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Drone Operator Accreditation - Hover UAV

Drone Operator Accreditation

In the evolving landscape of drone technology, leveraging remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for commercial purposes or as part of your professional responsibilities demands adherence to specific regulatory frameworks. Understanding the nuances of these regulations is pivotal for ensuring compliance and maximising the potential of your drone operations. This guide simplifies obtaining a drone operator accreditation, crucial for flying drones in a business context or as a component of your job particularly if operating in the excluded category.

Drone Categories and Operator Accreditation

When operating a micro or excluded RPA, you must be accredited. If you already hold a Remote Pilot license (RePL), you do not need to obtain a drone operator accreditation. Accreditation is free and is valid for three years. There is also the requirement for a person flying a micro RPA to be accredited. You can obtain accreditation after viewing a short safety video, reading the educational material, and successfully completing an online quiz to test your knowledge of the standard RPA operating conditions and drone safety rules. Accreditation can be completed online through the myCASA portal.

Excluded Category

For detailed insights into drone weight categories and the respective requirements, delving into resources about drone classifications can provide clarity. Find the link here.

Excluded Category

Exemptions from the need for operator accreditation exist under specific conditions, such as holding a remote pilot licence (RePL), possessing a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC), or engaging in recreational flying, including model aircraft association members at CASA-approved fields. Regardless of the exemption status, drone registration remains a prerequisite for operation.

How to Get Operator Accreditation

Eligibility and Application Process

The drone operator accreditation is accessible to individuals flying drones for various commercial purposes, including:

  • Aerial photography and videography sales
  • Inspection of industrial sites, construction areas, or infrastructure
  • Monitoring, surveillance, or security operations
  • Research and development activities
  • Employment-related drone usage

This accreditation, which is free of charge and obtainable online, remains valid for three years and is a requirement for both flying drones and overseeing drone operations conducted by others. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, with those under 16 requiring supervision by an accredited adult over 18.

Compliance with drone safety rules and standard operating conditions for micro and excluded category RPAs is non-negotiable. Resources such as the Micro and Excluded Category RPA guide and safety videos offer valuable guidance on these regulations.

Steps to Acquire Your Accreditation

To secure your RPA operator accreditation, follow these streamlined steps:

  1. Digital Identity: Use or create a Digital Identity to log into the myCASA portal.
  2. Aviation Reference Number (ARN): Navigate to the ARN section and apply for an individual or organization ARN, depending on your operation’s nature.
  3. Personal Information: Submit your details, including name, address, and contact information.
  4. Accreditation Quiz: Complete and pass the accreditation quiz with a score of 85% or higher.

Renewing your accreditation before its three-year validity lapses ensures uninterrupted drone operation capabilities. The renewal process, accessible via the myCASA account, allows for a 30-day pre-expiration renewal period.

Digital Accessibility

Upon successfully passing the accreditation quiz, downloading your digital operator accreditation directly to your smartphone becomes possible. This process involves logging into myCASA, navigating to the ‘Drones and RPA’ section, and selecting the download option suitable for your device. Instructions provided facilitate easy addition to your digital wallet, ensuring your accreditation details are readily accessible.

As drone technology continues integrating into commercial and professional realms, adhering to regulatory requirements is fundamental. The pathway to drone operator accreditation is designed to ensure safe, responsible, and compliant drone operations, fostering innovation and operational efficiency in various sectors.

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