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How to Register for a UA Pilot License (UAPL) in Singapore

Table of contents

  1. UAPL Fees Summary
  2. When is a UA Pilot License required?
  3. UAPL Classes, Categories and Ratings
  4. How to Apply for a Class A UAPL
  5. UAPL Fees
  6. UAPL Variation
  7. Proficiency Check
  8. Related Articles
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Fee – Theory Test$125$125
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When is a UA Pilot License required?

A UA Pilot License (UAPL) is required under the following general circumstances:

  • Piloting a UA of any total mass in the course of business or for a purpose that is
    neither a recreation purpose nor an education purpose; or
  • Piloting a UA of a total mass exceeding 7 kg for any purpose

Note: A UAPL is not required under the aforementioned circumstances if the UA pilot is operating an UA under the supervision of a UAPL holder for a UAPL training conducted by a UATO, or a practical assessment or proficiency check conducted by an Authorized Flight Examiner or the Authority. Note also that a UA pilot must be at least 16 years old to hold a UAPL.

For a more detailed examination of when a UAPL and relevant permits are required before flying a drone, refer to our articles: Regulatory Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft in Singapore, and Permits for Unmanned Aircraft in Singapore

When is a UAPL not required?

A UAPL is NOT required by a UA pilot or a UA pilot supervisor when flying an UA indoors under the following circumstances:

  • within a private residence
  • an experimental site related to the construction and testing of the UA
  • within a non-publicly accessible area that is not being used for
    • a sporting activity that forms part of an organised group activity or
      organised competition, race or tournament;
    • an event that is attended by more than 50 individuals at any time
      during the event;
    • a flying display.

Note: “Publicly accessible” refers to a place that the public has the right to access, with or without payment.

UAPL Classes, Categories and Ratings

There are in total, 4 categories of UA: aeroplane, rotorcraft, powered-lift, and airship. For the purposes of this article, we will only be exploring the UAPL classes for rotorcrafts.

Class A UAPL

Allows for the operation of UA of total mass that does not exceed 25kg

Class B UAPL

Allows for operation of specific UA models (also known as rating) with total mass that exceeds 25kg. Applicants must hold a valid Class A UAPL for the same category as a prerequisite for application.

How to Apply for a Class A UAPL

  1. Attend Optional Training
  2. Register for a CAPELS account
    • Register & Login Page
    • Obtain your unique CAPELS PID number that is required for the theory test and practical assessment
  3. Pass Theory Test
    • Pass is a minimum of 75% test score
    • Not allowed to attempt test more than 2 times in a period of one month
    • Pass status is valid for 24 months
    • Must pass theory test to be eligible for this
    • Fee paid for the official test is fixed at $125.
  4. Pass Practical Assessment
    • Must pass assessment for the desired UAPL’s class and category
    • Conducted by Authorised Flight Examiner (AFE) under a CAAS-approved UATO, or by CAAS itself. Fee paid for the official assessment is fixed at $199.
  5. Submit UAPL Application
    • Submitted through CAPELS website
    • Upload Theory Test result and Make Payment (Practical Assessment results will be uploaded by AFE)
    • Applicant must be at least 16 years old
    • Typically takes 10 working days for application to be processed
  6. Receive Digital License
    • After UAPL is granted, applicant will receive email containing digital instructions for him/her to view digital license via the SGFlight mobile application

UAPL Fees

The norm for obtaining a UAPL is commonly to go through UATOs, practical and theory training fees vary. Some UATOs provide practical training, theory test, and practical assessment in a package.

Some of the drone training courses provided on our site are eligible to be paid for partially with SkillsFuture Credits, essentially subsidizing the cost of these lessons. An example is Commercial Drone Course for CAAS UAPL.

UAPL Variation

A valid UAPL holder may apply to CAAS to vary their license by

  • adding or removing a category to their UAPL
  • adding or removing a rating (UA model) to their UAPL
  • modifying a condition of the UAPL

To apply for it:

  • Submit application through CAPELS website
  • Application to be accompanied by the following information;
    • Practical assessment results of the applicant (uploaded to CAPELS by the AFE and tagged to the applicant) if the application is to add a Class A category to the UAPL; or
    • Documents evidencing that the applicant has satisfied all the requirements for the corresponding category in Class A if the application is to add a rating in Class B

Proficiency Check

All UAPL holders must pass a proficiency check conducted by an AFE from an approved UATO every 4 years from the date which the category was specified on the UAPL.

For Class A UAPL holders, failure to complete a competency check in time will lead to the expiry of the UAPL according to the category dates on the UAPL.

For Class B UAPL holders, in addition to a proficiency check, a refresher training in respect to each category stated on the Class B UAPL is required to be conducted once every year. Refresher training can be conducted by a UATO or an Operator Permit holder by whom the holder of the UAPL is employed or engaged. Failure to complete the proficiency check or refresher training will lead to the expiry of the UAPL in respect of the rating specified in the license. 

When undergoing the proficiency check, documents proving the completion of the Class B refresher training must be provided to the AFE.

If you’re interested in flying a drone in Singapore, refer to our drone regulation related articles

If you are interested in attending drone flying courses, check out our selection of Drone Courses.

For more information on unmanned aircraft flying in Singapore, refer to the CAAS website.

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Trainer Anandan is friendly and knowledgeable in his teaching in the food safety course. He is approachable and easy going and therefore we don't feel tense at all. Thank you sir! Strongly recommned to attend his classes. He should continue teaching this course at a higher level. He is also a trainer in aircon servicing and car maintenance.
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Ashley is very friendly and clear in her teachings. She gives a lot of real life situations to emphasize the importance of food hygiene and safety.However, Peter who tested the practical part was unreasonable and scolded me when I tried to explain myself for not taking back the plate of cucumbers that I sold to the customer.
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Attended Food Safety Course Level 1 on 4 Jan 2024 and I enjoyed the class throughly. Our trainer - Anandan S/O Ganesan was very knowledgeable and he delivered the training in a very fun and interactive manner. He made the class very interesting and shared real examples which made it easier for individuals to understand with zero knowledge base.The customer service - Ms Alene was very helpful and responsive to my queries. Enrolling for this course was fuss free and she even provided the step by step in submit course claims using skills future credits. I will definitely recommend Coursemology to my circle of friends.Thank you once again for making my learning journey today a fruitful one.
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16:21 03 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety Course Level 1 on 18 Dec 2023. The trainer Mr Loo Hee Jin is very professional and helpful. At times he explained in Mandarin to enable some non-english speaking learners to understand better. Staff at the Reception Desk are very helpful too. Environment is cosy and hot home-made barley drinks are provided during tea-breaks. Recommend this training school at Toa Payoh Central. Thank you.
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I Attended the Food Hygiene course on 26/06/2023 @ Toa Payoh , course sign up & payment was easy. Trainer Mr Eddy is very friendly , knowledgeable and helpful to ensure everyone of us understand the importance of Cleanliness, Safety in the work. I benefited from this course, highly recommend Coursemology with thumb up 👍
Tee AhwenwenTee Ahwenwen
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Attended the Food Hygiene course at vision exchange. The course sign up and payment process was fast and simple. The instructor was fun and engaging and helpful. Highly recommend this place if you want to get your food hygiene cert.
Joey GanJoey Gan
09:29 24 Apr 22
My sister and I had many questions about the different courses. The staff present including the boss Mr Wee were very patient and friendly to help us. The centre at Toa Payoh was also easy to get to and centre facilities were kept clean and tidy. We have a very good experience.
ting siongting siong
06:05 19 Apr 22
The trainer is patient and able to explain food hygiene and safety concept clearly. She demonstrated the hand cleaning techniques, share industry practices and safety standards with participants.A good training indeed.
Keline jacq14Keline jacq14
09:37 01 Feb 24
Very good course👍👍
Resti YResti Y
09:36 01 Feb 24
Thank you Cikgu Juriah for teaching me patiently and well, it's easy to understand everything you say.
Shafiq ShafiqShafiq Shafiq
09:33 01 Feb 24
Great place to do my food safety course.Kudos to my teacher Ms Juriah for the fun and engaging class👍
Rista RahmanRista Rahman
09:27 01 Feb 24
Our facilitator Mr Anandan is very knowledgeable and got sense of humour. You won’t fall asleep totally. Staff are very helpful especially Wendy and the rest at the reception counter. Recommended ❤️
Ernie RahmanErnie Rahman
07:39 26 Jan 24
Trainer Anandan is friendly and knowledgeable in his teaching in the food safety course. He is approachable and easy going and therefore we don't feel tense at all. Thank you sir! Strongly recommned to attend his classes. He should continue teaching this course at a higher level. He is also a trainer in aircon servicing and car maintenance.
Claudine YeongClaudine Yeong
09:51 24 Jan 24
Ashley is very friendly and clear in her teachings. She gives a lot of real life situations to emphasize the importance of food hygiene and safety.However, Peter who tested the practical part was unreasonable and scolded me when I tried to explain myself for not taking back the plate of cucumbers that I sold to the customer.
Lis ChoeLis Choe
10:37 22 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 course at Toa Payoh on 19 Jan 2024. The class was handled by SHIRLEY WONG (ASHLEY). Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Shirley was not only very clear in her delivery of the course material, but she was a very engaging instructor. Whilst communicating the seriousness of food safety and hygiene, she managed to bring humour and lightness to the class which could otherwise have been boring.Thank you Shirley !!
rachael francisrachael francis
05:31 17 Jan 24
Attended Food and Safety Level 3 and trainer Audrey was very good and clear with her explanation. Very friendly. She's very patient when explaining. Highly recommended. Course centre is also clean and easy to find your way. Convenient as there are many shops located around.
Chicken BruhChicken Bruh
08:03 14 Jan 24
veri gud the cher is very nice explain in all languages
Katherine ChiaKatherine Chia
07:01 14 Jan 24
Swiss LamSwiss Lam
07:00 14 Jan 24
Our instructor, William makes the lesson lively and very informative! I enjoyed it.
azlan Shamanazlan Shaman
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me, customer managementEffective WSH LEVEL3Instructor,Jonathan loh is very Good.
Raaj's fun checkRaaj's fun check
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me,Customer managementEffectiveness managementWSH level 3Instructor ,Jonathan Lohan is very good
IRENE YUENIRENE YUEN
11:08 09 Jan 24
Attended the Food hygiene level 1 at Toa Payoh outlet. Convenient location & clean environment.Mr Loo Hee Jin is our trainer for the day. Very glad to attend his lesson. He is very professional, knowledgeable & also a very patience trainer. His explanation is clear and direct to the point. Easily understand with his extra example.Attended the class in a relax & comfortable environment.Strongly recommend.
Jessie KhooGanJessie KhooGan
11:54 04 Jan 24
Attended Food Safety Course Level 1 on 4 Jan 2024 and I enjoyed the class throughly. Our trainer - Anandan S/O Ganesan was very knowledgeable and he delivered the training in a very fun and interactive manner. He made the class very interesting and shared real examples which made it easier for individuals to understand with zero knowledge base.The customer service - Ms Alene was very helpful and responsive to my queries. Enrolling for this course was fuss free and she even provided the step by step in submit course claims using skills future credits. I will definitely recommend Coursemology to my circle of friends.Thank you once again for making my learning journey today a fruitful one.
Raine FooRaine Foo
16:21 03 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety Course Level 1 on 18 Dec 2023. The trainer Mr Loo Hee Jin is very professional and helpful. At times he explained in Mandarin to enable some non-english speaking learners to understand better. Staff at the Reception Desk are very helpful too. Environment is cosy and hot home-made barley drinks are provided during tea-breaks. Recommend this training school at Toa Payoh Central. Thank you.
Loh seng chouLoh seng chou
05:11 07 Nov 23
Staff were friendly and helpful.They took pains in explaining the contents of the coursrA good place to improve myself.
Irene TanIrene Tan
06:21 02 Oct 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for class on 01 Oct 23 from 9am to 6pm thank you.I am Irene Tan Lee Peng and I understand everything and really enjoying your lesson so much 🥰 really appreciate 😃.
Ying LimYing Lim
09:41 28 Sep 23
Great place to utilise your Skillsfuture Credit to upskill yourself. Convenient location at Toa Payoh Central, Jurong East Central and Tampines Central!
Ivy TiongIvy Tiong
03:07 15 Jul 23
I wanted to attend Basis Food Hygiene course n has found Coursemology online that allows me to use my Skillfuture Credit to pay for the course fees. $0 from my own pocket. The staff, Wendy is very helpful. With her assistance, I hv no problem with my registration. 👍
SasaSasa
17:30 28 Jun 23
I Attended the Food Hygiene course on 26/06/2023 @ Toa Payoh , course sign up & payment was easy. Trainer Mr Eddy is very friendly , knowledgeable and helpful to ensure everyone of us understand the importance of Cleanliness, Safety in the work. I benefited from this course, highly recommend Coursemology with thumb up 👍
Tee AhwenwenTee Ahwenwen
08:50 26 Feb 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for today 26feb23 thank you I am wenyi is teachable teacher and i understand everything and enjoying your lesson so much 😊 really appreciate that.
Ben HanBen Han
18:30 03 Jan 23
Coursemology provides a wide range of massage courses with flexible training schedules..Sales manager , Rachel Lip, assisted me quickly and positively with both my course enquiries as well as the registration of my chosen massage course in a fuss free manner..So for my friends out there...If you are looking to enrol for serious massage courses..Coursemology is your recommended choice...RegardsBen Han
Devaghi ATDevaghi AT
00:35 15 Aug 22
The trainers were very Knowledgeable n conducted the session to participants understanding. Friendly n approachable. Motivational approach during practicals. I benefited from Course. Tq, trainers.
Mohd IqbalMohd Iqbal
09:58 24 May 22
My Food and Hygiene course here was superb! Instructor is very helpful to ensure you understand the importance of Cleanliness and Safety in the kitchen. I highly recommend Coursemology.
MattMatt
02:58 12 May 22
Attended the Food Hygiene course at vision exchange. The course sign up and payment process was fast and simple. The instructor was fun and engaging and helpful. Highly recommend this place if you want to get your food hygiene cert.
Joey GanJoey Gan
09:29 24 Apr 22
My sister and I had many questions about the different courses. The staff present including the boss Mr Wee were very patient and friendly to help us. The centre at Toa Payoh was also easy to get to and centre facilities were kept clean and tidy. We have a very good experience.
ting siongting siong
06:05 19 Apr 22
The trainer is patient and able to explain food hygiene and safety concept clearly. She demonstrated the hand cleaning techniques, share industry practices and safety standards with participants.A good training indeed.
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