Remote Pilot Licence | RePL

Become a certified RPA controller with our online Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)

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Practical Training Courses every 8 weeks

At the National Drones Institute, we can train and certify you to obtain a remote pilot licence. To operate a drone which has a weight of above 2kg in Australia for commercial purposes, the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations dictate that you require a remote pilot licence (RePL). National Drones Institute also has CASA approval to issue certification on both fixed wing and multi-rotor systems up to 25kg.

Taught by some of the most experienced remote pilots in Australia, we have specifically designed our course to be informative, fun, and practical.

Our comprehensive 8-week course includes online lessons and optional weekly Zoom calls with our expert instructors. The practical training session is conducted on the Monday and Tuesday of the final week, ensuring you gain hands-on experience. New courses start every 8 weeks, offering flexibility to fit your schedule.

If you intend on conducting any jobs or operations within controlled airspace, you will also require an aeronautical radio operator certificate. This gives you the ability to monitor the appropriate VHF aviation frequency as well as make broadcasts when operating within 3nm of a non-controlled aerodrome. The training and assessment for this certification is included in our Remote Pilot Licence Course.

About the Course

Our 8-week drone training course at National Drones Institute is meticulously crafted to provide you with in-depth knowledge and practical skills in drone operations. Each week, you’ll delve into a specific aspect of drone technology, culminating in a two-day hands-on practical training session during the final week.

Course Highlights:

8 Comprehensive Modules: Covering everything from basic drone handling to advanced flight manoeuvres.

Hands-On Practical Training: Conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays of the final week.

Flexible Online Learning: All lessons are completed online with our user-friendly learning management system.

Weekly Expert Sessions: Optional 1-hour Zoom call each week for personalised expert knowledge and answers to your questions.

Expert Instructors: Learn from industry-leading professionals.

Flexible Scheduling: New courses start every 8 weeks to fit your busy schedule.

About our Course and Content

Throughout our course, there is a syllabus which is covered to obtain your remote pilot licence (RePL).

The material which you have learnt about throughout the theory component of the course is then consolidated out in the field when conducting the flying or practical component. We can also tailor the flying component somewhat to suit your potential operation. For example, if you intend on conducting aerial photography, the exercises will focus on how to safely do that. If you intend to focus on mapping, then our aim will be to ensure you are given the tools and information to achieve that.

You can also view a list of our upcoming courses using the button at the bottom of this page.

Our Subjects

  • Form of the Earth – Latitude and Longitude
  • Map reading, electronic flight bags
  • Controlled Airspace and Aerodromes
  • Air Legislation and use of Drones
  • Identifying controlled airspace
  • Area approvals – When permission is required and how to obtain it when operating outside normal flight rules
  • Notams (Notice to airmen)
  • Principles of Flight
  • Weight and Balance
  • Human Factors, Threat and Error Management
  • Risk and Control measures
  • Aircraft Components and Systems
  • Flight planning and risk assessment
  • Operations manuals
  • Configuring and testing failsafes

See our available courses and dates below

You can enrol in our online course using the forms under each date below. Upon payment you will receive our course information pack and welcome information which contains course information in it. Our instructors will be in touch soon after with course login details for our online learning system.

Our course pricing is $1650 including GST and includes the RePL, Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate, and access to all online materials and practical training.

2024 Online RePL - August Completion

Theory Course Duration: June 10th – August 4th, 2024

Theory Study – Online learning management system and 1 hour Zoom Call Weekly

Practical Training Dates Brisbane: August 5-6th, 2024

Practical Training Dates Sydney: August 8-9th, 2024

Price: $1650 including GST


2024 Online RePL - October Completion

Theory Course Duration: August 5 – September 29, 2024

Theory Study – Online learning management system and 1 hour Zoom Call Weekly

Practical Training Dates Brisbane: September 30 – October 1, 2024

Practical Training Dates Sydney: October 3 – October 4th, 2024

Price: $1650 including GST


2024 Online RePL - November Completion

Theory Course Duration: September 30th 2024 – November 24th 2024

Theory Study – Online learning management system and 1 hour Zoom Call Weekly

Practical Training Dates Brisbane: November 25th – 26th , 2024

Practical Training Dates Sydney: November 28th – 29th , 2024

Price: $1650 including GST


2025 Online RePL - January Completion

Theory Course Duration: November 25th 2024 – January 19th 2025

Theory Study – Online learning management system and 1 hour Zoom Call Weekly

Practical Training Dates Brisbane: January 20 – 21st , 2024

Practical Training Dates Sydney: January 23rd- 24th, 2024

Price: $1650 including GST


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