Quality PfCO training at a sensible price
The UAV Academy offers to you a unique training package to enable you to gain your UK CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) in the most convenient and cost-effective way possible.
The theory part of our CDP-C™ Online course (Stage 1) combines online learning with instructor-led ‘virtual lessons’ to bring you the best of online and classroom-based training. We have taken advantage of the best technology available to deliver a superb training package which can be delivered at a very competitive price.
We have also invested in technology, approved by the CAA, which allows you to take the formal theory exam online at home (or at work) when it suits you. This unique feature of our course means that you do not have to take time off work. or spend money on travel and accommodation to attend a ground school course.
Once you have completed Stage 1 of the course you move on to Stage 2, the practical part of the course which is the creation of an Operations Manual and then taking your Flight Operations Assessment with one of our Examiners.
The ONLY time you need to travel is when you take your Flight Assessment.
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Full PfCO Course
£498 (incl. VAT)
What We Offer
The CDP-C™ Online course leads to the issue of a UK CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). The PfCO allows you to fly your drone commercially.
The theory part of our course is unique in that it combines a high quality printed course handbook with e-learning, ‘virtual lessons’ and a CAA approved online theory examination which you can take at home at a time to suit you. Once you have completed the theory part of the course you use our Operations Manual Standard as the basis for creating your own Operations Manual. Then, when you are ready, you take your half-day Flight Operations Assessment at one of our locations around the UK.
We deliver many private training courses to corporate customers needing to train over six staff. This is very cost effective and ensures confidentiality and training relevant to the aircraft and the type of operations. Our corporate customers include: –
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PfCO Course Structure
Stage 1 - Theory
The CAA has set down the syllabus for the theory part of the course. The scope of the theory course is broad, but it is not complicated and no calculations are required.
We help you to gain knowledge and understanding your need by using a combination of training approaches. These are:
- Printed Course Handbook
- Online Learning, with videos, interactive learning and quizzes
- ‘Virtual Lessons’ GoToTraining online classes which give you a chance to interact with your instructor and other students
- Mock Examination with questions drawn from the same ‘question pool’ as the formal exam
Once you have completed the course materials and confirmed your knowledge by taking the mock examination, you take the formal theory examination online at home or at work.
Stage 2 - Practical
Operations Manual: Once you have finished Stage 1 the next step is to create your Operations Manual. This is a very important document as it forms the basis for your CAA Permission. It is therefore crucial that it is well-written and you must understand and be entirely familiar with its contents. The CAA has published an Operations Manual template and this is a great place to start, as it sets out the document structure they expect to see and provides useful guidance notes. However, the CAA template provides very little actual content, so it requires for you to write the content and this takes time and can be a little daunting if you are not used to this sort of document. For this reason, we provide, as part of the CDP-C™ course, our Operations Manual Standard which gives you a great starting point for creating your own Operations Manual.
Flight Operations Assessment: Everything you have learnt on Ground School and the procedures you set out in your Operations Manual come to together for the last part of the course which is a Flight Operations Assessment (FOA). This takes place at a location convenient to you and on a date agreed with your examiner. The FOA will take the form of an imaginary client request for Aerial Work. We will send you a client brief, with details about the location and what you are being asked to do. You will need to demonstrate to the Examiner that you are familiar with and fully understand the procedures in your Ops Manual and that you, as Remote Pilot, have the flying skills necessary to conduct the flight competently and safely whilst operating within the rules and regulations laid down by the CAA.
Relative Time Required
- Reading Course Handbook
- Online Tutorials
- Virtual Classes
- Operations Manual
- Flight Operations Assessment
Flight Assessment Insurance
New for 2019, your Flight Assessment insurance is included (for free) as part of our course cost. This is provided by our insurance partner, Flock who offer flexible insurance through an easy-to-use mobile app.
What our customers say
With UAV Academy my experience from the very first contact has been outstanding. Andrew took time to talk through the PfCO course with me in great detail, answered any of my questions and confirmed it was the right course for me. The quality of the printed training materials supplied, combined with simple to use online learning allowed me to prepare well in advance of the classroom learning.
My trainer was fantastic. Not only did he ensure the syllabus was delivered comprehensively, he was able to apply the learning to real world examples which really will improve my safety and also how I can maximise the commercial value of my PfCO and drone equipment. Exceptional learning delivered with care and personal service. 5 stars UAV Academy, thank you. Rob Oldland
See more of what our customers have to say about us on our Testimonial Page
The UAV Academy ground school experience from start to finish has been excellent. Andrew is a fantastic teacher and a fountain of knowledge. You can clearly feel his enthusiasm for everything aviation related! Marnie was also really helpful when I bombarded her with questions on the phone and throughout the booking process too, thank you! The online learning is very accessible and if you’re unsure or struggling to take some things in via the online portal, you recap everything on the two days at ground school so can ask questions and ensure you understand everything. I was a total novice without any understanding other than the basic drone safe guidance and scored 98% on the theory exam on the final day so I cannot recommend this course enough! Now it’s time to complete the ops manual and get my flying up to scratch for the flying assessment…Sam Parrott
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that gaining your Commercial Drone Qualification and a CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) is a serious undertaking. You will be investing a significant amount of both money and time, so we feel it is very important that you fully understand the process, the options and what will be required of you.
On the right you will see a few of the most common questions we are asked. If you have any other questions please contact us by phone on 01285 610038, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via our Facebook Page. We love to talk with our customers, so please get in touch.
Why do I need a commercial drone pilots licence?
How long does it take?
This depends entirely upon the level of experience you already have. If you have never flown a drone before you will need to develop the necessary skills to be able to fly safely before you will be granted a PfCO. We have had a few people complete the course within a week, but most take around 4 to 6 weeks. You must complete the Flight Operations Assessment within 6 months of passing the Theory Examination.