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Course Series in
Drone/UAV Ground School

This program prepares students for Transport Canada’s Pilot Knowledge Requirements and Special Drone/UAV Flight Operation Permit. Students complete the Special Flight Operation Permit Certificate (SFOC) application and learn Transport Canada compliant operations, drone/UAV technologies, best practices, risk and crisis management, drone equipment maintenance and repairs, flight planning, remote sensing applications, and standard operation procedures and post-flight image/video processing. Topics include air law, navigation, meteorology, aeronautics, and radiotelephony.

This comprehensive program trains students to have a drone/UAV enterprise and/or career in Canada.

During the program, Canadian UAV/drone industry leaders are invited as guest speakers to share their valuable expertise with students and provide networking opportunities.

For more information, contact Alex Ferworn, Academic Coordinator, at aferworn@ryerson.ca.

Those who successfully complete this course series are eligible to earn a Professional Development Award from The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Required Courses

CKCS 175   Computer Science:  Drone/UAV Pilot Ground School
CKCS 176   Computer Science:  Drone/UAV Operations
CKCS 177   Computer Science:  UAV Remote Sensing Apps


Once you have successfully completed the courses, email The Chang School at ce@ryerson.ca with your name, student number, and the course series you have completed. Upon verification, you will receive your professional development award.

Drone/UAV Ground School Fast Track

This spring, participants in the Drone/UAV Ground School Fast Track (CKCS 997) can complete all three courses in the program and access specialized material and individualized instructor support.