Drone operation in a New Zealand business context

Course highlights

Drones are reinventing how businesses traditionally operate and are creating new opportunities for industry and the workforce. 

Turn your passion into a career. Study our new drone operation course online, in four weeks (part-time). It will teach you how to apply this technology across multiple industries such as construction, logistics, maritime, engineering, search and rescue, security, real estate, media, delivery services and more. 

Whether you’re self-employed or working for a company, operators must know and understand the legal requirements needed to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle such as a drone, which is a regulated activity under Part 101 rules enforced by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. 

Learn how to apply drone operation in a business context, for example, photography and video uses. 

You’ll gain the edge over your non-drone-qualified competitors when you are pitching for work, or when looking for new employment opportunities. 

This course is a micro-credential, which is an approved NZQA training scheme qualification. It requires you to practice using your drone.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

Rolling intakes, start anytime

Duration Two weeks (full-time, 25 hours per week); four weeks (part-time, 12.5 hours per week). Maximum three months to complete.
Study location(s) Online
Study method Full-time, Part-time
Domestic fees $299 (approx.)
International fees (NZD) This course is not available to international students
Course code 945.421 (MN0620)

Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students  

English language entry requirements

You will need English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English (an assessment may be required if your first language is not English).

Other requirements

17 years +

Course structure


Drone Operation in the New Zealand Business Context: Level 4 (5 credits)

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain drone operation and its commercial application in the context of New Zealand industries
  • Demonstrate knowledge of operating a drone in compliance with CAA Part 101 rules and regulations.

Information for students

All students will need to provide their own drone:

  • Drone/unmanned aerial vehicle
  • DJI manufacturer is recommended
  • Video capability is recommended
  • A toy will not be sufficient.

For general enquiries please contact Ask Me! Student Services at enquiries@manukau.ac.nz or phone 0800 62 62 52.

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.