CAA PfCO Training Course - COPTRZ

CAA PfCO Training Course

The COPTRZ  CAA PfCO 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).

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    The COPTRZ  CAA PfCO 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 Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). During the course, you will gain a thorough understanding of the current UK air law and operations standards for flying drones safely in a commercial environment.

    Our fully approved CAA PfCO Training Course takes place over a 4 day period in total and includes a pre-course study guide, ground school lessons, theory test and operations manual walk-through.

    In addition to your NQE Recommendation, 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 as your NQE, you’ll have the option to receive a vocational Level 4 award recognised across the board by employers in many sectors. This represents a standard between an A Level and a degree (ONC/HNC level). This qualification is an additional extra.

    Ground School

    The first 3 days of the course are ground school training, theory test and operations manual walkthrough.

    Flight Test

    3 days of ground school can be followed by your flight test on the 4th day if you are confident in your flying skills and your operations manual has been signed off by one of our CAA approved trainers. Alternatively, the flight test can be arranged for a later date at the same location.

    Upon completion of your CAA PfCO Training Course, COPTRZ will provide a recommendation to the CAA which will result in approval of your Permission for Commercial Operations. This is a requirement if you wish to operate your drone commercially.


    Includes pre-course study material

    Available at 8 locations across the UK

    Includes operations manual walkthrough and review

  • FAQ's

    How long does it take to obtain my PfCO?

    The process takes on average 8 weeks from initial pre-course reading through to receiving your PfCO. This timescale depends on a number of factors including amendments needed to your operations manual or whether you need to delay your flight test so that you can train with your drone.

    Pre-course reading – 8 hours (estimated)

    There is no set time for this as it depends completely on your learning style but we estimate an average of 8 hours pre-course reading. You will be given your pre-course reading material well in advance of your course so you will have plenty of time to prepare.

    Ground school (theory course and exam) – 3 days

    You will be required to attend 3 days of theory training, with your theory test being held at the end of the 2nd day. On the third day will be a operations manual walkthrough.

    Practical flight assessment – 1 Day

    Your practical flight test will be held on the 4th day of the course, weather permitting. It is also possible to delay your flight assessment if you feel that you need more time to practise with your drone.

    Operations manual review – 5 days

    COPTRZ trainers will review the first draft of your operations manual before you submit to the CAA. In most cases, there is recommended amendments.

    Submission to CAA – 28 days

    The CAA’s standard turnaround time once they have received your application is 28 days.

    Do I need drone insurance before submitting my PfCO?

    Yes. The CAA has stipulated that all persons applying for their PfCO or renewing an existing PfCO must have adequate drone insurance in place.

    It is a requirement that you submit evidence of your insurance alongside your operations manual when applying for your PfCO.

    COPTRZ recommend Moonrock as a comprehensive drone insurance provider.

    What if I fail my theory test?

    Anyone who attends a COPTRZ CAA Course is eligible for a free same day resit of the theory test if you fail up to 2 out of the 6 modules. COPTRZ trainers will provide you with additional training on your failed modules to ensure that you have the best possible chance of passing.

    If you fail the resit you will be required to re-attend the ground school.

    During the booking process, there is an option to purchase a COPTRZ CAA Course Guarantee for £99 (Incl. VAT) which gives you the option of a complete course resit or refund if you fail to pass.

    What if I fail my practical flight assessment?

    Anyone who attends a COPTRZ CAA Course is eligible for a free resit of the practical flight test if you fail in the first instance. It may be possible to do this on the same day or you may have to book on another date if it’s evident that you need more practice with your drone.

    If you fail the resit you will be required to re-book the flight assessment

    I’ve passed my CAA course. What’s the next step?

    Once you have completed your COPTRZ CAA Training Course, it’s now time to complete your operations manual and submit your first draft to One of our expert trainers will review your ops manual and return it to you with recommended amendments.

    After completing your recommended amendments, you are now required to submit your application directly to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In order for your application to be accepted, you need to provide the following:

    • Your operations manual (with recommended changes made)
    • Completed SRG 1320 form
    • Your theory and flight assessment certificates
    • Your logbook evidence showing that you have completed at least 2 hours total SUS/SUSA flight time in the last 3 months
    • A copy of your drone insurance certificate
    • PfCO fee


    • Obtain your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).
    • Gain a thorough understanding of applicable UK air law.
    • Learn about key principles of flight, airmanship and meteorology.
    • Learn how to read aviation charts and plan safe drone flights.