The development of a new qualification – Certificate IV in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) – by the Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) and approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), is believed to be a world-first.

The qualification provides people working in various industries as remote pilots with a pathway to operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or drones, on missions or in situations where the drone is operated beyond the visual line of sight or extended line of sight of the operator.

The rapid expansion of activities involving Remote Pilot Aircraft Systems (RPAS) both in Australia and internationally makes the development of vocational skills to safely operate and control RPAS within a broad range of operating environments a priority for the industry.

The development of the BVLOS qualification was part of a major review of the Aviation Training Package to meet aviation enterprise needs and reflect current occupational and vocational outcomes and work practices.

This included the review and update of Flight Operations and Ground OperationsRescue Crew Officer and Cargo Services qualifications.

To align with Aviation industry regulatory requirements and changes to operational and job functions, a total of 15 qualifications, three Skill Sets and 199 Units of Competency were reviewed and updated, and 27 new units created.

The approved Aviation Training Package materials are now available at

Courtesy of Australian Industry Standards.