CAA Drone Training Courses - COPTRZ

WELCOME TO COPTRZ ACADEMY

The UK’s leading CAA drone training provider are ready to start you on your journey today.

Download our Training Prospectus to find out how you can get started with your Drone Training in the UK.

TRAINING PROSPECTUS

WORLD-CLASS CAA DRONE TRAINING

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.

Coptrz Academy is the only training provider in the UK that offers OFQUAL accredited courses to individuals and organisations. Why not check out our incredible A2 CofC drone training course for FREE on our eLearning Platform, once you’ve completed the course you can sit the exam (fee £99 + Vat) and apply to the CAA for your qualification.

We are also the only training provider to offer flight training across 11+ training locations in the UK and Ireland, so if you’re wanting to get your GVC qualification then check your nearest flight test centre below ↓

11 FLIGHT TEST LOCATIONS

Check out your nearest flight test location for your GVC Flight Test

TRAINING LOCATIONS

WHO IS COPTRZ ACADEMY FOR?

✓ 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

Drone Training Courses

A2 CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY (A2 COFC)

FREE

 

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

Once you’ve completed the FREE online course you can take your exam (£99 + Vat fee)

*Not applicable to ELC students

 

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GENERAL VLOS CERTIFICATE (GVC)

£499 + 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
  • Lifetime Membership to Coptrz Academy
  • Access to the Coptrz Pilot Facebook Community
  • Option to add OFQUAL 4 Certificate

 

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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

 

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PFCO TO GVC CONVERSION COURSE

£99 + Vat

 

Already have a PfCO and want to convert it to a GVC? We provide a conversion course for all qualified PfCO Pilots.

What’s included?

  • General ‘VLOS’ Certificate (GVC) online course
  • Lifetime membership to COPTRZ Training Academy
  • Access to the Coptrz Pilot Facebook Community
  • Access to ‘Drone World’ meaning you will get unparalleled support from the industry’s experts

 

 

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DRONE REGULATIONS 2021

“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 latest changes.”

Duncan Hewitson, Coptrz

DRONE REGULATION GUIDE

DRONE TRAINING FAQ'S

Where are your face-to-face classroom courses located?

Browse the full location list here to find the most convenient location for you:

DRONE FLIGHT TEST LOCATIONS

 

 

How much is Drone Insurance?

You can get Drone Insurance from as little as £23 per month depending on the level of cover you need. Head here to find out more and see which insurance providers we recommend:

DRONE INSURANCE

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

No. You do need to invest in some additional training so that you can understand what your clients are trying to achieve, then your role is to help your client capture that data by operating the drone. With anything the more you know and the more you can understand your clients’ needs you are more likely to win work and retain clients.

For example if you are looking to get into the Survey sector check out this online course:

COMMERCIAL UAV SURVEYING COURSE

What do you recommend as a starter drone?

For the Media sector so film and photography Coptrz recommend a Mavic 2 Pro. However, if you’re looking for a drone that will cover you also for survey and inspection applications then you should look at the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual or a Parrot ANAFI Thermal. Check out our Business Starter Packages for more information.

What weight category does my drone fit into?

This depends entirely on the drone you’re flying. To find out more about the different weight classes and categories read our handy guide to drone regulations here:

DRONE REGULATIONS GUIDE 2021

What does the A2 CofC course include?

Our A2 CofC course includes 4 online training modules, virtual classrooms, practical self-study guidance, and ends with a multiple-choice theory exam (30 questions).

Classroom options available (however, if you’re wanting to take the exam on the same day, some online training is required). Find out more about the A2 CofC here:

A2 CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY 

What does the GVC course include?

Our GVC course includes 9 online training modules, virtual classrooms, practical self-study guidance, and finishes with a multiple-choice theory exam (40 questions). The course also includes training and support with developing your operations manual and a practical flight assessment where you will be assessed in line with your procedures.

Classroom options are available. Find out more about the GVC here:

GENERAL VLOS CERTIFICATE 

What happens to my PfCO If I already have one?

You can continue to operate under your PfCO’s specific limitations and conditions while it’s valid and you can continue to renew it for the next few years. When it comes to renewing your PfCO, its name will change to an Operational Authorisation.

If you let your PFCO lapse you will then have to sit a GVC so that you can apply for an Operational Authorisation. You can convert your valid PfCO to a GVC with our conversion course.

PFCO TO GVC CONVERSION COURSE

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

As of December 31st 2020, whether you fly for hobby or commercial reasons is no longer a consideration in what course you need, it comes down to the risk your flight would pose to uninvolved people. If you are flying a smaller aircraft with low risk, an A2 CofC may be perfect. For larger aircraft that pose a bigger risk, you may need an Operational Authorisation, a GVC is needed to apply for this.

For example, if you need to conduct flights closer to uninvolved people than what would be possible within the Open Category with your drone, completing a GVC and applying for Operational Authorisation from the CAA will open up more opportunities.

Can I do the GVC and A2 CofC online?

Yes! You can complete these courses online or at one of our many training locations (classroom courses will only be held if it safe to do so in line with government advice around COVID-19).

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.”

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DRONE TRAINING PACKAGES

DRONE PILOT TRAINING PACKAGE

Now £1,499 + Vat    

Finance packages available

A fantastic business starter drone for those on a budget, this compact aircraft is equipped with a 4K camera and gives you access to work in Photography and Inspection. 

Drone

• Parrot Anafi Work quadcopter with 4K Camera

• Controller and accessories

Training & Extras

• A2 CofC online training course + exam

• GVC online training course + exam + flight test

• Start a Drone Business eLearning course

• One-year subscription to Pix4Dcloud

• Lifetime access to Coptrz Academy

• First Annual Ops Manual review

• Access to the Coptrz Drone Pilot Facebook Community

• 3-month subscription for AIVA with 1,000 images

• Two Amazon No1 Best-selling Business books: “Big Thinking for Small Business”  and “8 Figure Entrepreneur” by Coptrz co-founders Steve and Paul

Optional OFQUAL 4 Certificate available for £100 + Vat

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DRONE BUSINESS STARTER PACKAGES

From £2,795 + 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 online course
  • 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

 

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WHY CHOOSE COPTRZ?

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 exclusive trials and perks.

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.

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.

SPECIALIST DRONE TRAINING COURSES

CERTIFIED UAV TYPE SPECIFIC COURSES

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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