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Our drone flying training course has been designed and developed by former military and civilian, rotary and fixed wing, manned and remote pilots and former air traffic controllers. Our instructors are all very experienced civilian commercial operators which ensures you, that the training is up-to-date and relevant, satisfying not just the CAA requirements but also prepares you for your first job as a commercial drone operator.

What does the Unmanned Aircraft Qualification drone course include?

  • Computer based distance learning
  • Ground School with theory test (2 days at 10 locations)
  • Practical Flight Assessment (over 10 locations)
  • Operations Manual development + review
  • Free course study manual + pilot checklists
  • Student support Facebook group
  • Ongoing support for graduates

After completing the drone course, we will continue to support you in the writing of your operations manual and will even help you apply to the CAA for your PfCO.

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What’s different about the Fast Track PfCO course?

Our flagship product, the UAQ Fast Track PfCO is unique it it's class. . It is the first course that can offer the completion of the Flight Assessment without the need to return at a later date, saving you time and money, and is dual accredited by the CAA (for sub 20kg SUA), and ProQual AB (Level 3 Certificate, and Level 4 Diploma) 

Upon signing up for the CAA approved drone flying course you will gain access to our candidates’ section where you will have access to:

Welcome Pack 

All the details you will need to arrive in the right place at the right time and be fully up to speed on what will be expected of you to complete the course.

Course Study Manual (CSM) 

All the theoretical knowledge you will need to pass the theory exam is in this document. It is a pre-course requirement that you have read this document and have a good working knowledge of the contents.

Online Learning Portal

Here, we have broken the sections of the Course Study Manual down into subject lessons so it is easier to digest. Where relevant, there are also supplementary videos to aid learning. At the end of each lesson, there is a quiz that has a selection of questions in the same style as those in the final exam for exam practice.

Flight Reference Handbook (FRH)

Contains some useful tools, tables and reference charts that will help you not only with the course but also into your piloting careers. 

Exam Reference Material 

All the material you will need to reference to complete the exam is contained in this document.

Ground School (2 days)

The drone training course starts with two days of ground school. The Course Study Manual contains all the information required to pass the theory exam, but during the ground school stage we will go over the important areas and ensure that you are fully prepared for both the Theoretical Exam and the Flight Planning Assessment.

The ground school phase will be facilitated by two instructors, one with a primary background in manned aviation and one from a UAV operational background who is current and working in the industry at the highest levels. This combined experience is unique to Consortiq and ensures you receive the best instruction available to help you gain your UAQ and PfCO.

The emphasis during this stage is practical application through case studies and discussion. We will see how the theoretical knowledge is applied to the real-world operations you will be carrying out on a daily basis.

Through a series of flight planning exercises, we will bring together all the theoretical elements and ensure that a good understanding of how they work ‘in the field’ has been achieved.

The ground school stage culminates at the end of day two with the Theory Exam and the Flight Planning Assessment. It is our objective to have a 100% pass rate of both these exams and we will do our part to help you achieve the required standard.

Flight Assessment (1 Day)

As the Flight Planning Assessment has already been completed, the focus of the last day is totally on the Flight Assessment. This can be done with reference to the handbook we provide, or candidates can choose to bring their own reference material should they prefer. Each candidate will be fully briefed so they know exactly what to expect and all efforts will be made to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to bring out the best performance in everyone. The Flight Assessment should last no longer than one hour.

Upon the successful completion of the Flight Assessment, the candidate will be awarded the UAQ and will have the option to use it as a stand-alone qualification to apply to work under a pre-existing company operations manual or to combine it with their own operations manual and apply for a PfCO.

Operations Manual

As part of the course, Consortiq will provide an operations manual template that the candidate can use as they see fit. There will be a section, during the second day, that will cover the Operations manual and how to write one. The CAA has stated that it is an essential part of the qualification process that any Company wishing to work under a PfCO must write the operations manual themselves. Consortiq will help anyone going through this process where required at no further cost.

Course Requirements

  • A laptop or tablet
  • A drone supplied by yourself
  • A minimum of two hours logged flight time, within in the past three months, on the type of drone you will be assessed on
  • Applicable drone insurance
  • Be 18 years or older


Prices include all drone flying course, training and material costs, however, insurance and additional application fees to the CAA are separate and payable by the candidate. Prices may be subject to change. Travel and subsistence costs are not included.

Prices from £999 + VAT

In recent guidance issued by the CAA concerning the ability for a minor to enter a legally binding contract, the CAA have stated that they will not approve and issue a PfCO to any applicants under the age of 18. Thus, Consortiq cannot issue a recommendation for a PfCO to the CAA for those under 18. An under 18-year-old can, however, work to an approved operators’ PfCO as an employable Pilot. For further information on this, please get in touch with us.

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Our UAQ courses serve as proof of competence when applying to the CAA for your Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).
“We’re elated to be working with Consortiq and anticipate that our training will step up a notch because of it. Their expertise in drone technology coupled with our experience in UK SAR will cultivate the development of a niche curriculum that arms personnel with the skills and equipment to save more lives.”
Simon Green, Director of Operations
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