CAA Drone Training Courses - COPTRZ - Become a Drone Pilot


Our fully approved Drone Training and OFQUAL accredited courses will get you into the skies with confidence.

Download our Training Brochure to find out how you can get started.

If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’re going to need a training provider that offers Drone Training, Global Qualifications and on-going support from industry experts from across the world.

Getting your GVC or A2 CofC with Coptrz Academy is a signal of intent.  It tells the world that you’re a serious drone pilot who wants to be the best you can be.

Online courses


Free (£49 + Vat exam fee)


You want to fly drones commercially and need Drone Training


What’s included?

  • A2 CofC Training and Certificate
  • Lifetime Membership to Coptrz Academy
  • Access to the Coptrz Pilot Facebook Community

*Not applicable to ELC students





£799 + Vat

Payment plans available

You want to fly drones commercially and need Drone Training


What’s included?

  • GVC General “Visual Line of Sight” Certificate online course
  • How to start a successful drone business eLearning course – worth £99
  • Introduction to Aerial Thermography eLearning course – worth £99
  • One Certified UAV Specific Course 12-hour eLearning course, choose from: Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Thermal, Matrice 300 RTK, Phantom 4 RTK or ELIOS 2 – worth £149
  • Two Amazon No 1 Business Books by Coptrz CEO’s Steve Coulson and Paul Luen – worth £20
  • £200 Coptrz Training Voucher use towards additional Drone Training Courses on Coptrz Academy including the OFQUAL 5 Chief Pilots course or the UAV Surveying Course




OFQUAL 5 Award for Commercial Drone Pilots

£999 + Vat

Payment plans available

You want to manage large, complex UAV projects involving a number of pilots 


What’s included?

  • A globally recognised OFQUAL 5 Training Course
  • EVLOS, BVLOS and Planning and Operating in congested areas
  • Lifetime membership to COPTRZ Training Academy
  • Unlock discounts on your Drone Insurance with Moonrock
  • Access to the Coptrz Pilot Facebook Community
  • *3-month free subscription to AIVA Asset Inspection Software

*Not applicable to ELC students





From £1,499 + Vat

Payment plans available

You’re starting your own business and you need the full works


What’s included?

  • A Quadcopter Drone (DJI or Parrot)
  • GVC Drone Training Course
  • OFQUAL 4 Accreditation
  • A2 COFC included
  • Flight Test at one of 11 locations across the UK
  • Lifetime membership to COPTRZ Training Academy
  • Operations Manual Support
  • 3-month free subscription to AIVA Asset Inspection Software
  • Access to the Coptrz Pilot Facebook Community
  • Big Thinking for Small Business book by Steve Coulson, Coptrz co-founder




The Drone Laws in the UK have changed! - Here's what you need to know...


✓ Individuals wanting to start a drone business

✓ Organisations wanting to make their operations faster, safer and more cost-effective

✓ Individuals or Organisations that operate a variety of drones (DJI, Parrot, Flyability, Wingtra) and want a training team who works day in, day out with their specific set-up

✓ We also run exclusive OFQUAL Level 5 courses for those organisations wanting to run large, complex UAV projects that involve a number of pilots, as well as a number of industry-specific courses for surveying, inspection and public safety.

Don’t leave your training to chance, start your drone training journey with Coptrz Academy today.


Launch your drone business with a Business Starter Package

Interested in finding out more about our popular Business Starter Packages? Join Jamie Cording UAV Strategist for Coptrz in this LIVE 90 minute webinar!

Learn the fastest and easiest way to launch your drone business – a Business Starter Package from Coptrz. Jamie guides you through the steps required to complete your drone training, hardware options for specific industries, and the software, accessories and support included in each package.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from experts in the field.

“The new drone regulations are designed to align with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and build on the new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration Scheme in the UK. The main reason to do this is so that Europe as a whole are operating under the same standard rather than having different regulations in each country.

The new regulations and classifications will be based around three basic concepts; Type of operation being conducted; Level of risk involved and the Level of performance/capabilities required.

I recommend before choosing the A2 CofC or the GVC that you read through our handy Drone Regulation guide for a complete overview on the changes coming.”

Daniel Wilson, Head of Training, Coptrz



To be competent, confident and safe with a manned aircraft you need to be trained and certified on the model you are flying.


This is just the same with an unmanned aircraft and why COPTRZ have worked with industry experts to create courses for the most commonly used commercial UAV’s:

• DJI Matrice 300 RTK

• DJI Phantom 4 RTK

• DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual

• Flyability ELIOS 2



Pix4Dmapper Essentials online course

£149 + Vat

Payment plans available

Learn to create 2D and 3D maps using PixDmapper and data captured by your drone. Aimed at beginners to intermediate level this online 12-hour course will give you the confidence to start mapping using drones.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to:

✓ Produce accurate 2D and 3D georeferenced representations of reality, including orthomosaics and 3D models.

✓ Acquire accurate measurements

✓ Share your deliverables with stakeholders



Commercial UAV Surveying Course

£475 + Vat

Payment plans available

You want to manage large, complex UAV projects in the survey sector


Course Benefits

  • If you’re a Drone Service Provider you’ll be armed with the knowledge to win and deliver business in the surveying space
  • Existing Survey, Geotechnical or Civil Engineering organisation you’ll have a simple way to start using drone effectively
  • You’ll fill the knowledge gap in capturing high-quality data and photogrammetric theory
  • It will enhance and refresh your skills in the drone surveying space



Aerial Thermal Imaging Category 1

£1,299 + Vat

Payment plans available

Learn how to capture, process and analyze thermal images captured by drone


Coptrz have partnered with iRed, the UK market leader in thermal drone training to deliver a world-class online Thermal Imaging Course. The course is aimed at professionals working in Asset Inspection and Drone Service Providers.




Daniel spent 7 years in the British SAS Reserves, delivered the world’s highest video broadcast to the BBC on the summit of Everest and works with the world’s top outdoor and cycling brands.


“COPTRZ helped by providing the necessary drone equipment for a vital pre-planning mission related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis"

Skytech Photography Limited

"Thank you to everyone at Coptrz for helping me through the process of gaining my PfCO. I had my flight test with Harry who is a credit to the team and I am pleased to say that I passed."
  • How much is Drone Insurance?

  • Do I need to be a qualified Surveyor or Asset Inspection professional to work in these sectors as a Drone Service Provider?

  • What do you recommend as a starter drone?

  • What weight category does my drone fit into?

  • What does the A2 CofC course include?

  • What does the GVC course include?

  • What happens to my PfCO If I already have one?

  • What course do I need to do if I want to fly commercially?

  • Can I do the GVC and A2 CofC online?

Highvue Drone Services

“You helped me believe in my product and life decision to start a business, opening my eyes to the potential of the industry.  I’ve had amazing feedback from clients on my work to date.  Your experience and advice is invaluable, and you have helped me on my path.  2020 is going to be huge for me and my business.”


OFQUAL Accredited drone training provider

It's globally recognised meaning your earning potential has just gone to the next level. It's also a quality stamp, it lets companies know that you're a serious pilot. No one outside the drone industry knows what a GVC or A2 CofC is, but they know what OFQUAL is. To win the contracts you need to speak in a language everyone understands.

Flight Test Locations across the UK

We have 11 flight test centres across the UK including Northern Ireland. That means you won't be travelling long distances to take a 1.5 hour long flight assessment (if required as part of your training).


Chief Drone Pilot Training

We want you to be a success, that's why we don't just stop at the GVC and A2 CofC. We provide a learning pathway that takes you all the way up to a Chief Drone Pilot. This is the best of the best, and we've got these 'Top Gun' pilots operating across the globe.

Finance Options Available

We have finance options to suit all budgets. You can put a part payment down on your training course, and then pay the rest just before you start. We will work with you all the way.

Graduate from the most prestigious Drone Training Academy in the UK

Think about it. Will Balfour Beatty or the BBC really hire someone who got their qualifications quick and easy. We've trained some of the best drone pilots in the world, trust us when we say it matters who you're trained by if you want to be successful.


Access Industry Expert Workshops

We don't just work with one drone brand, we work with the largest range the UK has to offer. They like to drop in on a regular basis to give you exclusive masterclasses and workshops on their drones and software - think DJI, Parrot, Flyability and Flir. There's a reason these Industry giants work with Coptrz.

Live Trainer Support

During Covid-19 we will be running our training courses through a virtual classroom with live trainer support and sessions for you to attend throughout the week. We truly will be with you every step of the way. Plus, we find standard online training courses really dull.

ELCAS Approved for ex-military

You're coming out of the military and want to continue being excellent, but with drones. You're in the right place, we're the only drone training provider approved by ELCAS. Even better, you can use your ELCAS credits towards our courses.

Perks exclusive to Coptrz Academy

We're the UK's leading commercial drone expert, we don't just run the biggest training academy in the UK. Throughout the year we offer trials and perks like free access to AIVA, the leading inspection software. In fact, you can have 3 months free access to this tool right from the start.

Continual Learning Platform

We aren't a one and done kind of organisation. We're on a mission to revolutionise the world with drones, and we can only do that if we walk side by side with you on your journey. So we keep Coptrz Academy fresh with new content on a weekly basis from global experts. It's all about keeping the saw sharp.

Commercial Drone Suppliers

Train with the Industrys best

We are proud to have one of the most highly qualified training teams in the world. They've flown commercially, they know what it takes to be 'Top Gun' in the drone industry. If you want to know the secrets of the trade, then you're in the right place.

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