The Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems Commercial Operations graduate certificate will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to design, support, operate, market and maintain RPAS or UAV commercial operations and related RPAS systems and software in entrepreneurial and research contexts.

This program will cover all aspects of RPAS/UAV systems including electrical and electronic systems such as communication, navigation, and data systems and will focus on the design and maintenance of these systems.

Additionally, this program will provide graduates with entrepreneurial, research, and market analysis skills aimed at bridging the gap between the technical and business aspects of the growing and innovative RPAS/UAV industry.

Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

One of:

  • A Two-or-Three Year Ontario College Diploma, or Degree in a related field OR
  • An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College OR
  • An acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College to be equivalent*

Note:

* Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 570 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years.
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years.
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years.
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10.

Recommended Personal Preparation

Familiarity with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and associated systems would be an asset.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Post-Admission Requirements

  1. In accordance with Transport Canada's overall requirements, the pilot operating a UAV must:
    • Not suffer from any condition which would render them unfit to perform their duties,
    • Have a visual acuity of 20/20 or 20/20 corrected ( ie: use of corrective lenses), and
    • Have sufficient English language ability so to be understood by local Air Traffic Control when using VHF radio
  2. Evidence of Good Health

Courses

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Ground School
  • Applications
  • Service & Repair
  • Design & Fabrication
  • Flight Operations-Basic

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Flight Training-Inter
  • Flight Training-Adv
  • Flight Operations-Adv
  • Data Analysis & Management
  • Payload Management

Program Residency

Students Must Complete a Minimum of 7 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program.

Career Opportunities

Those industries and services seeking trained operators and maintenance personnel are:

  • Agriculture
  • Aerospace
  • Emergency Response Services
  • Law Enforcement and Security
  • Energy and Power
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Geographical Survey
  • Government
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Industrial Operations
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • Logistics
  • Mining, Oil, and Gas
  • Real Estate

Program Description

The Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS/UAV) Commercial Operations Graduate Certificate will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to design, support, operate, market and maintain RPAS or UAV commercial operations and related RPAS systems and software in entrepreneurial and research contexts. This program will cover all aspects of RPAS/UAV systems including electrical and electronic systems such as communication, navigation, and data systems and will focus on the design and maintenance of these systems. Additionally, this program will provide graduates with entrepreneurial, research, and market analysis skills aimed at bridging the gap between the technical and business aspects of the growing and innovative RPAS/UAV industry.

Program Pathways

An applicant who is already a certified Recreational, Private or Airline Transport Pilot or who already have logged and certified hours of flight time with small UAV or applicable technical knowledge can apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
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8,068 CAD
Total fees due per term for international students. These fees are subject to change.
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