Drone Training - COPTRZ | CAA PfCO Training and CPD Workshops

Become a Drone Pilot

Train to be a Commercial Drone Pilot in just three days at one of our 11 training locations

We believe that who you’re trained by is just as important as the qualification at the end. Our industry-leading team have trained over 1,000 organisations to adopt drone technology.


CAA Drone Training

Step One on your journey to becoming a Commercial Drone Pilot is Our CAA Drone Training Course. Learn everything you need to gain your Permission for Commercial Operations with two days Ground School Training and a Flight Test assessment.

Daniel Wilson, Coptrz

Daniel has over a decade of flying under his belt and as well as flying drones commercially he now heads up the training at Coptrz. Dan commands a team of experienced trainers and often teaches the CAA Drone Training courses himself. As well as the PfCO courses Dan coordinates the workshops where you can spend 1-3 days advancing your knowledge on Thermography, PiX4D Mapping, BVLOS, Drone Photography and more.

OFQUAL 5 Drone Training Course

Do you manage a team of pilots or operate your drone for a specialist sector in Surveying, Public Safety or Inspection? Once you have your PfCO, step up your drone training with our 3-day OFQUAL 5 Drone Training Course, equivalent to a HND or 2nd year of a bachelor's degree.


Get the training required to apply for your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

OFQUAL 4 Certificate

Once you have your PfCO, we can provide you with an academically registered qualification under OFQUAL.

OFQUAL 5 Award

Take your operations to the next level with the OFQUAL 5 Award, the ultimate training course for Chief Pilots.


If you’re ex-forces you can use your ELCAS funding to train as a Commercial Drone Pilot with Coptrz.

Why Choose COPTRZ?

Expert Accredited Trainers

We are proud to have one of the most highly qualified teams in the country, having trained over 1,800 pilots for their CAA permissions.

CAA Approved Drone Training

CPD Certificate Included

We are a CAA Approved NQE #1216/2785 so if you sit the Coptrz PfCO course you'll get a free CPD Certificate.

Locations UK Wide

We provide our CAA drone training at 11 UK locations including Barnsley, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Hampshire, Belfast, Brighton, Rugby and Kent, Norfolk, Aberdeen and Leeds. We can also offer training at your organisation when training 5+.

PfCO Operations Manual

Ops Manual Support

We provide unrivalled operations manual support.

Once you get your base-level PfCO on our CAA Drone Training course, what’s next? Investing in your drone training can pay dividends in terms of safety, experience, career progression and winning contracts. Your PfCO is just the start, ramp up your skillset with a specialist training workshop.

PiX4D Mapper for Beginners & Advanced users

Learn to produce 3D Maps from your drone data. Workshops available for both beginners and advanced users.

Filming & Imagery Masterclass

Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to capture and deliver high-quality aerial photography/video for your clients. Essential for those working in Media.

Basics of Aerial Thermography

This 1-day thermography workshop will teach you the basics of aerial infrared thermography and how you can use it to offer your clients additional services.

Introduction to Unmanned BVLoS

This workshop will give you the basic knowledge and skills required to make a successful application to regulatory authorities and conduct BVLoS flying safely.

Should you still take a PfCO or should I wait until July?

Is the PfCO still relevant or should I wait until July 2020? Find out what you should do.

Everything you need to know about drone registration

Information on the new CAA UK drone registration and education scheme.

ELCAS funded Drone Training

Turn your Military Experience into a Drone Career with your ELCAS training credits. Find out how to get started.

10 Reasons why you should invest in your drone training

Find out why it’s crucial you invest in your training to be successful

Our customers

Your Drone Solution

Adopting drone technology is a big decision for any organisation. Our team of industry experts will be on-hand every step of the way to make sure that you get the perfect solution.