ELCAS Drone Training to become a Commercial Drone Pilot | Coptrz

If you’re in service at the moment and are due to receive your re-settlement package then did you know you can use your ELCAS credits towards training as a drone operator. The job opportunities in the drone sector are growing every year with an estimated 76,000 drone operators in the UK by 2030 (according to PwC Report).

COPTRZ are the first and only drone Training Provider to attain ELCAS Approved Learning Provider status, which means we can offer you Level 4 and Level 5 Commercial Drone Pilot Awards.

We are proud to offer our ex-servicemen and women the very best and most cost-effective pathway to becoming a commercial drone operator.


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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.

TQUK Level 4 Award for Commercial Drone Pilots - Online

£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


TQUK Level 5 Award for Commercial Drone Pilots - Online

£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.


Jamie Cording Coptrz


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

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  • Why should you choose our training courses?

  • How do I acquire Enhanced Learning Credits?

  • How can I use my Enhanced Learning Credits?

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

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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