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Introduction to RPAS Safety and Transport Canada Certification XRPA 1100

Intro to Forest Health Quantification Using RPAS Part-time Studies Course

Course details

​​This course introduces students to the basics of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) including applications and history. This is followed by an overview of the current Transport Canada RPAS regulations and all relevant laws. RPAS operating procedures are discussed next with an emphasis on safety and understanding the capabilities and limitations of the aircraft. The last module provides students with a hands-on opportunity to setup an RPAS in preparation for an image acquisition mission.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of XRPA 1100 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 48997


Mon Oct 24 - Sat Oct 29 (4 days)

  • 4 days
  • CRN 48997
  • $227.83
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 24 - Oct 28 Mon, Wed, Fri 08:30 - 11:30 Online
Oct 29 Sat 12:30 - 15:30 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 2770

Eric Saczuk

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. The field lab on Saturday for this course will take place at the BCIT Burnaby Campus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Recall main RPAS components and their function.
  • Understand RPAS history and main applications.
  • Understand and implement Transport Canada regulations to the safe operation of RPAS.
  • Recall pertinent laws and regulations relating to RPAS operations.
  • Recall normal and emergency RPAS procedures pertinent to mission planning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the correct emergency procedure in the event of a specific failure and/or situation.
  • Understand how to check and adjust RPAS parameters and fail-safe settings.
  • Demonstrate on how to setup an RPAS for image acquisition.

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

Introduction to RPAS Safety and Transport Canada Certification (XRPA 1100) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Introduction to Forest Health Quantification with RPAS
    Microcredential Part-time


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