A1-A3 Certificate for DJI Mini 3 Pro?

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This month, DJI launched the latest version of the DJI Mini. We previously wrote a blog about all the new functions on the DJI Mini 3 Pro. This time we take a closer look at the rules for flying the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

EU Drone License?

The question often asked is, “Do I need a drone license to fly the DJI Mini 3 Pro?” Whether you need a drone certificate for this device depends on the weight of the drone. The DJI Mini 3 Pro was launched with two batteries, the Intelligent Flight Battery and the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus.

The Intelligent Flight Battery Plus extends the flight time by 13 minutes. The table below shows the difference between the two batteries.


Flight time



Intelligent Flight Battery

34 minutes

2453 mAh

80.5 grams

Intelligent Flight Battery Plus

47 minutes

3850 mAh

121 grams

The standard weight of the DJI Mini 3 Pro is 249 grams, including Intelligent Flight Battery, propellers and microSD card. If you want to fly the DJI Mini 3 Pro with the Intelligent Flight Plus batteries, the weight of the drone will increase by 40 grams. This means that the drone weighs around 290 grams. In that case, the Base certificate A1-A3 is mandatory to obtain.

If you want to fly the DJI Mini 3 Pro with the Intelligent Flight battery, you do not need a certificate. After all, the drone weighs less than 250 grams. A registered pilot number is still mandatory.

What do you learn during the training for the A1 certificate

Our online A1-A3 training with exam is suitable for anyone who wants to gain more knowledge about the EU drone rules.

During the training you will learn everything about:

  • Drone rules
  • Flight preparation
  • General knowledge
  • Safety
  • Privacy and data

You can follow our course in an online learning environment and take the exam online at any moment you like. Our online learning environment is designed in such a way that you can go through all the teaching material step by step. You do not need any prior knowledge and the exam can be retaken without limitation within the 30 days access period. After passing the exam, you are able to start the application for the A1-A3 certificate. This certificate is issued by the Dutch authority (RDW) and is valid in all EU countries. Also in Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

Sem van Geffen

Co-owner Drone Class B.V.

About the author

Sem is an experienced trainer/developer, with drones as his main interest. He holds the Dutch RPA-L license and the EASA STS theory certificate. His specialism is EU aviation law and he enjoys flying the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise.

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