Drone Pilot Training

CAA Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE)

Unique Online Courses

Live Online Instructor Sessions

Online Theory Exams

What we do

Since 2015 we have trained drone pilots to the highest standard to meet the demands of this rapidly growing industry. The UAV Academy is a CAA approved Recognised Assessment Entity providing online courses for both the General VLOS Certificate (GVC) and the A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) remote pilot qualifications. We have seven flight assessment and skills training locations in the UK, including one in Northern Ireland. Our team work hard to ensure that you receive great customer service and enjoy every aspect of your training.


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Our Services

The A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) qualification, introduced at the end of 2020, gives you the ability to fly in built-up areas and closer to people.

The A2 subcategory will allow you to ‘fly closer to people’ provided you hold an A2 CofC and are flying either a C2 class drone (not yet available) or if your drone has a flying weight of less than 2 kg. You will be able to fly in built-up areas provided you observe the distance required from uninvolved people. If you fly a drone weighing 500g or less you will be able to fly in the A1 subcategory with your only separation required being to not intentionally overfly uninvolved people.

There is no flight test or operations manual required for the A2 CofC. You will, however, need to have completed a period of practical flight training which can be either self-training or with one of our instructors.

The GVC Online course allows you to apply for a UK CAA Operational Authorisation which will allow you to fly a drone weighing up to 25kg in the Specific Category.

Our course combines e-learning, and live interactive online training sessions. You can take the formal theory exam online at a time and place to suit you. Once you have completed the theory part of the course you use our Operations Manual Standard Template as the basis for creating your own Operations Manual. Then, when you are ready, you take your half-day Flight Assessment at one of our locations around the UK.


We offer flight skills training ranging from basic flying skills right through to advanced skills training for professional pilots wanting to be able to deliver exceptional results to their customers. We have Flight instructors in seven locations around the UK. Call us and ask about a convenient date and location that suits you.

We deliver many private training courses to corporate customers needing to train more than five people. This is very cost effective and ensures confidentiality and training relevant to the aircraft and the type of operations. Our corporate customers include: –

  • Aggregate Industries
  • British Army
  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Oxford Archeology
  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Dyson
  • Terex (GB) Ltd
  • Zoological Society of London
  • BBC
  • Ericsson Telecom
  • Museum of London Archeology
  • Natural England
  • QinetiQ
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute
  • Thales Land and Air Systems
  • Western Power Distribution

Contact us for more details.


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  • Avatar demos360 ★★★★★ a week ago
    The A2 C of C is a good course, very informative and a useful certificate for professional and amateur fliers a like.
    The score is actually 4.5 stars (rounded up). I'd like to see more case studies, perhaps demo videos. But i have
    … More a learning type more suited to practical demonstration, something a good teacher can simulate through anecdotes, but webinars seem to struggle to conjure up.
  • Avatar Douglas Santangelo ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    The course was clearly presented and structured in easy to follow steps. I completed the course with ease at home, sat the exam and had feedback instantaneously. Andrew Bailey has since supported my follow up queries on further education, … More with a view to taking the GVC study next.
  • Avatar Geoff Nuttall ★★★★★ a month ago
    Very informative and perfect for completing the A2 C of C course.
    I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of doing any of the courses available. Andrew is very helpful. Thank you. Fly safe
  • Avatar Kevin Steel ★★★★★ a month ago
    Superb course!
    I've just qualified with a GVC certificate. I would highly recommend doing this certificate with The UAV academy. The course is excellently put together with all areas of the qualification specification covered; which
    … More is import as there's a lot to learn, including legalities. The UAV team are amazing, Andrew (the guvnor) is so knowledgeable on all things drone-wise and is so friendly and helpful even with stupid questions (I had plenty!) and the flight assessor I had, Rob was also from the same mould. Great team, great course, great result! Thanks UAV. Kev, Red Drone LTD.
  • Avatar Ian Mockford ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Only a few days after signing on I passed the A2 CofC with full marks. The course is informative, simple to follow, and gives you plenty of test questions to practise with. I took the final on line test outside working hours and was finished … More in less than 10 minutes. Even though it was after hours I received the official certificate by email the same evening and I was able to make full use of the extended A2 CofC capabilities the next day. Andrew Bailey was very helpful and informative throughout. A very pleasant experience.
  • Avatar Tom Ford ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I took my A2 CofC through the UAV Academy and found it very easy to understand and well laid out. There were plenty of quiz questions and mock tests to get me prepared and I passed the formal exam with full marks. Couldn't be happier! … More

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Please talk to us

We understand that gaining a CAA Drone Qualification is a serious undertaking. 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 info@uavacademy.co.uk, or via our Facebook Page. We love to talk with our customers, so please get in touch.