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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 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.