WELCOME TO COPTRZ ACADEMY
Coptrz Academy is the UK’s leading CAA drone training provider. Studying with us gives you the qualifications, tools and continual development you need to be the best drone operator in your industry.
Enrol now for FREE and get access to over 450 online courses (including our popular free A2 CofC course), live and on-demand content from global experts, and a dedicated support team to guide you along the way.FIND OUT MORE
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 ongoing 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 £67 + Vat) and apply to the CAA for your qualification.
We are also the only training provider to offer flight training across 8 training locations in the UK, so if you’re wanting to get your GVC qualification then check your nearest flight test centre below ↓
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 CAA drone training journey with Coptrz Academy
Drone Training Courses
DRONE REGULATIONS 2022
“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 is operating under the same standard rather than having different regulations in each country.
The new regulations and classifications will be based on three basic concepts; the Type of operation being conducted; the 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 of the latest changes.”
Ryan Shelswell, Coptrz
WANT TO START A DRONE BUSINESS?
From £1,500 +VAT
Payment plans available
- A Quadcopter Drone (DJI or Parrot)
- GVC Online Training course
- OFQUAL 4 Accreditation
- A2 COFC Online Training course
- Flight Test at one of 8 locations across the UK
- 12-month subscription to COPTRZ Academy
- Operations Manual Support
- Access to the Coptrz Pilot Facebook Community
- Two Amazon No1 Best-selling Business books: “Big Thinking for Small Business” and “8 Figure Entrepreneur” by Coptrz co-founders Steve and Paul
SPECIALIST DRONE TRAINING COURSES
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 8 flight test centres across the UK. 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.
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:
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:
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:
What do you recommend as a starter drone?
COPTRZ recommend the Mavic 3 series which has you covered for all your survey and inspection needs in a compact and affordable drone. We even offer discounted starter bundles which you can find here. We also recommend the Parrot ANAFI A which has no transmission limits and the most intelligent interface. The ANAFI Ai is easy to operate due to its autonomous systems – perfect to get you off the ground.
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:
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:
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:
What happens to my PfCO If I already have one?
You can continue to operate under your PfCO’s specific limitations and conditions until the 1st January 2024. After this date you will be required to operate under a GVC certificate in order to continue using your Operational Authorisation.
You can convert your PfCO to a GVC with our conversion course.
If you let your Operational Authorisation lapse under your PfCO you will have to sit the GVC conversion course so that you can complete an initial application with the CAA
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 both the GVC and A2 CofC online.
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“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.”ENQUIRE NOW