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CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO)

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Why Choose Heliguy?

No Hidden Costs

The three-day course costs £1,079 and includes guidance on night-time permissions, an unlimited amount of post Ground School support, expert consultancy and module re-sits.

Trusted & Experienced

We are a trusted NQE and have delivered PfCO courses for years. Our trainers have decades of combined industrial experience and a wide background, such as commercial manned aviation and the military. 

Stunning Venues

Our five stunning training venues help you learn in comfortable and spacious surroundings. The easily-accessible locations are based in the North East, Manchester, Farnborough and Cambridge.

Drone Training Video Overview


PfCO Drone Certification Timetable

Our 3-day ground school covers all the essential information you'll require to become a confident commercial drone pilot.

Lunch is included on all three days of the course, at all our training venues.


Day 1

  • Introduction and Registration - Photo ID Required .
  • Operations manual and practical flight assessment overview.
  • Airlaw.
  • Maps and charts.
  • Airspace.

Day 2

  • Human Factors.
  • Aircraft systems.
  • Airmanship principles.
  • Risk management.
  • Meteorology.

Day 3

  • Theory Examination.
  • Practical planning exercise.
  • Flight test preparation.
  • Closing address and dispersal.

How do I Become a Qualified Drone Pilot?


In order to obtain a PfCO, you must first complete Ground School, unless you have a valid aviation qualification.
After Ground School, you will compile an Operations Manual which details your organisation, operating procedures and the technical specifications of your aircraft.
Throughout the production of your Operations Manual, you can expect continued support from our dedicated team of instructors, as well as informative online guidance material to enable you to expeditiously produce a quality document. We ensure you understand how to update, manage and renew your documents as required.
Once the Operations Manual is complete and approved by our instructors, you will then be required to conduct a practical flight assessment to ensure that you are competent and confident operating your aircraft.
On successful conclusion of the practical flight assessment, you are then eligible to apply for a PfCO from the CAA.



Expert Drone Training Team

Our expert commercial drone trainers have a wealth of experience to help deliver a course that reflects the demands of a real-world commercial drone operation.

Ed Jackson

Tom Anderson

Andrew Elliott

Ben Shirley


"I’m happy I chose Heliguy - it is the best training available. Heliguy made the course fun and easy to understand, which got me through the theory and practical examinations."

Ashley Wiggins

PfCO Drone Training Locations

We offer a range of locations around the UK for PfCO Courses.

The Elvetham

The Elvetham
Fleet Rd
Hartley Whitney
RG27 8AS

Shrigley Hall

Shrigley Hall
Shrigley Rd
Pott Shrigley
SK10 5SB

Madingley Hall

Madingley Hall

Institute of Continuing Education
CB23 8AQ


Lumley Castle

Lumley Castle

Ropery Ln
Chester le Street
County Durham


Ramside Hall

Ramside Hall
County Durham

Heliguy Drone Training Reviews

Robert Hansom

"Professional, helpful and friendly training team. I had a great time at ground school, which was intense but made manageable due to the experience and confidence of the training team. I have learnt a lot about flying drones safely and have completed the practical assessment."

Aldo Kane

"Heliguy were exceptional throughout the process of ground school, testing and flight assessment. The course work was relevant and ensured a thorough knowledge of the subject before examination. Would thoroughly endorse Heliguy for any would-be drone operator."

Mark Stansfield

"Our group completed our PfCO training with the Heliguy team. Their guidance, know how and ability to adapt to any situation was unbelievable. I myself have dyslexia and the team would happily go over things a couple times and add extra guidance if needed. For that I am so grateful." 


Drone Training FAQs

What are the lead times on Heliguy's drone training from start to finish?

The average candidate takes 1-2 months to complete the whole process. 

Can I take my drone flight test the same week as my Ground School?

You can as long as your Operations Manual has been approved by us in advance. However, it's recommended that you take some time to absorb the information and use this opportunity practice what you have learned over the course of the week.

Are there any other costs after the Ground School?

The CAA charges £250 for the initial application and then £190 on renewal annually.

What if I fail my drone flight test?

There are no additional charges – you can re-sit the flight test with our instructors for free.

Can I fly a drone without gaining my PfCO from the CAA?

You can as a hobbyist, but not as a commercial operator in the UK.

Do I need to retrain or annually retake a drone flight test?

No, you simply need to renew your PfCO with the CAA annually. We can provide you with assistance when the time comes.

Does passing Heliguy's training course get me a drone license?

No, you simply need to renew your PfCO with the CAA annually. We can provide you with assistance when the time comes.

Do I need to take a test to fly drones at night?

Not at all. Night permission can be added to your PfCO for no additional charge. We will provide guidance on the process for integrating this into your Operations Manual, whilst outlining the risk mitigation and human factors aspect of flying at night.

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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
May 30, 2019 | JG
Comprehensive support

The Heliguy team were brilliant. For most, if not all participants, airspace laws and navigation was an intimidating minefield of information. The Heliguy team have sifted through all this to present only the most relevant subject areas.

Heliguy provides all the tools to help you source the right information and fly legally and safely. If all recreational users had to complete just one day of the training then UK drones and their operators would have a much better reputation.

Crucially, their guidance regarding the necessary Operations Manual and ongoing support has been invaluable.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
May 17, 2019 | Scott Eburne
Superb Heliguy

It was a privilege to attend the Heliguy course at Shrigley Hall. The venue and surroundings were breathtaking. The instructors Ed and Ben were brilliant at breaking down a really complex subject into manageable chunks and made the whole process very enjoyable. I'm delighted I chose Heliguy to start this journey with.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
May 16, 2019 | Robert Hansom
Excellent Course.

Excellent venue, professional, very helpful and friendly training team. I had a great time over the three days ground school, which was intense but made manageable due to the experience and confidence of the training team. I have certainly learnt a lot about flying drones safely and have recently completed the practical assessment. I feel great satisfaction and achievement. This will open new doors for me with my employer, Local Government, as I believe this is an industry in its infancy with endless potential for the use of drones to be developed.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
May 16, 2019 | Eric Hardwick
PfCO Course

Good course and very good support once it was completed - helped out with queries to get through the flight assessment.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
May 15, 2019 | Richard Bruin
Great Experience

After successfully attaining my PFCO with the help of Heliguy, I can honestly say that it was great fun and the staff at Heliguy were fantastic! Thanks guys for all your help

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
May 5, 2019 | Aldo Kane

Heliguy were exceptional throughout the process of Ground School, Testing and Flight assessment. The course work was relevant and ensured a thorough knowledge of the subject before examination. Would thoroughly endorse Heliguy for any would be Drone Operator.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
May 4, 2019 | Ashley Wiggins
The best training available!

I’m happy I chose Heliguy for my training. Extremely helpful from start to finish, especially as I spend a lot of time outside of the UK. They made the course fun and easy to understand which got me through the theory and practical examinations. Fantastic venue and the food was lovely! I’d do it again just for the lunch ;)
Thank you Heliguy team, absolutely fantastic!

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
April 27, 2019 | Rob Wainwright

I am very pleased I choose to train with Heliguy. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and professional whilst managing to make the course highly enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Heliguy training to anyone.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
April 13, 2019 | Manny Drones
High Quality Training

The instructors were super knowledgable and the training facility and environment was of high quality.

Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy
April 12, 2019 | Mark Stansfield
The highest of training standards

Today our group completed our pfco training with the aid of Ben and Andrews guidance , their know how and ability to adapt to any situation was unbelievable, bens and Andrew made you feel at home around the complex situations you could face apart of being an pfco holder .

I my self have dyslexia,both Ben and Andrew would happily go over things a couple times and add extra guidance if needed. For that I am so great full.

I’d like to thank Heliguy for providing us with an fantastic week full of knowledge and new experiences


Colena Ltd t/a Heliguy

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