Australia-wide CASA Certified Drone Training Provider

Excluded Category

This Excluded Category course (multi rotor, aeroplane, helicopter or powered lift) is for students who need more than CASA’s accreditation to operate drones for reward / commercial gain either privately or for an organisation.

The theory and practical components are delivered in a face-to-face session.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Attainment from Wicked Copters.

This course is aligned with the Part 101 Manual of Standards.

Theory Component:

  • Delivery Method: Face to face / In-person
  • Delivery Options:
    • Single Day
  • Participant Package: Provided at the course
    • Textbook: Printed Textbook
  • Student Ratios: We aim to keep the classes small to enhance learning
    • Generally there will be two Instructors
    • No more than 10 students per Classroom session

Practical Component:

  • Delivery Method: Face to face / In-person
    • Ensuring compliance with all COVID restrictions as applicable
  • What to bring:
    • Just appropriate clothing
    • We supply everything else required else required for the Very Small (sub 2kg) and Small (sub 25kg) categories
    • Medium Excluded (sub 150kg) Category – pilots trained on their land and provide their own drone in this weight category
  • What RPAs (aircraft / drones) will I fly and in what modes?
    • RPAs: We train on a variety on RPAs and strive to ensure you get to try as many types as possible
    • Medium Excluded Category – pilots provide own drone in this weight category
    • Flight Modes: You will fly in a variety of flight modes as relevant to the type and weight of the drone
    • You will also be taught about automated flight, role equipment (payloads / cameras /etc) and indoor operations.
  • Student Ratios: We aim to keep the classes small to enhance learning
    • Generally there will be two Instructors
    • No more than 2 students per Instructor for flying

Course Availability / Schedule

To see the upcoming course dates, please select your preferred assessment centre (for the face to face component).

The dates listed below are for the practical close-outs.

Wicked Copters will work with you throughout the course and we are able to delay your preferred assessments if required.

The duration shown is minimum time required for this course. It may take longer due to environmental factors and your individual progress. If you add-on additional courses then the total duration will be a combination of all the course durations.

Excluded Category (2kg MR)

Practical: 1 Day $895
Click above to register your interest and we will contact you to discuss training options and times.
The Excluded Category course provides comprehensive theory and practical training and assessment to pilots who require more than CASA’s accreditation to fly a drone under Standard Operating Conditions.
  • Very Small – up to 2kg
  • Small – up to 25kg over your own land
  • Medium – up to 150kg over your own land OR to obtain 5 hours of flight time to support an RePL Upgrade application
  • Very Small – NIL
  • Small – NIL
  • Medium – RePL, own drone to be provided

The course is not difficult, and we strive to ensure every pilot gets the dedicated training they require. Some students do need additional training, and within reason we do not charge additional fees.

  • Wicked Copters-issued Certifficate of Attainment
  • Face to face training
  • Printed Notes
The Excluded Category training takes 1 day* to complete. The theory and practical are completed in a single day.
Medium Excluded Category may take longer depending on the pilot’s experience.

This course is aligned with the Part 101 Manual of Standards. During this course you will be taught and assessed on:

  • Housekeeping and Administration:

    • ARN
    • Notification
    • Accreditation
    • RPA registration
    • Record-keeping
  • Aeronautical Knowledge:

    • Operation Rules and Air Law, including Standard Operating Conditions and Reporting requirements
    • Airspace, Charts & Aeronautical Publications, including obtaining and requesting NOTAMs
    • Aeronautical Knowledge and Operation Principles

Practical Competency Standards:

  • Perform pre- and post-operation actions and procedures
  • Energy management
  • Manage crew, payload, and bystanders
  • Navigation and operations
  • Non-technical skills
  • Automated flight management systems
  • Control on ground, launch, hover, and landing
  • Normal operations
  • Advanced manoeuvres
  • Indoor Operations
  • Abnormal situations and emergencies

You will fly in a variety of flight modes as relevant to the type and weight of the drone.

We are able to provide discounts for group bookings, multiple training courses or with hardware / software. If you are wanting to pay the course over instalments, we offer that too!

If you qualify for community or personal grants, contact us for the discounted rate, and we can supply you with documentation, as required.

Within reason, any need to adjust your theory or practical sessions we do not charge rebooking fees. We never have.

If for any reason you were unable to complete your course in full, we will reschedule you to the following course.

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Please contact us for any of your RPA needs - from drones through to corporate and / or specialised training. We can bundle discounted products and training to suite you.