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) is a completely new qualification introduced at the end of 2020 to give 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.


What our customers say

Great from the start to the assessment. Training material is easy to use, follow and understand. Always ready to answer questions and offer assistance. Online sessions are a great way to discuss matters that concern individuals and also creates a good environment for discussions between each student. I took the 5-hour training and assessment option which was a huge benefit. The training was invaluable and not just for flight control but also for the important pre-site and on-site paperwork and risk assessments. Was made to feel very welcome and put me at ease despite my obvious nerves. Every step of the way being given guidance and way to improve. Made to feel very welcome. I’ve had a great time doing the course and look forward to developing my skills based on the feedback from my assessment.

Mark Brown

The online course was perfect for me – busy, working mum who couldn’t do the 3-day course due to school runs etc.
I could do the course at my own pace and book each stage once I was happy to continue. The online classes were a good time to talk through a few things. Booking the exam and flight assessment when I was ready-made sure that it didn’t feel too rushed.
All round a really great course

Kellie Spicknell

Kellie Spicknell Photography

Many thanks to the team at The UAV Academy for a fantastic course. Fantastic staff. World class knowledge and a very friendly atmosphere would highly recommend
Chris Emsley


The UAV Academy is absolutely brilliant!

From the moment of enrollment to the completion of my Flight Ops Assessment, I found the staff incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. My examiner Simon was also amazing on the day of my exam, professional and approachable, making the whole experience a very positive one! I would like to thank Andrew Bailey and the whole UAV Academy team for everything and I would definitely recommend the company to anyone wishing to gain their permission.

Dean Lear

I’m able to compare your service with one of your competitors and your service was far superior. Your course handbook was great and I was not overloaded with useless PDF’s to print out myself. Your competitors notes were not as detailed as yours; yours were more to the point. Having the option to take my practical examination at multiple destinations including one just 7 miles away from me was a huge benefit. You have surpassed my expectations of what I expected, thank you.
Jon Nash

Jon Nash Photography

I have just completed the online PFCO course with the UAV Academy and from start, to finish the experience has been fantastic. I would recommend the online course to anyone who cannot take time away from family and work as it gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace. Andrew Bailey has been there for me every step of the way giving support where needed and sharing real-life experiences. This course has been the stepping stone needed to start my own aerial photography business.

Andrew Poole

Having just completed the course I cannot recommend using the UAV academy enough. their online learning platform is fantastic and seamless and very easily fit around an already very busy schedule. the learning resources were comprehensive and easy to understand. the flight assessment, whilst I was nervous, was a breeze thanks to the examiner Rob being great at keeping me calm and focused.

Shane Imbrey

I simply cannot recommend UAV Academy highly enough! A thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience from start to finish. Andrew and Rob are incredibly knowledgeable and will guide you through the key areas in a clear and concise manner to enable you to fly your drone safely.

I have just returned home from my Flight Assessment with Rob at the Wiltshire test site. I was rather nervous leading up to it but Rob was fantastic helped me through the process and was there by my side when I needed guidance.

I recommend UAV Academy 100% for anyone seeking to obtain their PfCO!

Rob Tarren

What an amazing experience I had with all those associated with The UAV Academy. Highly professional staff and well tailored resources to pass all the exams. All the way through the process I was guided and I would highly recommend the online course for those not able to make it to a ground school. Ideal for learners who prefer learning in their own time in their own way. 5/5! Fantastic!

Hamza Mujtaba

See more of what our customers have to say about us on our Testimonial Page

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.