Operator accreditation

You must get a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operator accreditation to fly for business or as part of your job.

    RPA types

    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 drones and remote piloted aircraft types webpage.

    The 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
    • 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:

    Follow these steps to get your operator accreditation:

    1. Log in to myCASA using your individual account

      You need to create an account if you haven't used the myCASA portal before.

      Navigate to the myCASA portal and enter your email address and password to log in.

      You can also use Digital Identity to login to the 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. Submit your identification

      After entering your personal details, you will see a prompt to submit your identification.

      You will only need one type of identification. Most identity documents can be verified online, including:

      • Australian passport
      • Australian birth certificate
      • Australian citizenship certificate
      • ImmiCard
      • foreign passport.
    5. 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.

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    Download your accreditation

    Once you’ve passed the online quiz, you can download your accreditation using myCASA.

    To download your operator accreditation:

    1. Log in to myCASA using your individual account on your Android or iPhone

      Navigate to the myCASA portal and enter your email address and password to log in.

    2. Navigate to the 'Operator accreditation details' section

      Select 'View your operator accreditation details'.

    3. Select which device you use

      Choose to download either to your Apple Wallet for iPhone or Google Pay for Android.

      Select the 'add to Apple Wallet' or 'Save to phone' button.

      Your licence will then load into your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.

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    Watch our step-by-step video on how to get an RPA operator accreditation.

    Last updated:
    16 Nov 2022
    Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//drones/get-your-operator-credentials/operator-accreditation
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