Remote Pilot Licence

A CASA-Accredited Provider of Remote Pilot Licences

Get certified not just to fly a drone, but learn to fly it well. The professionals at Total RPA have years of experience turning students into qualified drone pilots with the proper training. We are one of the only organisations with the CASA accreditation to offer this course. Designed to get you your remote pilot license – formally, our five day drone training course is the perfect thing to kick-start a rewarding career as a an RPA pilot. We will teach you everything you need to know about UAV (RPA) systems, aerodynamics, mission planning and preparation, flying at night, and much more.

You will learn practical flying skills as well as practical operational skills that will put you a cut above the average pilot. In aviation, knowledge is everything. Total RPA will prepare you for challenges that lie ahead. We provide a rigorous Drone pilot training course covering all manner of practical applications. Our objective is to provide you with a solid grounding in the basic skills that will help you launch your career in the right direction. Get the remote pilot training that will make you an asset in any organisation and an attractive tender to clients.

Course Subjects

  • UAV/RPA systems and functionality
  • Aerodynamics
  • Mission planning and preparation
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • RPA maintenance
  • Human factors

***New Course content***

Total RPA are one of the only training providers to include these new modules to the RePL training:

  • Night flying
  • Basic Mapping with a drone
  • Close Proximity operations (15 meters)

Latest CASA regulations have made these new additions possible.

Get top quality training and be able to include these applications in your operation.
Total RPA are one of the ONLY training providers to offer this in the basic 5 day RePL course.


  • 5 day classroom course
  • Practical and theory
  • Accommodation Included (Nowra)
  • Issue of RePL
  • Issue of Radio Operators certificate  (Including English proficiency exam)
  • Issue of Night Operations Certificate of Competency
  • Training UAV provided
  • All course text books, maps and publications
  • ‘Drone pilot’ high Vis Vest


  • Nowra
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Gold Coast/Brisbane/Sunshine Coast
  • Adelaide
  • Perth

Total RPA also run courses on demand anywhere in Australia, subject to sufficient enrolments.

Course Fee
$2,950 (GST FREE) per person
( Total RPA )  do not charge GST on RePL courses.


There are no prerequisites for the RePL course but you will need to have an ARN (Aviation Reference Number) issued by CASA before we can process your Remote Pilot licence. If you do not have an ARN, you can apply for one here

Type Training

If you already hold an Australian pilots licence for Aeroplane or helicopter, you don’t have to do a full 5 day course. We can offer you a conversions course and type training.

This involves only 1 and 1/2 days of practical and theory training to cover off the RPA specific subjects required to issue you with an RePL.

We do need you to have some previous Drone flying experience before attending this course.

Cost $1,200 (+GST)

Sub 25 KG Type Training

If you wish to use larger RPA’s in your operation, total RPA can offer you type training on a much larger platform than the basic RePL training course. Get trained on our large platform (DJI s1000) and get Sub 25 KG listed on your Remote Pilots Licence.

This training can be included as an add-on to our basic course for $770, or if you already have an RePL, we can offer type training only for $1200 (Inc GST).

Sub 25 KG type Training duration is one and half days.

Extra Drone Courses

On top of the CASA Remote Pilot Licence, Total RPA offers you the chance to further your remote pilot operator training to support your fledgling business. Bundled together with our RPAS training course and or UAV operators certificate packages, our extra short courses represent excellent value and will give you that little edge over your competitors. See below for more information.

Basic Digital Photography (aerial)

Stick around for an extra day after getting your remote pilot license and learn all about digital drone photography. This one day course will guide you through the basics of digital photography. You will learn all about:

  • Digital cameras
  • Limitations of aerial imagery
  • File types and sizes, getting the best out of your camera
  • Using in camera settings to get best results
  • Imaging processing (Photoshop, light room)
  • Framing and composition
  • Flying techniques for best images

We offer heaps of little tricks that only experienced professional photographers can give you as well as lots of practical hands on advice that will see you getting top class photos and video from your set up.

The course is delivered by a professional Photographer and Photography teacher with over 40 years Industry experience.


Interested in taking this course? Contact us now to enquire or make a booking.

Advanced Digital mapping and surveying

Already have your CASA Remote Pilot Certificate and considering using a Drone to obtain mapping and surveying data? Even for experienced surveyors, using a Drone for this purpose presents its own special challenges. This course will give you the basics on aerial imaging for data acquisition in various fields, including:

  • Mapping
  • Surveying
  • Agriculture
  • Spotting

Our instructor has a master’s degree in photogrammetry and over 20 years experience in manned aircraft aerial imaging and data acquisition. Let him show you how to get the most from your Drone and produce an “answer’ that your clients can use and will be happy to pay for.

This course is an excellent extension to our Basic Mapping topic covered as part of the basic RPAS licence course.

Interested in taking this course? Contact us now to enquire or make a booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the 5 day course held?

A. Total RPA’s main office and classroom is located in Nowra NSW. We also deliver our RePL training in major cities all around Australia. Contact us to find one near you. If you elect to attend a course in Nowra, Total RPA provide you with accommodation all-inclusive in the price.

Q. What accommodation do you provide in Nowra?

A. Total RPA will book you into a nearby motel and also provide the class (maximum of 4) with a vehicle to use during your stay.

Q. Do you provide the training drone or do I bring my own?

A. Total RPA will provide you with a training UAV (DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire) for the practical training sessions.

Q. Once I complete this course, do I need to sit an exam with CASA to get my remote pilot license?

A. No. You will sit an in-house exam with Total RPA at the end of the course, and Total RPA Instructors will also assess you ‘practically’ on the UAV. Successful completion will result in you attaining the CASA Remote Pilot Certificate.

Q. Why should I do this course with you and not one of the other operators who provide a similar course?

A. Total RPA was founded by current commercial pilots and instructors. We have an insight into Aviation in Australia that only 20 years In the industry can provide. We have delivered courses and consulting to many of the current certified Operators in Australia (over 300 at time of writing) including

  • QLD government
  • Victoria Police
  • Work Cover Australia
  • QLD Department of Agriculture,
  • James Cook university
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Australia National Rugby Union Team
  • Snowy Hydro

We have also delivered courses and consulting for companies from all sectors of the UAV Industry, including mining, surveying, property and asset photography, mapping and spotting.

All this experience means we can not only deliver a solid and CASA-approved Drone pilot training package but give you industry insight you simply can’t get anywhere else.

Total RPA are not only approved by CASA to deliver this training, but have also been assessed by CASA and issued an ‘Instrument of delegation’ from them. This means that CASA trust us to act on their behalf for RPAS regulatory requirements.

But lastly, we make Drone pilot training fun and relaxed. We take extreme pride in our work and personal levels of service and consider ourselves your business partners as we help you move into this new and exciting industry.

Q. Ok, I’m in. How do we proceed?

A. Great to have you on board. Contact us and let us know what you would like to do and we will take it from there.

Looking for the Best Drone Training Courses in Australia?

Total RPA offers a range of CASA-approved aerial survey training courses. Get your remote pilot license, your RPA Operator’s Certificate or enrol in drone photography or digital mapping & surveying.