CAA Drone Training: Full Course (PfCO)

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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, 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 .
  • 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

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 182 ratings.
October 4, 2019 | Matt Hillier
The complete training package

I cannot fault Heliguy and the team at all and they have been incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. The training was very good value for money, insight right up to date and so detailed. What I have learnt on the course has really empowered me, and given me great confidence to fly to the best of my ability with sound knowledge of the regulations and awareness of those around me. Would 10/10 recommend them, and continue to purchase drone products through them where needed.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
September 25, 2019 | Jonathan Peters
The best course ive been on.

I went on a course on the 16th til 20th of September. The way the two instructors presented the course was spot on. It was interesting and everything was explained clearly. They are a credit you your company. The ability to keep a group engaged to take in information over a long period is a hard skill to learn & they had it. The only thing I wasn't keen on was the size of the tablets used to do the exam, there was a lot of scrolling to read maps and then look back down at the answers.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
September 10, 2019 | Robert Wilson & Paul Mc Williams
Ground School Course

Great course, professional tutors, highly recommend HELIGUY

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
September 9, 2019 | Luke Dickson
Heliguy Course - In House (MUFC)

Course was very well organised and allowed all of us to learn all that was required.
Ben, the instructor, was excellent with the way he delivered the course and interaction with each candidate.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
September 6, 2019 | Julie Dyson
Friendly and knowledgable service! The complete package!

Attended the course and I was highly impressed. You don’t need to have a vast amount of experience with drones to do it. This I was highly impressed with, everyone there no matter what knowledge is made to feel welcome and valued. A great 3 days, lovely down to earth trainers compared to some “drone people” I have dealt with in past so it was a pleasant surprise.
I have taken away a vast amount of knowledge and value the ongoing support and advice from the experts in the future. Thanks again guys, you did great!

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
August 13, 2019 | John Mitchell
Exemplary company and Team

Flight school, keeping in touch, offering support & guidance and finally the flight test. All steps in this brief journey were handled in a professional manner, exacting when required, coupled with support and reassuring when doubting ones own capabilities.

You can sense that the Team at Heliguy are passionate about their company.

A huge thanks to Heliguy, with special thanks to Andrew, Ben, Matty & Tom.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
August 9, 2019 | Ian
Hard work by so valuable

I'd thoroughly recommend this course. The instructors are absolutely brilliant, and even though there's a lot to learn they present it in a way which makes it as easy as possible to absorb and understand. They're patient and helpful, always willing to return to an area you didn't fully grasp. The course booklet is excellent, and Heliguy's IT in general is well thought out and implemented. Whatever your background - even if you have previous experience in aviation - this course is an unmissable experience which goes beyond simply teaching you to be safe and legal. You'll come away having been inspired and enthused by instructors who love what they do and want you to feel the same. Don't hesitate. I'm so glad I did this, and so grateful I chose Heliguy.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
July 29, 2019 | Jerome Sansom
Full course (pfco)

Absolute Gentlemen. Nothing is too much trouble for these guys. Fully recommend if you are thinking of taking a course with Heliguy. I had no previous experience and they guide you through each step. The best part is after you have absorbed the info, the course may have finished but their help doesn’t.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
July 26, 2019 | Ben Albutt
Drone Course

Ed, Tom and all the staff at Heliguy were exceptional, from advice around the course, to booking to actually running the course itself.
Ed and Tom's knowledge, learning styles, enthusiasm and flexibility was second to none and really helped us achieve the best.
The theory and practical were balanced and enabled us to gain a successful outcome at the end of the week.
10 started and 10 finished, all certified and able to continue with our Drone Flights and Operations.
I would not hesitate to book Heliguy again or recommend them.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy
July 19, 2019 | Christopher Bibb
Brilliant course and very well run

Really enjoyed the course. Very knowledgable and professional training guys and answered any questions asked. A lot of information to fit in to 3 days, along with the planning practice sessions, but worked very well. Will highly recommend to colleagues.

Colena Inc DBA Heliguy

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September 29,2019


Excellent service

September 28,2019


good product, rapid delivery. Ordering process straightforward

September 28,2019


Quick and efficient service and quick delivery ordered Tues afternoon and here on Wed and very helpful on the phone

September 21,2019


Very easy transaction and very quick delivery. Glad I ordered from Heliguy!

September 17,2019


Helpful website, competitive prices and rapid delivery. Thank you

September 17,2019


Excellent service all-round. Always willing to go the extra mile.

September 15,2019


My order was dispatched the same day I made the purchase and it was with me the following day. Very happy with everything and I have no complaints.

September 11,2019


I go to Heliguy for all my drone requirements, I have used them for my commercial training and to purchase all my drones, and they've always been fantastic. They are great at listening to your requirements and recommending the correct kit, all at competitive prices and with a very friendly service. I couldn't recommend them enough, A+++++

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