AVI Chief Remote Pilot

Project scope


The purpose of this project is to develop a new Diploma of Aviation Chief Remote Pilot (CRP) and four new Units of Competency to enable regulatory and procedural leadership and to support the mobility of workers in this expanding industry. The project will consider using existing aviation units and those from other Training Packages in addition to the development of the four new units.


The new qualification and associated Units of Competency are required to enhance safety and address compliance standards in the drone industry. The role of a CRP is challenging based on legal obligations, operational risk management, training, and administration requirements in addition to the supervision of complex drone operations.


Drones provide new opportunities and generate efficiencies in industries such as mining, agriculture, building, oil & gas, and other large industrial facilities. They have become known as incredibly powerful, versatile industrial tools capable of completing a wide range of applications. Industry professionals are progressively using drones to improve and optimize industrial processes as well as enhance operational efficiencies. The capacity for data gathering and analysing capabilities make automated drones valuable for several industry sectors.


A Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) is required for drone industry operators to conduct Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations commercially. The IRC has identified that there are over 2000 Remote Pilot Operator certificate (ReOC) holders currently in Australia which requires a CRP to manage the responsibilities associated with the ReOC.




The Aviation IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide subject matter expertise for the development of Training Package materials.


If you have any questions about this project or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Skills Manager.




The Case for Endorsement and draft materials are due to be submitted by 30 June 2022.





AVI59999Y Diploma of Aviation (Chief Remote Pilot)


Units of Competency

AVIG9999Y Work effectively as a chief remote pilot

AVIP9999Y Manage remote pilot operations applications, approvals, and permissions.

AVIN9999Y Manage RPAS operations in a multi-crew environment

AVIH9999Y Manage RPA flight planning and performance


Technical advisory committee


5 JULY 2021



Work on this project has commenced and the Aviation IRC is forming a TAC.


Your industry expertise and insight are welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials.


A new Diploma of Aviation (Chief Remote Pilot) (CRP) will be designed incorporating existing aviation and imported Units of Competency in addition to the design of four new Units will be completed for this role to support regulatory and procedural leadership.


The new qualification and associated Units of Competency are required to improve safety and meet compliance standards in the drone industry and this expanding industry and the mobility of workers.


Remote pilot expertise is mandatory, preferably in Chief Remote Pilot processes and procedures.


Registrations closed Friday, 23 July 2021.



Quality Assurance












Paschal Somers

Industry Skills Manager - Aviation, Corrections, Defence and Public Safety



Email: Paschal.Somers@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 0439 975 796