PfCO CAA Drone Training Course (incl. Night Permission)

Learn how to fly a drone with one of the UK’s leading authorised drone training schools

Everything you need to pass your course

2.5 day

theoretical course & examination

Practical workshop session to complete your operations manual on the course

Accommodation, meals and WiFi included

  • 2 nights accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch and 2 course evening meal

  • Unlimited hot and cold beverages throughout the course

  • Free WiFi

Price and Availability

£1095 + VAT

Non-Residential £995 + VAT

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14th - 16th August

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

21st - 23rd August

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

2nd - 4th September

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

6th - 8th September

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

11th - 13th September

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

16th - 18th September

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

2nd - 4th October

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

7th - 9th October

Dalziel Park Hotel, Motherwell, Scotland

16th - 18th October

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

23rd - 25th October

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

13th - 15th November

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

18th - 20th November

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

Our CAA Drone Training Courses (residential or non-residential) are held at very convenient locations within easy access from all the main transport links. The benefit with this course is that you pay only one fee and we take care of everything else – all you need to do is get to the venue where we will have taken care of all the bookings! There is no prior reading required for any of our courses as we take you from the very basics right up to being ready to sit the examination.  We also believe in Quality not Quantity and as such we limit our course sizes to a maximum of 8 students.

Included in this package

  • 2.5 day theoretical course & examination
  • Practical workshop session so you can complete your operations manual whilst on the course
  • Hands On Flying to reinforce the theory lessons
  • Flight Assessment
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  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 2 Course Evening Meal
  • WiFi
  • Student Study Guide
  • Unlimited hot and cold Beverages throughout the course
  • Business Start-up advice

We also offer a unique service where your instructor stays at the venue and is on hand every evening should you require any one to one revision or consolidation on any of the topics or simply want to discuss the industry over dinner. Writing an Operations Manual once you have left the course and have the usual distractions of work and home life can be a time consuming process – ask anyone who has written one! The benefit of the DPA course is that once you have sat the theoretical exam we then have a practical workshop on writing your operations manual where we take you through, step by step, the compilation of your manual. By the time the course is complete, most of you will have completed your manuals. This is INCLUDED in the package and we don’t charge for this additional service.

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When you are content that your Operations Manual is at a stage ready to submit to the CAA then our staff at the DPA will proof read it as many times as required until we are confident it will pass muster when they review it. Once we get to the stage where we think your Operations Manual meets the mark we will then book your flight assessment at a mutually convenient time at one of our flight assessment venues.

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On successful completion of all aspects of the training, examination, Operations Manual and flight assessment we will then award you with the coveted Drone Pilot Academy – Certification (DPA-C). This tells the CAA that you have been trained and assessed by one of the leading authorised training schools! We then take care of your application to the CAA for your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and compile everything  they require in order to issue you with your permission to operate commercially. Please note you will need to include proof of insurance with your application. The only additional cost at this stage is levied by the CAA for your application and is currently £247.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring a drone with me to the course?

No, not at all, in fact if you do not own a drone you can come and try out our fleet of drones first. We have quite a range of both multi-rotor and fixed wing drones. Also, you can discuss what your business needs are and our expert instructors can give you the best advice on which drone to invest in. If you have a drone then you are more than welcome to bring this along with you.

Can I buy a Drone from you?

Yes, absolutely, we stock all the leading brands of Drones from DJI, Yuneec, Parrot to SenseFly and your instructor will be more than happy to discuss the features of each.

I don't know how to gain contacts to get started in the various industries that use drones. Will the course cover this area?

The main part of the course is geared around learning the mandated CAA syllabus but you will be taught by an instructor who has been in the business and can offer their advice on where to start. Your instructor is also on hand in the evenings as they always stay over at the venue in case you have any further questions. If you stay over the instructor and other students normally dine together which is a nice way to unwind in the evening.

What about if I need support after the course and have any further questions?

Not a problem. We have a dedicated freephone number that you can call if you have any technical questions. We would rather you called us for guidance if you have any doubt whatsoever so that you complete any tasks safely and legally. We are here every step of the way to ensure you get the most from your drone business.

What is the Operations Manual I keep reading about?

This is your official document that stipulates how you are going to conduct your business, to what regulations and what safety parameters you will adhere to, the records you will keep as well as much more. The CAA will expect this to be submitted with your application and be fit for purpose. Our workshop that we offer at no extra cost, will equip you to compile your manual.

How do I apply to the Civil Aviation Authority?

This is now an online process but don't worry as we will help you through this with a full guidance document to follow and our helpline of course. You will be expected to submit 3 documents when you apply to the CAA, Your Operations Manual, Proof of Insurance and a certificate issued by us to say you have completed the exam and flight assessment to a satisfactory standard. We provide a free proofing service for all these documents prior to submission to ensure they will meet the CAA's approval.

What is in the flight assessment?

We will aim to demonstrate this on the course (subject to weather) and also teach you how to fly safely and competently. The flight assessment is not solely about your flying skills but also assesses your situational awareness of the environment you are operating in and all the associated paperwork. All this is taught on the course and a practical demonstration given on what needs to be completed prior to getting to site, on-site and the risk assessment which is fundamental to safe operating.

Can I do the course On-line?

We have tried this with one of our other businesses and don't believe that an online course will give you the opportunity to expand your learning experience and leave with the knowledge we would wish you to have. Having the ability to interact with the instructor and your fellow students and ask questions particular to your business model is fundamental to your learning experience. The lessons are designed to stimulate discussion within an open and relaxed forum so you can feel confident about engaging with your instructor. There is no such thing as a daft question!

What if the regulations change after I have passed the course?

We will show you where to find all the latest updates but will also keep you on our database and email the updates too. Our 'free to attend' annual Industry day is full of informative briefs too as well as the latest drone tech for you to try. This is usually held on the last Thursday in March.

Do I need to renew my 'licence' every so often and what's involved?

Yes there is a requirement to renew your PfCO every 12 months. You will not need to sit and exams or flight assessments but will need to resubmit your Operations Manual, proof of Insurance and a flight log showing at least 2 hours of flying in the last 3 months.

How much practical training is involved in the course?

The fundamental aim of the course is to get you through the theory subjects but where we can we will go outside and reinforce the lessons with some practical sessions. We will also show you some tips for safe flying and what is in the flight assessment.

I suffer from Dyslexia, is there any additional support offered?

Yes and we have had many graduates who have got dyslexia. If you call and discuss your requirements with us we can tailor the course to accommodate those living with dyslexia.

Price and Availability

£1095 + VAT

Non-Residential £995 + VAT

Book Now

14th - 16th August

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

21st - 23rd August

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

2nd - 4th September

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

6th - 8th September

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

11th - 13th September

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

16th - 18th September

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

2nd - 4th October

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

7th - 9th October

Dalziel Park Hotel, Motherwell, Scotland

16th - 18th October

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East

23rd - 25th October

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

13th - 15th November

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

18th - 20th November

Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East