Aviation Operations on the Ground Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

About the course

This course is suitable for Lance Bombardiers and above working in the UAS Operator trade. If you are not in the RA but feel that you are in a suitable role for the course, then speak to our team to find out if you can take it as a standalone qualification.

The course proves your competence to potential civilian employers that you can work in ground roles in the aviation industry.

With the apprenticeship you will achieve the following:

  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma Aviation Operations on the Ground
  • Level 3 BTEC Certificate Aviation Operations on the Ground
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English

You will need Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English to qualify you for promotion to sergeant.


Your knowledge will come from completion of your Level 3 IUAS Course as well as the training and experience you have gained in your professional role.

With this qualification you will complete several units (as well as Functional Skills) including:

  • Understanding Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health and Safety in the Aviation Industry
  • Security in the Aviation Industry
  • Aviation Meteorology for Ground Staff
  • Team Leadership
  • Recognise airside hazards and minimise risks
  • Co-ordinate the maintenance and implementation of aviation security procedures
  • Co-ordinate health and safety working practices
  • Contribute to the maintenance of aviation health, safety and security
  • Maintain effective communications and information transfer in an aviation environment
  • Support flight control operations
  • Monitor weather
  • Manage own professional development within an organisation
  • Develop working relationships with colleagues

Members of the Watchkeeper launch and recovery team can complete the additional units (unless already completed at Level 2):

  • Operate a vehicle airside
  • Inspect and maintain refuelling systems

How long is the course?

Minimum of one year to complete.


Free to RA personnel if eligible for the apprenticeship otherwise £300 for RA personnel (or £125 with SLC). £1200 for non RA personnel (or £200 with ELC).


RACPD is ELC provider number 1620.


You will prove your work-based competence by producing a portfolio of evidence under the guidance of an assessor in your unit. It takes a minimum of one year to complete the apprenticeship.

Where do I study?

At your unit and on your Level 3 IUAS course at Larkhill.


You can start this qualification on two different routes. The first route will start at RSA on your IUAS Level 3 course. The second route will start in your workplace in the regiment. Induction onto the apprenticeship takes place all year-round, so we should be able to get you started very quickly. Speak to your Personal Development Advisor or call the Programme Manager at RACPD on 01980 845732/94322 5732 or 01980 845312/94322 5312.