Drone Pilot Training

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Special New Year offer - A2 CofC Course for £45

Start 2022 by earning the A2 Certificate of Competency qualification for just £45 (including VAT). Our industry leading A2 CofC course is totally online and the exam can be taken any time you like. This special offer will finish at midnight on 31st January.

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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.


What our customers say

I have just passed my A2 CofC with UAV Academy. The course was perfectly delivered for my busy lifestyle, I completed the modules over a few weeks in the evenings, there’s a good mix of text and video to deliver information and the content covers the topics perfectly. The tests after each module and mock exam really help you focus on where to study further to succeed. I was really confused by the new rules prior to starting the course and having passed my mock exam with 100% and subsequently passed the formal exam I can attest to how easy to understand Andrew and UAV Academy have made this experience. Highly recommended.
Adam Tatton-Reid

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

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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


Just completed my A2 CofC . Although I have 50 years of experience in aviation and hold a PfCO I like to refresh my knowledge and keep up to date. The course is all online and Andrew was very quick to respond to any contact with the Academy. A great course. Thanks very much

Richard Midwinter

Completed my A2CofC course with UAV Academy. I could not have been more satisfied with the experience. A very complete syllabus and a platform that works perfectly for online training. I have found the highest level of competence and professionalism at UAV Academy, in addition to all the support received by the whole team. Special thanks to Andrew for making difficult things look easy. All this makes going through UAV Academy highly recommended. Thanks a lot guys

Luis Alberto Revenga

Dunton Environmental

The UAV Academy is absolutely brilliant!

From the moment of enrollment to the completion of my Flight 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’ve recently taken the A2CofC course with UAV Academy and can highly recommend it. The course is well structured, informative and fun. You’ll definitely take lots of knowledge away with you after completing it. UAV Academy is also very helpful and quick to relay information and reply to emails etc.

Michael Evans

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

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Having successfully passed the A2 CofC course this morning, I would recommend to all of my friends and associates using the UAV Academy for their drone training requirements. The course syllabus was well presented and I was able to complete it in my own time, working around my work schedule, fitting it in when it was convenient for me. The exam was well explained and less than an hour after completing it, I received my result. Keep up the great work UAV Academy!
Matt Nolan

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%!

Rob Tarren

Just finished my A2 C of C course and very happy with UAV Academy. Course and all materials really clearly laid out, easy to follow and tests in each section really helped cement my understanding. V slick operation when booking the course and requesting/sitting the exam. Would happily use again when needed. Thanks a lot!

Matthew Perrins

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.