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Certificate in Small Unmanned Aircraft (Advanced Rating)

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EG424727Q-9 2024.06.17 Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi)
Cantonese supplemented with English

Programme Description

The Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) technology has continued to evolve fast in recent years. It has been widely used for aerial photographing, surveying, mapping, filming and more. To accommodate the technological development of SUA and safeguard public safety, the HKSAR Government has enacted the new Small Unmanned Aircraft Order (“Cap. 448G”) which commences on 1 June 2022.


Vocational Training Council (VTC), as the Small Unmanned Aircraft Approved Training Organisation (SUA ATO) granted by the Civil Aviation Department (CAD), is offering the approved advanced training programme “Certificate in Small Unmanned Aircraft (Advanced Rating)"


This programme introduces the new regulatory requirements and develops learners’ situational awareness and safety management skills through flight planning, risk assessment and mitigating measures, so as to enable eligible graduates to apply to CAD for Advanced Rating.


As required by Civil Aviation Department (CAD), at least two hours of log of flight experience showing a minimum of 2 hours of flying within the past 12 months before joining the programme Certificate in Small Unmanned Aircraft (Advanced Rating) [EG424727Q] is required. Applicants who have not obtained flight experience may consider taking the bridging programme “Practical Workshop on Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA)” for acquiring the eligibility to apply “Certificate in Small Unmanned Aircraft (Advanced Rating)” as one of their flight requirements (https://cpe.vtc.edu.hk/en/admission/programmes/Practical_Workshop_on_Small_Unmanned_Aircraft_SUA/2208/1)).  Separate tuition fee will be charged for this programme.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should provide record(s) of flight experience* unless possessing qualifications deemed acceptable to the Programme Board, plus fulfilling one of the general entry requirements below:
- Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English and Chinese Languages, or equivalent with one year work experience; or
- Five HKCEE subjects at Grade E/Level 2 or above, including English and Chinese Languages, or equivalent with two years' work experience; or
- Completion of a QF Level 3 programme or equivalent, with one year's work experience or currently employed; or
- Relevant RPL qualification(s) at QF Level 3 or above AND a pass in an entrance assessment, which can be either oral or written; or
- Mature applicants, i.e. those aged 21 or above with at least two years' relevant working experience, can be admitted. Where appropriate, the applicant may be required to pass an entrance assessment, which can be in an oral and/or written form.

Financial Assistance Scheme

Vplus Subsidy Scheme

This course is an eligible programme under “Vplus Subsidy Scheme – Vplus Engineering”. Under this scheme, successful applicants will be refunded 60% of the paid tuition fees of eligible programmes, subject to a maximum of $45,000 per person.

For details and application, please visit https://vplus.vtc.edu.hk/eng.


Continuing Education Fund

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund.

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Applicants can use the "Apply Online" function, which available from the programme website and login to the Online Enrolment System to submit their applications.

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Email: EDIT@vtc.edu.hk

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