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RPAS 0100 - Preparation for Transport Canada RPAS Certification

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Sys Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​The eight self-paced modules in this course are designed to help prepare you to write either the Basic or Advanced test in order to obtain your Transport Canada RPAS certification. Along with registering your RPAS weighting 250g or more, a Transport Canada RPAS Certification is mandatory in order to legally operate RPAS in Canada for both pleasure and commercial purposes. Personal information that you provide for contact, subscription or registration is collected by BCIT pursuant to section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used to carry out BCIT's mandate and operation of its programs pursuant to the College and Institute Act in accordance with FIPPA or as otherwise required by law. For more information about how BCIT uses and discloses your personal information, visit or contact the Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access and Policy Management, 3700 Willingdon, Burnaby, BC V5H 3H2 at email: For this course, students are required to log in and create a user account on PREFLYY, an online RPAS training platform that is a product of Indro Robotics, Incorporated (Indro Robotics). For PREFLYY privacy policy, visit: For Indro Robotics privacy policy, visit: By submitting your registration, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as described above. *Please note that this course is non-refundable.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 48576

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This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 12 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Students must submit email address when registering. To be successful in our online courses, plan to spend 7-10 hours per course each week on your studies. Is online learning for you? Please take a look at our FAQ pages and Please note that this course is non-refundable.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Recall the main regulations pertaining to Canadian Air Regulations Part IX regarding safe RPAS operations.
  • Explain the various systems and components of a RPAS.
  • Describe basic aerodynamic principles governing safe flight.
  • List the important human factors relating to safe RPAS operation.
  • Define the main terms relating to CARs Part IX General Provisions
  • Describe the different types of Canadian airspace.
  • Memorize Canadian air law, air traffic rules and procedures.
  • Interpret various meteorological factors to determine whether it is safe to proceed with an operation.
  • Identify the main elements pertaining to safe flight operations.
  • Describe the important functional elements of airframes, power plants, propulsion and systems.
  • Select the correct radiotelephone phrase to use when communicating over an air-band radio.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2021


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