This program prepares students for Transport Canada’s UAV Pilot Permit Exam, Transport Canada Compliant UAV operations, and UAV remote sensing applications.

The program focuses on drone/UAV technologies, best practices, risk and crisis management, drone equipment maintenance and repairs, flight planning, remote sensing applications, standard operation procedures, compliant operations, and post-flight image/video processing. Pilot knowledge requirements topics include air law, navigation, meteorology, aeronautics, and radiotelephony.

This comprehensive program instructs students to have a compliant drone/UAV enterprise and/or career in Canada. Students complete regulatory applications, Company Operation Manual (COM), fleet management records, operation checklists, and detailed workflows for planning, pre-flight, post flight, and flight operations management for their drone operation. During the program, Canadian UAV/drone industry leaders are invited as guest speakers to share their valuable expertise with students and provide networking opportunities.

This is an Open Admission program to help you advance or change your career. Those who successfully complete this three-course program are eligible to earn a Professional Development Award from The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and also qualify for the Industry Canada Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical (ROC-A).

What Will You Learn? 

In this course series you will have the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • Air law
  • Theory of flight 
  • Engines, airframes and systems
  • eCalc simulations
  • Flight instruments 
  • Equipment maintenance and repairs 
  • Flight planning 
  • Emergency contingency planning
  • Operation crews and personnel training 
  • Preparation of UAV Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) 
  • UAV remote sensing principles and operation
  • Onboard sensors 
  • UAV remote sensing applications
  • Navigation 
  • Meteorology

This short course series is an excellent complement to the skills you may already possess as a professional.

Who Teaches the Courses?

This course series is taught by experienced SFOC licensed Drone/UAV expert practitioners and professionals. Our instructors are selected through a highly competitive process and are expert practitioners in industry.


Industry and Careers 

For those aspiring to be or are already working as compliant drone/UAV career professional in Canada in the private and public sectors.

Recommended Sequence

Term 1

CKCS 175
CKCS 176

Term 2

CKCS 177

Course Series Requirements

  • Successful completion of 3 required courses

Intensive Option

This spring, you can complete all 3 courses in the program and access specialized material and individualized instructor support.

CKCS 997 - Drone/RPAS Ground School Fast Track

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