Operator accreditation

You must get a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operator accreditation to fly for business or as part of your job, if your drone weighs:

  • 250 g or less (a micro RPA)
  • more than 250 g but no more than 2 kg (a very small RPA)
  • more than 2kg but no more than 25 kg and you only fly it over your own land (a small RPA).

You can learn more about each type by reading about drone weight categories and requirements.

You do not need an operator accreditation if:

You must also register your drone before you can fly.

Operator 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.

Accreditation:

  • is free
  • can be completed online
  • is valid for three years
  • is required to fly and supervise others.

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 operator accreditation

    Follow these steps to get your operator accreditation:

    1. Create or use your Digital Identity to log into myCASA

      You can use Digital Identity to login to the myCASA portal.

    2. Select 'Apply for an individual ARN'

      After you have logged in, navigate to 'Need an ARN?' and select 'Apply for aviation reference number (ARN)'.

      You can link your existing ARN or apply for a new one. If you’re operating on behalf of a business, you’ll also need an organisation ARN.

    3. Enter your personal details

      You will then enter your personal details. These include:

      • name
      • address
      • date of birth
      • sex
      • phone numbers
      • nationality.
    4. Complete the quiz

      Select ‘Individual account’ then select ‘Drone accreditation’. Read the declaration carefully.

      Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the accreditation quiz.

      You will need to score 85% or higher to pass the quiz.

    Extra Body field:

    Renew your accreditation

    Operator accreditation is valid for 3 years. You'll be notified by email when your accreditation is up for renewal.

    You can renew your operator accreditation under the 'Drone accreditation' section of your myCASA account.

    Accreditations can be renewed up to 30 days before. Accreditations expire automatically. To keep flying, make sure you have renewed your operator accreditation by the due date.

    Download your accreditation

    Once you’ve passed the online quiz, you can download your operator accreditation to your digital wallet on your mobile phone using myCASA.

    To download your operator accreditation:

    1. Log into myCASA using your individual account on your phone

      Navigate to the myCASA portal and log in.

    2. Navigate to the 'Drones and RPA' section

      Select 'RPA operator accreditation'.

    3. Select 'Download your digital accreditation'

      Choose to download either to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.

      Read the instructions for your digital operator accreditation.

      Select the 'Add to Wallet'.

    4. Your operator accreditation will load into your digital wallet

      To find the details about your accreditation:

      For Android, tap on details. 

      For iPhone, tap on the three small dots.

    Last updated:
    12 Oct 2023
    Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//drones/get-your-operator-credentials/operator-accreditation
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