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CAA Drone Training

Gain your permission for commercial operations (PfCO) from the UK's leading drone training provider.

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To operate a drone commercially in the UK you need to gain a Permission for Commercial Operations from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The COPTRZ CAA Drone Training Course will allow you to gain the full up-to-date package of skills, knowledge and experience needed to apply for your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA. (otherwise known as a drone licence)

CAA Drone Training to Gain Your Permission for Commercial Operations

Our fully approved CAA Drone Training Course takes place over a 4 day period in total and includes a pre-course study guide, ground school lessons, theory test, flight test and operations manual review. The Belfast and Aberdeen courses run across 3 days, with the flight test taking place on the third day.

In addition to your PfCO, UK NQE COPTRZ can also separately provide you with an academically registered qualification under OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) as a Level 4 award. That means if you choose COPTRZ for your PfCO, you’ll have the option to receive a vocational Level 4 award recognised across the board by employers in many sectors, representing a standard between an A-level and a degree (ONC/HNC level). This qualification is available as an additional extra.

Day 1 & 2 Ground School

The first two days of the COPTRZ CAA Drone Training Course will cover your theory learning and theory assessment. Your trainer will take you through the full 8 modules required by the CAA, after which you will complete a multiple choice examination.

  • UAS Airspace Operating Principles
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Air Law & Responsibilities
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation Charts
  • Human Factors
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Operating Procedures
Day 3 Pre Planning and Business Considerations

The third day of the course covers everything you need to do to plan for a live job. It will also offer you an insight into getting your commercial drone business off the ground. Your trainer will walk you through the process of completing pre-flight planning and site surveying. They will also offer support on the operation manual template which will be supplied to you before the course.

Day 4 Flight Assessment

You can complete your flight assessment on the fourth day of the course if you feel confident in your drone flying abilities. The flight assessment is included in the cost of the course and can be rearranged for a later date if required. Click here to find out more about whats included in the flight test.

Why Choose COPTRZ?

Drone Training Locations

Locations UK Wide

We provide our CAA drone training at 12 UK locations including Barnsley, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Hampshire, Belfast, Brighton, Rugby and Kent, Norfolk, Aberdeen, Middlesbrough and Leeds.

Drone Training

Expert Accredited Trainers

We are proud to have one of the most highly qualified teams in the country, having trained over 600 pilots for their CAA permissions.

PfCO Operations Manual

Ops Manual Support

We provide unrivalled operations manual support. Included with your course is a full day walkthrough and expert review prior to CAA submission.

Unrivalled UK Customer Support


You'll receive ongoing support with access to the COPTRZ Pilots™ group. A hub of like-minded drone pilots sharing advice and tender opportunities.

Save £500 with a COPTRZ Business Starter Package

Knowing what hardware and training to invest in is one of the most important first steps in starting a drone business. That’s why COPTRZ have made the whole process simple and more cost-effective with our new drone business starter packages. Bundle your DJI drone with a full 4-day CAA PfCO Training course and you’ll save £500 on your drone business startup costs.

COPTRZ Drone Training

Watch our video for a day in the life of your PfCO Drone training course with CAA approved NQE, COPTRZ. You’ll find out about all aspects of the training course and how CCOPTRZ is here to help you get your CAA approved permission for commercial operations with drones.