The General VLOS Certificate (GVC) Drone Training Course - COPTRZ

The General VLOS Certificate (GVC) Drone Training Course

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    What gives you the competitive advantage over the rest?

    It could be your expert knowledge.

    That’s why you need a training provider that offers OFQUAL accredited drone training, global qualifications, and on-going support from industry experts across the world.

    By taking your GVC with Coptrz Academy, you’ll get access to benefits that are exclusive only to our students:

    You’ll be joining monthly GVC accelerator sessions with our training team, LIVE Drone Talks with Jamie Cording and the chance to speak to our industry experts across a range of sectors including inspection, surveying, real estate and public safety. On top of this, you’ll get a monthly operations manual review.

    We are the only training provider that allows you to take your exam 24/7.

    What is the General “Visual Line of Sight” Certificate (GVC)?

    The General “Visual Line of Sight” Certificate or GVC as it’s more commonly known is the drone training and qualification needed to be able to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation. Your operational authorisation will allow you to Operate UAS in the specific category under the new UAS regulations that came into effect on December 31st 2020.

    Our online GVC drone training course is OFQUAL Level 4 accredited meaning you can rest assured knowing you are training with the best and you’ll have the certificate to prove 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!


    You’ll be learning at Coptrz Academy

    It’s the UK’s Leading Drone Training Academy.  Serious alumni have walked through these doors, including pilots and companies that are now winning big national contracts.  There’s a reason the big boys trust us with their training.

    Start your journey today and begin your GVC Drone Training Course online.

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

    Ps: Have you been put on furlough? Are you wanting to start your drone pilot training? You can receive 20% off your GVC drone training course! Now is the perfect time to kickstart your drone career. Enquire below to find out more. 

    This course is available online

    Our GVC course is OFQUAL Level 4 accredited

    A practical flight assessment with one of our trainers is required

28-29 APRIL 2021

Meet our Coptrz Academy Alumni on our LIVE Digital Event



Meet Your Trainers

When you’re training at Coptrz Academy, our trainers Harry and Duncan will be there to support you throughout your journey.

In this short video, they explain what the GVC Drone Training Course is, what is included in the course, and what you need to do to achieve your GVC.

The training team will be with you every step of the way during your drone training, you will quickly get to know them. You can expect to see Harry and Duncan quite often in our regular LIVE drone regulations explainer sessions which you have access to for free!



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.

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: UAS Airspace

In this module you'll learn everything you need to know about the operating principles involved in flying your drone.

Module 3: Airmanship and Aviation Safety

How to fly your UAV safely. This module teaches you all about checking the safety of your drone and ensuring that you are safe to fly in the correct way.

Module 4: Human Performance Limitations

Human performance is defined as the human capabilities and limitations which have an impact on the safety and efficiency of aeronautical operations.

Module 5: 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 6: Operator Responsibilities

Learn all about your responsibilities as a drone pilot in this module. You'll find out the steps you need to take to ensure a smooth flight.

Module 7: Operating Procedures

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

Pass the Theory Exam

It's time to put your hard work to the final test! Pass the 40 question multiple-choice exam to receive your Certificate of Competency.

Submit operations manual

Submit your operations manual for our trainers to assess.

Practical Flight Assessment

Finally, you will take your practical flight assessment where a member of our training team will assess your flight skills. We recommend that you have 10 hours of flying experience before you take your practical assessment.

Marek Topoly, Muehlhan Wind Service

“Online training course was created in a very professional and effective way. I really enjoyed each module and all the outstanding questions were answered from COPTRZ team immediately. Webinars are informative with lots of great and interesting stuff. The overall exam process from booking till test day is well explained and guided through properly with all the support you need. Very knowledgeable people. I can only recommend COPTRZ.”

Dr Laurent Duvergé, Kestrel Wildlife Consultants

“I have trained with COPTRZ for a number of years, at several of their training venues and on-line, and am now going through the A2CofC and GVC licensing process with them. I’ve always encountered very knowledgeable staff and course instructors, and the course material has always been up to date. The whole process has been made easy by having a very efficient booking system, and I look forward to dealing with them in the future, as I expand my business.”

Colin Whyte, Geoff Neal Roofing

“…It was a hugely enjoyable course and always clear and concise through the modules, and the option to learn at my own pace was very beneficial. When it came to the operations manual and the assessment phase it was always clear and communications were prompt and informative. The flight assessment was friendly and was allowed to carry out in a relaxed manner which certainly helped with the nerves I had leading up to it…”

Drone Pilot Training Package 

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. 


✓  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



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We are the only training provider to offer training across 10 locations all over the UK and Ireland.

  • What if I don’t pass?

    Don’t worry we’ve got your back, if you don’t pass within 6-months from the day you start your course we’ll give you a 50% refund.

  • Can I use my ELCAS Credits to take this course?

    Yes! If you are current or ex-military our courses are available to enrol on using your ELCAS Credits, find out more here. 

  • What is the difference between a GVC and PfCO?

    They are two completely different things. A GVC is the competency requirements and certificates required to apply for an Operational Authorisation. A GVC is much like the NQE certificates candidates received from completing a course to be able to apply for a PfCO.

  • Are there any more costs I need to know of?

    Yes, public liability insurance will be required to take your flight test as part of the GVC course and for flights once you complete your course when not flown for recreational purposes. There is also an application fee for the Operational Authorisation payable to the CAA.

  • How do I book onto GVC drone course?

    Enquire below to get in touch with a member of our team!


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Drone Business Expert

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