RPL / Drone Course

We offer a classroom based drone course at our Durban and Mossel Bay campuses. Our ground school and practical flight training is conducted by highly qualified instructors, all working within the aviation industry.

You do not require any prior experience to start this course. You must complete 10 modules and write 2 examinations. Once you have passed your final examinations you will need to complete practical training and a flight test.

The course will take approximately 2 weeks to complete but this is dependent on how soon you pass your final examinations as well as your skills levels during the practical training and flight test.

Why do I need a Drone Licence / RPL?


  • a drone for commercial use or if you earn money or gain any remuneration indirectly from flying a drone (SACAA CARs Part 101).
  • outside the drone safety rules for Model Aircraft (SACAA CARs Part 94).
  • on a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ROC).

Drone licence minimum requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have a Class 3 Medical Certificate from an aviation doctor, which must be obtained before you start your course. We can assist with arrangements for your medical.
  • All examinations require pass mark of above 75%.
  • You require at least a level 4 English Language proficiency.


How is the drone course structured?

Once you have made your payment and selected your course date

  • you will receive access to the online course material consisting of 10 subjects and mock examinations.
  • you will be required to attend ground school lectures at your campus of choice, either in Durban or Mossel Bay.
  • ground school lectures will take approximately 7 working days to complete.
  • during the lectures we will prepare you for your examinations.
  • once you passed your examinations you will need approximately 3 days to complete the practical lessons and the flight test. This is however dependent on your skill level.

What is included in the cost of the course?

  • Course material
  • Online support
  • Mock examinations
  • Final examination fees (for the first attempt – all rewrites are for your own account)
  • Practical flight training
  • RPL test with the Designated Flight Examiner
  • SACAA licensing fees
  • Courier costs for your licence
  • English Proficiency Exam if required
  • Lunch and refreshments during practical training days

What subjects are covered during ground school?

  • Principles of Flight
  • Navigation
  • Battery and Energy Management
  • Air Law – CATS/CARs Part 101
  • RPAS Technical and General
  • Radio Telephony
  • Meteorology
  • Human Factors
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance and Planning

If you are a holder of a PPL, CPL or ATPL

If you are a holder of valid Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or Air Transportation Pilot Licence (ATPL), you will only need do the practical training, a flight test and complete the following subjects:

  • Principles of Flight
  • RPAS Technical and General
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance and Planning

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