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New rules for certified training providers
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.
To facilitated continued operation of the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deferred for six months some provisions in the Part 101 Manual of Standards relating to training courses. Read the full details of the amendment instrument and what it means.
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 437 KB).
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There are new requirements you will need to comply with if you want to continue to deliver training from 10 October 2020. Alternately, you may choose to discontinue training and request that CASA remove training approvals from your RPA operator's certificate (ReOC).
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)
- additional administrative requirements such as defined examination security, post examination knowledge deficiency reporting, record keeping, student contact time and student ratios.
To help us assess your training procedures and syllabus by 10 October 2020, you'll need to submit your application and documentation to CASA by 10 August 2020.
You may elect to continue to deliver training under your previous course up until 10 October 2020, at which time you must transfer to the new training procedures and syllabus approved by CASA.
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.
We have prepared the following to aid in the process of transition to a MOS Part 101 compliant format:
- Advisory Circular AC 101-01 v3.0 (pdf 1.01 MB)
- AC 101-01 v3.0 - Annex A (pdf 437 KB) - this document provides guidance on training package requirements and example templates.
To obtain a copy of the 'RePL Training Course - Worksheet - Application Assessment' referred to in AC 101-01 v3.0 - Annex A, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose to continue training from 10 October 2020, our assessment of your training package will be conducted free of charge. If you choose to apply for additional training privileges to your ReOC, your application will be charged at the standard CASA rate (for that new/variance portion of the assessment).
If you choose not to conduct training from 10 October 2020, we 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, we will engage with you in a process to vary your ReOC if we consider 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, you may find our frequently asked questions helpful.
You can also contact us by email email@example.com or call 131 757.