RPAS Operational Skills


Training Modules & Professional RPAS Diploma


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • For Modules 2, 3 or 4 – A Transport Canada Advanced RPAS Pilot Certificate is recommended
  • Candidates must attest that they do not have a disability that would impair their ability to operate radio equipment
  • Canadian Citizenship or Canadian Residency*
  • English Speaking

foreign applicants may have some limitations operating drones in Canada, contact us for more information



Individual ‘5 Day’ advanced skills training modules, each with 40 hours tuition and daily practical skills training (with Hangar space for bad weather).

These modular programs aim to build an expert RPAS workforce that can find well-paying jobs in the Canadian RPAS service industry. We expect our successful students to be employed in the industry within six months of qualifying and will promote the diploma nationally. Successful students will be recognized as holding a valuable industry qualification.

The four modules together form a registered Diploma course (160 hours) that is fully approved by the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning.


The Skygate Volatus Training Academy
50D Aerospace Boulevard, Slemon Park, PE, C0B 2A0

Lead Instructor

Lee Dodson


Upon successful completion of the Professional RPAS Operational Skills training, graduates will have the skills necessary to work in a variety of industries…

Advertising & Sales
Conservation & Wildlife
Construction & Development
Engineering & Geomatics
TV & Film Industry
Infrastructure & Utilities
Natural Resources
Public Safety
Social Media & PR
Sustainable Energy
New Use Cases

Cedence Controller Training

Module 01  –  Basic/Advanced RPAS Pilot Certificate

Students will be taken through the Advanced RPAS knowledge requirements from scratch, using a workbook designed with resources, regular knowledge-checks and daily classroom instruction. Fundamental RPAS Skills Training will take place in the field and/or hangar, with practical skills assessments and practice routines.
*Includes the Transport Canada Flight Review and Advanced Pilot Certificate.

  1. TP15263 Knowledge areas required by Transport Canada for RPAS Pilot Certification (following up on self-study material)
  2. Site surveys, Checklists & Basic RPAS controls
  3. Daily Flight Review Practice & Emergency Procedures Training
  4. Transport Canada Flight Review

*This module includes a comprehensive review of safety procedures and skills practice routines and is highly recommended as a “refresher” for RPAS operators who may already have their Transport Canada certification.

*We also offer an online, self-study version of this regulatory training module (with just one day of skills training and the flight review), allowing you to work on your skills and prepare for your exam in your own time. Click here for more details…


Course Schedule
5 Days Mon – Fri (9am to 5pm)

  • Monday 20th Sep 2021 (FULL)
  • Monday 1st Nov 2021

More dates coming soon

Module 02  –  RPAS Advanced Piloting & Videography Skills

Complex environment training will build on the student’s skills to understand RPAS setup, control & function. Close proximity skills and complex piloting with photography & videography knowledge and techniques will develop safety and professional cinematic skills. Video editing, film-set etiquette, project management and using copyright to protect and sell media are also covered in this module.

  1. RPAS Setup Control & Function (DJI Mavic & Inspire)
  2. Flight Modes & Calibration Procedures
  3. RPAS Camera Systems, Lenses, Sensors & Exposure Settings
  4. Understanding Video Formats, CODEC’s, Log Files & LUT’s
  5. Advanced Close Proximity Piloting Skills (incl. NIST Obstacle Course Training)
  6. Aerial Photography & Videography techniques (Object Tracking & Compound Motions)
  7. Photo & Video Editing workflows (Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro)
  8. Use of RPAS Accessories (Lens Filters, Payloads, Parachutes, Remote Monitors)
  9. RPAS Project Management, Selling Stock Media and copyright, Log Keeping & Maintenance


Course Schedule
5 Days Mon – Fri (9am to 5pm)

  • Monday 27th Sep 2021 (FULL)
  • Monday 8th Nov 2021

More dates coming soon

Module 03  –  RPAS Inspection & Thermography

Drone inspection techniques and understanding RPAS payload systems are imperative for an RPAS professional. In addition to cementing these skills, students will be introduced to thermography and specialist sensor applications. This module is based around the use of the DJI Matrice 300 RTK.

  1. RPAS Setup Control & Function (DJI Matrice 300 RTK)
  2. Payload Systems (DJI H20 Series, IR, UV, Gas Detection etc.)
  3. Optimal Camera and Sensor Settings for Inspection Applications
  4. Introduction to Drone Thermography Techniques
  5. Advanced Piloting Inspection Skills (incl. NIST Obstacle Course Training)
  6. RPAS Inspection Techniques (Buildings, Structures, Bridges, Paved Surfaces)
  7. Inspecting Infrastructure (Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, Power Lines, Cell Towers)
  8. Dual Control RPAS Operational Skills (DJI Matrice 300 RTK)
  9. Use of RPAS Accessories (RTK Base Station, CSM Radar, Third Party Apps)
  10. Autonomous Flight Control, Data Collection & Project Management


Course Schedule
5 Days Mon – Fri (9am to 5pm)

  • Monday 4th Oct 2021 (FULL)
  • Monday 15th Nov 2021

More dates coming soon

Module 04  –  RPAS Survey & Mapping

Many people fail in commercializing their RPAS skills because of poor data management and bad workflows. We will teach our students the fundamentals of data management and workflows to ensure their success. Additionally, students will learn: aerial photogrammetry, mapping, multispectral imaging & crop management, LIDAR principles, RTK & PPK GPS positioning methods, Orthomosaic stitching and 3D point cloud construction processes.

  1. Advanced RPAS Setup Control & Function (DJI Matrice 300 RTK)
  2. Payload systems (DJI P1 & L1 LiDar, Multispectral, Magnetometry, Ground Penetrating Radar, Bathymetry etc.)
  3. Optimal Camera and Sensor Settings for Survey & Mapping Applications
  4. Introduction to Fixed Wing & VTOL RPAS Systems & Piloting Techniques
  5. 2D & 3D Mapping Photogrammetry Methods and Mission Planning
  6. Introduction to RTK & PPK GPS Positioning
  7. Orthomosaic Stitching & 3D Point Cloud Data Collection & Workflows
  8. Data Management & Analysis with AI and Live Data Processing
  9. Ag Crop Stress Analysis using IR & NIR NDVI Data


Course Schedule
5 Days Mon – Fri (9am to 5pm)

  • Monday 11th Oct 2021 (FULL)
  • Monday 22nd Nov 2021

More dates coming soon


As the Diploma is certified and approved by the Department of Education & Lifelong Learning, there are various opportunities for government funding in support of new business and skills training for career development. Contact us for more information.
Complete Diploma (all 4 Modules)  –  $7,900
  • Purchase two or more modules together and receive special discount for travel and accommodation. Contact us for more information
  • A deposit of $100 per module will secure a seat and will be applied to the final tuition fee
  • Tuition fees are exclusive of HST


There are limited spaces available. We will allocate places on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    Mod 1 - Basic/Advanced RPAS Pilot CertificateMod 2 - RPAS Advanced Piloting & Videography SkillsMod 3 - RPAS Inspection & ThermographyMod 4 - RPAS Survey & Mapping