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Course Series in
Drone/UAV Ground School

This program prepares students for Transport Canada’s UAV Pilot Permit Exam, Transport Canada Compliant UAV operations, and UAV remote sensing applications.

The program focuses on drone/UAV technologies, best practices, risk and crisis management, drone equipment maintenance and repairs, flight planning, remote sensing applications, standard operation procedures, compliant operations, and post-flight image/video processing. Pilot knowledge requirements topics include air law, navigation, meteorology, aeronautics, and radiotelephony.

This comprehensive program instructs students to have a compliant drone/UAV enterprise and/or career in Canada. Students complete regulatory applications, Company Operation Manual (COM), fleet management records, operation checklists, and detailed workflows for planning, pre-flight, post flight, and flight operations management for their drone operation. 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

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 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.