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Gain your permission for commercial operations (PfCO) from the UK's leading drone training provider.
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CAA Drone Training to Gain Your Permission for Commercial Operations

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)

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.

CAA Drone Training - Day 1

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
CAA Drone Training - Day 2

Day 3 – Pre Planning, Business Considerations and Operations Manual Review

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.

CAA Drone Training - Day 3

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 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.

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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.
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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.

In-house PfCO courses

Here at COPTRZ we also offer in-house PfCO courses. We specially tailor the course around your business requirements, and conduct the course at a place that suits you.

Find out more about the opportunity here.


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