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Fly higher with COPTRZ

Offers: FREE Drone Filming Masterclass with Philip Bloom when buying CAA PfCO Training Course.

We understand that choosing to become a professional drone pilot is a seriously big decision.    

You need to make sure the training you invest in will become the solid  

foundation for your business and career. So who you train with is just as big a choice.   

At COPTRZ we’re dedicated to helping you secure your PfCo (permission for commercial operation) but also giving you the skills you need to make your business a success – as we’ve done for many others just like you. And because we’re so confident you’ll love our training, it comes with a rock solid, personal guarantee from our Managing Director. 

Being CAA approved is a vital prerequisite for any serious commercial drone operator – and the COPTRZ PfCO Training Course is tailored to give you everything you need to succeed.  

** The training insurance option is insurance against the unsuccessful completion of the course. We are confident enough to give you a full refund if you are unsuccessful in achieving a pass after our training.


Comprehensive training for PfCO – and more

Get the full, up-to-date package of skills, knowledge and experience needed to apply for your Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

As well as covering all the obligatory areas required for a successful PfCO application, our training course will deliver valuable business skills to help you succeed as a commercial drone operator. 

Course syllabus – what’s covered

  • Intro & Air Law
  • Principles of Flight (POF)
  • Meteorology
  • Airspace & Operating Principles
  • UAV & Privacy
  • Human Factors
  • Airmanship
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning

Course information

  • The COPTRZ PfCO training course lasts 3 days.
  • Class sizes may vary – typically 8
  • Training insurance is available for all courses. This guarantees a full refund from COPTRZ in the event you don’t pass the PfCO Training Course
  • Want to talk it though? Please call us on 0330 111 7177 now, or request more details.

Business benefits

At COPTRZ we’re as committed to helping you develop your business as your UAV flying.

Once you complete the course, you won’t just have permission to fly – your business will be ready for lift-off too.

  • 1-to-1 with skilled tutors

All of our course tutors are highly qualified leaders in the UK drone and aviation industries. 

  • CAA paperwork made easy

We understand that applying for your PfCO can seem daunting, so we’re there with you at every step. Our tutors will help you get started on your operations manual, simplify the SRG 1320 application form and clarify just what you need to get your permission.


  • Training for lasting success

Our PfCO course will help you push your UAV ambitions further. We’ll make sure you not only understand how you can benefit from being a skilled, qualified drone pilot but how you can access the new business opportunities that come with it.


  • Industry-leading knowledge and skills

As well as being fun and engaging, the COPTRZ PfCO Training Course gives you the most current information on the UAV industry, current trends and expectations. From legal requirements for commercial drone operators to insurance and CPD , you’ll have a complete, up-to-date overview –so you and your business are ready to trade straight away!

  • ‘Making Money From Drones’ e-book

Compiled from 80 years of combined business experience, this e-book is packed with fantastic tips and really useful guidance on how to make money your flying skills.

Our guarantee to you

From Steve Coulson, Founder and Managing Director, COPTRZ

“We recognise that you have a choice of training providers, and we value you choosing COPTRZ.

“We take the responsibility of your training seriously, and want to make sure every step of your experience is first class.

That's why we make you this heartfelt and unique guarantee:

After your training, if you feel you have not received value for money just write to me personally at sc@coptrz.com Tell me what you feel you should pay, and I will refund the difference.

“We are committed to giving you unrivalled service in your commercial drone business for life.”

Heartfelt Regards,

Steve Coulson
Founder and Managing Director

Previous students say…

"I’ve seen and worked with a number of NQEs and COPTRZ offers something a little bit different to the drone community. COPTRZ is interested in you as a business person. Yes, it provides the tools and skills to be successful as a drone pilot but it also helps you identify how to be successful from a business perspective, not just now but in the future as well. Before investing in your future elsewhere have a serious look at COPTRZ.”

John Moreland, Bizzy Drones


"I've just completed the CAA PFCO course run by the team at COPTRZ. Extremely professional and well run."

Iain Yarwood


"Great course enjoyed by all, absorbing and informative, suited our needs perfectly. Assistance with filling in CAA permission application most welcome."

Jeremy Galtress


"I have done my research and this is definitely the best course I found ...even including how to help build your new business."

Jo Powell


"I too have just completed my CAA PFCO course run by the team at COPTRZ. Excellent and extremely professional. Great bunch of people and met some awesome trainees. Highly recommended. Top marks lads!"

Mark Braybrook


"I found this course really helpful and learned a lot over the last few days. The tutors were great specially with the different backgrounds of knowledge. I was nervous on day 3 but the atmosphere got better as the course broke up for flight tests on day 4 and got a more 1 on 1 chat with the instructors. Both John's and Lee deserve good credit for helping a Novice pilot like my self through the course and gave me and others great advice. Please pass on a big THANK YOU from me to both John's and Lee "

Thomas Phipps

Training locations

COPTRZ currently offer CAA Permission for Commercial Operations courses in seven locations:

Sheffield: Ibis Styles, Whinby Road, Dodworth, S75 3TX

Set in the breathtaking Pennine hills this Ibis Style hotel is just two miles from the picturesque 60 acre deer farm, where you’ll have all the sky you need to develop your piloting skills. The hotel offers a comfy night’s sleep in a characterful bedroom and all-you-can-eat continental breakfast so you’re fresh and ready for your training

Farnborough: Highfield Park, Church Lane, Heckfield, Nr. Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0LG

Kickstart the next chapter in your business in suitably historic surroundings. Join COPTRZ at the beautiful Highfield Park for the chance to train among the grounds of a stately manor house built in the Queen Anne and Georgian architectural styles. Piloting your drone in the generous and beautifully designed gardens is a really fantastic experience. Think Downton Abbey – with added drones.

Cardiff, Wales: New House Country Hotel, Cardiff CF14 9UA

Where better to focus on your UAV career than in this stunning setting, overlooking the city of Cardiff? The New House Hotel is the perfect city retreat – a luxurious country manor that’s far enough from the city to let you relax and focus on your professional development but close enough to all the urban fun that the city has to offer.

Glasgow, Scotland: Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, G75 0QJ

Soak up the surroundings of the gorgeous Calderglen Country Park near Glasgow, complete with river, waterfalls and expansive woodlands. With fresh air in your lungs and the sight of your drone up in the Scottish sky, this is truly an unforgettable location to train.

Bristol: Wellington Terrace, Clevedon BS21 7BL

Enjoy a jaw-dropping clifftop views of the Bristol Channel at the Best Western Walton Park Hotel.

This 19th-century jewel features spacious, comfortable rooms, fine dining and stunning architecture in a truly unique location – just the place to become a first-class drone operator.

Please Note: Locations offer different course formats.

Staff up to 8 students

  • 1 Ground School Trainer / assessor
  • 1 Assessor

Staff 9-15 students

  • 1 Ground School Trainer / assessor
  • 2 Assessors

Further Costs

When dealing with the CAA for applications and renewals, you will incur the following updated for 2017 admin charges:

  • Application: £173
  • Renewal after 12 months: £130
  • Optional OSC application: £1,211
  • OSC renewal: £346

You can find all the prices here. See table 6.

The application form is called a SRG1320 (download from CAA here).

You are also required to take out drone insurance for your business when applying and operating. We recommend using Moonrock Insurance. The cost of this varies depending on the cover you would like. More information is availabe on thier website at www.moonrockinsurance.com.

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03-Mar-2017 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon Great course. Very happy with what I learned, and how enjoyable it was.
03-Mar-2017 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon Pre-reading literature late to arrive leaving little preparation time. What equipment to bring along not made clear.
09-Dec-2016 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon I really enjoyed the training, not only was it something I needed to do rather than wanted, I was also annoyed at the cost but that changed throughout the course and I'm so glad I took the plunge. Great business module and advice from real pilots too, which is a great!
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21-Nov-2016 Review Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score IconReview Score Icon A well constructed course, delivered by profetional people.
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