Advanced Operations of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Course Date:
3 - 4 June 2019

Registration Period:
9 April - 24 May 2019

16 hours / 2 days

8am to 5pm

Mode of Training:

Singapore Polytechnic

Course Introduction

With the recent drive from the Government on increasing productivity of individual workers, emphasis has been put across the various industries to explore the possibilities of using drones to improve productivity. Some examples will be the use of drones for aerial photo/videography of aircraft inspection in a hangar, inspection on exterior of outdoor structures/buildings.

In addition, with the widespread usage of leisure drones, many individuals may also wish to upgrade themselves with a skillset that might value add to their resume, and in turn benefit the companies that they are working for with another dimension of productivity.

Since June 2015, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has implemented the rule that any individual who wishes to operate an Unmanned Aircraft (UA), or more popularly known as a drone, commercially will have to apply for a permit. This permit framework aims to mitigate risks to aviation and public safety, as well as security.

Therefore, this course aims to prepare individuals to be aware of the requirements of the UA Operator Permit (OP), either for their leisure or organisational needs.

Course Objective

To introduce participants to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technology, as well as impart basic knowledge on the skills required for the safe and effective use of these UAVs. Participants will also be trained on flying UAVs based on the requirements outlined to attain Operator’s Permit from CAAS.

Course Outline

• Appreciate the importance of operating unmanned aircraft safely
• Know the procedures to fly unmanned aircraft safely
• Understand the Dos and Don’ts when flying unmanned aircraft
• Know the categories of unmanned aircraft requiring permits to fly
• Understand the basic aerodynamic concepts and know the main components of an unmanned aerial vehicle or platform
• Understand the working principles of various sensors onboard an unmanned aerial vehicle or platform
• Know the basic maintenance routines and troubleshooting, and checks such as Pre-flight/Post-flight checks
• Hands-on session on UAV flying based on CAAS certification requirements

Suitable For

Participants interested in working on and/or flying unmanned aerial vehicles

Minimum Entry Requirements / Assumed Skills and Knowledge

1. Minimum Secondary School Education
2. Participants should have clear vision, with or without visual aids, and
3. Not suffering from any visual colour deficiencies.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Attendance
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate.

• Certificate of Performance
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the examination and meet at least 75% attendance rate.

Course Fees payable:

Singapore Citizens aged below 40 and Singapore PRsSingapore CitizensOthers
Non-SME sponsored1Sponsored by SME2Aged 40 and above3Aged 35 and above, and earn ≤ $2,000 per month
(incl. GST)
(incl. GST)
(incl. GST)
(incl. GST)
(incl. GST)

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.
1 Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information, click here
2 Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here.
3 Under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme. For more information on the scheme, click here.

Funding Incentives

1. SkillsFuture (SF) Series

Singaporeans and Singapore PRs are eligible for 70% course fee funding for registration with effect from 28 October 2017. This funding is applicable to both individual and company-sponsored participants. Participants are required to achieve at least 75% attendance and/or sit and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement.

Singaporeans aged 40 years and above will enjoy a 90% subsidy of course fee.

Funding Validity Period: Till 31 Dec 2020

2. SkillsFuture Credit** (SFC)

With effect from January 2016, Singaporeans aged 25 years and above who received their SkillsFuture Credit account activation letter will be eligible for an initial credit of $500 which can be used to pay for course fees for a range of eligible skills-related courses. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies/funding.

This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants. Application via SkillsFuture Portal can only be made starting from 60 days before the course commencement date.

Withdrawal and Deferment
Withdrawal and deferment notice must be made in writing to the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, Singapore Polytechnic via email accordingly:

Online Courses -
All other Courses -
For withdrawal cases, the portion of course fee to be refunded is based on the date of notice as follows:


  • 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - Full refund
  • Less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% refund
  • On or after date of commencement - No refund


  • There will be no refund or transfer of course once the account has been created.

The Singapore Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses. Applicants will be duly notified and where applicable, the full fees will be refunded.

The Singapore Polytechnic also reserves the right to amend the fees charged or the period and duration of the courses.

The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course.

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Terms and Conditions

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy

c) Cheques
Please make cheques payable to “Singapore Polytechnic”. Do cross the cheque and write the Registration Reference ID, Applicant Name and NRIC/FIN number at the back of the cheque. When you have completed required details, you may mail the cheque here.

Please note that an administrative charge of $15 will be imposed for any returned cheques from the bank or financial institution.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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