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New rules for certified training operators
We’ve made some changes to the standards for remote pilot licence (RePL) training, which aim to ensure certified providers are delivering the highest quality training.
Most changes come into effect on 10 April 2020, with requirements for training instructors coming into effect on 10 October 2020. The new standards are contained in the Part 101 (Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets) Manual of Standards 2019 and further explained in Advisory Circular AC 101-01 v3.0 - Annex A (pdf 436.96 KB) .
Preparing for new standards
There are new requirements you will need to comply with if you want to continue to deliver training from 10 April 2020. Alternately, you may choose to discontinue training and surrender your training operator certificate.
New training standards include:
- a new RePL training course syllabus – which includes changes to aeronautical knowledge and practical flying components
- additional requirements for examinations, examiners and defined flight testing
- introduction of RePL upgrade training requirements (details in MOS Division 2.5)
- defined qualifications and experience requirements for RePL training instructors (details in MOS Division 2.7, commencing 10 October 2020)
- additional administrative requirements such as defined examination security, post examination knowledge deficiency reporting, record keeping, student contact time and student ratios.
Continue training and transition to new rules
It’s important you let us know as soon as possible if you plan to transition to the new rules and continue to deliver training. This will help us to assess your training procedures and syllabus (training package).
After you have let us know that you want to transition, you’ll need to update your training package to comply with the new requirements then send the document package to CASA for assessment. Once we can confirm it complies with the MOS, you’ll receive written confirmation of compliance and confirmation that your training will be recognised by CASA.
What guidance material is available to help me prepare my application?
CASA has prepared the following to aid in the process of transition to a MOS Part 101 compliant format:
- AC 101-01 v3.0 (pdf 1.01 MB)
- AC 101-01 v3.0 - Annex A (pdf 436.96 KB) of this document provides guidance on training package requirements and example templates.
If you choose to continue training from 10 April 2020, CASA assessment of your training package will be conducted free of charge. If you choose to apply for additional training privileges to your ReOC, such an application will be charged at the standard CASA rate (only for that new/variance portion of the assessment).
Discontinue training and surrender approvals
If you choose not to conduct training from 10 April 2020 CASA will re-issue your ReOC free of charge, without the training authorisation after first giving you formal notice. If we do not hear from you, CASA will engage with you in a process to vary your ReOC if it considers your training package does not comply with the new rules.
Should you wish to re-offer training in the future, you’ll need to re-apply and pay for any related regulatory assessment fees.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please email email@example.com or call 131 757.