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Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operator accreditation is now open for anyone who intends to fly a drone or RPA for business or as part of your job.
You do not need an RPA operator accreditation if:
- you hold a remote pilot licence (RePL)
- you only fly you drone for sport or recreation, including model aircraft association members flying at CASA-approved model airfields.
- free and online
- valid for three years
- required to fly and supervise others by 28 January 2021.
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If you fly a drone, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), for business or as part of your job, you must get an RPA operator accreditation to fly it by 28 January 2021. This may include activities such as:
- selling photos or videos taken from a drone
- inspecting industrial equipment, construction sites or infrastructure
- monitoring, surveillance or security services
- research and development
- any drone activities on behalf of your employer.
This only applies to operators that fly an excluded category or micro RPA for business or as part of your job and it weighs:
- 250 g or less (micro RPA)
- more than 250 g but no more than 2 kg (very small RPA)
- more than 2kg but no more than 25 kg and you only fly it over your own land (small RPA).
You must be 16 or older to become an accredited operator. An accredited adult (over 18) must supervise you if you’re under 16.
You must also register your drone or RPA if it’s flown for business or as part of your job.
Get your accreditation online using myCASA.
Watch our step-by-step guide on how to get an RPA operator accreditation.
To get an operator accreditation, you need:
- to be 16 or older
- a myCASA account
- proof of identity, such as an Australian passport, Australian birth or citizenship certificate, or ImmiCard
- An individual aviation reference number (ARN)
- an understanding of the standard operating conditions and the rules that apply to excluded category and micro RPA
- to pass an online quiz
- download and/or print your accreditation certificate from myCASA after you pass the quiz.
From 28 January 2021, you can be fined if you fly a drone for business or as part of your job without a valid RPA operator accreditation or RePL. The fine is up to $11,100.
You can be asked to produce your RPA operator accreditation certificate or RePL by an authorised representative of CASA or member of the Australian Federal Police or State and Territory police services.
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