Online PfCO

Become a Commercial Drone Pilot with our exclusive CAA Drone Training E-Course

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  • Complete at your own pace
  • No prior experience required

Part 1: Online PfCO E-Course

The Uplift Drones Online PfCO e-course has been created by our expert training team of commercial drone operators and manned pilots, to cover the following subjects that meet and exceed the CAA recommended syllabus:

  • Air Law
  • Ground Maps & Air Navigation Charts
  • Airspace Operating Principles
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Operating Procedures

Plus –

  • Theory Exam Preparation

The e-course material is made of comprehensive written information and packed with interactive content, videos and activities to test your new knowledge along the way. Whether you’re a visual or verbal learner, our online PfCO makes learning easy, quick and enjoyable.

Learn at your own pace, in your own time – without taking any time off work. All you need to do is login and pick up where you left off. With a progress tracker to mark your success and guide you through each module, all in the comfort of your own home or office.

Part 2: Theory Exam

When you feel ready to pass your theory examination, you can contact us on 0330 111 8800 to confirm upcoming dates at your preferred testing location. We have 10 exam and flight assessment locations across the UK.

There are mock exam questions included within the e-course to aid your preparation. The theory exam at the end of the course is undertaken in person at one of our 10 venues across the UK; the exam is 1 hour long consisting of 52 multiple-choice questions.

Part 3: Practical Flight Test

The online PfCO course also includes the cost of your practical flight test, which availability permitting can be taken on the same day as your written exam. Although the cost is included, you will need to book your practical flight test separately and in advance with the Uplift office team.

You will need to complete the following before your Flight Test:

  • Theory exam passed.
  • Operations Manual reviewed and passed by the training team OR Uplift Drones’ procedures learned before test.
  • We require a minimum of 5 hours of logged flight time; this is to ensure you are able to successfully pass your flight exam and you meet the minimum standard required.
  • Insurance in place.
  • Risk Assessment & Site Assessment paperwork.
  • Book your Flight Test with the Uplift office team.


  • Appropriate weather
  • A drone! If you do not yet have an aircraft, please speak to us about hiring or purchasing a drone for the Flight Test.


  • Spaces can be limited so please book & confirm your time slot by calling us on 0330 111 8800 as soon as you feel confident to pass your flight test.
  • You must complete the whole process within 6 months of passing your theory test, otherwise additional training may be required.
  • The test takes approximately 1.5 hours, however this may vary.
  • If the flight test is failed the student will incur a retest fee.

Our friendly team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Flight Test, so please do not hesitate to contact us!

Part 4: Operations Manual

You are required to complete an Operations Manual. This sets out how you will operate your drone safely and contains the procedures you will use when flying your drone. This is something you can complete in your own time with our templates, which you can access via the online portal ‘Downloads’ section.

All our online students are assigned a dedicated Uplift Drones Instructor as their main point of contact throughout the Permission application process. This instructor will review your Ops Manual and answer any queries you may have along the way.

Once this final section is complete and has been signed off by the Uplift training team, you can then submit your PfCO application to the CAA.

Part 5: CAA UAS Application

When you have completed all parts of the course successfully, you can submit your paperwork to the CAA via their online application process.

The CAA charge a fee for UAS applications (currently £247) in addition to the online course price. Payment is made online in the final stages of their online UAS application.


Whether you’re busy with work, family or life in general, not everybody is able to attend an in-person training course. That’s why we’ve created the perfect online learning solution, so your PfCO training can seamlessly slot into your schedule. Here’s answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

Have more questions?

Please submit your query and our training team will contact you shortly.


All students are assigned a dedicated Uplift Instructor as their main point of contact throughout the Permission application process. This instructor will review your Operations Manual and answer any queries you may have along the way.


To access the Uplift e-learning Portal you will require an internet connection. The e-course can be completed on multiple platforms including tablet, Apple Mac and PC. If you are a desktop user, we recommend that you use the most up-to-date version of your preferred browser.

Flight Training

If you feel that you would benefit from practical flight training at one of our outdoor training locations, this can be booked separately for an additional cost of £350 plus VAT. Please contact us on 0330 111 8800 for more information.


Online students will require the specified drone insurance for their Practical Flight Test.

Uplift Drone Training Ltd. CAA Approved. UAS Sub 20kg. 0816/2061

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