A2 CofC - Free Drone Training Course - COPTRZ

A2 CofC – Free Drone Training Course

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    Want to stand out from the crowd?

    Then 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.

    Only Coptrz Academy provides monthly A2 CofC accelerator sessions with our team of UAV experts, Drone Regulation Q&A’s and live weekly Drone Talk’s with Jamie Cording.

    On top of that, we’re the first and only training provider that allows you to sit your A2 CofC exam 24/7.

    Consider this your competitive advantage over the rest.

    By training with us, you’ll not only be recognised as a professional in your field of play, you’ll get access to all the benefits exclusive to Coptrz Academy Students.

    If you want to train with the UK’s leading drone training provider, start your own drone business, or simply take your drone piloting skills to the next level, why not enrol on our FREE course today?

    You’ve got nothing to lose. It’s free.

    The exam fee cost’s £49.00 + VAT, if you’d like to pay for this upfront then make sure you sign up here.

    What is the A2 CofC? 

    The A2 CofC is the training course and qualification needed to operate in the A2 Subcategory of the OPEN Category under the new UAS regulations. The course consists of four modules which you can access via our online Learning Portal.

    Once you’ve completed your online training and some guided or self-study practical flight training, you’ll complete a multiple-choice Theory Exam (30 questions).

    The A2 CofC course covers theory such as the basic principles of flight, operating in congested areas, how to avoid collisions, battery safety, and how to operate depending on a range of environmental factors.

    The A2 CofC qualification lasts for five years before you need to renew it.

    Want your GVC and A2 CofC in one bundle?

    Of course, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put our GVC and A2 CofC drone training in one handy bundle, so you can get them both together – with some added extras!


    Coptrz Academy

    Coptrz Academy is a OFQUAL accredited drone training provider, meaning that you will be globally recognised as the best of the best. It’s also a quality stamp, it lets people know that you take your training seriously.

    By making our online A2CoC course free we hope more people, like you, will take up the course and join us in taking the UK Drone Industry to the next level.

    At Coptrz Academy, we support our students not just during their training, but after too.

    Find out more on Coptrz Academy and the various learning pathways available to you once you start your training journey with us. 

    Terms and Conditions apply. 

    Want to pay your exam fee upfront?


    This course is available online for free

    You must complete over 4 hours of self-monitored flight training

    The exam fee is £49 + Vat

Annabelle Randall, Acradis

“Coptrz have done an amazing job of putting everything online, it really works. It was so easy to learn, the webinars really helped me as I would learn the modules and then watch the webinars. So, they solidified everything for me. Doing the theory test was really smooth – even on Zoom! I felt really confident going into it and I knew everything that I needed to know in order to pass.”

Adam Watkin, Aeromedia Wales LTD

“On the COPTRZ course, the way that you are taught to think about every single aspect of flight planning and flights really helps. You soon realise how unsafe so many pilots are and how much there is to learn. By having an A2 CofC I feel more respected as a ‘pilot’ and feel that it adds credibility to the whole industry that these measures are in place.”

Ryan Hulse, 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.  2021 is going to be huge for me and my business.”

Meet Your Trainers

Our trainers Harry and Duncan talk you through what you need to do to obtain your A2 CofC and how they are here to help in this short video.

Duncan and Harry will be there for you every step of your journey whilst training at Coptrz Academy, along with the rest of the training team. You’ll quickly get to know them!


Welcome to Coptrz Academy

Now that you're enrolled you'll have access to our exclusive Coptrz Pilots group where you can chat to experienced Coptrz Alumni and network to your heart's content before you begin your training on Friday.

Module 1: Air Law and Responsibilities

The legal stuff. Develop a strong understanding of the rules and regulations around flying UAV in the UK, learn your responsibilities as a UAV operator, how to report accidents and more.

Module 2: Meteorology

More commonly known as the weather and a major part of any UAV operation.

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Module 3: UAS General Knowledge

Knowing how your aircraft operates is essential for safe flying. This module teaches you all about the principles of flight and how to know if your drone is safe to fly.

Module 4: UAS Operating Principles

Bring all of your knowledge together in this final module about VLOS, identifying congested areas, collision avoidance and more.

Pass the Mock Exam

How do you know if you're ready to tackle the final exam? Your knowledge will be tested in our mock exam to make sure you're 100% ready to sit the final exam.

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Practical Flight Assessment

Next, you move on to a period of practical flight training. This is done under self-monitored conditions with a workbook to keep you on track. COPTRZ are looking for >4 logged hours of flight time since enrolling onto the course, and some flight experience beforehand.

Pass the Final Exam

Time to put your hard work to the final test. Pass the 30 question multiple-choice exam to receive your Certificate of Competency.

The A2 CofC is perfect for you! 

The latest drone legislation means that even hobbyist drone pilots could require an A2 Certificate of Competency.

Having your A2 CofC allows you to fly popular drones such as the Mavic Mini, Mavic Mini 2 and Parrot ANAFI USA.

If you are unsure about getting your A2 CofC, think about it, what have you got to lose? This is a free training course that will allow you to fly your UAV with the peace of mind you have trained with the best.

The A2 CofC course can be done online, you can do the theory and exam from the comfort of your own home! You just need to make sure you have 4 hours of practical flight time. There is nothing to lose and perhaps a lot for you to gain by doing your training with us.


We’ve got you covered too! 

Getting your A2 CofC will allow you to operate in a range of sectors from inspection and surveying to media and real estate. The potential is endless!

You will be able to fly drones such as the Parrot ANAFI Thermal, Phantom 4 RTK, Mavic Air, and Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced.

We don’t do things by halves at Coptrz, if you are looking to get your GVC as well as your A2 CofC, look no further. We offer our GVC and A2 CofC courses in one bundle. Meaning you’ll be covered for all kinds of commercial work. Sounds good?

By doing your training with us, you’ll receive hands on support from our dedicated team of experts. With Coptrz, you’ll get a lifelong partner who is there to help you keep pace with the evolution of drone technology.





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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Drone Pilot Training Package

Now £1,499 + Vat    

Finance packages available

Want your A2 CofC and your GVC? This is the ultimate drone training package that will set you apart from your competitors. If you are wanting to start your own drone business but don’t know where to begin, this one is for you.

The Parrot ANAFI is a compact aircraft is equipped with a 4K camera and gives you access to work in Photography and Inspection. 


• Parrot Anafi Work quadcopter with 4K Camera

• Controller and accessories

Training & Extras

• A2 CofC online training course + one exam token

• 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



The trainers at Coptrz Academy will be there throughout your training journey, ensuring you are supported at every stage.

“The A2 Certificate of Competency grants Remote Pilots the authorisation to fly closer to uninvolved persons, and also operate within congested areas.

For any remote pilot flying a sub-2kg aircraft, this certificate is a must-have!“

Duncan Hewitson, Head of Training, COPTRZ Academy

You can meet the full Coptrz team here:



Download our Training Brochure to start your journey


The Drone Laws have changed – here’s everything you need to know…


You’ve got your A2 CofC, but now what?


    We enrol all new students onto our A2 CofC course on Fridays.


    Enquire below to speak to a member of our team or easily purchase the course online.

  • As an active PfCO holder, can I get free training through Coptrz?

    Anyone who undertook their PfCO or COP-SU course with us after September 2019 will get their A2 CofC for free. The course will be fully online. Get in touch to find out more information if you think this applies to you.

  • Can I still operate on PfCO?

    Yes, as long as it is valid. Ensure you renew it!

  • How do I take the A2 CofC exam from home?

    Our exams are invigilated online by a third party using their own remote support software.

    The invigilator will check your surroundings via your webcam to ensure you are alone and aren’t using any notes to cheat on the exam, but you won’t be able to physically talk to them, you can only communicate through the chat.

    You’re not allowed to have any materials present, including pen and paper.

    Please note: If your internet is provided by Talk Talk you will need to turn off the HomeSafe setting as this blocks the remote support software.

  • Can I take the exam on my phone?

    Unfortunately not. To sit the final exam you will need to have access to a computer with a webcam and a working microphone.

    Most computers have webcams built-in but if yours doesn’t, you can use an external USB webcam.

  • What else do I need to sit the A2 CofC exam?

    The only thing you need to have with you on exam day is a form of valid photo ID such as a passport or driver’s license.

  • Where can I operate once I have my A2 CofC?

    You can fly over uninvolved persons, but not crowds.

    You cannot intentionally fly over uninvolved persons and must not fly closer than 50m horizontally from uninvolved persons.


Jamie Cording, UAV Strategist at Coptrz

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