Online PfCO Drone Pilot Training

Online learning at your own pace followed by one-day assessment (including practical flight)
Online / various UK assessment centres
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About the Online PfCO Drone Pilot Training Course

CAA approved online training course has been developed to allow you to get all the knowledge required to pass your drone pilot theory test and after the successful completion of a Flight Assessment, position you to gain your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

Our eLearning portal allows you to complete your training at a pace your comfortable with and at a time and place that is convenient for you before booking onto a theory test and a flight assessment at one of our UK assessment Centres.

Our Online PfCO Drone Pilot Training Course is specifically designed for Remote Pilots of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/drones weighing up to 20kgs.

Combined with a one day flight assessment, theory examination and guidance, our course will provide you with a quicker, more cost effective route to gaining your permission for commercial operations (PfCO).

Once you purchase the Online PfCO Drone Pilot Training, you will gain access to our online eLearning portal where you can complete the 10 distance learning modules. These include end of module self-tests to help ensure you have learned the knowledge required to complete your drone pilot theory test at one of our UK assessment centres.

Modules included within our eLearning portal:

  • Air Law Responsibilities
  • Airmanship and Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of Flight
  • RPAS Components
  • Airspace Classification
  • Latitude & Longitude
  • Basic Map Reading
  • RPAS Operating Procedures

On completing your Online PfCO Drone Pilot Training you can then book your one day assessment (included in the online price) which will consist of a theory test based on the online theory modules, an overview of planning a drone operation, a check of your operations manual and finally a practical flight assessment.

If you start the online course but decide that you would benefit from a more classroom based learning environment led by our expert instructors you can upgrade from the online course to the two day ground school for a cost of £300 inc VAT. Call us on +44 (0) 1633 835 123 for more information


CAA Administration Fees


Students are not required to hold insurance to enrol on to the Online PfCO Drone Pilot Training Course, however they will be required to hold as a minimum, a valid insurance certificate sufficient to cover all third party liabilities prior to attending their Flight Assessment. We can advise on appropriate insurers if required.

In addition to our course fees, students should note the CAA administration fee for your application for Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). Current CAA administration fees are: £247 (exempt from VAT) and are paid directly to the CAA at the end of the process.

Our Online e-Learning Portal is accessible via an internet connection on any tablet, Apple Mac or PC. If you are a PC or Mac user we strongly recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser

If you have any questions then click here to fill in our contact form or get in touch on or +44 (0) 1633 835 123.

For bookings of two or more students, military personnel / veterans, or details of how we can tailor our training to suit your needs (date or location) then please contact RUAS sales on +44 (0) 1633 835 123.