Drone Ground School Course for PfCO

Drone Ground School Courses are the best way to gain everything you need for your CAA applications. This CAA approved 3-day course will provide practical, theoretical and examination, to gain your Recommendation Certificate.

Drone Ground School for PfCO Course delivered by DronePartners

If you are looking to get started with Drones, then the Drone Ground School course will certainly get you up to speed.

This DronePartners Drone ground course will give you the knowledge and skills that you need in support of your application to the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

This 2-day course is classroom based covering all of the key educational elements that are required within the UK CAA; Practical flight planning, flight coaching and safe setup demonstration, giving you all of the confidence that you need to succeed with your application.

Who are DronePartners?

DronePartners are an established Drone training business that has delivered over 200 ground school training courses. The trainers are all commercial drone pilots with a wealth of real-world practical experience in flying, filming, thermography, surveying and inspection drones.

Course Content

The course takes you from the pre-study phase and ends with your application to the PfCO to the UK CAA. There are also optional elements of flight coaching, which are recommended to those who are new to flying drones.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Complete your pre-study (6 elements)
  • Complete the 2-day ground school
  • Prepare your Operations Manual
  • Obtain Insurance
  • Complete your Flight Assessment
  • Submit your application to the CAA

For pre-study you will be provided with materials that you should complete before you arrive at the course. This is to help you prepare and get the most out of the 3 days that you are on the course. You will also be given a operations manual template that will help you to complete your own operations manual.

Days 1&2 Content

The course will follow the syllabus that is laid out by the UK CAA. The topics include:

  • UAS Airspace Operating Principles
  • Airmanship and Aviation Safety
  • Air Law and Responsibilities
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation Charts
  • Human Factors
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Operating Procedures
  • Operations Manual Review
  • Safe Set Up Demonstration
  • Flying Skills Evaluation and Coaching

Examination (at the end of day 1)

The ground school examination complies with the CAA’s assessment criteria. This is a closed book multiple choice exam. This is then followed by a Flight Planning Assessment (this is outside of the CAA’s syllabus, however, it will give you a practical test and first-hand planning experience for a real commercial operation).

The agenda for day two consists of:

  • Operations Manual Status Review
    • Template Run Through
    • Pre-Requisite for the Practical Flight Assessment
  • Safe Set Up Demonstration
  • Flying Skills Evaluation and Coaching
  • Question and Answer Session

You will be given the results of your ground school exam and feedback from the Flight Planning Assessment at the beginning of the day. If you have not met the 75% pass mark of the CAA’s requirement you will have the opportunity to re-sit the ground school exam later this day.

What’s Included in the Course Fees?

The course price includes the ground school, exam, flight reference card templates, operations manual template, forms templates and flight assessment.

Submission to CAA

Once all of the Ground School requirements have been met (you have your practical flight assessment and obtained insurance) DronePartners will review your operations manual and then provide you with a recommendation certificate to support your application to the CAA.

The application to the CAA is made using an SRG 1320 – see the CAA’s website. The turnaround time on these applications is usually within 28 days.

Insurance and the fee payable to the CAA for your PfCO are additional costs.

What will I achieve after taking this course?
On successful completion of the DronePartners Drone Ground School course, you will receive a Certificate of Recommendation to support your application to the CAA.


This course is available in the following locations:

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