Ground School




What you need to know before you start

To fly your drone after June 1, 2019, you must pass a Transport Canada exam.

We strongly recommend that you attend a drone flight school before attempting the exam.

Why? The exam covers a lot of new rules you may not know yet.

To conduct basic operations, you must pass the Small Basic Exam. This is the only knowledge requirement for basic operations.

To conduct advanced operations, you must pass the Small Advanced Exam and an in-person flight review.

Flight reviews are conducted by flight reviewers affiliated with drone flight schools.


If you fly a drone without meeting these requirements, you may be fined. Fines are:

  • $1,000 for recreational users
  • $5,000 for commercial users


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