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Certification-level training for Drone Piloting on the way

School leavers with the ambition of becoming professional drone pilots can soon take a course on Drone Piloting under a vocational programme at colleges and polytechnics around the country.

The Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Human Resources recently launched the Malaysia National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) for the piloting of Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), popularly referred to as ‘Drones’’.

With the launch of this standard,  vocational and private educational institutions can now offer Drone Piloting courses under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme and be awarded the SKM (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) or a Malaysia Skills Certificate

At the moment, several private organisations have been offering courses in various aspects of drone operation; for mapping, facilities inspection, progress report (for property developers and construction projects), film and drama production, news, the acquisition of aerial footage and photographs.

These courses last from two days (for basic operation of a drone) to a few days covering the various aspects of drone piloting for specific purposes such as mapping.

Before the launch of the NOSS Standard, formal government-recognised certification for drone piloting courses were not available for the aspiring pilot.

As the usage of drones expands, beyond a hobby to industrial use, the need for trained pilots who have gone through structured instructions based on an accepted and recognised national standards, become increasingly pressing.  

Especially now that the word ‘drone’ appears in the media daily from all over the world; both negative and positive news.

But it is always the negative aspects that capture the public’s imagination and it is up to the industry to dispel negativity and myths that surround drones.

One positive effort is the adoption of formalised training for drone operators; people who not only know how to operate them safely within the limitations of each type of craft but who are also aware of the legal and regulatory requirements in the operation of drones.

Sometime in 2017, Malaysia Unmanned Drones Activist Society (MUDAS), a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development and advancement of drones in the country, initiated discussions with the Department of Skills Development or Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) to develop a formal curriculum for the training of drone pilots under the vocational programmes of the many polytechnics and colleges spread throughout the country.

MUDAS is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development and advancement of drones in the country.

L – R: Khairul Arriffin Aziz, CEO AECA Solutions William Alvisse, MUDAS Executive Secretary Mohd Noor Rahim, MUDAS Deputy Chairman, Hj Zaid bin Mat San, Deputy Director Curriculum Unit, NOSS 
(Photo by Haidar Abu Bakar)

The NGO has been in the forefront of promoting dialogue with government agencies that are involved in regulating and controlling the nation’s airspace, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), the Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Negara (JUPEM), the survey and mapping department, which has traditionally been the authority overseeing aerial photography, especially mapping because of its implications on national security, and other organisations that have direct and indirect interests in the operation of ‘drones’.

“MUDAS initiated contact with JPK in late 2017 to moot the idea of drone pilot training under the National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) programme,” said Executive Secretary William Alvisse.

“In mid-2018 an expert panel was formed comprising of representatives from  CAAM, Jupem and MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) to create the current Curriculum,” Alvisse added.

Husni Faiz, a graduate of Electrical Power Engineering and a full-time pilot under BIP Studio and drone piloting trainer welcomes the NOSS Standards.

Husni Faiz, professional drone pilot and trainer

“It’s vital for those intending to be professional drone pilots undergo formal training such as the structure that is recommended in the NOSS standard.

“While recreational flyers may not need the entire course structure, it would be a good idea if parts or modules of that could be offered to training companies to train the hobbyists and recreational flyers,”  he added.

Husni also trains pilots under his Akufly Academy.

“Having the NOSS training standard is good for the industry, said Kamarul A Muhamed, CEO of the Aerodyne Group.

Kamarul A Muhamed CEO Aerodyne Group

Aerodyne operates in 11 countries and is regarded as the premier drone services company, providing integrated managed solutions for the petroleum, civil engineering and facilities industry.

It employs 300 people, 1/3rd of whom are drone pilots.

“A structured drone piloting course will increase the level of competence and will lead to better safety and quality of operations,” he added.

Currently, Aerodyne trains its local pilots locally and in-house following the structure set by training schools in the UK and Australia where some of their pilots and trainers have been trained. The company then structure their training based on the training syllabus of these schools.

The Aerodyne pilots operating in their international markets are trained at authorised training schools for certifications should this be available in that particular country.

As a renowned global drone services company, recruitment isn’t an issue with many would-be pilots clamouring to join the group.

“The challenge, however, is in getting good technical pilots with the right mentality for enterprise-level work,” Kamarul said.

Kamarul lists technical ability, having a global mindset, the ability to communicate well and good and diligent in report writing, and problem-solving skills as the key factors he looks for in a candidate.

Drone Academy Asia provides training for drone operators and its graduates receive a “globally recognised DJI certificate”.

A representative of the academy said that they believe a formalised course structure is needed for the industry and that they are studying the NOSS standard and framework.

Located at the Cyberjaya Innovation Hub, Drone Academy offers courses in Aerial Mapping and Surveying, Precise Aerial Mapping and a Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) claimable Professional Drone Operator course. 

The idea for a structured course, leading to certification is to produce well trained and competent workforce to meet the requirements of drone service companies to handle flights for mapping, facilities and structure monitoring, agriculture to name just three areas where drones are being increasingly used.

“There are two levels, Level 2 and 3 with 1,200 hours and 1,300 hours of training respectively,” said Alvisse.

“Upon completion of the training, candidates will be awarded an SKM (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) certificate,” Alvisse added. 

“Just a word of caution though,” Kamarul said.

“In the long term drone piloting will be limited in requirements as the industry moves into pilotless autonomous operation.”

Which will then necessitate an overhaul of the training syllabus?

Source: Citizen Journalist Malaysia

Daftar NOSS TERBARU – Jan 2019

Daftar NOSS Jan 2019

NOSS terbaru di bawah cuma sebahagian daripada puluhan NOSS yang baru diluluskan oleh bahagian NOSS, Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK)

H512-001-2/3:2019 (Drone Piloting/Mission Handling)

Perkembangan terkini: Setakat Feb 2020, cuma sebuah Pusat Bertauliah JPK swasta, SG Akademi yang telah ditauliahkan untuk program ini.
Ambil perhatian bahawa banyak pusat latihan yang menawarkan kursus drone piloting/mission handling, namun mereka tidak mengguna pakai Standard Kemahiran Pekerjaan Kebangsaan yang telah dibangunkan bersama oleh Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, JPK dan CAAM (Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia)

Peluang pekerjaan dalam industri teknologi drone merentasi pelbagai industri sedang melonjak dari peringkat asas ke peringkat mega-trend dengan cepat kerana semakin banyak industri telah mula menyedari potensi, skop, dan skala capaian global melalui penggunaan teknologi drone.

*Biasiswa (tajaan SG Akademi) diberikan kepada 20 pelajar perintis pertama! Jaminan pekerjaan!

P854-008-3:2019 (Music Teaching)

Pihak Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, JPK juga memberi perhatian kepada bidang muzik agar bidang itu turut mendapat pengiktirafan dari dalam dan luar negeri.

Usaha membangunkan Standard Kemahiran Pekerjaan Kebangsaan (NOSS) bagi bidang muzik adalah untuk membolehkan kerjaya berkenaan dinilai secara profesional oleh pelbagai pihak.

Pembangunan NOSS ini sangat penting memandangkan muzik antara bidang pendidikan yang semakin mendapat sambutan daripada semua peringkat umur,” katanya ketika berucap pada Majlis Pelancaran NOSS bagi Industri Pendidikan Muzik di Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA)

Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, Suimi Abd Majid

Pelaksanaan NOSS bagi industri muzik menyasarkan tenaga pengajar dalam bidang berkenaan agar memperoleh sijil yang boleh digunakan sebagai kelayakan dalam bidang kerjaya berkenaan.

Kita tahu semua tenaga pengajar bidang muzik sememangnya sudah mahir dan pakar, tetapi tidak semua daripada mereka mempunyai sijil yang mengiktiraf kemahiran yang dimiliki itu.
Mereka hanya perlu mengikuti kursus jangka pendek di pusat latihan berdaftar dan bakal memperoleh sijil pengiktirafan yang membuktikan kemahiran mereka.Sijil itu bukan sahaja diperakui oleh pihak industri di negara ini tetapi juga di peringkat antarabangsa.

Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, Suimi Abd Majid

Jika anda nak beli NOSS, boleh beli di JPK Putrajaya/Cyberjaya/Pejabat-pejabat Wilayah ataupun kalau kami ada, boleh juga order dari kami untuk RM20 setiap pakej (SKM1/2/3 – 1 pakej, DKM/DLKM – 1 pakej)

Nota: Mulai 1/6/19, NOSS dijual pada RM20 setiap tahap
NOTE: Effective 1/6/19, NOSS would be sold at RM20/Level (USD20/Level for foreign buyer).