Take a drone pilot online exam: Small Advanced Exam

Fee: $10, additional attempts have the same fee.

About the online Small Advanced Exam

You must pass this exam and your flight review to get your Pilot Certificate – Advanced operations.

The Small Advanced Exam features 50 multiple choice questions. You have 60 minutes to complete the exam. A score of 80% or higher is considered a pass.

We strongly recommend that you attend a drone flight school before attempting the exam. Online exam questions are based on the Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. However, this document is not a study guide.

If you fail the online exam, you must wait 24 hours before trying again. You can re-take it as many times as you wish.

How long it will take to get your results

You are given the results of your online exam right after it finishes through the Drone Management Portal.

After you pass your online exam

You will need to complete a flight review with a flight reviewer to get your Pilot Certificate – Advanced operations. Keep the reference number given to you after passing the exam. Drone flight schools will ask for this number when you book a flight review.

You will have the option to print your Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations after passing the flight review. There is an additional certification fee for this.

You must have your Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations on hand when flying your drone.

You will need to keep your knowledge up to date. If you let your knowledge level lapse for more than 2 years, we may invalidate your results.

You must keep proof on you that you’ve retained your knowledge whenever you fly. Standard 921.04 – Recency Requirements outlines acceptable activities, including:

  • attending a safety seminar endorsed by Transport Canada Civil Aviation
  • completing a recurrent drone training program
  • completing a self-paced study program endorsed by Transport Canada Civil Aviation

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