commercial applications.
Gain these skills:
- Operate and manage remote pilot aircraft systems
- Launch, control and recover a remotely piloted aircraft
- Perform operational inspections on remote operated systems
|School Leaver||Non-School Leaver||AQF|
|OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8||C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent||Certificate I or Certificate II|
Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 2 days per week over two semesters.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
What you need
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, industry exams, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, folder for notebooks and handouts) and wear enclosed footwear during classes in the workshop. Your own laptop/tablet is helpful but not required.
There is an incidental cost of $100 which is a CASA fee to process the Remote Pilot Licence.
Study options and next steps
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Fremantle - Full time - On Campus
Indicative fees and charges
Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals.
Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying.
More information about fees – at a glance
Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses.
Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are:
Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives
Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options
Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options
Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students
Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills
* Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee.
Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply.
Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps
The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year.
Skills Ready skill sets
Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable. Find out more about the initiative.
VET Student Loans
Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.
Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study.
No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee.
To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page.
College Discretionary Fee (CDF)
For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.