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Become a Qualified Commercial Drone Pilot in the UK

Uplift Drones are a leading National Qualified Entity (NQE) provider of professional Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved drone courses. Our training courses have been specifically developed and tailored to drone operations in a range of commercial industries.

We offer an outstanding portfolio of commercial drone training courses taught by industry experts who are qualified to the highest standards. Our trainers all have their CAA PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) qualifications plus a wealth of experience and knowledge to ensure you receive the very best drone training and skills.

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 specialised industry applications, we have the training solutions to enable you to confidently get the most from your commercial drone operations.

We provide training and equipment to a range of businesses including: NHS, Intel, Motorola, Esh Group, Derbyshire Constabulary, Balfour Beatty, Sky, Oxford City Council, Spectrum Offshore, Zenith and more.

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How to obtain your CAA PfCO through NQE Drone Training

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 drone 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 training course is the best fit for your individual needs:

What's Included?

Online PfCO


Fast Track PfCO


Advanced PfCO

Full course online eLearning (15-20 hours)
Pre-course online eLearning (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

Book your course online or give us a call today on 0330 111 8800 to find out how we can help you.

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Why Choose Uplift Drones?

Here are some of the many reasons why you should choose Uplift Drones as your commercial drone training provider:

Highest customer satisfaction

We are proud of our 5/5 star rating on Trustpilot from our happy customers who trust our knowledge, experience and skills. But don’t just take our word for it, see what they have to say below.

Industry expert training team

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. Our expert team will advise you on how your business can benefit and reap the rewards from drone technology.

Choice and flexibility

We understand your time is precious, which is why our CAA approved drone training courses provide you with access to our eLearning materials and a choice of online, in-person and practical drone training. This enables you to pick the right learning options to suit you and your business.

With you every step of the way

We are committed to not ensuring you are not left on your own once you have completed one of our CAA approved drone training courses. We make sure our friendly team are on hand to support you through your entire journey from start to finish.

Market-leading equipment and service

We supply the latest high quality commercial drones and equipment. As a drone equipment specialist you can rely on us for accurate product information and expert advice when choosing your drone hardware.

Leasing and finance

We have multiple financing solutions available, from personal finance to business equipment leasing. Drone leasing enables you to spread the cost of adding a drone capability to your business.

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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; Online PfCO, 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 (UAS-OSC) and passing a practical Flight Test. The Uplift Drones training team will help you every step of the way and provide you with lifetime support, long after your course has been completed.

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

Enter the next-gen digital learning solution for drone surveying and 3D mapping to start generating revenue from your drone data, with the DroneMAP eLearning Course. The online drone surveying course is aimed at professionals who will benefit from the use of a photogrammetry capability, whilst typically deploying drones for their day-to-day survey works. No prior experience is required.


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