CDP-C™ Online

full PfCO course

The only time you need to travel is for your Flight Assessment!

This is an innovative remote learning course which allows you to study at your own pace and at a time and place which suits you. You will not need to take time off work or spend valuable time travelling to attend a classroom-based course. You will study using our Course Handbook and Online Learning System. Once you have completed the online course, you will participate in a series of virtual classroom sessions which give you an opportunity to interact directly with your Instructor and other students. You will then take your Theory Examination when you have your Flight Operations Assessment with one of our Flight Examiners.

You can choose to enrol for the full CDP-C™ Online course or start with Part 1 – Theory and then enrol for Part 2 – Practical at a later date.

Course Structure

Stage 1 – Theory is delivered through our Online Learning System supported by a printed course handbook. You will also participate in online Instructor-led sessions using a system which allows us to create a ‘virtual classroom’. Finally, you will take the Theory Examination when you attend your Flight Operations Assessment and will then be issued with your CAA recognised Theory Certificate.

Stage 2 – Practical  We help you to create your Operations Manual (using our Standard) and you will then complete the course by attending a half-day practical Flight Operations Assessment. If you hold a UK Pilots License you are exempted from Stage 1 and can gain your CAA Permission by completing Stage 2 only. 

Successful completion of the CDP-C™ Online course leads to us making a Recommendation to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for you to be granted a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

Online Learning and Virtual Classes

Once you have enrolled for the course we will send you log-in instructions for our Online Training System and send you the printed Course Handbook. The lessons in the Online Learning System cover the CAA syllabus and you can complete these at your own pace using a laptop or mobile devices.  Most modules have a quiz at the end. When you have finished all the modules you will be able to take a mock online examination to check that you remember enough to pass the real exam.  The online course and reading the course handbook should take around 10 hours of study.

On completion of the online training, you will book to participate in three regularly scheduled ‘virtual classroom’ sessions, each lasting between 1 and 2 hours. These Instructor-led classes will cover the Air Law and Operations Planning modules in depth. You , and the other participating students will be able to ask your Instructor questions and discuss the topics being covered.

Operations Manual Creation
Your Operations Manual is a very important document and it is crucially important that it is written well and that you are familiar with the contents.  We provide you with The UAV Academy Standard which will ensure that you are able to create your own Operations Manual quickly and easily. We will review your draft Operations Manual, give you feedback on it, and ultimately approve it as meeting current CAA standards.
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 will take the form of an imaginary client request for Aerial imagery. We will send you a client brief, with details about the location and what you are being asked to do. You will agree a date for your FOA with your Examiner and then will need to demonstrate to the Examiner that you are capable of operating using the procedures set out in your Operations 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.

At some point during your FOA, you are likely to have to deal with a couple of simulated emergencies which will be given to you by the examiner. You will also need to demonstrate to your Examiner that you are capable of flying your aircraft without GPS position hold (ATTI Mode).

You must take your FOA within six months of passing the Theory Examination. If you are not able to do this we will ask you to complete the Online Learning again and you will be charged an additional fee of £200 + VAT. 

Once you have successfully completed your Flight Operations Assessment we will submit your Operations Manual and our recommendation to the CAA who will, in due course, issue you with your Permission for Commercial Operations.

Course Modules

  • Air Law and Responsibilities
  • Maps and Navigation
  • Airspace – Operating Principles
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Battery Management
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • Airmanship and Aviation Safety
  • Planning and Operating Procedures

Course Outcome

Once you have successfully completed all elements of the course you will hold a non-expiring CDP-C™ qualification and we will issue you with a Certificate of Recommendation which will allow you to apply to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations. As soon as this has been received and you have public liability insurance in place you will be able to start flying your drone commercially.

CDP-C™ Online

full PfCO Course
(Stage 1 and Stage 2)

£720 (incl VAT)

CDP-C™ Online

Stage 1 – Theory

£480 (incl VAT)

CDP-C™ Online

Stage 2 – Practical

£420 (incl VAT)

Only available when Stage 1
has been completed or if you hold
a UK Pilots License

Please Note: There is an application fee, currently £247, payable to the CAA when you submit your PfCO application.