Some types of RPAs (also called drones) do not require their operator to have a remote pilot licence (RePL) or remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC) to be flown for commercial or business use. This is called excluded category.
Watch our short video to learn more about operating in an excluded category and how you can gain your operator accreditation to fly your drone.
There are a number of different types of RPA. Each are classified by weight and operations. Types include:
- micro: 250 g or less
- very small: more than 250 g, but not more than 2 kg
- small: more than 2 kg, but not more than 25 kg
- medium: more than 25 kg, but not more than 150 kg.
You can learn more about each type by reading our drone weight categories and requirements webpage.
Operators accreditation requirements
You must get an operator accreditation if you fly for business or as part of your job, including, but not limited to:
- 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 for your employer.
- valid for three years
- required to fly and supervise others from 28 January 2021.
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 follow the:
To understand the rules and standard operating conditions that apply:
Getting your operators accreditation
Follow these steps to get your operator accreditation: