If you're ex-military you can use your ELCAS funding to retrain as a Commercial Drone Operator


How army veteran Stu Logan started his drone business

Stu started his drone business with his best mate and fellow veteran, Tom after sadly being made redundant from the military. He shares his story of the ups and downs of building your own business as well as invaluable gold nuggets of information for those looking to do the same.

Stu said, “I was thrown into the drone world in about 1998 and I’ve just never looked back on it since!”


We are hoping to start offering both courses as a classroom option soon but until then you can kickstart your retraining programme with our online courses. Both courses include access to a live tutor to guide you through the process every step of the way. You can also access and complete the course within your own time-frame, we’ve designed it to fit around your life.

If you’d like to chat over which course suits you best then please get in touch here for an informal chat.


£718.80 inc VAT

If you want to work with bigger, commercial aircraft such as the Matrice 300 RTK or you want to use your drone for fairly complex work then you may need a GVC qualification.

What’s included?

  • GVC General VLOS Certificate
  • OFQUAL 4 Accreditation
  • Flight Test at one of 11 locations across the UK
  • Lifetime Membership to Coptrz Academy
  • Access to the Coptrz Pilot Facebook Community

Classroom courses available £1,078.80


£1198.80 inc VAT

If you want to access work with large organisations and manage multiple pilots and equipment then you’re going to need to upskill. This is where OFQUAL 5 comes in. Learn the skills and acquire the confidence to take on million-pound, large UAV projects that involve more than one pilot.

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


Meet Jamie Cording

UAV Strategist

Jamie has helped thousands of entrepreneurs to set up drone businesses including many ex-servicemen and women who have forged a new career in drone technology.

I believe there are skills which you learn in the military which are really transferable to working in the drone sector; disciple, hard work, honesty and integrity. We are finding a lot of ex-servicemen and women choosing drones as their next career step because of the excitement, flexibility and diversity of working in the sector. Whether you want to work for yourself or you’d like to work as an internal drone operator for an established business, the opportunities are endless”.

Jamie Cording

Want to chat through your options with Jamie? Book a 30-minute one-on-one call back for a time that suits you.


You could go from a Military Career to a successful Drone Business owner


What is ELCAS?

The ELCAS scheme is designed to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces with training that will enhance their current or future career. This assistance is in the form of an annual payment in up to three individual years. All training courses must be delivered by an Approved Learning Provider and result in an award of a nationally recognised qualification on the Qualification and Credit Framework (England and Wales).

COPTRZ Training Provider Number is 10710 – Coptrz LTD.

Why should you choose our training courses?

The use of drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) requires a particular skillset which armed forces personnel are particularly suited to. As well as following established protocols and assessing risk for each and every mission, familiarity with drone hardware and the ability to assume personal responsibility every time you fly are prerequisites for a successful drone pilot.

How do I acquire Enhanced Learning Credits?

All serving and leaving personnel are automatically enrolled for Enhanced Learning Credits. The value of these credits depends on the length of your time in service, and the maximum number of credits you can earn is three. There are two distinct tiers for ELC funding, which depend on the length of your service. Enhanced Learning Credits on the lower tier will be worth £1,000 per year for individual scheme members who have completed not less than six years eligible service, while the upper tier will be worth £2,000 per year for individuals who have completed eight of more years’ service. Only service accumulated since 1st April 2000, may be counted as eligible service for the purpose of the ELC Scheme.

Many members of the Armed Forces begin planning their post-military career a number of years prior to leaving the military, so even if you aren’t planning on leaving just yet, it’s a good idea to start finding out more about ELCAS and what a career in the commercial drone industry could mean for you. Our UAV Strategists can advise on the training and career opportunities using drones within many industry verticals, and how you can best take advantage of these.

How can I use my Enhanced Learning Credits?

To apply for funding head to the ELCAS website:


I'm not sure if I need an A2 CofC, GVC or OFQUAL 5?

We have lots of resources designed to help you work out which qualification you’ll need:

  • A2 CofC – Frequently Asked Questions – Read here
  • Drone Regulations Guide 2021 – Read here
  • Drones Reg Explained Video – Play video
  • OFQUAL 5 ‘Your Questions Answered’ – Play Video

If you’d prefer to speak to someone then get in touch here.


From RAF officers to drone business owners: How you can turn your passion into profit

Andy & Jason share how a simple picture on a whiteboard turned into a full-fledged drone business. Today they use their experience from the RAF to offer a range of services from security and inspection to surveying and more. They also share their marketing tips, business advice and their experience winning the first-ever people’s choice award at COPTRZ CON 2021.
Jason says, “Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves over how quickly things have moved. We’ve been going since the end of February, but from where we were to where we are now, it’s been a crazy ride!”



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