The A2 “Certificate of Competency” (A2 CofC) refers to the drone training and qualification needed to be able to operate drones in the A2 Subcategory of the OPEN Category under the new UAS regulations. We recommend before choosing the A2 CofC that you read through our handy Drone Regulation guide for a complete overview of the latest UK drone regulation changes.
Each of the 4 modules in this course includes reading material, in-depth videos from our trainers and interactive quizzes to track your progress, all of which can be done at your own pace.
Your success is our goalWe truly believe in the future of the drone industry and we want drone training to be as easy as possible to access across every sector, this is why we’re offering our popular A2 CofC online course for free, all you need to pay is the exam fee (£49 + VAT).
There’s a lot of people across the UK talking about ignoring the new regulations, or how this is just a “money-maker” for drone training providers. This isn’t good for the industry, or for those that fly responsibly.
By making our online A2CoC course free we hope more people will take up the course and join us in taking the UK Drone Industry to the next level.
You’ll be learning at Coptrz Academy
It’s the UK’s Leading Drone Training Academy. Serious alumni have walked through these doors, including pilots and companies that are now winning big national contracts. There’s a reason the big boys trust us with their training.
>4 hours of self-monitored flight training
£49 + Vat Exam fee
Bella Randall, Arcadis
“Coptrz have done an amazing job of putting everything online, it really works. It was so easy to learn, the webinars really helped me as I would learn the modules and then watch the webinars. So, they solidified everything for me. Doing the theory test was really smooth – even on Zoom! I felt really confident going into it and I knew everything that I needed to know in order to pass.”
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Welcome to Coptrz Academy
Now that you're enrolled you'll have access to our exclusive Coptrz Pilots group where you can chat to experienced Coptrz Alumni and network to your heart's content before you begin your training on Friday.
Module 1: Air Law and Responsibilities
The legal stuff. Develop a strong understanding of the rules and regulations around flying UAV in the UK, learn your responsibilities as a UAV operator, how to report accidents and more.
Module 2: Meteorology
More commonly known as the weather and a major part of any UAV operation.
Module 3: UAS General Knowledge
Knowing how your aircraft operates is essential for safe flying. This module teaches you all about the principles of flight and how to know if your drone is safe to fly.
Module 4: UAS Operating Principles
Bring all of your knowledge together in this final module about VLOS, identifying congested areas, collision avoidance and more.
Pass the Mock Exam
How do you know if you're ready to tackle the final exam? Your knowledge will be tested in our mock exam to make sure you're 100% ready to sit the final exam.
Practical Flight Assessment
Next, you move on to a period of practical flight training. This is done under self-monitored conditions with a workbook to keep you on track. COPTRZ are looking for >4 logged hours of flight time since enrolling onto the course, and some flight experience beforehand.
Pass the Final Exam
Time to put your hard work to the final test. Pass the 30 question multiple-choice exam to receive your Certificate of Competency.
The A2 CofC is the training course and qualification needed to operate in the A2 Subcategory of the OPEN Category under the new UAS regulations. The course consists of four modules which you can access via our online Learning Portal.
Once you’ve completed your online training and some guided or self-study practical flight training, you’ll complete a multiple-choice Theory Exam (30 questions).
The A2 CofC course covers theory such as the basic principles of flight, operating in congested areas, how to avoid collisions, battery safety, and how to operate depending on a range of environmental factors.
The A2 CofC qualification lasts for five years before you need to renew it.
POPULAR DRONES YOU CAN FLY WITH AN A2 COFC
You can fly over uninvolved persons, but not crowds
- Mavic Mini
- Mavic Mini 2
No intentional flight over uninvolved persons
- Mavic Air
- Parrot Anafi USA
- Parrot Anafi Thermal
No closer than 50m horizontally from uninvolved persons
- Mavic Air 2
- Phantom 4 RTK
- Phantom 4 Multispectral
- Mavic 2 Enterprise Zoom
- Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual
- Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced
Disclaimer: This is not a complete list. The A2 Certificate of Competency allows drone pilots to operate in the A1/A2 subcategory with an appropriate drone. If you’re operating drones that are more than 2kg flying weight, and want to fly in a built-up area or want to be able to overfly uninvolved persons with an A1/A2 transitional drone you will need to obtain a higher certification such as a GVC, please contact a member of our team if you’re unsure which category your drone falls into.
MEET YOUR TRAINERS
Throughout your journey with Coptrz Academy, you’re likely to come across our trainers Dan Wilson, Duncan Hewitson, Harry Crawford and Adam Watkin either in person or online.
Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. Find out more about our team of experts.
“The A2 Certificate of Competency grants Remote Pilots the authorisation to fly closer to uninvolved persons, and also operate within congested areas.
The course is currently delivered remotely via the COPTRZ E-Learning Portal, with the inclusion of regular interactive quiz’s and videos to help reinforce understanding. We also run regular virtual classrooms, capped to small groups which allow our instructors to deliver content directly in an environment where questions can be answered live.
There is an element of self-guided practical flight training and a remote examination at the end of the course.
For any remote pilot flying a sub-2kg aircraft, this certificate is a must-have!“
Dan Wilson, Head of Training, COPTRZ Academy
Download our Training Brochure to start your journey
The Drone Laws have changed – here’s everything you need to know…
You’ve got your A2 CofC, but now what?
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
We enrol all new students onto our A2 CofC course on Fridays.
HOW DO I BOOK ONTO A2CofC DRONE COURSE?
Enquire below to speak to a member of our team or easily purchase the course online.
As an active PfCO holder, can I get free training through Coptrz?
Anyone who undertook their PfCO or COP-SU course with us after September 2019 will get their A2 CofC for free. The course will be fully online. Get in touch to find out more information if you think this applies to you.
Can I still operate on PfCO?
Yes, as long as it is valid. Ensure you renew it!
How do I take the A2 CofC exam from home?
Our exams are invigilated online by a third party using their own remote support software.
The invigilator will check your surroundings via your webcam to ensure you are alone and aren’t using any notes to cheat on the exam, but you won’t be able to physically talk to them, you can only communicate through the chat.
You’re not allowed to have any materials present, including pen and paper.
Please note: If your internet is provided by Talk Talk you will need to turn off the HomeSafe setting as this blocks the remote support software.
Can I take the exam on my phone?
Unfortunately not. To sit the final exam you will need to have access to a computer with a webcam and a working microphone.
Most computers have webcams built-in but if yours doesn’t, you can use an external USB webcam.
What else do I need to sit the A2 CofC exam?
The only thing you need to have with you on exam day is a form of valid photo ID such as a passport or driver’s license.
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