Commercial UAV Operators Ground School Course
Anyone wishing to pilot a UAV for commercial purposes - whether operating under the Exemption, or not - is required to complete a Transport Canada registered commercial UAV operators Ground School course. They can then apply for an drone SFOC from Transport Canada to authorize operations.
UAV GROUND COURSE DATES
Our commercial UAV operators ground school courses are offered across Canada. Price for registration is $585.75 per person. Look for a course near you! Pay by e-transfer and we'll give you a discount of $35.75 ($550.00 + GST).
Winnipeg, MB: December 9-10th
Halifax, NS: January 13-14th
Fredericton, NB: January 16-17th
Charlottetown, PEI: January 20-21st
Winnipeg, MB: February 3-4th
Toronto, ON: February 21-22nd
Guelph, ON: February 24-25th
Ottawa, ON: February 27-28th
Winnipeg, MB: March 10-11th
Yellowknife, NT: March 14-15th
Saskatoon, SK: March 24-25th
Edmonton, AB: March 27-28th
Calgary, AB: March 30-31st
M3 Aerial Productions is a registered educational provider with Transport Canada.
Graduates of our course will be officially CERTIFIED UAV PILOTS, and will possess the skills and knowledge required to operate a UAV for commercial purposes.
University Credit UAV Ground School
We are very proud to be able to offer our course through Brandon University's Applied Topics in Geography: UAV Ground School course offered in the Fall Session in 2017. The course is open to anyone, especially university students from anywhere in Canada, as it is offered through distance education.
It is the same course that we offer through our private training sessions, with some minor time adjustments. So please, feel free to ask us about our training!
Read more about our course at Brandon University here.
Special flight operations certificate
Our in-class sessions are designed to help you through the SFOC application process, as well as familiarization with industry standards, insurance policies, check-lists, operation procedures (including filing NOTAMs and communicating with Air Traffic Control) and so much more. We have the most comprehensive course in Canada.
"our graduates NEED to know
everything that our pilots
This course is what we use to train our own employees, so EXCELLENCE is a REQUIREMENT.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS AN SFOC, AND DO I NEED ONE?
It is a Special Flight Operations Certificate, a document issued by Transport Canada which grants you permission to fly a UAV for commercial purposes. Learn more about the SFOC at the Transport Canada website.
IS THIS COURSE TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVED?
M3 Aerial Productions are one of only a handful of registered training organizations in Canada that are on the list of Compliant Trainers at Transport Canada. Our courses meet the requirement both of Staff Instruction (SI) No. 623-001, and TP15263. When you complete our program, we provide you with a Certificate of Completion of UAV Ground School which you may cite on your SFOC application to get approval for commercial UAV operations.
IS THIS COURSE APPLICABLE OUTSIDE OF CANADA?
Yes! Our LIVE Webinar UAV Ground School version of this course will not only provide you with valuable information to help you run a high quality UAV operation, but the knowledge you will gain will allow you to pass any entrance commercial UAV examinations in any of the 191 ICAO (International Civial Aviaition Organization) states around the world!
HOW DO I TAKE THE EXAM?
When you complete both portions of the course - PART 1: The Online Training Package (takes 20-30 hours to complete) as well as PART 2: The In-Class UAV Ground School takes 16 hours spread over 2 full-day sessions (usually weekends from 8:30AM-4:30PM)
IS THIS COURSE LEGITIMATE?
Our course is currently being offered as third-year credit courses in two Canadian universities (Brandon University and the University of Manitoba). We are the only course in Canada to be offered for university credit at multiple institutions. Our Certificate of Completion of UAV Ground School is highly regarded by Transport Canada, as we have helped hundreds of individuals and companies get their UAV pilot certifications.
DO YOU OFFER FLIGHT TRAINING ON UAV SYSTEMS?
Yes, if you are able to attend our Flight Training events. You must have completed a UAV Pilot Ground School in order to be able to participate in Flight Training. You'll learn how to program autonomous mapping missions, emergency flight maneuvers, basic aerial photography skills, maintenance procedures, data transferring methods, and much more! Check out our Flight Training section for more information!
HOW OFTEN DOES THE COURSE RUN?
The LIVE Webinar UAV Ground School course runs 3x a week. When you sign up, we will send you a "Doodle Scheduling Planner" link where you will be able to coordinate the days when you can attend sessions. You could complete the course in as soon as 2 weeks, or as long as it takes you to fit it into your schedule. We're easy like that!
WHAT TIME DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
We usually run our training sessions in 4-hour time blocks at various times throughout the week. The times are not consistently run at the same times, and are often coordinated between several people taking the training, though we often run training in the evening hours on Weekdays, and throughout all hours of the day on Weekends.
IS THIS TRAINING MANDATORY?
Yes it is. You must complete UAV Ground School training from a compliant UAV Ground School in order to operate a UAV commercially either under the exemption rules or with an SFOC.