About our courses

Our innovative remote learning courses allow you to study at a time and place which suits you and at your own pace. You will not need to take time away from work or travel to attend a classroom-based course.  You will not have to sit through any classroom based training. Instead, you will study using our Online Learning System.  This system will take you through the syllabus and give you plenty of opportunity to test your knowledge by taking quizzes and a mock examination covering the whole syllabus. When you feel ready you will then take your theory examination online too. All of this can be done from your home at a time and pace to suit you.   Our courses may be accessed using a mobile device, however it may be difficult to see some of the diagrams on a small device. To take the formal exam you will need a laptop computer with webcam or a desktop with a separate webcam. 

The A2 Certificate of Competency

The A2 CofC is the first level course and with The UAV Academy, it can be completed entirely at home. This qualification allows you to legally fly your drone in more demanding locations (such as built-up areas) and to fly closer to uninvolved people. Holding an A2 CofC means that you can operate in the new A2 (Open) sub-category, no matter if it’s for recreational or commercial reasons.

The A2 sub-category allows flight as close as 5m from uninvolved people with a drone (up to 4kg) which meets new product standards and has a C2 Class rating (similar to the CE stamp we see on many products). These ‘certified drones’ are not yet available, so for the time being non-certified drones flying in the A2 sub-category are limited to 2kg and you will have to keep at least 50m away from uninvolved people. You will be able to fly in built-up areas provided you maintain this distance from uninvolved people. With a drone weighing less than 500g (eg. Mavic Air, Mini, Parrot Anafi) you will be able to fly as close to uninvolved people as you feel is safe, provided you do not deliberately fly overhead them.

The A2 CofC requires you to complete a theory course and take a formal invigilated theory exam. The exam is 30 multiple-choice questions and you have to score 75% to pass. You also have to complete some practical flight training which can be self-training or by spending some time with one of our instructors.

The big advantages of the A2 CofC are that you do not need an operations manual and there is no requirement to submit any sort of application to the CAA. As soon as you have completed the course and have been issued with your certificate you can fly in the A2 sub-category for both recreational and commercial purposes.

Course Elements

  • Online Learning ( 3 modules)
  • Quizzes to check your knowledge
  • Mock examination
  • Theory Examination is taken online at home
  • Issue of your A2 Certificate of Competency

 Register for the A2 CofC Course

The General VLOS Certificate

The GVC is required if you wish to have an Operational Authorisation for the Specific Category. This will allow you to operate a drone with a maximum take-off mass (weight) of up to 25kg. It allows you to fly in a built up area provided you fly no closer than 50m to uninvolved people. This distance reduces to 30m on take-off and landing.

GVC holders will soon be able to add new specialist ‘bolt-on’ modules to their Operational Authorisation. The first such module will be for flying up to 2km from the remote pilot (EVLOS). More are planned to make it easier to fly in city environments, closer to people and even beyond visual line of sight.

Course Elements

Stage 1 – Theory

  • Online Learning (9 modules)
  • Online live video meetings with your instructor
  • Quizzes to check your knowledge
  • Theory Examination is taken online at home

Stage 2 – Operations Manual and Flight Assessment

  • Creation of your Operations Manual based on our Standard
  • Our review, feedback and approval of your Ops Manual
  • Flight Assessment (half a day at one of our assessment locations)
  • Free Flight Assessment insurance with Coverdrone
  • A final check of all documentation required for your CAA Operational Authorisation application
  • GVC issued

Register for the GVC Course

PfCO Transition Course

If you have already completed a PfCO course and have been issued with an NQE Certificate of Recommendation you can ‘upgrade’ to the GVC qualification by completing an online ‘transition’ course. This will allow you to take advantage of the additional ‘bolt-on’ qualifications which the CAA will start introducing in 2021.

You can chose to include the A2 Certificate of Competency qualification which will allow you to fly in the Open A1 and A2 Sub-Categories. If you fly a ‘legacy’ UAS weighing 500g or less your only proximity restriction is the you should nt deliberately overfly uninvolved people.

Provided you fulfill all the following criteria you will not need to take a GVC flight assessment.

  • A Certificate of Recommendation issued by an NQE
  • Pilot log showing a minimum of 2 hours logged flight time in the previous 3 months and evidence of reasonably regular flying over the previous 6 months
  • You must either hold a current PfCO or be a named Remote Pilot in the Operations Manual of a current PfCO holder

If you are unable to provide evidence of the above per-requisites you will have to undertake a GVC transition flight assessment for which there will be an additional fee of £198

The PfCO Transition Course includes

  • Online Learning
  • Online live video meetings with your instructor
  • Quizzes to check your knowledge
  • Theory Examination is taken online at home