CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO) - Online Delivery

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Why Choose Heliguy?

No Hidden Costs

The three-day course costs £999 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 and Farnborough.

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 .
  • Airlaw.
  • Maps and charts.
  • Airspace.

Day 2

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

Day 3

  • Theory Examination.
  • Operations manual overview.
  • 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.

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

Village Hotel

Village Hotel
10 The Silverlink North
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE27 0BY

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 198 ratings.
June 17, 2020 | Laura Try

I am thoroughly impressed with the Heliguy course. The trainers are so knowledgeable and provide support from start to finish to get you qualified.
Highly recommended and wouldn't think to go anywhere else!

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
April 28, 2020 | Simon Sullivan
Adaptable, helpful & professional

Having been booked on a 3 day Pfco course, it was a real shame that the current restrictions meant this had to be postponed. However, the team at Heliguy put together a fantastic 'online' version of the course, which enabled me to complete everything aside from my practical flight assessment. The videos were clear, concise and easy to watch. Trainers were online to answer any questions and of course available by phone or email too.
To be able to adapt their course so quickly and efficiently is testament to how good the team are. I would highly recommend.
Non course related assistance is also top notch.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
March 27, 2020 | Mich

A great course paired with a very helpful team. I have quite a few friends that have done their PfCO with different companies but this one seems to be superior + you get free exam resits if you happen to fail the first time! Highly recommend.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
January 24, 2020 | Alex Campbell
Definitely recommend

The lads at Heliguy ran the course very well and didn’t start a new step until everyone understood. At the assessment, I had time for practice beforehand and again ensured I was happy before we started the assessment.

There is a lot of companies that offer training but I cannot recommend Heliguy enough to you.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
December 17, 2019 | Rowan Greenwood
Brilliant training

I took my theory exam over a year before taking my practical so when it came to my practical exam I had to relearn a lot of the procedures I had learnt over a year ago. Heliguy were fantastic at helping me out as well as being very flexible when finding a test date. The training its self wasn't straight forward but Heliguy provide a very simple way of learning and make the whole experience really enjoyable. The training team are always available to chat over the phone and were very approachable with any questions I had. The practical flight test seemed very relaxed but structured very well to make me feel comfortable. Tom who took my exam was brilliant in the way he conducted the entire examination, considering I did not know what to expect. I would highly recommend heliguy to anyone thinking about getting trained up as they are a very friendly yet professional In the way they work.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
December 3, 2019 | Tony Hart
Heliguy PfCO training

A great course that was well run by Ben & Andrew.
Both guys were very knowledgeable and were approachable when you had questions.
I couldn't find fault in any part of the course.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
November 29, 2019 | Ben Sherriff
A great three days

A great three days at the Elvetham with Tom and Andrew. Both trainers presented the information in a way that was easy to absorb. It was fun and friendly, and I now have the confidence to move forward professionally.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
November 25, 2019 | Michael Harris
A big thanks

Ben and Andrew really make you feel like your apart of the team from the get go and their way of leading the training is phenomenal.
My training will make a huge impact in the safety of our workforce.

Thanks again

Michael Harris
D&P Section Manager

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
November 25, 2019 | Chris Bayliss
Great Training!!

I was a total novice with no experience using drones. Ben & Andrew from Heliguy treated myself and others on the course with absolute due diligence and respect throughout the training. The course was delivered over 5 days with theory and practical aspects being delivered professionally whilst keeping it current and interesting. Our instructors, Ben & Andrew could not have done a better job as they catered for a diverse group with varied experiences using drones. Despite this they made sure everyone gained a solid, clear understand of all the course content and what was required for the theory exam. Heliguy should be proud of these two trainers and i look forward to the continued support they offer for commercial pilots.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
November 23, 2019 | Alex Campbell
Chicheley Hall

It was a good week with Ben and Andrew, who were patient throughout.. The course was run at a good speed and it was a pity the weather beat us on Friday. Can’t fault the location for flying but the hotel was poor (not Heliguys fault). Mind you, you’ll never find out until you go there.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy

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UK: 0845 838 8652

Int: +44 (0)191 296 1024
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Next-day delivery is available subject to stock availability, cleared funds and customer address verification. We will send your order by the quickest means possible at the rate you have paid.

1st experience. Paid for next day delivery and
Arrived next day.

June 29,2020



June 26,2020


They always provide top spec kit with top spec advice, wont shop anywhere else for drone kit

June 26,2020


Once you get around the sign up it is a doddle

June 22,2020


A reliable company that I have used several times over the past 8 years. Fast delivery and good professionalism.

June 22,2020


Item ordered not in stock but still delivered quickly enough once it was.

June 20,2020


Very knowledgeable and friendly people, really helpful for us first time flyers, very competitive prices, I will be using these again.

May 22,2020


Buying my first drone, a Mavic Mini, from Heliguy was a delightful experience. From my initial enquiry through to dealing with some technical questions, their responses were always helpful and enthusiastically good humoured. I followed their advice and placed an order. Delivery was so fast I had the very carefully protected parcel in my hands in just a few minutes over 24 hours from ordering. Well done Heliguy - Impressive!

May 20,2020


So glad that I found this company , makes life so much easier not having to look anywhere else. Great prices , faultless service , the 'go to' for all drone requirements.

May 18,2020


Very helpful people and first class service from start to finish ,would recomend to everyone

May 16,2020





From: Tom Duncan


Pleasure to deal with, very quick responses and well informed. Couldn't ask for more really. Thank you.




From: Lee


Great service throughout, efficient and friendly. Always found the team there to be spot on over the years.




From: Raymond Willis


Difficult regulations to understand but a clear answer from Heliguy puts my mind at rest




From: Stu Culley


Always helpful at every stage




From: Catherine Fallon


Yes very good and I look forward to hearing more about your new courses.




From: Mohamed Salah


Very Cooperative




From: Lee Mason


Great to be able to call a company and speak to someone that is interested in answering questions, happy to offer information and left me wanting to interact with them again. Thanks Ben!




From: Simon Sullivan


Having now completed my course I have to say that the support, material and learnings provided by the Heliguy team have been absolutely top notch. The course ended up being online due to the current issues in the UK, but the team were always available to answer questions and provide advice at all times, be it via email, telephone or online chat. At all times the whole team were polite, extremely helpful and extremely knowledgeable about all the issues/topics. I would recommend everyone interested in taking a drone flying course use Heliguy.




From: Jonathan Andrews


Steve has been extremely helpful and an absolute credit to HeliGuy. Highly recommended




From: Paul Maloney


When I made the decision to buy my first drone I did some research on where to buy from and Heliguy came out top based on recommendations and price. I had some questions around my purchase and the process and decided email was the best way for me to ask. The response from Steve was quick and responsive. Not only did he answer my questions with all the necessary information he also provided more information and options for me to make the purchase easier. End result was, with very little effort myself, my new drone was ordered and on my doorstep as fast as I could want.