Certificate III in Aviation (REMOTE PILOT) AVI30419

This qualification prepares you for a role as a licenced drone pilot and will provide you with the skills, knowledge and licences to operate commercially. This could be for your own business, working for a company or working for one of many government departments that are utilising drones.

The course is also an excellent entry point into the aviation industry as you will be learning the same subjects that pilots of manned aircraft in airlines and the military learn.

The course is a mix of theory and practical flying to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to be employed as a drone pilot in a full time or part time role.

Upon successful completion of the entry level course Certificate III in Aviation (REMOTE PILOT) AVI30419, there are a number of career pathways from this qualification including photography / cinematography, public safety and emergency services, aerial surveying, mining and resource sectors, Federal, State and Local Government agencies and specialist civil and military roles.

This qualification is for candidates new to aviation and remote piloting. It will require a mix of practical and theoretical skills to be able to meet the requirements. Students need to be self disciplined and be able to follow instructions.

Further details regarding this program are outlined in the Certificate III Aviation (Remote Pilot) AVI30419 information sheet (PDF, 3.78MB).

CQUniversity Start Uni Now (SUN) Aviation Program

SUN is a CQ University initiative which allows students in Years 11 and 12 the opportunity to study first year university units while still in high school. As well as gaining valuable insight into university life, students will also be eligible for a number of other benefits:

  • Direct entry: Students may be eligible to apply for direct entry into their chosen bachelor course on completion of high school.
  • Financial savings: Students can undertake their first SUN unit at no cost. Unit fees for subsequent units are significantly reduced compared to the fee paid as an undergraduate student.
  • QCE points: Students who successfully complete their SUN unit will be eligible for additional points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
  • Credit transfers: Gain credit for each SUN unit completed toward the Bachelor of Building Design and reduce the number of units to be studied post high school.

Students who participate in the Aviation Studies Program will study two of CQU’s aviation subjects.

Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (Term 1)

This unit (AVAT11002) provides students with:

  • basic aeronautical knowledge of small general aviation aircraft
  • knowledge of aerodynamics and aircraft power plants and systems.

Students also cover aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Syllabus, which is applicable to the Recreational Pilot Licence.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Term 2)

This unit (AVAT11004) provides students with information on the practical use and implementation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Students will learn about the historical, current and future developments of UAVs.

Duration: 12 months

Completion requirements: On successful completion, students will be eligible for direct entry into the following CQ University Bachelor course as well as gain credit for any units completed.

Further details regarding this program are outlined in the aviation program information sheet (PDF, 536KB).

Further information regarding the SUN program can be found via the CQU SUN website.

Last reviewed 22 June 2020
Last updated 22 June 2020