Training Resources

Ensure your team is fully prepared for your UAV deployment project.

There are five steps to becoming a PfCO certified UAV pilot.

Step 1: Online Training Course

There are many training courses available to prepare you for PfCO certification, but we recommend taking an online course, like that provided by ‘Uplift Drones’, for maximum convenience and speed.

Regardless of where you take your course, ensure that it includes the following topics:

  • Air Law
  • Ground Maps & Air Navigation Charts
  • Airspace Operating Principles
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Operating Procedures

Step 2: Theory Exam

The theory exam lasts 1 hour and consists of 57 multiple-choice questions, all of which are taken from the categories above. There are many centres within the UK from which to take your test, and you do not necessarily have to choose one that is associated with your course provider.

Step 3: Practical Flight Test

Following a satisfactory performance in the theory exam, candidates must take a practical flight test, generally within 6 months of their theory exam. This lasts around 1.5 hours, and generally requires that you bring your own SUAV for testing. Clients may contact us to hire a HiSight for their certification process.

Step 4: Operations Manual

All candidates are required to complete an Operations Manual as part of their CAA application. This outlines the precautions and procedures you will take in order to fly your SUAV safely, and can be easily completed with the aid of freely available templates online.

Step 5: CAA UAS Application

Once all other parts of your training process are complete, you may submit your course material online to the CAA for assessment, signed by your course instructors. The CAA charge a £253 fee for each application, paid online through the application portal.