Drone Training Courses

Here are the drone courses that HELIGUY.com™ offer.

A2 CofC

CAA Drone Training Online for A2 CofC

Online Training Available

Early Booking Discount

£209.00 ex VAT

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GVC

Online Drone Training GVC

Online Training Available

Early Booking Discount

£624.00 ex VAT

Book GVC training

PfCO to GVC

HELIGUY LMS Online Drone Training Platform

PfCO to GVC

Conversion Course

From £340.00 inc VAT

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Online Training

HELIGUY LMS Online Drone Training Platform

Online Training Available

Online Training Courses

No Extra Cost

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Drone Training Benefits

  • Courses approved by the CAA.
  • Flexible and on-demand online learning through Heliguy LMS. Convenient and no need to travel for your theory exam preparation. 
  • Engaging content covering the A2 CofC and GVC syllabuses with videos, quizzes, webinars, and task sheets.
  • Live Q&A sessions to access interactive training support.
  • Flexible invigilation - wide scope to book a time that suits you.
  • Sit your A2 CofC or GVC theory test remotely for a more relaxed and convenient examination environment.
  • Unlimited free resits on theory exams and GVC practical flight assessment.
  • Learn from our experienced team, which has trained more than 3,000 candidates and held dedicated courses for the police and large businesses.
  • Dedicated aftercare support. Whether it's by phone, email, or through LMS, our team is there to offer advice and support after you've passed your exam. 
  • Go beyond the syllabus - join Heliguy LMS for partner discounts, bonus material, and additional industry courses for value-added learning.
  • A2 CofC: No need to complete an Operations Manual or practical flight assessment.
  • GVC: Streamlined Operations Manual creation through LMS, and bespoke flight assessment tailored to your commercial operation.
"Trust Heliguy to pilot you to success. Incredibly impressed with the level of professionalism and knowledge the training team offers. Great team, always on hand to answer any questions you have. The online one-to-one training works very well. The training suite is very well put together and I passed my exam first time due to these factors. Can't recommend them enough and will always continue to use Heliguy for both training needs and the purchasing of equipment."

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What kind of drone training do you need?

Cut through the often confusing regulatory setup and use our simple guide to understand what drone training is right for you.

Do I Need to Take a Drone Training Course?

If you're going to be flying in any of these circumstances - then yes - you'll need some form of commercial drone training in the UK:

  • Closer than 150m horizontally from any kind of built up area - that includes commercial, residential or recreational areas.
  • Flying over or around people you don't have any control over.
  • Flying closer than 50m horizontally from people - even when using "low speed" or tripod mode.
  • You're flying a drone over 4kg in weight.

When do I not need Drone Training?

The only exception is if you're flying any drone under 250g - the DJI Mavic Mini for example. Any drone with a take-off weight of less than 250g can be flown without any training if risk to people and property is low.

These new laws came into force in the UK and throughout Europe on December 31, 2020.

You Need A2 CofC Training

You'll Need a GVC

Training Requirements

 - Theoretical Learning
 - Theoretical Exam
 - Self-Guided Practical Flight Training

 - Theoretical Learning
 - Theoretical Exam
 - Operations Manual
 - RAE Practical Flight Assessment

CAA Fees

None

 - Initial Application
 - Annual Renewal
 - Approx £450 / year

Permitted SUA

 - A1 Transitional
 - A2 Transitional
 - C2

 - 0 - 25kg SUA

Commercial Activity Permitted

Yes

Yes

Qualification Validity

5 Years

5 Years

Advantage

 - No costs with CAA
 - No Operations Manual
 - No Flight Assessment
 - Reduced Separation Distances (C2)
 - +400ft Structure Inspection Permitted

 - Available to use now
 - EVLOS/ BVLOS Bolt-on Modules
 - Any SUA (0-25kg)
 - Governance & operating procedures
 - Multiple RP permitted

Disadvantage

 - Limited to aircraft
 - No recognised qualification
 - Currently no C2 aircraft
 - Single RP only

 - Longer training pathway
 - Comprehensive Syllabus
 - Longer Examination
 - Ongoing CAA Costs
 - Audit & Governance

Booking Links

If you're still confused about whether you need training - you can get much more detail in our blog post.

Click here to read our New Drone Regulations Guide.

Drone Licenses - do you need one?

Learn more about drone licenses in the UK - and if you'll need further training.

Do I need a drone licence?

Whether or not you need a drone licence depends on where you are planning to fly your aircraft. The type of licence depends on the sort of operation you intend to conduct.

The A2 CofC is for pilots flying in the Open Category, while the Operational Authorisation is required for operators wanting to conduct missions in the Specific Category. 

However, as far as the UK goes, it is  NOT a drone license, rather the A2 CofC is a certificate of competency, while the Operational Authorisation is a permission granted by the CAA to allow flights in the Specific Category -and pilots are required to complete a GVC course for this. To find out more and to help you decide which is the best route for you, read our UK drone laws blog.           

In order to get a drone license, you'll need to train with a National Qualified Entity (NQE) or Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE). Heliguy are one of the leading NQE's in the UK who have successfully trainsitioned to RAE status, and can provide industry-leading training to secure your license.

If you're outside the UK - we provide more guidance on drone rules and regulations around the world on our blog.

There Are No Drone Licenses In The UK

Training By Drone

Simply select the drone you're flying - and get detailed information on the training you'll need.

To help clarify how the new drone regulations are going to affect you, we've broken down all the pertinent rules by drone model.

Simply choose the drone you're flying from the menu below and you'll be shown the advice that applies specifically to that drone.

DJI Mini 2

Mini 2 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic Mini

Mavic Mini Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Spark

Spark Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic Air

Mavic Air Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic Air 2

Mavic Air 2 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Mavic 2 Pro Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

Mavic 2 Enterprise Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Phantom 3

Phantom 3 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Phantom 4 Pro Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Phantom 4 RTK

Phantom 4 RTK Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Inspire 2

Inspire 2 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Matrice 600

Matrice 600 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Matrice 200 Series

Matrice 200 Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

DJI Matrice 300 RTK

Matrice 300 RTK Drone Rules and Drone Training Requirements

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Mini 2. 

Where Can I Fly?

As long as the flying weight remains under 250g, you can fly in the Open Category’s A1 subcategory (fly over people). This allows:

  • Flights over uninvolved people, but not over crowds

However, if the flying weight exceeds 250g, Mini 2 pilots will need to adhere to the rules of an A1 Transitional class drone or fly in the A3 subcategory.

This means:

  • A1 Transitional: No intentional flight over involved persons.
  • A3: No uninvolved people present within the area of flight; No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.


To be able to fly under A1 Transitional terms, an A2 CofC is required.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

Mini 2 pilots only require an A2 CofC if the flying weight exceeds 250g and operation is within the remit of A1 Transitional conditions.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC?

Complete an A2 CofC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

Can I Fly Commercially Without An A2 CofC?

Yes. Mini 2 pilots can fly commercially without having an A2 CofC. But an A2 CofC is needed for A1 Transitional flights if weight exceeds 250g, regardless of whether the operation is for recreational or commercial purposes.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. But, such is the weight of the Mini 2 and the associated permissions, Mini 2 pilots may well fly under the terms of the A1 subcategory. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

Unlike other DJI drones which are not classed marked and weigh over 250g, the Mini 2 will be able to fly as it is now at the end of the Transitional Period; ie by following the conditions of the A1 subcategory.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Mavic Mini. 

Where Can I Fly?

As long as the flying weight remains under 250g, you can fly in the Open Category’s A1 subcategory (fly over people). This allows: 

  • Flights over uninvolved people, but not over crowds

However, if the flying weight exceeds 250g, Mavic Mini pilots will need to adhere to the rules of an A1 Transitional class drone or fly in the A3 subcategory.

This means:

  • A1 Transitional: No intentional flight over involved persons.
  • A3: No uninvolved people present within the area of flight; No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.


To be able to fly under A1 Transitional terms, an A2 CofC is required.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

Mavic Mini pilots only require an A2 CofC if the flying weight exceeds 250g and operation is within the remit of A1 Transitional conditions.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC?

Complete an A2 CofC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

Can I Fly Commercially Without An A2 CofC?

Yes. Mavic Mini pilots can fly commercially without having an A2 CofC. But an A2 CofC is needed for A1 Transitional flights if weight exceeds 250g, regardless of whether the operation is for recreational or commercial purposes.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. But, such is the weight of the Mavic Mini, and its associated permissions, Mavic Mini pilots may well fly under the terms of the A1 subcategory. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

Unlike other DJI drones which are not classed marked and weigh over 250g, the Mavic Mini will be able to fly as it is now at the end of the Transitional Period; ie by following the conditions of the A1 subcategory.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Spark. 

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says: 

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category perimetres, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Mavic Air. 

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says: 

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category perimetres, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Mavic Air 2.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category perimetres, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Mavic 2 Zoom.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category perimetres, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, Mavic 2 Pro pilots will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Mavic 2 Pro.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category perimetres, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register.. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Mavic 2 Enterprise Series drone(s).

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category perimetres, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, Phantom 3 pilots will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Phantom 3.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category perimetres, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Phantom 4 Pro.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category parameters, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register. Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Phantom 4 RTK.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Training Options

A2 CofC

An A2 CofC allows operations in the A2 subcategory (fly near to people) of the Open Category. This permits flights up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people. This is allowed during the Transitional Period, which runs in the UK until December 31, 2022.

GVC

For operations which pose a greater risk than the Open Category or fall outside the Open Category parameters, a GVC is required to apply for an Operational Authorisation to fly in the Specific Category.

How Do I Get an A2 CofC or GVC?

Complete an A2 CofC or GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The A2 CofC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy) and a period of practical flight training.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With An A2 CofC or GVC?

Yes. Having an A2 CofC allows you to operate commercially. But the A2 CofC is not specifically a commercial permission; it is a competency which permits flights in the A2 subcategory, regardless of recreational or commercial flying.

You can fly commercially in the Open Category without an A2 CofC, but your operations will be restricted to the conditions of the A3 subcategory.

The GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), to fly in the Specific Category - geared towards enterprise drone pilots and for operations outside the remit of the Open Category.

Permission For Flight Association Members

Members of Flight Associations can fly under an Article 16 authorisation, which enables flights up to 30m of uninvolved people and 30m horizontal distance from an assembly of people in certain locations - without having to do an A2 CofC or GVC. Article 16 cannot be used for commercial reasons, though.

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register.  Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Matrice 200 V2.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Recommended Training

GVC

The recommended training is a GVC course. A GVC will allow you to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation, which permits flights in the Specific Category.

The Specific Category is for operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open Category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category. The Specific Category is aimed at enterprise drone operators.

How Do I Get a GVC?

Complete a GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With a GVC?

Yes. Having a GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register.   Visit the CAA’s DMARES website.  If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Matrice 600.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a   drone training course.


Recommended Training

GVC

The recommended training is a GVC course. A GVC will allow you to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation, which permits flights in the Specific Category.

The Specific Category is for operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open Category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category. The Specific Category is aimed at enterprise drone operators.

How Do I Get a GVC?

Complete a GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With a GVC?

Yes. Having a GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a   PfCO to GVC conversion  course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register.   Visit the CAA’s DMARES website.  If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your M300 RTK.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a   drone training course.


Recommended Training

GVC

The recommended training is a GVC course. A GVC will allow you to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation, which permits flights in the Specific Category.

The Specific Category is for operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open Category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category. The Specific Category is aimed at enterprise drone operators.

How Do I Get a GVC?

Complete a GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With a GVC?

Yes. Having a GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a   PfCO to GVC conversion  course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

Drone Registration

Do I need UK drone registration?

Yes, you will need to register.  Visit the CAA’s DMARES website. If you have already registered and have an Operator ID, ensure this is attached to your Inspire 2.

Where Can I Fly?

Without taking a drone training course, you will have to fly by the rules of the Open Category’s A3 subcategory (fly far from people). This says:

  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight;
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational areas.

Want more freedom? Take a drone training course.


Recommended Training

GVC

The recommended training is a GVC course. A GVC will allow you to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation, which permits flights in the Specific Category.

The Specific Category is for operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open Category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category. The Specific Category is aimed at enterprise drone operators.

How Do I Get a GVC?

Complete a GVC with Heliguy - a UK CAA-approved Recognised Assessment Entity - through our online training portal.

The GVC involves a syllabus, followed by a multiple-choice examination (sat remotely with Heliguy). Candidates are also required to produce an Operations Manual, and will undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

Can I Fly Commercially With a GVC?

Yes. Having a GVC allows you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, which has replaced the Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).

What Happens If I Had A Valid PfCO?

Holders of a Standard Permission valid beyond December 31, 2020, will have their permissions brought into line with the new Operational Authorisation (which has replaced the PfCO) to enable operations in the Specific Category. On renewal, this permission will become an Operational Authorisation. This means that you will not need to sit a GVC course yet, but will be required to complete a PfCO to GVC conversion course before January 1, 2024.


From January 2023 (End of Transitional Period)

The rules will change for DJI aircraft in their current form. Updated information released nearer the time.

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ONLINE DRONE TRAINING

Learn more about Heliguy LMS - our digital learning portal.

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Drone Training Locations

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With a fascinating history, beautiful gardens and secluded in the heart of an 8,000 acre estate, The Elvetham is an opulent venue to complete your drone training.

Address

Fleet Rd, Hartley Whitney,
Hook, Hampshire
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Drone Training Manchester

Shrigley Hall

This elegant Georgian country house and spa is nestled in 262 acres of grounds on the edge of the Peak District National Park and has an 18-hole championship golf course.

Address

Shrigley Rd, Pott Shrigley,
Macclesfield, Cheshire
SK10 5SB

Drone Training Newcastle

The Village Hotel

A stylish hotel with a pub & grill, spa and a gym all under one roof, located between the bustling city centre of Newcastle and the stunning beaches at Longsands and Whitley Bay.

Address

10 The Silverlink North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
Tyne and Wear
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak - all our training is currently being delivered online.

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Heliguy Drone Training Benefits

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Real-world examples of our training expertise.

Drone Training Case Study with Balfour Beatty Construction

Heliguy has trained pilots from global infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty - and their pilots are using drones to save time, improve safety and collect data across their sites.

Pilot Wayne Hughes said: "Heliguy has industry-recognised expertise and offers a fantastic range of products which have supported us in our business. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Heliguy to others in the industry."

See How Balfour Beatty Learned with Heliguy
Drone Training Case Study with Network Rail Infrastructure

Heliguy delivered drone pilot training to Network Rail to build a 'strong team' of skilled operators to bolster its UAS division, as part of a £2.6million framework agreement.

Paul Lindup, of Network Rail, said: "The course was very professional, very well structured and very well delivered. I know Heliguy's instructors are great at what they do and the candidates are in safe hands."

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Drone Training Case Study with Derbyshire Police

Two officers from Derbyshire Constabulary were called into action with their drone less than 48 hours after completing their drone training with Heliguy - filling a vital gap in operational capability.

PC Tom Gee, Derbyshire Constabulary, said: "It was great to see that our officers had the confidence and ability to deploy so quickly after passing their assessment.

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PfCO CAA Drone Training Course

Get your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) with Heliguy

Heliguy's PfCO course is no longer available. It has been replaced by the GVC course - available now.

No Longer Available

Includes:

  • 3-day ground school
  • Theory test
  • Operations manual production
  • Practical flight examination
  • Night permissions
  • Exclusive candidate discounts
  • Exclusive Facebook group access
  • Ongoing support

CAA Drone Training for A2 CofC

Get your A2 Certificate of Competency (CofC) with Heliguy

An A2 CofC enables operators of small drones to fly close to people. Without an A2 CofC, you could find yourself restricted by the rules of the A3 subcategory - fly far from people.

An A2 CofC will let you fly a C2-class aircraft down to a maximum distance of 30m horizontally from uninvolved people. Or up to 5m in 'low-speed mode'. However, no C2-marked drones currently exist.

During the Transitional Period - until December 31, 2022 - an A2 CofC will let you operate A2 Transitional aircraft (such as your current DJI drone) with a flying weight of up to 2kg in the A2 subcategory under Transitional provisions. With this, you will be able to fly up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people.

During the Transitional Period, having an A2 CofC will also allow you to operate an A1 Transitional aircraft, with a take-off weight between 250g and 500g, in the A1 subcategory, under A1 Transitional provisions during the Transitional Period. This stipulates that there must not be any intentional flight over uninvolved persons.

This means that an A2 CofC is not required for owners of a DJI Mini 2 or Mavic Mini - unless their takeoff weights exceeds 250g and they do not want to be bound by the stipulations of the A3 subcategory.

The A2 CofC is valid for five years.

CAA Drone Training Online for A2 CofC

Now £209.00

ex VAT

Includes:

  • 1-day ground school
  • Theory test, but no flight assessment/operations manual
  • Exclusive candidate discounts
  • Exclusive Facebook group access
  • Ongoing support

A2 CofC Frequent Asked Questions

What is the A2 CofC?

The A2 CofC (Certificate of Competency) is a remote pilot competency certificate primarily intended to assure safe operations of drones close to uninvolved persons. It was introduced as part of the new drone regulations, which started in the UK and throughout Europe, on December 31 2020.

Why do I need an A2 CofC?

An A2 CofC allows pilots to fly a class-marked C2 class aircraft within the A2 subcategory of the Open Category. Pilots with a C2 class aircraft and an A2 CofC can fly up to 30m horizontally from uninvolved people, or up to 5 metres in low-speed mode. However, currently, no C2 aircraft exist.

Therefore, a Transitional Period is running until December 31, 2022. 

During this time, holders of an A2 CofC will be able to fly their current aircraft (not class marked) weighing up to 2kg in the A2 subcategory, under Transitional provisions. This stipulates that there must not be flights any closer than 50m horizontally from uninvolved people.


Also, during the Transitional Period, holders of an A2 CofC can fly non-class-marked aircraft with a takeoff weight of between 250g and 500g in the A1 subcategory under Transitional provisions, ie no intentional flight over uninvolved people. 

Does the A2 CofC allow me to operate commercially?

Yes. As long as you stick to the rules of the subcategory you are flying in, you can operate commercially or recreationally with an A2 CofC.

What Happens If I Haven't Got an A2 CofC?

If you haven't got an A2 CofC, you could find yourself limited in terms of where you can fly your drone.

If you have a 'legacy' drone with a take-off weight between 250g and 2kg, and you do not have an A2 CofC, you will have to operate in the A3 subcategory (far from people), which stipulates that there can be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight, and no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.

How Do I Obtain an A2 CofC?

You can obtain an A2 CofC by completing a one-day Ground School course with Heliguy, via our Learning Management System. This enables you to complete the modules remotely in your own time and at your own convenience. Heliguy instructors will be available though to assist if you need help or advice along the way, via our live messenger feed.

Once you have covered the syllabus, you can sit your exam remotely.

Unlike the GVC, there are no requirements to undergo a Practical Flight Test or complete an Operations Manual for the A2 CofC.

However, there is a requirement to complete self-guided practical flight training.

New remote pilots must complete a minimum of eight hours of flight time, whilst experienced remote pilots who already have in excess of six hours of flight time will only need to conduct a minimum of two hours flight time specifically towards the A2 CofC qualification.

Remote pilots are then required to submit evidence of their achievement for validation by our training instructors.

The self-practical flight training can be completed before or after the ground school course, but it is important that you have registered with the CAA and obtained a Flyer ID before conducting the practical flight training. 

Before conducting the self-practical flight training, you must successfully complete the CAA’s Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service online competency test, and be in possession of the Flyer ID number associated with that test. 

What Do I Have To Do In The A2 CofC Theory Examination?

The exam – sat in formal conditions – comprises a minimum of 30 multiple-choice questions, specifically covering meteorology; UAS flight performance; and technical and operational mitigations for ground risk.

The exam is a closed-book format (except when questions require reference to charts, or other sources of specific aeronautical information) and the minimum pass mark is 75%.

The examination will last for 75 minutes. Any candidate with a recognised disability or additional needs (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia) will be given an additional 15 minutes.

The exam is sat remotely and there is a wide scope to book your slot.

What Happens If I Fail The A2 CofC Exam?

Heliguy offers free resits. If you have not completed your practical flight training within a year of passing your exam, you will be required to re-sit the exam.

How Long Does An A2 CofC Last For?

The A2 CofC lasts for five years, after which you'll have to renew it.

CAA Approved GVC Training

Get your General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) with Heliguy.

The GVC is a remote pilot competency certificate which provides a single qualification that is suitable for VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) operations within the Specific Category.

Mainly aimed at enterprise drone pilots, the Specific Category covers operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open Category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category. 

The Specific Category hinges on an Operational Authorisation being held by the drone operator, which has been issued by the CAA, before the operation can be commenced.

The Operational Authorisation – which replaced the term PfCO – will be based upon a Pre-Defined Risk Assessment (PDRA).

After the GVC Ground School training course, candidates will be required to produce an Operations Manual and undergo a practical flight assessment with a flight examiner.

The GVC is valid for a period of five years and you can book your course with Heliguy and complete your GVC training now.

Online Drone Training GVC

Now £624.00

ex VAT

Includes:

  • 2-day ground school
  • Theory test
  • Flight assessment
  • Exclusive candidate discounts
  • Exclusive Facebook group access
  • Ongoing support

GVC Course Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The GVC?

The GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate) is a remote pilot competency certificate which provides a single qualification that is suitable for VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) operations within the Specific Category. 

The Specific Category hinges on an Operational Authorisation being held by the drone operator, which has been issued by the CAA, before the operation can be commenced.

The GVC is acceptable for all VLOS operations conducted under a PDRA (Pre-Defined Risk Assessment) and, in most circumstances, it will be considered an acceptable level of remote pilot competency within an operational risk assessment for any other VLOS operation.

What Is An Operational Authorisation?

The Operational Authorisation – which has replaced the term PfCO – is based upon a risk assessment that is completed by the UAS operator, or through a series of Pre-Defined Risk Assessments (PDRA).

This means that individuals or organisations that wish to operate a drone within the Specific Category must either provide a risk assessment to the CAA (by following the OSC – Operating Safety Case – process), or adhere to the requirements of the PDRA.

How Do I Obtain a GVC?

You can obtain a GVC by sitting a two-day Ground School course with Heliguy via our online Learning Management System. This enables you to complete the modules remotely in your own time and at your own convenience.

The GVC course syllabus will cover topics such as airlaw/responsibilities, UAS airspace operating principles, airmanship/aviation safety, meteorology, and navigation/charts, among other things. The GVC course will culminate in a theory test. As a Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE), we now have dispensation from the CAA to allow us to invigilate the GVC theory examination remotely using your webcam to maintain virtual exam conditions within Heliguy Learning Management System.

All candidates will also be required to complete a practical flight test, which will be taken on a separate date following successful completion of the Ground School course. The completion of an Operations Manual is also required. Heliguy has a streamlined Operations Manual creation process to assist candidates with this task. 

What Do I Have To Do In The GVC Exam?

The GVC examination – sat in formal conditions – will comprise a minimum of 40 questions. 

There will be a minimum of five questions in each of the following subject areas:

  • Air law/responsibilities;
  • UAS airspace operating principles;
  • Airmanship and aviation safety.


The exam questions may be in the following formats:

  • Multiple-choice questions – a choice of no less than 4 answers;
  • Long answer questions;
  • A mixture of both multiple-choice and long answer questions.


The exam will be a closed-book format (except when questions require reference to charts, or other sources of specific aeronautical information) and the minimum overall pass mark is 75%. 

The duration of the examination can be determined by the RAE and is subject to acceptance by the CAA. Any candidate with a recognised disability or additional needs (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia) should be granted an extra 10% of the allocated assessment time to complete the examination.

What Do I Have To Do In The GVC Practical Flight Test?

The GVC practical flight test is designed to provide assurance that the remote pilot being examined can safely undertake a wide range of VLOS operations within the Specific Category, including those conducted under a PDRA, whilst adhering to a set of procedures contained within an operations manual.

The test will be conducted outdoors and candidates must sufficiently show competence in a range of pre-and-post-flight actions, and in-flight procedures.

All candidates must complete the practical flight test.

What Happens If I Fail The GVC Exam/Flight Assessment?

Heliguy offers free resits. If you have not completed your practical flight assessment/Operations Manual within a year of passing your exam, you will be required to re-do the exam.

Do I Need To Do Anything Other Than My GVC?

Yes. You must successfully complete the CAA's Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service online competency test, and be in possession of the Flyer ID number associated with that test.

Are There Bolt-on Modules For The GVC?

Yes, there are. The GVC can be augmented by a number of additional modules. Currently, one additional module has been developed; this is the GVC Module 1, which covers operations that involve an unmanned aircraft being flown beyond the VLOS of the remote pilot but make use of visual observers for the purpose of avoiding collisions (ie Extended VLOS operations).

These bolt-on modules will allow you to complete more complex missions with your drone, similar to what is now granted through an OSC (Operating Safety Case).

Heliguy will be releasing more information on these bolt-on modules in due course.

How Long Does My GVC Last For?

The GVC, along with any additional modules that are attached to it, is valid for a period of five years from the date that the examination was taken.

What Happens If I Have A Valid PfCO?

Pilots with a valid PfCO (which runs beyond December 31, 2020) don't need to panic, as their PfCO did not become null and void at the start of the new drone regulations.

Rather, operating conditions on valid PfCOs will be amended to bring them into line with the Operational Authorisation. This ensures that all relevant UAS operators hold the same privileges.

This special permission is applicable until the expiry date of a remote pilot’s PfCO/standard permission.

Once a renewal application is submitted, the applicant will receive an Operational Authorisation and individuals with NQE qualifications may continue to renew that Operational Authorisation until January 1, 2024, before which, they’ll be required to undertake the PfCO to GVC Conversion Course

Practical Flight Assessments for Drones

Here's what a practical flight assessment entails.

The practical flight assessment is an important part of both the PfCO and GVC. Operators must demonstrate their ability to control their drones safely and accurately through a series of manoeuvres.

Gain access to the exclusive video highlighting which tasks and manoeuvres you should be practising before your assessment, including:

  • 45 degree ascent & descent
  • Figure of eight
  • Aircraft re-orientation
  • Aerial photography manouvres
  • Aerial videography manouvres

Do You Need A Practical Flight Test?


Depending on the kind of flights you're undertaking - you'll need different qualifications.

Tell us a bit about your drone and mission requirements, and one of our training experts will get in touch to advise if you need to take a practical flight test or not.

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Heliguy have created an Emergency Services Drone Operator Training (ES-DOT) course specifically for the emergency services in the UK.

Using our wealth of experience training, supporting and supplying the emergency services, we have produced a tailored course that will give the pilots in your organisation the confidence to succeed while on operations.

The ES-DOT course can be taken at one of our existing venues, or our training team can delivery the course at a more convinient location of your choice.

We have trained over 50 emergency service organisations using our ES-DOT programme and have had some incredible feedback.

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  • Includes theory test, flight test and operations manual
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Drone Regulations under New Legislation

New laws started in the UK on December 31 2020

The new regulations started in the UK and throughout Europe on December 31, 2020.

The regulations intend to do away with the limitations and ambiguity around commercial and non-commercial drone operations, and instead follow three basic concepts, based around:

  • the type of operation being conducted;
  • the level of risk;
  • the level of performance;

In the long run, the new regulations will open up new possibilities for operating a drone, including letting you fly closer to people than you have been able to previously, and letting you sell your stunning drone images without needing to complete a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation).

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New Drone Legislation

CAA Drone Flight Categorisation

Here are the categories for drone flights under the new rules:

New Drone 'Open' Category Rules

Open Category

Operations that present a low (or no) risk to third parties.

Operations are conducted in accordance with basic and pre-defined characteristics and are not subject to any further authorisation requirement.

Open Category Video Guide

New Drone 'Specific' Category Rules

Specific Category

Operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open Category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category.

Operations will require an Operational Authorisation from the CAA, based on a safety risk assessment.

Get Specific Category Guide

New Drone 'Certified' Category Rules

Certified Category

Operations that present an equivalent risk to that of manned aviation and will be subjected to the same regulatory regime (i.e. certification of the aircraft, certification of the operator, licensing of the pilot).

This category is reserved for operations of the highest complexity which will fall outside the remit of the majority of drone operators.

Get Certified Category Guide

Training Requirements in the Open Category

The extent of training required will depend on which Open subcategory (A1-A3) you wish to fly in.

Each subcategory will stipulate how/where you can fly your aircraft.

New classes for drones (C0-C4) will be introduced, based on factors such as maximum take-off weight, speed, and geo-awareness systems, among other things. Specific classes of drones can be flown in certain subcategories of the Open category.

However, there are currently no drones on the market which meet this class criteria - so a Transitional period has been introduced. This means you can continue to use your current drone and fly it under the Transitional provision of the Open category, as determined by your drone's weight.

Click any of the subcategories to learn more about the specific training requirements:

A1 (Fly over uninvolved people, but not over crowds) Flight with C0 (Toy or Not Toy) Or Legacy Drone Under 250g flying weight:

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration required (in some cases)
 - Read user manual 

A1 (No intentional flight over uninvolved persons) Flight with C1 (Under 900g) drone:

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test

A1 (No intentional flight over uninvolved persons) Flight with A1 Transitional Drone (250-500g flying weight):

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required;
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test
 - Self-practical training (with an RAE, such as Heliguy, or self-monitored)
 - A2 CofC Theory Test (with an RAE, such as Heliguy)

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A2 (Fly 'Close to' People) Flight with C2 (Under 4kg) drone:

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
- Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test
 - Self-practical training (with an RAE, such as Heliguy, or self-monitored)
 - A2 CofC theory test (with an RAE, such as Heliguy)

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A2 (Fly 'Close to' People) Flight with A2 Transitional Drone (under 2kg flying weight):

Training requirements:

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
- Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test
 - Self-practical training (with an RAE, such as Heliguy, or self-monitored)
 - A2 CofC theory test (with an RAE, such as Heliguy)

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A3 Flight (Fly 'Far from' People) with C3 and C4 (Under 25kg) drones:

Training requirements: 

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test

A3 (Fly 'Far from' People) Flight with Transitional Drone (between 2kg and 25kg):

Training requirements: 

 - UK Drone Registration Registration required
 - Read user manual
 - DMARES online training
 - DMARES online foundation test

Registering Your Drone In The UK

Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service

You must register before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors in the UK. This is done through the UK Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service (DMARES).

There are two elements and you may need to meet both.

  • If you’ll fly, you must pass a free theory test to get a flyer ID.
  • If you’re responsible for a drone or model aircraft, you must register for an operator ID.

It is against the law to fly a drone or model aircraft without having the required IDs.

However, you do not need to register if you will only fly or use the following types of drone or model aircraft:

  • Toys below 250g or in C0 class;
  • Those in C0 class with no camera, whether they are a toy or not;
  • Those below 250g with no camera and no class mark, whether they’re a toy or not.

A Guide To The UK Drone Registration Service

Drone Training FAQs

Answers to your most frequently asked questions about drone training.

Do I need any experience with drones before attending the courses?

No. Whether you have experience or not - our drone training school helps take you from novice to commercial pilot, regardless of any existing drone experience.

Our curriculum is well-paced to ensure that those more recently entering the industry can get up to speed, while experienced pilots will still be getting value at every stage.

If you're looking for CAA approved drone training near you - check out our locations here.

What do I do if I fail?

The first thing is not to panic - there's a lot of information to take in and you might slip up on a difficult question or a complex flight task.

Either way - Heliguy never  charge you to resit these tests - unlike some of our competitors!

You'll have a chance to go away and brush up on your skills before re-taking the test at a time that's right for you.

Do I need any kind of insurance before I take the course?

No - Heliguy offer free insurance for your practical flight assessment (for the GVC course) through their partners at Coverdrone.

Once you're operating commercially of course, you'll need to have insurance in place to protect your operations and your equipment.

What are the Open, Specific and Certified drone categories?

Under the new drone laws three categories define where drones can be flown.

These categories are:

Open: Operations that present a low (or no) risk to third parties.

Specific : Operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open Category. Holding an Operational Authorisation allows you to fly in this category.

Certified : Operations that present an equivalent risk to that of manned aviation. This category is for high-complexity missions.


The Open Category is broken down into three subcategories:

A1: Fly over people.
A2 : Fly close to people.
A3 : Fly far from people.

Each of these subcategories has more specified criteria of where/how your drone can be operated.


More Information On New UK Drone Regulations

What Are The New Drone Classes?

As part of the new regulations, a new class system for drones has been introduced. Each make of drone will have its own class rating – from C0 to C4 – which will be based on certain criteria, such as weight, maximum speed and other features based around safety and geo-awareness.

Specific classes of drone can be flown in specific categories and subcategories.

Currently, no drones meet the current class requirements, so no C0-C4 aircraft exists.


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What Is The Transitional Period?

Because no drones currently meet the class requirements, a Transitional Period will run until the end of December 31, 2022, to give manufacturers the chance to bring out C0-C4 drones. 

This means that you can continue to fly your current DJI drones - to become known as legacy aircraft - in accordance with the new rules.


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