A2 CofC Training Course
From January 1st 2021, holding an A2 CofC will allow you to fly in the A2 subcategory and the A1 Transitional subcategory of the Open Category.
Do you have a drone up to *500g?
No problem, you can fly this where there are no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; and there can be no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational areas. If this describes you, and where and when you use your drone, then you’re not required to do anything else! Just meet the requirements of the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service. Happy and safe flying..
Want more freedom? Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) and you can fly as close as 50m horizontally of uninvolved people (A2 subcategory). There is no limitation on proximity to buildings.
Having an A2 CofC, means that when operating in the A2 subcategory (fly close to people) you will be able to fly a C2-class aircraft down to a minimum distance of 30m horizontally from uninvolved people. From 1st January 2021 class C2 aircraft must have a low speed mode, when flying in this mode under an A2 CofC you will be allowed down to 5m horizontally from uninvolved persons.
Really Important Notes
The A2 CofC is a theoretical examination only, but it’s predicated on a ‘building block’ process of training and testing which is listed in the following paragraph. There are no practical flight test requirements for the A2 CofC.
Prior to taking the examination, you are required to have completed the following ‘building blocks’: Successful completion of the CAA’s ‘Drone and Model Aircraft’ online training course for basic remote pilot competency and the associated competency test, and be in possession of the ‘Flyer ID’ number associated with that test; completion of a period of practical flight training, either under the guidance of an RAE or under ‘self-monitored’ circumstances, conducted within the operating conditions of subcategory A3 but simulating the operating situations associated with the A2 subcategory.
You MUST be able to declare, as part of the examination, that you have completed the above building blocks or you will be unable to complete the examination that day.
*This is only for transitional aircraft purchased before 31st December 2020 and only lasts until 30th June 2022. Any aircraft purchased after 31st December 2020 must be under 250g to enjoy this freedom.
About the Virtual A2 CofC Course
The A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) Instructor-Led Training
Need training that goes above and beyond what’s required?
Our virtual instructor-led training ensures that operators within this category get the chance to fully learn the requirements and have valuable time ‘face-to-face’ with our instructors. This course will guide you through all the relevant materials, where you can ask questions and seek clarification!
Select a course time and date that suits you, but remember to give yourself enough time prior to the course to familiarise yourself with the content! Upon completion of the instructor led course, we will facilitate your examination. This will be a 75-minute, 30-question multiple choice. You will need 75% pass rate for you to be awarded your A2 CofC.
Not sure you want to invest in ‘classroom’ style learning? Want to learn at your own pace? Then our ‘hands off’ exam only course might be best suited.
Need to operate outside of the A2 CofC restrictions? Our GVC+A2CofC combined course will enable you to do so.
During the Transitional Period, this certification will let you operate aircraft weighing up to 2kg in the A2 subcategory. You will be able to fly up to 50m horizontally from uninvolved people.
The A2 CofC is valid for a period of five years.
Inclusions & Requirements
What Do I Get?
Digital course study material
Theory test + resits
4 hrs of Instructor led learning
Exclusive GVC discounts
A laptop or tablet
Access to the internet
Prices include access to our online portal, instruction and the A2 CofC exam.
*£199 + VAT
*Includes a theory resits free of charge, any additional resits are charged at £50+VAT, T&C’s Apply.
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