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Commercial Drone Training with Uplift Drones

We are a leading UK commercial drone training provider or National Qualified Entity (NQE). We offer six commercial drone training courses taught by industry experts who all have their CAA PfCO, plus a wealth of experience and knowledge to ensure you receive the best possible standard of training.

Whether you’re an individual or organisation, our training courses aim to qualify you from basic drone awareness to commercial compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority. From gaining your PfCO to understanding popular drone mapping software, we have the training solutions to take your commercial drone operations to the next level.

With full CAA-approved PfCO course prices starting from £720 inc VAT, give us a call today on 0330 111 8800 to find out how we can help you.

Permission for Commercial Operations

The CAA Permission for Commercial Operations – or PfCO as it’s most commonly known – grants the individual permission to legally operate drones or Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) for paid work in the United Kingdom. To apply for the PfCO you will need to complete either an in-person or online drone training course with your preferred training provider (NQE) and pass a written theory examination and practical flight assessment. You are also required to write and submit a comprehensive safety document called the Operations Manual.

You can apply for a PfCO as an individual or a company. If applying as a company, each individual is required to complete training before being submitted as a Remote Pilot under the company’s new or existing PfCO.

We offer three commercial drone training courses that lead to the student gaining their CAA PfCO. The following comparison chart is designed to help you decide which course is the best fit for your individual needs:

What's Included?

Online PfCO

Fast Track PfCO

Advanced PfCO

Full course online e-learning (15-20 hours)
Pre-course online e-learning (5 hours)
2-day classroom learning with experienced trainer
3 hours of practical flying instruction (aircraft & insurance provided)
Written theory exam (as required by the Civil Aviation Authority)
Practical flight assessment (test)
Operations manual template, review and support
Telephone support during and after the course
NQE recommendation for CAA PfCO

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Why train with Uplift Drones?


Lifetime Support

Once you become an Uplift customer, whether that be through purchasing equipment or booking one of our drone training courses – we’ll provide you with lifetime support and will be alongside you every step of the way through your new journey.

Experienced Training Team

With years of first-hand experience, our trainers not only provide 1-to-1 support but are always on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the drone industry, different platforms and what they do, plus how to build your career with drone technology. Our team consists of current professional drone pilots, equipment experts and aviation experts who have used, sold, built and trained with drones for many years.

Market-Leading Equipment

We supply only the highest-quality drone equipment, along with our industry-leading training. With many ways to finance your drone equipment and training available, including retail finance and business leasing options. The term ‘one-stop-drone-shop’ has been thrown about, but whether you decide to call us that is entirely up to you!

Ultimate Flexibility

It doesn’t matter whether you have never flown a drone in your life or you’re a commercial airline pilot – we have a course for you! Our PfCO courses provide you with access to our pre-course, e-learning materials and a choice of online, in-person and practical drone training.

Relaxed & Enjoyable Drone Training

Although undertaking commercial drone training can initially be seen as an intense process, that’s not how you would describe our training experience. You might think we’re all tech tech tech, but that’s simply not the case. Each course is taken at an enjoyable pace in a relaxed environment, to make sure that you get the most out of your course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Commercial Drone Pilot?

To fly drones commercially in the UK you need to obtain a Permission for Commercial Operations or PfCO. Uplift Drones provides industry-leading drone pilot training courses to enable organisations and individuals to become commercial drone pilots. We have three PfCO courses depending on your prior experience; Pilot’s PfCO (1 day), Fast Track PfCO (2 days) and Advanced PfCO (3 days). All include the cost of your practical Flight Test.

What is involved in obtaining a Permission for Commercial Operations?

You have to complete 3 parts of the PfCO process. These include an in-person Ground School (or interactive eCourse if you’re an Online PfCO student) that ends with a Theory Exam, producing an Operations Manual (Volumes 1+2) and passing a practical Flight Test. The Uplift Drones training team will help you every step of the way and provides lifetime support, long after your course has been completed.

I’m interested in Drone Mapping. Do you offer any training for this?

The Uplift Drones ‘Introduction to Drone Mapping‘ training course is currently under redevelopment and will be launching again in early 2019. The Drone Mapping course is aimed at professionals who will benefit from the use of a photogrammetry capability, whilst typically deploying UAVs for their day-to-day survey works. No prior experience is required.


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