Professional RPAS Pilot Certification Course (Part 102 + Part 101 bundle)

NZ Part 101 + 102 Online Theory

$698 Enrol


Welcome to the Drone Trust Professional RPAS Pilot Certificate course. There are 2 parts to this course, the Drone Trust 101: Recreational Pilot Certification, and the 102  Professional RPAS Pilot Certificate

Further details on the 101 Recreational Pilot Certification can be found here.

This course consists of a mix of reading and watching short videos. Throughout the course, there are short quizzes. These will help you to be sure you have absorbed the information presented. You can go back and review the content at any time. You may repeat any quiz as many times as you’d like.

At the end of this course, you will be asked to take an exam covering all of the information presented. You must achieve a score of 80% or better to pass this course.  You may resit the exam should you not achieve the 80% pass grade. 

In addition to this exams there will be oral questions from the flight examiner included in the practical flight assessment.  Questions will be drawn from both the 101 Recreational and 102 Professional course material. 

Upon successful completion of the online theory portion of this course, you will have a good understanding of the privileges and responsibilities of operating your drone under the Civil Aviation Rule (CAR) Part 102. 

Become a Trusted Pilot

Learn the Part 101 and 102 rules to fly close to an airport as a Professional RPAS Pilot, then do a flight test to complete our CAA-approved course.


Course Content

Module 1: Introduction

In this module, we look at why you need to know the Part 102 rules, the requirements to obtain the Professional RPAS Pilot Certificate, and what additional drone operations are allowed with the certificate.

Module 2: Part 102 Certification

In this module, we will take a look into the benefits and requirements for both pilots and operators under Part 102 rules.

Module 3: Other UAOC Requirements

This module builds on the first one by looking at additional requirements for RPAS Professional Pilot Certification and other UAOC requirements such as training and maintenance.

Module 4: NOTAMs and AIP Supplements

In this module, we learn about the role of NOTAMs, how to interpret them and why they are important. We also take a look at the information provided by AIP supplements.

Module 5: Basic Meteorology for UAV Operators

Here we dive into wind, clouds, and moisture, where to find wind reports, tips for flying in the wind, and a few important cloud types.

Module 6: GPS Basics

In this module, we cover the basics of how GPS works in drone navigation and stabilisation and how to avoid problems.

Module 7: Plan and Document a Part 102 Flight Operation

In this activity, you will apply what you’ve learned to plan a professional drone operation.

Module 8: Currency Period and Flight Assessment

In this module, we go over the requirements for maintaining your certification and what will be required in your flight assessment test.

Pilot Certificate

After you successfully complete your flight assessment you will receive your Professional RPAS Pilot Certificate and have a good understanding of the privileges and responsibilities of operating your drone under the Civil Aviation Rule (CAR) Part 102.

This course is a requirement for any professional drone pilot who wants to operate under a drone operators Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

With this qualification you are legally allowed to fly your drone within 4 km of an airport (providing you meet the other legal requirements, as your will learn about during this course.)

Course Certification

Flight Test NZ is a CAA certified Part 141 aviation training organisation TR52489 and operates this course for Drone Trust.

This course has been accepted by CAA as meeting the training requirement under CAR Part 101.12 and 101.205 (3) for airspace knowledge and RPAS operations within 4 km of an aerodrome or heliport.

Once you have completed this online course you will have achieved the theory component of your certification. You will then be directed to an online booking form where you can schedule your practical flight assessment with one of our certified Flight Examiners.

We have examiners distributed throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawks Bay, Wellington, and Canterbury regions. We can also arrange flight assessment in other locations on request.